Thursday, October 1, 2015

Unexpected Trip to California

 On August 4th, my sister lost her husband during a heart procedure. They had been married for 14 years and were crazy about each other. I took this picture of them in my backyard two years ago. Jim was a frequent visitor to our family in Indiana, although they lived in California.
After losing his previous wife to cancer, Jim organized a benefit for lymphoma research every year since 1998. It was always held on the 2nd Saturday of September. Since all of the groundwork for the benefit was completed, my sister decided to go ahead with the benefit and asked me to come to California to be with her during this time.
So, very unexpectedly, I found myself in Folsom, California for three weeks, from August 25th through September 15th. Here we are at my sister's favorite breakfast place, Mary's Goldmine.
I found out very quickly that there is a terrible drought in California. I knew it, of course, but to see it firsthand is something else. This is a picture I took on a drive in the country one day.

My niece, Kelly, came in from Japan. I hadn't seen her for six years. It was very nice to spend some quality time with her.
Kelly's sister, Bonnie, also came in town. She lives in Portland. We also spent some quality time together. This picture was taken of my sister's breezeway. While I was there I helped refresh the flowers and rearrange. Plants do not last very long because of the drought.
One of the things my sister asked me to help with was to clean out her garage. With the help of my nieces, we got it done! We are women, hear us roar! 
On a walk one day I came across some pretty leaves. I came home and made a bouquet.

We enjoyed breakfast out a lot.
Bonnie and Patsy.

Loved this giant pumpkin in front of the candy store on Sutter Street. Signs of Fall were everywhere.
Hello! We took a lot of walks. One day we encountered this fellow in the park. It's not every day you see a peacock in the park!
I do not usually notice cars, but these old cars really caught my eye. I love VW bugs!

And look at this old camper! It just screams the 70's. 
A cool old Chevy.
And another Bug!
And here we are again, enjoying the breezeway, along with Hazel.

A lot happened in the three weeks I was there. We had dinner at their wonderful neighbors', Andrea and Bill. We had Jim's sister Susan and her husband Bob over for dinner one night. And we went to Jim's daughter Kriss's house for dinner. We also went to one of my sister's best friend's house for a cookout and I met all of her work friends. And of course there was the Benefit, which was a grand event at the Moose Club. We had pedicures and a foot massage. We drove to Davis, CA, for a Farmer's Market, which I loved. We drove into gold country in the hills north of Folsom.

And it felt as if Jim was there with us, through it all. He was only 68, way too young to leave us. And we will miss him.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Grandbaby Number Five Arrives!

Well, we had a surprise! Baby Hudson Reid arrived three weeks early, on June 22nd, 2015. 
Big brother Nolan meeting Hudson
 just moments after his birth.
Oh, yes. This is true love.
Hudson meets his great-grandmother.
Is there anything cuter than a baby in a
 white onesie?
And I love pictures of a crying baby. SO cute!

Oh my gosh. What a miracle.
We are all very happy to meet little Hudson Reid!

He added another sparkle to our 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

18 Years Old? How Did That Happen?

These pics are from APRIL! I just came across them and wanted to share. It was my oldest grandson's 18th birthday and we had a family get-together. We were all coming out of hibernation from the long winter and everyone was playing in the backyard. Even the big kids!

Look! Uncle Nate is on the trampoline!
Bandit wants on the trampoline, too!
Oh, what joy to chase a ball across the grass!
Got it!
Having a moment with Gracie the kitty.

Happy birthday to you … !

Nolan helped blow out the candles!

Surprise! Bombarded with silly string! It was a good party! Happy birthday, Gavin!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Slowly Catching Up

Since January this year, I have been the editor of the newsletter for our Folk Society. It must fulfill the writing urge for me, because I haven't been keeping up with my blog. Luckily, not only do I journal, but I also keep a small monthly planner, where I jot down things that are going on in my life.

At the end of April, according to my planner, my sister Beth came to visit with Mom and Dad for a couple of weeks. While she was here, her two daughters took the opportunity to visit, too. One day I kidnapped them and took them to my favorite places. First we went to the Vintage Vogue Goodwill store in Broad Ripple. Then we went to the Cake Bake, also in Broad Ripple. I love the Cake Bake so much!
At the Cake Bake with beautiful nieces, Nellie and Sarah.
Every year I have a wonderful display of Columbine (Aquilegia). I love them!
This is the Ohio River, taken from Madison, Indiana. I went to the River Roots Music Festival in May. I love music festivals!
At the River Roots Festival, there is an arts and crafts area. People have a chance to try their hand at pottery or sketching.
This girl was quite a hit. She walked around on stilts all day, pretending to be a tree.
I've done a lot of yardwork this year. Painting these shutters and window box was on my to-do list for a long time.
Another low-maintenance perennial that grow in my yard, Coreopsis.

I recently read that people collect Laura Ashley dresses. I found this pretty dress at Goodwill for $3.50. I sold it on eBay for $37.99, plus shipping. Fun!
Every year I look forward to our Folk Society's Eagle Creek Folk Festival. This was our 41st year! Here I am playing my dulcimer with a group.
Another of my favorite summer festivals, the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, held in Battleground, Indiana. We had perfect weather this year! 
The Whipstitch Sallies! warming up backstage at the Fiddlers' Gathering. These girls are such fun to see.

More blogs to come, I  promise. If you want to encourage my blogging, leave a comment and/or become a follower!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter 2015

Spring at last! 
And here are a few scenes from Easter Sunday.
Lovely forsythia - a once-a-year delight.
Cashmere bunnies, made from Goodwill cashmere sweaters. 
They were one of my winter projects and they turned out so cute!
The cat who lives at Mom's house. She gets jealous when anyone else is getting Mom's attention.
We had a smallish group for dinner this year - just nine. No out of town guests, and some regulars were in California.
We had a small but lively Easter egg hunt. 

E brought along his grabber tool - perfect for picking up eggs.
Mike was the Easter Bunny this year.
This is how we do it. Each plastic egg has a strip of paper inside with a number on it. The numbers match a list of prizes. Examples of prizes - $1, choose a gift from the big basket, 50 cents, a big Easter kiss from Great Grandma or Great Grandpa, or (the best one of all) a Happy Easter! 

Here is Avery collecting her kiss from Great Grandpa.
Everyone wins.