Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Home for the Holidays
my sister sent me this card because it looks just like my homepage picture!

Red gave me an early Christmas gift. I love Coca-Cola products and have a ton Coke decor in my kitchen! He painted this and gave it to me this weekend, excited for me to have it!!! I love it; he is a great artist.

*Fall on your knees
Oh, hear the angel's voices
Night divine
The night when Christ was born.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful . . .
...but the fire is so delightful and as long as you love me so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.... Our first snowfall of the year turned into my first snow day from work for the school year!! Yippie!! That automated message from my school is always wonderful! Everyone drive safely & enjoy!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ EvE

A rainbow that Red caputred this morning and sent to my phone! What a great way to start the day!

My Favorite Time of Night!
I love this time of night...and even though there were streetlights that mimiked the moon, big companies, cars, and technology everywhere I still wanted to catch the evening!
Happy SkyWatch =)

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Made Whole

"Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
Learn to live free"

Over the weekend mom's garden fairy fell off of the table on the back porch because of strong winds. She broke into several pieces.

With a special glue, patience and love we put her back together piece-by-piece, almost as good as new!

So she can fly through the gardens again!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cooking w/ Red & Connie ~ Sausage Breakfast, stuffing & pear bread

Things to do w/ Sausage and Pears
As part of our Thanksgiving week we made one of my favorite dishes ~ stuffing!! We went to Adams (a local farmers market) and bought some homemade stuffing with their "special ingredients." We made some sausage for breakfast with waffles and then used the rest for our stuffing!
All we did was food process carrots, celery, and an onion. We cooked the sausage in a skillet and then added the veggies! Then, we stirred the veggies, sausage mix in a bowl with a bag of seasoned breadcrumbs and 2 cups chicken stock. Put it in a casserole dish and baked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes! ALL DONE =) Enjoy
We then made some pear bread!!! Followed the same recipe as my Connie's banana bread but added pears that we put in the blender instead of bananas!!! Great recipe. You need to add a little more baking powder to compensate for the liquid concentration of the pear bread! Enjoy!
xoxo Red & Connie

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ Close Coasts

Blue Skies, Suns & Moons, and Coasts a far!!! Busy Skywatch
Thank goodness for technology!
unfortunately these are all taken with my cell phone!!! But, oh how I love how I can catch awesome skywatch pictures when I don't have my camera on me!!! How great technology is for us
I thought this was really beautiful... the sun looks like a giant white fireball!
another fireball shot, but that tiny white circle is interesting to me at the top middle. Is that the moon?
Since I was taking cell pictures for this skywatch, and I was happy over technology. I figured I'd add this one... I was at my 2nd job at the mall. I teach and then go to Hollister to work a couple nights a week. I was working on Tuesday. As it is a store dedicated to California they have a live feed from Huntington beach. The sunset there was beautiful, and I snapped a quick pic with my cell wishing I was on the other coast =)
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ Snowy Mists

Shooting the Sun!
this is the beautiful sky on Saturday November 7th, Red's birthday.
I couldn't resist some pictures. It looked snowy, and misty, and breath taking.

The fuel trail of the plane looks like it's shooting the misty sun.

Such beauty in the afternoon sky.

"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."

Happy SkyWatch Friday!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ California Dreamin'

...on such a winter's day...
on these chilly late autumn days, I'm reminiscent of the vacation Red and I took this summer to the golden state of warmth and beauty.

"all the leaves are blown
and the sky is gray
I've been for a walk
on a winter's day

I'd be safe and warm
if I was in LA
California Dreamin'
on such a winter's day."

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Love of Vampires

"About three things I was absolutely positive:
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him--and I didn't know how dominant that part might be--that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him."

A year ago tomorrow I received my much anticipated package from The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I had stumbled across Twilight flare on facebook, and thought to myself what could all this hype be over?

I looked up Twilight, discovered it was a novel, and read the four or five pages they allot you to preview on amazon. I was INSTANTLY hooked. I ordered the whole series, and as irony would have it my book about vampires arrived Halloween morning.

The next three weeks of my life were consumed by these books. When I wasn't reading (and I was glued to the pages in every free minute...including red lights and walking from my car to work) I was thinking about the characters and the story. It was ALL CONSUMING, completely and totally.

As Halloween arrives tomorrow, the anniversary of my beginning of a great love of this story, I am reflective about how powerful books can be in our lives. Someone once said that reading was like living many different lives. So true.

Keep an eye out for sparkling vampires tomorrow =)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ 'Tis the Night

Howl at the Moon" 'Tis the night--the night
Of the grave's delight
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they--it is they." ~Arthur Coxe

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Guardians of Our Soul

no matter how little money and how few possessions you own having a dog makes you R I C H.How sweet our little friends are
Who stir the corners of our hearts
who remember our souls
When in busyness we forget

How loyal our companions are
Cuddled up on a cold night
Comforting when we're sad
Excited by our happiness

How beautiful a dog's soul is
Innocent, loving, true
God had a special plan
for man's best friend.

Always & forever my Mr. Darcy and Chino Sanchez

Thursday, October 22, 2009

OoOoO SkyWatch Perfect

Stopping By the Road on a Partly-Cloudy Day

I saw this on the road and took some pictures with my cell phone =)
I'm thankful for my cell phone that takes pictures so I can capture beautiful SkyWatch photos!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SkyWatch Friday ~ Autumnal Snow

Tonight's Forecast: SNOW!!!!
you can sort of see the rainy/snow mix coming down through the red tree.
I can't believe we're getting snow already!!!! the only site my brother the Atomspheric Science major will use states:

Tonight: Rain before 11pm, then rain and snow. Low around 35. Northeast wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
YIKES!!!!! time for hat & mittens

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Dad, the Carpenter

Building a Family of Faith
As I open my mailbox after a long day of work and see a personalized letter with my dad's handwriting I smile. I read on one side my dad's note to me, and on the other a scripture... often I am moved.

Today, I was putting the card I received into the box where I store all of the letters dad has written me. I got a pull from inside somewhere to take a picture of my box and write a blog about these letters. So, I took some photos. They were great, but not enough. I decided I wanted to count the letters to see how many have been written (204) so far. As I was counting I got to the bottom of the small top box and found the very first letter. I flipped over the envelope curious of the date. It was
postmarked: October 10, 2008.
Exactly one year ago, today. And I thought:
God is Good.

Happy one year of letters, Dad! I love you
I thank you and mom, always, for the foundation.