Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This Might Melt the Hardest Heart

Even if you had a heart of stone
I really feel this picture of
Owen Joseph
would melt it!   
Is Grammie right ?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve Joy

My cup simply overflows.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Grammie holding baby and taking a picture!
He got held for 4 hours straight while I babysat.
This is only the beginning.
I wonder what my record will be?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

California Baby

So what does a California baby do when he's a
week old?
Go to the beach, of course!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Other Things

It's been 9 days since Owen arrived.
At last I am starting to think of a few other things.
Like my beloved beach treasures found this morning.
It's like a summer day out there with a high expected of 78 degrees.
Life is good.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

They Can Make All the Fun They Want!

Because I'm gonna' be one of those Grammies who think THEIR grandchild is

But in the case of Owen Joseph it is the truth.   I am an honest person.   I wouldn't lie.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's All True

All that stuff about being a grandparent that they said...
like it's pure love...
and it's better than you can imagine...
and you become obsessed and can think of nothing else...

Well, folks, it's all true!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Over the Moon!

And there's no better place to be!
Can't think of anything else.  Don't wanna'.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Heart Full and Overflowing

My son holding his son.   Just writing this and seeing the picture and I start crying again.   
For the third time today.   And I don't care who sees me.
My love overwhelms my brain and I can think of little else...don't want to anyway.
Owen being held by his dad are enough for me.

Just Call Me Grammie!

Owen Joseph
9.0 lbs
23 1/2"
Dec. 3, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Beach Glass and Then Some

Found some great beach glass...the best find of the fall.

Also a shell that looks just like a leaf.

I do so love the beach!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

R U Ready 4 Halloweeeeen?

Pumpkin is almost ready...candy is ready and waiting...sunflowers are ready.
HOPE U R 2!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mood Lights

These lights in a restaurant intrigued me.   Was I in Italy?
Morocco?   France?
Or just in my own Ventura... in a restored old building 
celebrating my 60th?


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Things That Find Me

Oh the things that find me!   I'm minding my own business at the Salvation Army thrift store and this called to me FROM ACROSS THE ROOM.   I swear...and I couldn't leave it for some unappreciative soul to scoop up.   Hardly used...mostly hand done...not faded or stained or torn.   I mean WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Never Enough

Never can get enough of the beach.   Anytime is the right time.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Baby Boy's Shower

You'll be here 6 weeks from today and we're getting ready

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blue for a Boy's Room

A beautiful clear blue (painted by dad) above white beadboard (installed by dad)
is waiting to welcome the boy himself before too long.
Grammie can't wait.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Granddog Buddy

Sweet Buddy waiting patiently while I admire the  baby room   It will have a new little grandson in it sometime after the middle of November.   Just start calling me "GRAMMIE" so I can get used to it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Turning 60!!!

This was my 60th birthday dinner treat...cream cheese stuffed strawberries.    A fitting end to a birthday week that included many fun gifts, balloons, cakes, cupcakes, cards, 
and even my first tattoo!   More on all that in the days to come.   
I want to get back to blogging more regularly.   I have missed it and so have my
 two semi-faithful readers (both my sisters).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boring ???

One of my friends doesn't like lantana because she thinks it's BORING in a yard.   I won't tell this pretty color such an awful thing and hurt her feelings....will you?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Surprise Find

Found this quilt top amid a pile of sheets and pillows and worn blankets at a rummage sale.   It had been folded for a long time and forgotten, I think.   It seems to be older...carefully done....rust spots on the background.  Who... I wonder... cut each piece and put it together by hand with such love...only to have it wind up being sold for $5 in Ventura? 

Monday, August 30, 2010

White Perfection

White and I don't usually get along.  I'm really too pale to wear it well and it gets dirty so fast.   But this white beauty from the front yard is absolutely perfect in my opinion.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cheery Friends

My cheery friends see me off to work in the morning!   I think they want me to stay and play.  

Monday, August 23, 2010

End of Summer for Sure

Good bye beach, sand, surf and waves.   Good bye beach glass hunting and trash pickup.
I'll see you only in passing for awhile...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer's End

What's up with this?   It's cooler and foggier than it has been for years all summer... and the day ... THE VERY DAY I go back to start setting up my classroom... it is clear and bright and sunny.   Murphy's Law.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Got Away!

Visited Morro Bay on a short getaway and got this shot of the rock covered in fog.   Love the new sights and new places only a few hours drive away!   Last gasp of summer for me as I prepare to start year 34 of teaching...this year and one more to go if all goes well before I can join the happily retired.   Guess I better think about applying for the old AARP card afterall.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mostly Foggy

We've had mostly foggy days at the beach this summer which is fine with me.   It's been cooler than most places...and...heck!...it's still the BEACH!!!   My favorite place in the world.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Found her on a Shelf

I found this pretty lady on a shelf at the thrift store just waiting for me.   I wonder who made her and who let her go and are there anymore like her out there?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Front Yard Beauty

Captured this on the way to the front door. Sometimes I forget the beauty right in front of me...I get caught looking at what I don't have that I want. Big mistake! Gratitude check, please!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heart Shaped Happiness

This perfect shell was found and saved for me by two of my most favorite peeps. Thanks, guys!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

I just love hand lettered signs. They always speak to me about someone caring enough about something to take the time to make and post what they want to say. I always read them...and have made some myself.
Wherever you are I hope you are having a good day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Time for quilting and other fun stuff! Heck, even chores and errands are fun WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIME! These hexagon pieces are made using a old pattern idea found in a magazine. Having great fun using up scraps...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beach Glass Heaven

All of this in one sweep last Sunday! It's 10 oz. worth of prime California beach glass. Well worth the trip and summer is just around the corner...

Monday, May 3, 2010

April Showers Bring....

Mayflowers... and me... back again after a longer break than I realized! These are Heartsease...planted from seeds I brought home from England on my 50th birthday trip ten years ago. Yes, that means I'm looking at 60 come September...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paint and Pass

This is the beginning of my Paint and Pass project with my Glitter Sisters art group. It is a 5"X7" canvas to be passed to all 11 of us who will each add something fun. At the end we'll each have our own canvas back...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yup, That Was One!

A 6.9 earthquake centered in Baja was felt up here in Ventura County! Only rattled the blinds and shook the doors a bit, thank goodness. We got a pass one this one...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Where Has It Gone?

.....Meaning the time and my mind? I blink and it's mid March and the time changes this weekend and my report cards haven't exactly gotten done and so on. Makes me wish for summer days like when I took this picture last year in Monterey...BUT ONLY 58 SCHOOL DAYS UNTIL SUMMER ROLLS AROUND ONCE AGAIN!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vintage Find

Found this gem at a thrift store for 60 cents! Love the vintage graphics...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunflowers in February

Planted a few of these babies to see how they'd do at this time of year and have had great results. Think I'll add more!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ya' Gotta Be Quick

Once or twice during our "winter season" it gets cold enough to snow in our local Topa Topa mountains. I grab the camera and click away because this scene only happens briefly...lasts only a day or two...before it melts and you can't see the ocean and the snow at the same time. Crazy California weather!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

With the help of netflixorigami.com I am wishing you a happy day of hearts and love and all that gooshy stuff. Only if it works for you, of course. As my first graders said (of Cupid)...."He's really only a baby in diapers with an arrow anyway."