Monday, June 1, 2020
Thursday, January 9, 2020
They say hindsight is 2020. Looking back on 2019, there was not a lot to see. It was a year of settling to the many changes in our lives. Some sad and some joyful. My last post (and only post in 2019) explains all that. It really became visual to me when I prepared to backup the last of the 2019 photos. In years past, I would take about 1700 photos a year. Last year I only took 499 photos. We also did a lot less camping than usual.
We did manage to get one camping trip in before the year ended. A few days along the Snake River and with our friends meeting up with us there. Mainly we just all chilled (in more ways than one) and relaxed. We took one day to explore the Cloe’s Nature Walk.
Idaho in the Fall is beautiful, and we got out to take in all the colors of the season.
Foresight for 2020 remains to be seen. I hope for more photo opportunities, more camping trips, and more times with our family and our friends. These are the things really bring joy to our lives. I hope for a kinder and gentler 2020 - for me and my people, and for you and yours too.
Monday, September 2, 2019
We’ve had rough time since my last post. We lost my dad last Christmas, then an Aunt in February and my Father-in-law in July.
In January my mom moved into our home. She has her own apartment here, where she can live independently. Mom joins us for dinner most nights. Sometimes she just wants to cook for herself. We join mom for coffee in the mornings, aka: Mornings with Mom.
I had surgery in June – nothing major, but it took over six weeks to get back to my old self.
However, there was one positive highlight during July. We were in Oregon and got the pleasure of meeting our newest great grandchild. He was five months of cuteness with the sweetest little personality. He is our 8th great grandchild and my mom’s 11th great-great-grandchild.
During all this, I had lost any desire to pick up my camera or make a blog post. Finally, in August I started to get back to doing the things I love.
At the suggestion of some photographer-neighbors, hubby and I entered enter some images in our local fair. We’ve not done anything like this before, so we didn’t know what to expect. We enter the max number of photographs each person was allowed, three photos (each in a different category). When the fair opened to the public we attended – also something we don’t usually do. Hubby did really well, he received two First Place ribbons and an Honorable Mention ribbon. I received a First Place ribbon and a Third Place ribbon.
I’m so looking forward to getting some Autumn photos – maybe even squeaking in a camping trip or two before we put the trailer away for winter.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
I've been sort of MIA for the last three months. I am so far behind with Scripture and a Snapshot posts, that I’m considering waiting till the new year to start again. It’s been quite a busy time and most of it was not fun. Let me see if I can bring you all up to date.
In June, our good friends, Shaleen and George, from the Sacramento area moved near us in Idaho. After they got settled into their new home, we made plans to get out together at least once a week. We would take a day and explore our new home state. We referred to it as Wednesday Wonderings. Then as we found not all Wednesdays worked each week, we started referring to them as Weekday Wonderings. Before we even got the first day done, our friends had to go to Southern California, as her mom became quite ill. About the time they returned, we were heading to Grants Pass, Oregon for a week. A day into our trip, my dad was taken to the hospital and we found ourselves heading to Southern California.
Finally, things seemed to have settled down, so we hitched up our trailers and went to Lake Cascade for a week. It turns out we really needed the time to just relax and breathe from the past three months. We did go to McCall, about an hour from the campground. On the way we passed an abandoned house – with cows on the porch. By the time we turned around the cows were off the porch.
Mainly we just stayed at our campsite and enjoyed the beauty of the lake. And we talked and talked and then we talked some more. We all decided we want to go back again.
The Sunset were beautiful, especially while sitting around a campfire.
In the mornings, there was a mist upon the lake. Between the ghostly look of the mist and the bluff looking like it was watching us, I just had to take the image into Photoshop and make it even eerier than it already was.
While processing the eerie image, I got in the mood to do a little more All Hollow’s Eve-ish play.
It feels good to be caught up here on LAF Time. I’m praying things remain calm and I won’t be MIA again.
Sunday, July 8, 2018
After recommendations from the people in the know, we headed to Melba, Idaho for their July Fourth festivities. We were among lots of people who traveled over an hour to celebrate and we were not disappointed. We did miss the tracker pull competition because we were indulging in a scrumptious fried chicken dinner at the Senior Center. We enjoyed the car show, especially the guys who talked about horsepower; CCs, and all things cars.
For me, the best part was the parade. So much patriotism was on display by the parade entrants and the parade watchers.
Old Glory was flying proudly and the crowd stood each time she went by. Big cheers went out for the military and first responders.
The parade had lots of classic cars and lots of horses too.
We headed home about mid-afternoon. The fireworks start at dusk. Up here in the north, dusk doesn’t happen till about 10:30. A tab bit too late for us. It was a wonderful day, just the same.
Scripture and a Snapshot Week 27
I think I can hear a John Philip Sousa march about now. Yes! It’s Stars and Strips Forever!!
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Our first spring in Boise has been wonderful. The plants in the front and back yards are all new to us. We figured we would just watch them over the spring, summer, and fall. Then we will have a better idea of what ones will stay and what will be replaced next year.
The best part of spring has been the birds. Most are varieties that we’ve not had the pleasure of seeing before. They are quite colorful too. In fact, we can spend many hours each day just sitting on the patio and watching the birds. We are getting pretty good at identifying some of them. I do miss the Blue Jays that frequented our yard in Northern California. But I do not miss all the crows and their constant squawking. We even have seagulls, not many of them, but enough to remind me of my teens year growing up in Huntington Beach.
Each day I look forward to grabbing a fresh, hot cuppa coffee or tea and my camera and heading out to the patio. Next thing I know is that the sun is setting…and that happens about 10:00 at night. Then I find myself wondering where the day has gone.
My time spent watching the Boise springtime in my backyard maybe why I have forgotten to get many of the June Scripture and a Snapshot posted here. Please allow me to get caught up on this right now.
Now that summer has arrived, I hope that I will be a little better about posting in a more timely fashion. I hope your spring was a great one and I wish you the best summer ever.