Friday, January 12, 2018

Finding Faves in Cold Weather

We are still with our daughter in 'not Southern California' this week.  The weather has fluctuated dramatically between almost pleasant temperatures and frigid ice and snow.  I'm not a fan of cold winter weather, but I can choose to find joy, gratitude and thankfulness.  Click over to Susanne's blog and join in celebrating gratitude with Friday Fave Fives.




1.  A couple of days it warmed up enough so we could walk on paved paths without slipping on icy patches.  One of the walks was at the local arboretum.  Now we have walked these paths in every season.  (And, yep, I forgot my camera.)

2.  Another day, we walked on a bike path along a creek.  It wasn't a long walk but it was enough to keep us active.


3.  Lunches with our daughter and her coworker.  Twice.  Good conversations ranging from healthy eating habits to theology and everything in between.

4.  Picking up The New Big Boy from school, something we seldom have the privilege to do.  We even met his teacher and some of the administration people.  Good connections.

5.  It makes us happy to know that the next generations are keeping up the habit of visiting the library regularly.  I love the statue on the top of the arch in the local library parking lot.


We fly home tomorrow.  Goodbye, snow.  Hello, home!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A Natural Year

As I normally do in late December and early January, I have been pondering my Hopes and Goals for this year of 2018.  I have been considering what word best describes my focus.

I was coming up blank.  Nothing.  My prayer has been that God would show me what HE wants my focus to be this year.  Finally, yesterday it popped out at me.  Tracy posted a recipe for a natural body/face scrub on her blog, and I thought, YES!  I want to focus on having a more natural approach to everything in my life.

Already, I do quite well on eating only natural foods.  My whole food plant based diet requires that.  I've been learning about herbal teas and simple remedies.  I've backed off a lot on make up and use the most natural foundations and powders I can find.  My friend sends me her homemade soap.  Even my lip balm is natural and mostly organic.

But cleaning supplies and other body/facial cleansers have been areas where I have been confused and not very successful.  I'm going to begin here by making a natural sugar scrub.

My daughter has been focusing lately on Just Do One Thing.  I like that thought.  So during this year, I am going to Do One Thing at a time.  Naturally.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Baby, It's COLD Outside

Here it is, the First Friday of 2018.
Welcome to Friday Fave Fives!
I'm reporting in from a very COLD place where there is SNOW.



I am still visiting family, and it's COLD!   Being in this frigid weather, I am reminded to be thankful for things we often simply take for granted like:

1.  Hot drinks.  Sadly, my daughter's electric tea kettle died.  But, we were able to simply drive to the store and purchase another one.  Making a mug of tea is easy.  And helps keep me warm.

2.  Electric blankets.  Who knew?

3.  Hmmm, electricity.  To keep those appliances and blankets working.  Piped right into the house. Twenty-four hours a day.  Every day.

4.  Extra time with The (Not So) New Boy.  He has had late starts at school and now today school was cancelled due to 'weather' which I think means the COLD.  We braved the low temperatures one day and took a walk.  He decided he was my protector, using snowballs and icicles for defense.



5.  Warm clothes.  Wool socks.  Extra layers of clothes.  Boots.  I'm thankful I have these!


To all of you who live in this kind of weather all winter, you have my respect!

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 in Review

It's January first.  But.  I'm still mentally in 2017 since I am visiting family 2500 miles away from home.  Anyway, I decided to look back through the photos I took and choose one for each month.  You know how it is...I couldn't choose just one!  So here are two (or maybe more) photos from January through December.  Mostly, I chose tried to choose one landscape and one micro photo. You can tell from the pictures where I was each month.  Enjoy!

JANUARY
At home where the jonquils were blooming.




FEBRUARY
Wait! What?? Snow?  Visiting Ohio.


Back home where the poppies are blooming.  In February.


And the Pacific Ocean quietly calls to me.




MARCH
Spring comes to Southern California



And PAL comes to the beach.




APRIL
The monarch butterflies grace our garden.


Poppies pop up everywhere.





And I travel again.
Ohio bike path



MAY
Back home
The neighborhood golf course


Santa Monica Mountains

The jacarandas were late to bloom.




JUNE
Ventura County beach


June Gloom in Southern California is a real thing.


CSUCI



JULY
A Northern California and Oregon road trip






AUGUST
New Mexico and Arizona






SEPTEMBER
Surfing and sunset


Even in SoCal, the leaves turn in autumn.  Sorta.


OCTOBER
Baltimore



Londontowne


San Francisco


Humboldt County



Ventura County



NOVEMBER
Santa Monica Mountains tower above our home.


An egret enjoys the neighborhood lake.


 monarch caterpillar


Late autumn in Maryland



DECEMBER
Annapolis


Passing national monuments is normal life in Washington, D.C.




See?  I just can't limit my favorites!