Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Dare you to NOT Smile

One of my favorite bloggers posted this video yesterday.
  I must say that I was watching it all alone and laughing like a ninny!
  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


The day before school started around here, we celebrated my mother in law's 91st birthday
We had a lovely time and everyone was able to attend except my nephew who is away at college and working  and my brother in law who is visiting HIS mother in the Azores.

School began last Monday and I must say that there is no "easing back" into school these days.
 Lollipop Pop came home with  gobs of homework and a quiz to study for the next day. 
Sugar Plum Fairy was great the first two days, but I could feel a meltdown on the horizon.
Homework was taking every bit of 4 hours (staying focused and on task was posing challenges)
  Full blown meltdown for her came on Thursday. 
 Mine occurred on Tuesday night!
Her's stemmed from getting side tracked in class and not writing all of the vocabulary words down in time before they were erased.
Mine stemmed from trying to get dinner on the table to meet everyone's oddball schedules.
 I failed.
 After a weekend and some downtime, this week seems to be much better for everyone.
I also finally hung my pencil sharpener.
 I am a happy girl!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Funny to Begin Your Week

Lollipop Pop's golf practices and matches have begun in earnest around here, so with that in mind and in honor of Robin William's comic genius enjoy. 

Happy Monday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Truism

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. 
~Author Unknown

2nd day of school
I failed on the first.

Friday, August 15, 2014

McCloud River and Dear Friends

When we were in Northern California, we spent most of our time in less than a 10 mile radius...except for the Oregon jaunt.  
We visited the lovely area of McCloud one day. 
McCloud used to be a lumber company town...everything was owned by the lumber company. 
 It offered homes and work for many people. 
 The lumber company was sold and then left years ago and homes are now owned privately. 
 It really is a historical and quaint town.
Now...we wanted to visit the area, but I HAD to visit some very special people. 
Mr. Marshall worked with my Dad when he was the Ranger in Mt. Shasta. 
This man and his wife have been dear friends with my parents for nearly 50 years....seriously. 
I have never heard my parents speak with anything but love, admiration and laughter when referring to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall. 
There are stories galore and every year, they get together in this area for a Forest Service reunion of sorts. 
There are people who travel great distances every year to be together.
Most of these people are in their 70's, 80's and 90's.
  That in itself is a testament as to the family feel the Forest Service had in those years.
I have said this before, but I feel very blessed to have been raised in the way I was. 
Anyway, we were able to have a lovely visit in the Marshall home.
We talked of the history of the area...the places we should see and as always, F.S. stuff.
There is a large cross cut saw blade hanging on their living room. 
Apparently,  Dad presented it to Mr. Marshall upon his retirement and it hangs proudly. 
 The story of WHY, was told to me by Dad when we returned. 
I will see if he'll share it here. 
 It is funny.
After saying our farewells,we wandered up the road to Lower Falls which was filled with people sun bathing and some crazy ones jumping off the top into the pool below..
.Crazy, but it did look like fun.
We drove on up to the Upper Falls where we had a picnic lunch. 
 Shaggy climbed down to the base of these falls and a couple took his photo with their phone. 
 Later on, he shared his E-Mail with them hoping they''ll send him a copy. 
 No such luck yet.
After driving to McCloud Lake, we decided fishing without a boat on the lake might not be the best for us.
 It was gorgeous though.
That's when we headed back to the Sacramento River near Dunsmuir.
A couple days before this excursion, we has driven near the Middle Falls.
We were just scouting places to fish then. 
Shaggy wasn't with us, but wanted to share all three falls in one post.

Just another wonderful day spent in gorgeous country.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Happy Place

 To me, there is nothing quite as peaceful, soul soothing and relaxing than sitting along a river.
  There are "beach people" and "mountain people".
I have always gravitated toward the mountains. 
 The scent of the trees and the sound of the water are almost magical.
Watching my husband and son fish in the same river...the same spot...that my Dad and Granddad did, makes me smile.
Watching my girls enjoy themselves without a care in the world...does my heart good.


 Add a book to the mix, and I am convinced it doesn't get much better.

As I try to find balance and a routine this week for myself and my family, I will focus on this.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Something to ponder. 
I saw this article recently and wanted to share with you.
Not being a huge fan of Las Vegas, I had never given much thought as to what the churches must deal with there...although now, I am guessing that their collection might be the  easiest thing to deal with. 
Anyway...had you heard of this? 
Do Las Vegas churches accept gambling chips?
This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas but there are more Catholic churches than casinos.
Not surprisingly, some worshipers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.
Since they get chips from many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings.
The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.
This is done by the Chip Monks.
Happy Wednesday!