Friday, February 5, 2016

More window shopping

A fun Southwestern decor shop in Santa Clara....
Love fake cactus plants that look real and decorative pots

My southwestern decor is mostly not authentic, this stuff isn't cheap!
3D artwork in back with colorful yuccas in a wooden bowl..
Love the warm colors and textures in every corner of this shop.
These colors are so soothing and remind me of Santa Fe, NM 
Would love to add to this a spare corner of my home
but there are no spare!
Interesting sculpture and beautifully designed table runners
Candles, pottery and sculpture capture a mood.
Real looking yucca plants are just plastic.
Busy but beautiful, love wooden furniture with designs
All plastic plants and realistic looking. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter BIRDS

Photo and free verse poem by Lin Floyd

Little dove sitting huddled on a bare branch,
feathers fluffed against the biting winter winds,
how do you survive season after season?

Watching out for hungry hawks searching
for a tasty tidbit, finding a mate then nesting 
nearby continues the wonder of new life.

Year after year, your routine doesn't vary,
patterns planted by nature over time
written in your DNA and instincts forever.

I too cling to old patterns and routines,
day after day seeking comfort and warmth
from winter's vicissitudes and daily trials.
I long for spring and new growth to return
as winter birds wait to sing their mating songs.
Summer will return with its promises.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday again...

Amazing how fast the days fly by and it's another new week to enjoy. Today it was suppose to be our first snow but it's only RAIN and that's fine. That's why we live in the desert to avoid the snow. So far no snow-we usually get at least one morning with the white stuff then it melts. Though two years ago it didn't melt and the temps plummeted and our palm tree fronds froze and some trees didn't survive the cold. Our bushes and palms are fine so far.

Interesting how weather is such a part of our lives. Whether or not the sun shines or it's cloudy does affect our moods. I'm a sunshine person. It just feels warmer when the sun is shining no matter the temperature. Welcome to FEBRUARY. The month of winter still but Valentine's day and the promise of SPRING which always brings HOPE!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Genealogy BUG has bitten me again....

Haven't done much research for many years as I've spent lots of time on writing books and poetry, but it's time to return to my enjoyable hobby started in 1960 at college when I took my first class and started gathering genealogy. Now it's called FAMILY HISTORY which is much easier to spell and understand. Now we have the INTERNET and so many resources at our fingertips-LITERALLY. Especially a free website for all to use. Here's a family tree with photos that I've input which can also be seen on smart phones. Your ancestors in your hand. It's an amazing world we live in. Click to enlarge. I'm trying to get all the photos and histories I have gathered on my ancestors preserved and available here. The LDS Church will preserve this information forever digitally in granite vaults.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Play day

Haven't seen my friend Caryn for a couple of weeks so we had lunch today and went shopping. It was fun to catch up and laugh together. She's like a sister to me that I never had...

Eating a healthy lunch of smoothies and pita sandwiches...yummy!
Love Caryn's home decor touches on her nightstands 
You can see the bird's selection in the mirror!
Her bedroom is yellow, grays and black plus silver accents. 
Click to enlarge to see all the fun stuff organized here.
Off to thrift stores to mostly shop, this place is full of stuff.
We also did Target, Dollar store and Tai Pan Trading

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Our church's women's organization called Relief Society gets together on the last Tuesday of each month to go to lunch at a local restaurant. We had 35 attend today at the Rib and Chop place. Thanks to Akemi for taking the photos. It was great fun talking and eating while getting better acquainted.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A New Week AHEAD...

Amazing how each day offers new opportunities to learn, to love, to serve and to grow in wisdom. None of us know how much time we have left on earth so it's important to ENJOY each day and not just get through it. I love journaling and then reading back over what I learned through the days, weeks, months and years of my long life. This year I will turn 76, and now that's beginning to sound old as my first son will turn 50 next month.

All any of us can do is our best with each day as it presents itself, looking for those opportunities to cheer others on whether it be a friend, family member or neighbor or even a facebook friend. What a time to live in, I'm AMAZED each day by the miracles of technology that we now take for granted: calculators, colored TVs, digital camera and of course the INTERNET the source of all! Also the source of misinformation, but a vehicle for communication with others. I've now been blogging for almost eight years. A great way of JOURNALING.

Can you list in a comment things we take for granted now that we didn't have when you were a child? How about online dating services?