|Hi! Thanks for coming to visit : ) It is good to greet you from home, although I had a great time traveling. With pretty cotton yarn Betsy gave me awhile ago, I even got two dishcloths knit while I wasn't driving.|
|When we heard that there were some wildfires in northern California we decided to take the coastal route [always my favorite anyway : )] to try to avoid driving through smokey areas...a plan that did not entirely work.|
|While driving through Crescent City, CA we stopped at Brother Jonathan Point where I took this zoomed in view of St. George lighthouse which is seven miles from shore and difficult to see in the foggy mist that day.|
|Then looking to the south I took this less zoomed in view of the Crescent City lighthouse which I enjoyed touring many years ago when we lived in Crescent City.|
|South of Crescent City there was a huge herd of elk in a park protected area on both sides of the road. Aren't those antlers amazing?|
|As we continued driving south, the smoke lessened and we enjoyed driving through a redwood forrest CA state park.|
|Many sections of the southern freeways have oleander bushes growing in the median strips, which I think is a lovely choice.|
|My nieces planned a wonderful party and helped us make wonderful memories as we celebrated.|
|My oldest niece's sister-in-law made this amazing cake which made me think of Anne's wonderful sugar craft work.|
|Paula is an animal lover and has a beautiful little flock of chickens in her backyard.|
|This feathery girl seems to be thinking..."Did I really lay that!?!" : )|
|My pictures don't do justice to this pretty and productive flock!|
|Paula drove me up into the San Jose foothills and this is a view of the southern Bay Area and some of the golden hills of CA.|
|While there are few trees in the foothills, the eucalyptus and old oak trees are especially beautiful, I think.|
|We enjoyed seeing this small herd of horses, also.|
|There are so many vineyards up and down CA, it always impresses me as I drive by them.|
|This thought provoking message on the mount impressed me as well.|
|The modern windmills springing from more and more locations pose a pretty and practical presence to me although some protest their worth.|
|The diminished snow cover on Mt. Shasta in northern CA while normal for this time of year also reminds us of our increased drought conditions.|
|But in spite of the drought, our household has been given or picked up fruit and vegetables which are being processed.|
|Various family members are canning and freezing the results and we are having yummy fresh produce meals as well. A Fisherman Friend has given us delicious fresh salmon to enjoy several times, also.|
|The wildfires have made some of our sunsets especially colorful.|
|While I was traveling, my youngest daughter attended the county fair and sent me this delightful Smiling Sheep photo which is the last image I will leave with you in this post.|
Wildfire weather is a time of tragic loss for some and great concern for others. Forestry experts explain that forrest fires positively contribute to the growth cycle of forests, but we still mourn the loss of lives and property they bring.
Today marks the six year anniversary of the death of my husband of 38 years. While I am celebrating with those around me who are marking 50 years of marriage, I am saddened and jealous that I can not celebrate 50 years of marriage or more with my husband. Yet I celebrate the positive time we shared, particularly our shared faith: that pleasures on earth will be followed by the incredible pleasures of eternal life through Christ.
Months ago I added a page to my sidebar but did not bring your attention to it. It is entitled "Louis." In it I describe my view of my time spent with Louis on earth. Adventures! I invite you to read about them if you are curious : )
Since coming home during our stretch of wildfire weather, I have been picking sun gold cherry tomatoes, knitting, swimming, attending church, having luncheons with friends, planning to restring some cobalt blue glass beads I have been collecting along with those Teresa gave me, writing a poem, drawing, painting a watercolor picture, and planning a business link to this blog...my adventures continue!
Please tell me about your adventures whatever your weather may be. I am eager to know!