Welcome to another peek into my world.  Today I’m continuing the celebration of my #2 son’s birthday, with photos of his party last weekend.  This one was snapped in the backyard of his new home.

The backyard pool looks like a fun spot to party.

Then the party continues at the beach, with these shots – my three twenty-something grandchildren, Alec, Aubrey, and Aaron:

Here they are again, seemingly floating…

Then we see a lovely family grouping of Madeline and her two kids:

Returning to the backyard, Brett and his three kids remind us that we are celebrating a significant birthday:

Leading up to his birthday, I posted this cover photo on my Facebook page:  Middle, Brett on his fifth birthday; and right, Brett at 5 months…

Now…I have one more offspring birthday to celebrate…in November.

How do you celebrate birthdays?  Do you watch from afar, connecting primarily by text, Skype, etc.?  Or are you there in person?



At night, I curl up in bed to read or watch TV,  and love this “night stand.”  It is one of my dual-purpose (or multi-purpose) pieces.  In the beginning, I enjoyed it in an upstairs bedroom at my former home, holding a small TV.  Sadly, I have no photos of its former life.

Before I had my iPhone (Phoebe), I didn’t photograph everything that surrounded me.  This compulsion to snap photos had its origins with my social media presence.  Visiting on Facebook and other people’s blogs brought out this fascination for me.

As October approaches, I am thinking of birthdays.  On October 5, my #2 son will be celebrating his birthday.  The anticipation takes me back to old photos…way back in the day.  Like this one on his fifth birthday.

As I look at this photo, I also remember my own younger years.  Here I am at seven…also an “October baby.”  See a resemblance?  LOL


Many years ago, Brett was the second child of three…and here we are, “living the dream” in Coalinga, CA, a time that I recall as very depressing.  LOL.  Brett, on the left, does not look very happy in this photo.  He was three.

We did manage to escape that little town now and then…and (below), we had an all-day adventure at the park, 70 miles away.  None of the kids look all that happy.  Perhaps the escape was not thrilling enough.

Here they are in a new home in the city, with a fourth child, my daughter Heather; they look happier here, except for my youngest son on the left.  Maybe he was still disgruntled about losing his position as the “youngest child.”  We all have to give up things along the way.  I recall enjoying this apartment, with all the wicker stuff I collected back then.  (It was the 80s!).  But I no longer had the house I really enjoyed for a while.  Sigh.


Later in the 80s, we moved into a townhouse that I loved.  Here is Brett, still not looking that happy.  Perhaps he just didn’t like posing for photos.  That hanging on the wall served time as a throw rug in our next home.

If you look closely, on the right, you can see the corner of that “former wall hanging.”



Over the years, we have repurposed many things, not the least of which were the furnishings of our various homes.  The “kids” have gone through their own changes with time.  I love looking back at the moments we have shared along the way.

When the world around us is going through so many chaotic moments, it is comforting to look back at family moments.

How is your week going?  Are you managing to deal with what life is throwing at us?



Good morning, and welcome to another Friday.  How did the week slide by so quickly?  Oh, yes, the holiday.  Note the photo (above), which I snapped in my neighborhood Barnes & Noble Cafe…oddly enough, there were no customers in that part of the store.  I don’t like catching random people in my photos.  LOL.  I wanted to capture that wall hanging of To Kill a Mockingbird.  As you can see, I only caught about 2/3 of it, but you “get the picture.”  Book covers are featured all around the shop. While this particular store is not the original one for our city, the book cover hangings are the originals and came along with the move.

So…random tidbits.  Now, let’s settle down for some family moments.   Alec, Aubrey, & Aaron are my Southern California grandchildren, and in these shots, you’ll see them with each of their parents and with two siblings that I’ve featured before, but who are not my actual grandchildren.  We take “extended family” members seriously in our photos.

Let’s start with this cute one of Aubrey with her friend Noah, in the desert:

Next, she is holding her little sister Sidney:

Let’s take a look at her with her dad and the two older siblings, Alec and Aaron (after Alec’s graduation from UC Berkeley:

And on Mother’s Day, Aubrey celebrated with her mom and her four siblings, including Silas and Sidney:


I love Facebook, where I can copy photos put out there by my family members…and it almost feels as if I’m there with them.

Speaking of Facebook.  I ran into some issues with the FB app on my iPhone.  Does anyone have an iPhone 7?  Have you had problems with your app?  When I open the app and start to scroll, the pages close down…literally go dark.  I tried several supposed “fixes,” like deleting the app and adding a new one.  It worked for about a minute.

I also reset my iPhone settings.  Nothing.  HELP!

Thanks…if anyone has some ideas, I’d appreciate them.


So…now, back to our Friday.   What are your plans for the weekend?  How was your Fourth of July (if you celebrate that event).




Good morning, and welcome to Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

Here are Alyce’s instructions for participants:

To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. All I ask is that you don’t post random photos that you find online.

So today, I captured a photo from my granddaughter Fiona’s photo album.  She just got back from a trip to LA, where she visited Disneyland, etc.


I like the eerie lights that render her almost surreal.


What did the rest of you find today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….