Farewell to Summer

Our summer here is officially over.  Fall begins tomorrow. The high temperatures will linger into October but the nights will begin to cool. In November  we will experience our “fall” in Southern California.  From now until then we will have dry dusty days without rain, Santa Ana winds, and abundant sunshine. The palm trees will remain green, native plants will flourish, hillsides will continue to brown,  leaves will drop and blow in the wind, but a few splashes of fall colors maybe found.

Summer was wonderful.  Although we spent more time at home than usual, we enjoyed many opportunities to get outdoors and appreciate summer. Rather than bore you with details,  I decided to showcase a few highlights and allow the pictures to tell most of the story.

A visit to Berkeley and the University of California


Exploring Berkeley and visiting with family.

Visiting a winery near Gilroy, California

Salinas, California-Home of John Steinbeck.

Beautiful Monterey Bay

Camping in Big Sur and exploring the California coastline.

Laughing in amazement at sun bathing sea lions.


A Phoenix sunrise. One of two trips we made to Arizona.

Who knew Arizona could be so green?

We loved our visit to Oro Valley north of Tuscon, Arizona…


…and even enjoyed the rain!

Our small garden yielded us tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, and strawberries.

I worked on a few sewing and craft projects.


We spent a great deal of time with family, friends, and just hanging out.

(and of course eating and shopping!)

So while we say farewell to the Summer of 2016…

I am looking forward to what comes next!

How was your summer?

(or winter-depending on where you live)



I have been a bit absent and distracted from my blog for the past few weeks. I have tried to keep up with my favorite bloggers but may may have missed a few of you. It might take me some time to catch up.

What have I been up to????


I have been granddaughter and doggie sitting for a few weeks.


 (while their parents have been in Alaska!)

A few beach trips…


 …and poolside with grandkids or my swimming buddy.


Giving sewing lessons…


My recent project of sewing 150 zippered bags is complete and they are now finding new homes across the globe.


Making more strawberry jam.


(seems I give it away almost as fast as I make it…or eat it!)

 Hitting a few yard sales. Picked up this great rattan chair.


 (One of the cats thinks we bought it just for her)

Planning a trip to Idaho via Yellowstone and the Tetons later this month. (Did I say road trip?)

 Heading to Big Bear Lake in the local mountains for a 3 day camping trip.

(No campfires allowed due to the drought and high fire danger)

 Catching up on some housework


 with a little help.


 And summer has only just begun!

On The Road Again!


We have been off on another road trip. We are headed back to Missouri for a family reunion. Thommmee and I agreed that this trip would require a different route, take a little longer, and we would be stopping to smell the roses (or whatever) along the way. Here are a few of the high points of our trip so far.


Zion National Park-Koloab Canyon

Richfield, UT sunrise

Sunrise over Richfield, Utah


Rocky Mountain National Park -Hallowel Park Meadows

Vail Pass Colorado

Big sky of Colorado


Burlington, Colorado


Carousel  built about 1904


The Cranberry Cabin in Missouri-our temporary home.


I love road trips!