The gold of California…

We took a drive the other night. This is a pretty place to live and never more so than fall. I love the brief ‘golden hour’ before sunset…it’smagic!

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Autumn is my favorite season!

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I love autumn colors…

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Eurasian Eagle Owl

After this long, long spell of heat the temp has dropped and we treated ourselves to the San Diego Zoo! This beautiful Eurasian Eagle Owl is my favorite of all the owl species. They are huge and those orange tinted eyes are gorgeous!

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It’s 106 degrees in Hemet today…

I envy this little guy…I could use a some cool about now. But I’m not complaining…we have a friend riding out the storm in Houston, TX…waiting as the water creeps ever closer to her home.  Now THAT is a problem. Pray for  her and her poor beleaguered city..please!

 

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Something that touched me today.

My friend Susan sent me a little amusing email today about the different things you learn at different ages and one of said “I’ve learned that there are people that love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it”. And it reminded me that I also learned that lesson.

When I was a child I spent time each summer at my Aunt Mary’s and Uncle Howard’s dairy farm. My aunt was a jolly outgoing, always laughing, woman while my Uncle was a quiet, taciturn man with little to say beyond the daily doings of the farm. He took me with him to ride on the tractor and he showed me how to put my fingers in a pail of milk to let the new babies learn to drink milk by sucking on my fingers, he showed me where the frogs hid in the creek and where the wild strawberries grew. He rummaged in the manger straw and pulled out the little barn swallow babies hidden there and let me feel their tiny hearts beating against my palm and showed me how to put them gently back. He seldom touched me except for the occasional pat on the head.

When I was around 12 or so our family moved to CA and so my wonderful days on the farm ended. A number of years later we went back to visit and while I was sitting next to my uncle he pulled out his wallet and in it, I was shocked to see, was a faded, creased picture of me…pigtails and all! I mentioned it to my aunt later and she said “Oh my yes Judy, he loves you so much…He says you are the daughter he never had!”

Each heart is a mystery to others. It still brings tears to my eyes to know I was so loved and  I didn’t know he was telling me that in the only way he knew how…by sharing the farm life that was so much a part of him.

 

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Dear to our Hearts!

Sometimes you meet people that become, not just friends, but a part of your soul. Those would be our dear friends Bill and Sally Middleton. They live in Tucson, AZ and just came to visit us for a couple of days. These warm, caring, loving people (And funny too! ) are a blessing in our lives. Good friends are a gift beyond measure!

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The Mission Inn

Once we lived within walking distance of this magical place.  At one time it was closed and fell into disrepair and our boys would sneak in and play in it’s secret catacombs. Now it is the jewel of Riverside! It is beautiful and one of a kind. It’s one of my favorite places on this earth…

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It’s my 80th Birthday!

This day has a certain unreality to it. No way do I feel that old! (Well at least when I’m sitting in a chair. (Grin) But it pleases me…not everyone gets the blessing of so many rich years. God has been good to me!

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Judy…one month old

I do believe my dad looked rather pleased at his ‘accomplishment’! ;o) Such sweet years laid ahead of me…how quickly they flew by.   And how blessed those years have been!!

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