Enjoying Cool Weather!

Chloe to the left, then Zack in back and Gracie closest to me. They were all looking at me but I didn’t take the shot quick enough. I’ll have to teach them to pose! Lol

Here in southern California a cloudy cool morning is a gorgeous thing, and a more common occurrence in Spring. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the sun and sunny days always make me smile. I think my favorite though is partial clouds and when it is partially cloudy the temperature is usually perfect. So this is my early morning with my friends Chloe, Zack and my girlfriends horse Gracie. It was a cool 57 degrees at 8:30am this last weekend. I was so enamored by the weather, I took a bunch of photos. One of these days I may have to invest in a nice camera. I’ll put it on my wish list. 😀

This shot I think is cool with the sun behind these clouds. Pretty good for just a phone camera!

This photo really turned out good and I was able to take another one where the sun looks like the moon during the day hiding behind the clouds. I also have some spoiled pony shots as how can I not take photos of these pretty horses! ❤ I also think the photo above is a beautiful shot of the stables I board at and am so fortunate that the owners take such wonderful care of the facilities and my horses are so happy living there. ❤ ❤ ❤

Here comes Chloe, looking for a treat! And what a big low cloud above her!!
Silly girl, I don’t have treats today in my pocket. Cuteness, and Zack is on his way! Photo bomber!
Hi Zack! He is so handsome, but then I’m prejudice being his Ma! ❤

As I look through these photos it transports me back to that quite morning. I had the stables to myself for about 45 minutes and it was so peaceful. With the crispness in the air, it really makes you feel alive. I so enjoy the outdoors, and feel very fortunate to share my mornings and my days with these beautiful animals. They are my therapy, keeping me sane in the busy life I lead. I wish I can thank them, I guess I thank them every day. 😀

Here is the photo where the sun almost looks like the moon. This is the same morning even though it looks dark, its just a shot into the sun. The clouds just beautiful!
They love the Pomegranate trees! Miss giraffe herself! Haha…..
They both love these trees. They really don’t eat much, just a little bite here and there!

I went to the stables to turn out these ponies and I went early to avoid the stable crowds and to be done early so I could be home for family time. I am undecided which photos are my favorites – trail riding photos? or turn out photos? I guess I love them all equally. This was just such a pretty morning once I started, I could not stop taking pictures. I’m addicted, and so then I just have to share. I know I am not writing some profound post, and I so enjoy sharing my love for these horses but I also have a love of the planet we live on and I wanted to share as the weather will be getting increasingly hot. The heat is around the corner!

My last photo, I love the local Norco hills in the backround! LOTS OF CLOUDS! ❤

I hope I brought you to my world of quite, peaceful, cool, crisp and beautiful cloudy morning. I actually made the horses run around a little bit in between photo shots. Then I attended their stalls. They are cleaned but I add shavings that the stall cleaners do not touch. So I may need to rake them from the sides of the stall, I call it fluffing, haha, like making their bed! My girlfriend and I and others at this stables like to have a big bucket of water even though they have automatic water’s. We have to fill our own big buckets so I cleaned and filled them, this way they can have large amounts of water, just gives us peace of mind.

Thank you for reading my very selfish post about my beautiful morning with my most beautiful horses. I am truly thankful and blessed with this life and I hope this post finds you the same. ❤

Grateful, and at peace….

-Diana ❤

Weekend Coffee Share – Challenges!

I am enjoying a wonderful cafe mocha, one of my favorite coffee’s. It is actually a treat as I do not have it on a daily basis. I usually just brew a breakfast blend and use a sweet Italian cream. I do not drink black coffee, it has to have a little sweetener which I usually get from a sweet cream. What’s your favorite coffee? I have been trying to experiment trying latte’s and macchiato’s and this is at the local coffee shop as I do not have any of those fancy coffee machines. I do like teas too, would you rather have a cup of tea?

This last week was a busy week, and it was full of challenges. The first challenge was attending the team building event that my work put together for my peers and I (all the managers). I am a sensitive shy person so get together’s and events like this I find challenging to attend. But attend I must and boy, I have never been so challenged. 😀

Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, CA. Murder Mystery Event.

Before I share more photo’s I must tell you about the event. We all met for lunch at a local restaurant in Newport Beach and after lunch we all embarked on a Murder Mystery Event. My manager arranged everything and by picking names out of a hat divided us all up into teams. She then got t-shirts for each group in different colors that she decorated by silk-screening the names that the team captains chose onto the shirts! Oh my, bless her heart for all this work! We had blue t-shirts in our group of four. I knew going into this challenge that we would lose, isn’t that the most terrible thing to say? BUT I ALWAYS LOSE! Haha, I am terrible at team games, and I have played my fair share of them throughout my life.

I am the quintessential middle child, so much so that I am always the person going along for the ride. I am so mediocre meaning, I am a body to fill a void, I do not stand out in a group. I do not ever “win” and if I do its an anomaly – I am not competitive in a group – I would rather be invisible. That is JUST ME! I knew going into this challenge that the group I was with was all older individuals. The other teams were apprised of younger individuals which I believe have a one up on gaming, just my opinion. We would lose, what I didn’t know is how much we would lose. I think it was humiliating, especially when they laugh at you because our group could not even finish the course of events. The puzzles to figure out who was the murderer were SO HARD! We suffered great loss, coming in last. BUT the day was a gorgeous day and the weather beautiful! (Trying to stay positive!) 😀 ❤

Newport Harbor with a ton of sailboats!
Newport Beach, I was thankful for the beautiful weather. I’d rather be laying on a towel near the water. Or enjoying a good book on a towel near the water! 😀

I have competed and am competitive but it has to be an individual competition. Horse shows is where I would rather be, but here I am in Newport Beach struggling with my group and trying to figure out clues. During this process, we thought it easier to take photos to answer the unending questions and clues and when I went to take a photo I almost knocked down a parked bicycle and as I reached for the bike my right hand had my phone and I pulled back my arm in a jerking motion and my phone went flying! UGH, it fell and I cracked my screen. Grrr… this event ended up costing me over $250 as I had to get it repaired. This day was just not my day, the challenges so hard and this is just not my cup of tea. Have you ever done something like this? an Escape room maybe? I’ll stick to board games!

That reminds me how is your coffee? or did you end up with tea? I have to laugh. I never get angry about this kind of thing, I just get frustrated because I know you are suppose to have fun, but it wasn’t fun for me just really frustrating to struggle with my teammates trying to figure out puzzles and clues that were very difficult. BUT not difficult for the other two teams who found the murderer and one team finished in 3 1/2 hours the other in 4 1/2 hours. I think they give you about 5 hours to complete. What an afternoon…. with a broken phone (it still worked but I was sad I dropped it and shattered the front screen). My poor husband as I spend enough on horses, now I want my phone fixed ASAP and so I told him that’s what credit cards are for!! 😀 😀 😀

My teammates, we tried so hard, we struggled greatly. It was fun, right?

It’s funny because it is all just for fun, and we are to say, what a great day! But was it really? I had to find a friend to help me out as my farrier was scheduled to trim my horses hoofs the morning of this team event. I had to work the night before and thankfully my lead tech switch shifts with me so I could have the next night off, but I was running on empty maybe why my brain was not wanting to figure out puzzles. I helped a lot but not enough to finish the darn game. I am being brutally honest in this post because we can’t be honest at work. I can’t say this was not fun as people will say I have a negative attitude. I am just being honest, honestly how many really like doing team events with fellow workers you see day in and day out? I would rather be riding these beautiful ponies. That is the truth, I can’t help how I feel! ❤

My ponies the next day after team event. Love them so much! ❤

I hope you are enjoying your coffee. We only do team events like this for the managers once a year. What do you find challenging? Do you ever get roped into something that may not be your cup of tea but you must participate? I would love to hear how you handle these situations.

I was pleasant as can be, well, I complained a little bit but with humor. I can laugh about it, but don’t we by nature all want to be winners? It is very difficult to be losers, I know by experience it’s not fun. I think it’s important to teach young people its okay to lose, take it with dignity. I think I did at least that. As I am writing this I am finding this going in a little bit different direction than I envisioned when I started this post. I am finding these words just flowing and have headed into a different direction but it is important to learn how to lose with grace. Maybe through my writings I think I am helping myself! Who knew how therapeutic this post would be for me. Thank you all for following and reading and I have learned that being a loser at games and fun events may not be fun but livable.

Always smiling, with grace and as much dignity as I can muster!

-Diana ❤

Spring! It’s April Already…

How can it be April? I can’t believe how fast the last 3 months have flown by and each week just comes and goes busy, busy, busy. But I am SO THANKFUL because I was able to squeeze in a vacation from work to help my family out while my daughter-in-law is on the mend in Arizona. And here it is April 2nd. I am not a big April fool’s person so I waited a day to finish this post that I had started in March.

I have to share photo’s of my cute little granddaughter, she melts my heart. I didn’t really give a whole lot of thought in what it would be like to be a grandma when I was younger, but boy, I can say that it is the most amazing, full-filling time of my life. It feels just as good as when my children were babies, as I absolutely LOVE being a mother and now a grandmother! I know I have written of this often and I love how her gregarious love and sense of humor keeps me laughing for hours. She is so precious! ❤

Having some selfie FUN!
She says, let me make a face! Such a cutie patutie! ❤ ❤ ❤

I know, everyone has a precious daughter/granddaughter or son/grandson, can I say I love yours as much as I love mine? I do, they are all so innocent and to be able to see the world through a child’s eye is truly a gift. If you just spend a few minutes or more to see what makes them giggle or watch them explore things we overlook. I have such great FUN and I had 5 incredible days with her and I am so thankful for this time and I was actually a bit depressed when I returned home as I missed her so, but realized (I’m a big girl right?) that I will return and visit again. I have to figure out my next vacation. Hmm… I’ll have to check the calendar. 😀

What does she see? So ADORABLE!
This is one of several lakes at the park in Anthem, Arizona. Alice and I are watching the ducks!

We went to the park everyday. There are two parks actually, one is a small park and the other is a really big park which is Alice’s favorite. The photos above are all from the big park in Anthem. The weather was beautiful and just perfect. What a super duper fun vacation, I could not have asked for more fun with my sweetie pie. We were together 24/7 as she slept in the queen size bed with me too, oh so spoiled, but I loved every minute!

It might sound crazy, but her and I have a special bond at least that’s how I see it as she really has this special spirit. I know she is going to grow up and be a wonderful, beautiful young lady some day. I am going to enjoy this adventure every day I can and I am having a grand time sharing with you all. I hope you enjoy as much as I, and I would love to hear what melts your heart? Is there someone special? I know my horses are close to my heart as well. OF COURSE I am going to end by sharing what I got to come home to as I missed them while vacationing! Haha, I am always missing someone, or something, so it seems…. 😉

Kisses for my girl! Selfie FUN! ❤
I can’t forget my beautiful boy! Haha, their noses are so up close! ❤

I am struggling with decisions. Should I stay or should I go, isn’t that a song? (Yes! Sung by The Clash! I had to look it up) and it is such a difficult decision and one not easily made as it will not be an easy thing to move if we decide to move to Arizona. (I had made the decision a few months back, but my work fell through and I do not have a job to go to there so that changes everything.) I have lived in California since 1963, pretty much my whole life. Roots are deep…. There is so much to say but I will save for another post. Thank you for stopping by and sharing my vacation with me as I had a blast. I hope each and every one of you have some crazy fun times!! 😀 😀 😀

Crazy in Love Grandma!

-Diana ❤