The Weekly smile

My friend Trent hosts a weekly smile and I decided it’s about time I share my weekly smile! I am so HAPPY about this as I truly believe that a smile to share is so important to us all. I try and smile to everyone I see each day, it’s so contagious and it makes you feel so good. I find it so helpful to stay positive so here is what makes me smile this week. 😀

Flowers of all kinds make me smile! This is in my front yard. 😀
I don’t have a special camera, but am thankful for the Live Focus on my phone camera!

I have shared many times how much I love photography. Photos just make me SMILE. I love the beauty that you can attain whether it be black and white photos, still shots, close up shots, I can stare at beautiful photos all day! Some day I will have to start saving for a nice camera but for now I am so happy I can take decent photos and share for my smile this week! To be honest, my weekly smiles will probably always contain photos – I’m just that addicted to them!! ❤

This is a small sized palm that is in my front yard and I thought this an interesting photo.

I was enjoying my flowers today as I watered in the front yard. They all just make me smile so I thought I would share. Today or last night was my night off so I am enjoying this day outside not only at the barn with my horses earlier but with my flowers in my yard. Oh yes, and I am enjoying the day with my hubby, my best friend, my companion for life. Thankful for these smiles. What made you smile today?

My tea rose up close!

Thank you for the SMILES!

-Diana 😀

Weekend Coffee Share; Middle of June ~

My smiling rose! Because it makes me smile!

Welcome to my coffee share where we share coffee with new friends and old. Can I get you a cup of coffee or tea? I am having a cup of mango tea, so very sweet but good. It is already the middle of June, can you believe the year is half gone? The time flies so fast these days, and so much has happened in these last 6 months. It always amazes me how time flies. I know I have written about this often and they say the older you get the faster it seems to go. I think I have to agree! do you? I am enjoying a short visit with my family in Arizona. I have to say this has been a wonderful trip and it has helped me see my vision of moving here someday in the future. I am thinking maybe sometime next year, we will see! 😀

We went in some model homes. This is a view from one of the new homes, wouldn’t it be fun to buy a new house? My son and family are hoping to buy one next year!
My son in the model home! How fun to look right?
Little Alice fell asleep in the car, we are going to get lunch!

We are having a great time together and we went out looking at some open houses and model homes. It sure is fun to look and my family here is planning on buying a house early next year. It makes me think about what we would like to buy someday once we get everything taken care of where we are living in California. I have talked about this before. I had set in motion moving here earlier this year, but we had to set our plans aside because I did not have a job to go to in AZ. I am going to have to work on that and we need to work on our house to sell in CA so we have plenty of time and do not need to rush. In the meantime, it means visits here which even in the heat is totally enjoyable with this lovely family of mine. I am super blessed, and I am going to share some photos of this cute patutie, my granddaughter! ❤ ❤ ❤

She is so beautiful, like a little angel to me!
Having fun blowing bubbles as she pops them! Haha!!

We have so much FUN together! She asked me to blow bubbles as she watches and pops them. She is so silly and a little to young yet to teach how to blow herself. One day I will teach her how to blow bubbles! It will be so fun. She was so excited asking every day when I was arriving. She then asks me every day what day I am leaving. It is definitely hard to live so far away and I know I am not alone in this world having to live miles apart from family. It does tug super hard on my heart as she is my only granddaughter. She is such a special little girl and definitely a driving force for me wanting to move. I also do consider the change as we have always lived in California. I think a new beginnings would be great fun even though saying good bye to what we know will be sad, exciting to say hello to the new chapter. I am writing about this because I want to keep the dream alive! I think that makes sense. Can I get you more coffee or tea? I have one more photo to share. 😀

Love her smile! I say this often, she melts my heart! ❤

She sure makes me laugh, such a bright shining star! I hope you all are having a great weekend. I know this is Father’s day weekend so Happy Father’s day to all those father’s out there. Mine is up in heaven, I love him so and I am thankful I was able to be here for my son in wishing him a wonderful Father’s day. ❤

Love being Grandma! Blessed and Happy!

-Diana

Weekend Coffee Share: My Ponies Today!

My smiling Rose for coffee share!

Welcome to coffee share, a time for us to share with new friends and old and I am enjoying my coffee this morning and this rose I will be using for a little while since it just makes me smile. Hence it’s name, My smiling Rose! I can’t believe I made it for a second week for coffee share as I often get busy and then miss the whole weekend. I think the weeks coming my way will be challenging to keep up with my blog because I have someone quitting at work, so we will be short handed until I can hire a new employee. I will try and keep up with everything. All part of the job. I forgot, would you like a barista style coffee today? or tea, hot or cold? How is your weekend going? It is warming up, summer is almost here! 😀

If you haven’t figured out yet I believe I am honestly an incurable horse crazy girl. I am completely and hopelessly lost without seeing and taking care of my ponies. Not only are they FUN just hanging around them, grooming them, exercising them in the arena and watching them groom each other. My favorite is riding them, which most horse crazy girls and okay, boys enjoy too (but there are waayyy more girls than boys at my stables). I say girls, but at my stables we are all mostly older women riding and caring for our horses. There is only one man out of almost 30 horses that boards where I ride. So what am I writing about today? Haha, my ponies! ❤ ❤ ❤

I am trying to get them to look at me with their ears up, please? pretty please??
Ah, I got one to look at me, Hi Chloe! ZACK, please pay attention. Haha, he’s so silly!
It looks like Chloe is talking to Zack, “LOOK AT MOM ZACK! Please???
No way man, the flies are bugging me and I am not putting my ears forward, NOPE!
AWE! I am giving up on Zack, he’s silly today. Chloe is always looking at me – probably for a treat or something! LOVE HER SO MUCH! ❤ okay, Love them both!
One more try, I got one ear forward, he’s listening! YAY! FUN Sunny day today!

My photo series in the round pen today. If I have treats in my pocket they are a lot more cooperative at looking straight at me with ears forward. Funny how that’s the way I like to photograph them. It just looks like they are looking into my soul. I do take photos of them just being horses, and if they are grazing and/or eating of course I don’t expect them to have their ears forward and looking at me but when they are looking at me, the desire is for them to be staring at me with their ears forward. It’s just a thing I guess with horse people. I bet non horse people don’t care, or notice. Never thought about that before. And it is crazy that I can write a whole paragraph about how to photograph a horse, or how I like to see photos of horses!! Who knew, but it is a passion of mine, photography and horses! 😀 😀 😀

How is your coffee or tea, need a refill? This is going to be a shorter coffee share as I need to finish so I can head to sleep. I work tonight so I need to get some sleep before work. Yes, I work weekends. I work at a reference laboratory which is open 24/7 and so I have a crazy work schedule. And since I am the supervisor I have to cover shifts so my schedule can be crazy. I try and keep it as consistent as I can but for the most part I work night shift, with rotating days off. It is a veterinary laboratory so we are helping all those sick animals out there. I Love my job and hope we are there to save a life now and again. I know there are losses too, and then there is the wellness checks where everything is A-Okay! I enjoyed sharing today. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend! I know I am having a fun weekend with my friends at the stables and my ponies! 😀

Horse Gal Always and Forever,

-Diana

Weekend Coffee Share: It’s June 1st!

My roses LOVE the cool weather! Summer is almost here….

It is afternoon and I don’t have a photo of tea only coffee. So I decided to share my rose photo instead! I know rather random but it sure puts a smile on my face as I have some ice tea with some kettle corn as my afternoon snack. What are you doing this weekend? Would you like some ice coffee? tea? hot or cold? Weekend coffee share is to share what we are doing on our weekend, to share with friends old and new. I so enjoy sharing, my photos are all rather random as I don’t have a theme this weekend. I have been busy, so my photos show all that I have been doing these last few days! 😀

I am at the end of my walk up to my house. This is the side view as we live on a corner, our driveway leads to one street and our address is the other street along the front of the house!

I try and walk at least twice a week, I should walk more often but walk a fair amount at work and at the stables. It has been very gloomy in the mornings, the temps in the 50’s which is great walking weather! I wish I walked today, this is my walk from yesterday. The sun has not come out until noon this last week which is A-okay with me as the summer heat I know is right around the corner. I was scheduled with 2 days off in a row. The next photos are all the things I have been working on the last few days on my days off. I felt very productive, what do you do on your days off?

My daughter’s guinea pigs, time to clean their cage! So they are out getting some exercise, or maybe just eating! Haha! Love them! ❤
I have been working on these crochet zoo animals! I am almost done, there is still some detail work to finish up on the Hippo. They aren’t difficult but it has taken me awhile to get them done!
My days off include trail riding! These beautiful purple Jacaranda trees are in full bloom!
I know I’ve shared these blooms before, but they are going crazy! Pomegranate trees at the stables with TONS of blooms!

I have been wanting to try and start a garden but I had so much trouble last year that I haven’t gotten up the energy to give it another try and I probably should have put my energy into it because this year I think our weather would be so good for gardening. This time last year we were battling heat. It was a very hot year last year and even though I know I would still have to water a lot, the cooler weather I think is kinder to growing plants. I know it isn’t too late if I investigate and find what is good to start growing this time of year. I also could buy some starters instead of starting from seed. Hmm… just writing about this is making me think I will give it a try and grow just a little garden. I had gopher problems last year, but I could just stick with my containers. Okay, I think I’ve convinced myself, thanks for listening or reading my ramblings! Haha, writing is so cathartic, I hope I’m not boring!

I found the trick to photograph her sticking her tongue out! Feed her a treat, stand back to take a photo and here you go! Haha, She’s adorable!

I sure am enjoying sharing my tea with you today! I also did some house work, laundry, you know all the usual stuff. Its funny, I am so busy and since I have the horses and my family is busy with their responsibilities we do not plan on very many outings. I did when my kids were young children but since my grown children live in far away places I just plan my outings there, visiting in their towns or cities. So in two weeks I will be driving to Arizona to see my son and family, so excited as I can’t wait to see my granddaughter!! Since I trail ride so much and am outdoors with my horses, my other relaxing outlet is my crochet projects. What do you do to relax? I use to read but have been really bad about reading. I blame that on my horses! ❤ ❤ ❤

Feeling relaxed, weekend FUN,

-Diana

Memorial Day – Thank You!

First I have to thank all our Veterans who have sacrificed with their lives as we honor all of those this Memorial Day. We are a military family, my husband was in the Air Force and my daughter is a Captain in the Air Force. My Dad was a Captain in the Army many years ago, rest in peace Dad. ❤ My heart goes out to all who serve or have served as it is a sacrifice that you would not know unless you have experienced. It is a Memorial Day too for all our fallen horses, too many to count in past wars throughout the ages.

Switching gears here, I was able to get out on the trails and I wanted to share some photo’s. I work night shift and so I have mornings free to ride with my friends at the stables. I do have this holiday off so I get to sleep tonight after a 5 day stretch. I usually have my week broken up with days off after a couple of days of work. My days off are all over the place, but it all works for me with my horses. 😀 😀 😀

My ride on Saturday in between rain storms.
Gracie looking at something on the trail today. It was a pretty morning, so cool at 60 degrees!
Heading down 6th street in Norco today. It was too cold and windy yesterday to ride! Haha, I can’t believe I am writing this at the end of May which is usually in the 80‘s! 😀

We have been having so much weather it is great! I am wondering if Summer is coming? I’m thinking that with the climate these days, maybe we will have a cooler Summer. I would not mind that at all! I have had a nice weekend even though I had to work. Enjoying my horses and being able to trail ride is always something near and dear to my heart so I am so grateful that I can fit this into my busy schedule!

Miss Chloe after our trail ride. She is such a veteran, with tons of trail miles and is a very steady mount! ❤

I had every intention of riding Zack today, but since I worked last night and then after my ride on Chloe I was feeling rather tired. So I decided to work him in the round pen and then gave him a proper grooming. I plan on riding him tomorrow. I am thinking a better plan of riding is riding one of them one day and the other the next as I usually end up biting off more than I can chew, as it were. I always set lofty goals, and then as the hours tick by my body is saying, nope. You need to stop and get some rest! ;D

We are really bonding and he had a nice little workout in the round pen!
Silly boy, he really stretches his head sideways for a treat. I could take so many photos of these cute horses! I guess I already do! HAHA! ❤

What ever your plans may be I hope each and every one of you has a WONDERFUL Memorial Day. I know it’s true meaning is for our fallen heros, we shall never forget. EVER!

Thankful, grateful and indebted,

-Diana

Weekend Coffee Share – Family and Smiles!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

What kind of coffee would you like? I can’t drink black so I always have a flavored creamer, the one in my fridge is Italian Sweet Cream. I can get you some tea if you would like? If I drink tea, I like ice tea or green hot tea. I am sooo looking forward to this weekend as my family from Arizona is here visiting. I can’t wait to see them all, especially my granddaughter Alice! ❤

I started my weekend by a good walk around my neighborhood. It was a brisk 53 degrees, very cool air on my face during my walk. I am glad I wore a pair of jeans because I could feel the cold through them a bit, I don’t like it when it is too cold. I know, I know, 53 isn’t considered cold but for this southern Cali girl it was a bit chilly. Haha, I am who I am and a fair weathered person it is for me here in Norco! 😀

The view this morning as I walk around a big block!
I live across from the Junior High School. My kids someday if they read this will have lots of memories from this school. Norco, Home of the Bobcats! The last part of my walk home.

I have been living in Norco with my family for 14 years and living in the general area almost 20 years. I have lived in California my whole life, except for the first 2 years of my life. I was born in Suffern, New York and my parents moved our family to Colorado Springs, Colorado and then to Southern California where I have remained. It’s been crazy to see all the growth here, the traffic is horrible. But the weather is awesome, no wonder it’s so crowded! How is your coffee? can I get you another cup? I get off on tangents. But thinking back is making me SMILE, I have so much to be grateful for with a beautiful family and wonderful family I grew up with! Lots of smiles and hugs to all my sister’s and brother and their families. 😀

My home sweet home. This is at the end of my walk the sun came out to warm me up! ❤

This is what it is all about right? Family, a home, Love for all which puts nothing but smiles on my face which is what I wanted to share for this weekend. I get so giddy thinking about my granddaughter. She fills my heart and soul with her spirit and her contagious smile! I can’t wait to see her, and its always a little hard for me to say good-bye. One day I will live closer to them, I will figure it all out and make it happen one way or another but for now I’m super duper happy for our visits. ❤ ❤ ❤

I know I’ve shared this photo before, but its so good and fun to see again! She’s a cutie patutie!!

Thank you for sharing some coffee or tea with me this weekend. I hope your weekend will be full of smiles.

Love being Grandma, Loving Life, Hugs and smiles!

-Diana

Riding Before The Storm!

There is a storm brewing and the forecast is 100% rain for later this evening into the morning hours. This has been the most rain in a very long time this last winter and I have to admit a very cool Spring. I can’t complain about cooler weather for Southern California, especially since I live inland, we see over 100 degrees in the Summer months. Thankfully, we just spike 100 degrees but we can live in the 90’s through the Summer so I WELCOME the cool and I do welcome the rain. I know it won’t rain for long, but I also know I won’t ride tomorrow. So I took advantage of my day off and rode both horses! 😀

I turned around after hanging up my bridle and thought what a neat photo! I can’t believe I caught him with his tongue out! Haha! Funny boy!

I have to thank my best friend Sally for a wonderful trail ride on Miss Chloe! It was very uneventful which is nice as we chatted about her granddaughter, our travel plans to visit both our granddaughter’s next month, FUN times! Yes, we rode around the trails through the neighborhood here in Norco and enjoyed a leisurely walk as our horses know where to turn and take us for our ride. I was thinking I need to ride Zack since rain is coming and I just rode him in the arena. He is settling in to our leisurely rides since he is retired, he has finally figured out it’s not going to be a hard workout. I know I spoil them but in a respectful way as I don’t want them to take advantage of me which they don’t. They are respectful back!

I should count the pomegranate trees at the stables, there’s at least 10 running along the arena outside the fence. The blooms are beautiful!
I have shared other photos of my horses treating themselves with a nibble of these trees!

I had a really nice day off enjoying my ponies. The wind started to pick up, so I was able to finish all my chores and then come home and work on my crochet as I have some zoo animals I am trying to complete. I just wanted to share my day and must say I really needed the riding, it relaxes me so much. I also enjoy grooming and caring for these giant animals. I fed Chloe and got her to look at me for a closing shot. The sun peeking through the clouds to shine on her face a bit! What a beautiful girl! ❤ ❤ ❤

My beautiful trail pony!

Stay dry if you live in California or in other areas that are still having winter/wet weather. And smile big as we are all truly lucky to be enjoying this wonderful life we have, right?

Warmly, feeling blessed,

-Diana