Giving Thanks!

I really wanted to give thanks to this last week and our Thanksgiving holiday. I realize that I have been able to have things in my life that others can only dream about and maybe its been lucky of me to be able to have a good job and then live in a location that can afford me the luxury and/or my passions and I am truly thankful for all that I have worked for. I just have to give thanks to this wonderful Thanksgiving this year. I wanted to share this last weeks events, with Thanksgiving dinner and a baby shower for my new grandson coming next year!

Thanskgiving dinner with family!

We decided to serve Thanksgiving dinner buffet style which I have never done before. Usually we fit all the food on a platter or in big bowls all over the table then pass everything around. This year it was suggested to line it up on the counter than walk the buffet line. I thought why not? funny how you can get stuck one way as I had to tell my hubby the line starts over there! Haha, and then I didn’t get the photo of the set table with all the food but this works and was happy all enjoyed the food. It was all delicious!

Day after Thanksgiving. It rained all day on Thanksgiving and this is the lake in one corner of the arena! My horses drank the rain water and thankfully didn’t roll in the water but enjoyed it immensely!
My sister and best friend heading out for our trail ride on Saturday!

I posted a Smile post all about our trail rides this last weekend but I didn’t share all my photos there and am recapping a little here, you can find my smile post here. As I write this today it is raining and will rain all day today. We will end up with another lake in the corner of the arena but the folks that work at the barn have dug a trench out of one side to encourage it to drain out so it won’t get so big. This will help but there will still be standing water which my horses just LOVE! Gracie, the chestnut will not go into the lake or water avoiding it but both my horses just walk right in and paw, splashing water and drinking the rain water. Silly ponies, we had trouble getting them out to be honest. I had to go get some cookies to encourage them but they finally came out for our ride!

Baby Shower Day! My daughter with my granddaughter!! They are doing snapchat, my granddaughter’s face is adorable!
Snapchat photo with sunglasses! Haha, I just had to share!
My son Harrison, Amber and Alice! Gift giving time. I LOVE them to the moon and back again!

After our trail ride on Saturday, my daughter, sister and best friend all headed to the baby shower for my son and daughter-in-law’s new baby coming next March. I AM IN FAMILY FUN HEAVEN! They drove from Arizona for the weekend for the shower and stayed at my daughter-in-law’s Aunt’s house. It was so much fun and we had so much fun together.

The drive to and from the baby shower was full of wonderful chats. My girlfriend Sally had us in stitches with a Thanksgiving story about finding a cell phone on the trail the year before! Oh my, I could never recreate and share like she did, I was practically crying in the car it was too funny but she was able to return the phone to it’s rightful owner! Then she was telling us a bunch of silly jokes, so funny! She uses these jokes to lighten the mood as she is a nurse in a chemo treatment center for Kaiser. She says any kind of smiles she can get out of her patients go a long way when they are doing chemo treatment. She is my kind of gal, as a smile may not cure cancer but can sure help heal the soul! ❤

I don’t really do selfies much and don’t share often but I had such a wonderful weekend. What a GREAT TIME!

I am thankful for my whole entire family. We are spread out all across the United States. Many relatives back East and my immediate family all across the Western United States. I am also truly thankful and humbled for all my dear friends, near and far! I am truly blessed. I’ll end with this joke from my best friend.

What’s the difference between a Snowman and a Snow woman?

Snow Balls! Haha –

Love, 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 – 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

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 ❤

Thoughts and Trail Rides!

My Chloe girl, getting her ready for our trail ride!

She’s a little fuzzy on this winter day, as I get her ready for our trail ride. It’s a beautiful Saturday after some wintry rainy days and the weather is perfect. She doesn’t get a very long winter coat which I am thankful for, as she stays clean and is easier to groom. Unlike her stable mate, Zack, who is as hairy as a bear! I am looking forward to my trail ride with my best friend Sally. We have known each other since we were 8 years old or maybe we were younger, it’s been just over 50 years as I give away our age. We are both 58 years old and loving life like there is no tomorrow, as it should be!

In front is Sally on Gracie as we ride on our trails in Norco, Ca.

As we ride, we talk and talk. Why do women talk so much? Why do we need to talk so much? It truly is a need. I do not talk to my husband as much as I talk with my women friends. Well, I LOVE my husband talks I think he is a good listener if I do not ramble or get off on a tangent; if I do, I will lose his attention! BUT mostly he is a good listener. In turn, I try and be a good listener back and sometimes I get disinterested in the topics he talks about. Shhh please don’t tell him as I try and look interested, and most of the time I can pay attention to his conversations. And most of the time we have wonderful conversations, they are just different than my girlfriend’s conversations. I know all the girls out there will know what I mean, the men should understand, I hope. (Girls, that’s what we are right? I’ll always feel like that young girl galloping on my horse!) ❤

We have so much FUN riding on the trails. We are so lucky that our ponies are seasoned trail horses and even though there may be a tiny spook here or there, to be expected in town – they are really good just walking along as we chat away about life. We may talk about our dreams, like how I need to extend out my plans to move to Arizona. We need to take things a bit slower and make sure everything is in place before we can make this huge move. We both are grandma’s now and that’s such a fun subject to talk about as we share our photos and our grandchildren. Oh, how I miss my granddaughter. She is close to my heart always, and I think about her every day.  LOVE YOU MISS ALICE! 

This is the barn at night, I thought I would share as it is a pretty picture.

The photo above I took on the next evening as my other horse Zack was not feeling good and after watching him for a few hours in the afternoon, with him laying down which is unusual and no movement of manure from him I decided to call my vet. He was dehydrated which is common in this weather and so he was oiled and given meds to get over this bought of colic. He is all better and recovered nicely. I do not know why they have to get sick on a Sunday, so it’s an emergency call, costs more and it kind of screwed up my sleep but it’s all good. And I am happy he recovered quickly.

I was going to write and get this finished just over a week ago when life got super busy. Its been hard decisions and just a crazy time for me. I ended up taking a few more photos of my horses that I really wanted to share, so I’ll share on this post. It’s life right? When I think one week will be like the next, then a wrench gets thrown into it and things get turned upside down and sideways. Things have settled down for me and I have some time to finish this post! I will say one thing that throws things off for us horse owners is the weather and it is raining as I write with more rain storms coming this weekend. I know there are many out there dealing with this Polar Vortex I am listening to on the news and I pray everyone stays safe and warm. I can’t imagine how that cold feels, Brrrr……. Here’s the last of my photos, as they look at me in the arena they seem to just pose for the shots! LOVE these ponies!

Miss Chloe on this cloudy day!
Zack feeling fine and looking good!
Miss Gracie, my girlfriends horse heading my way, she’s so cute!

Loving life, Loving ponies, Loving granddaughters!

-Diana

Moving in the Air!

I am home alone! I don’t know when the last time I was home alone, I can’t remember. It’s so strange, I am always with someone and have never lived on my own and alone. I know there are many people who live alone and I have to say I have never experienced this and have always been surrounded by family of some sort. I have never thought about that until now. The reason I am home alone is because my husband and youngest son left today to drive to Santa Maria, CA to help my daughter and her husband move from there to a city to the south called Lompoc. They decided to rent a newer house on the other side of town, so they are moving this week. They already picked up the truck this afternoon! I’m so excited for them as even though it’s a pain to move, I know they will love a newer house with a nice big kitchen. My daughter loves to cook and especially bake, so this will be so nice for them! 😀

I can’t wait to visit too! I will be here for another day and leave Thursday morning to drive up there to help her unpack. My hubby and son there will spend one more night so we will be together and then they will come home Friday and I will stay til Sunday.  It will be so nice to get away and spend some time with my daughter, I wish I could take more days off but at least I will have a good three days or so. It is about a three and a half hour drive up to Lompoc with no traffic so more like a four-hour drive as there is usually some traffic, but we do try to travel during less traffic times which is usually the middle of the day or later in the evening. We will be doing day driving.

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This is my daughter Linea and her husband James who we are helping move this week/weekend. This photo is a few months old as we see each other about every other month, I need to take more photos!! I have to tell you that this week is busy and FUN and in two weeks from now my son Harrison and his family is moving to Scottsdale, Arizona! I am a proud Mama as he has been hired at the Mayo Clinic as a Medical Physicist Assistant. It is a bit stressful for them as they are waiting to hear if they are able to rent or lease a house that they put a deposit on as they were out there last week looking for housing. He reports to work there October 22 and his wife was able to get her job transferred out there in Phoenix too, which is great news. My husband will be helping them move including driving there in two weeks! Such a busy month for everyone, crazy days. I pray all goes smooth for them as there is so much to be done for their move to Arizona. I have a photo that I actually LOVE of them and I hope they do not mind me sharing on my blog. They are such a great family! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Life is full of changes and changes I have to accept no matter how hard they may be and one of the biggest things I am going to miss is this cutie-patutie there sticking her tongue out! Her HUGS, her LAUGHTER, her stories, her innocence and seeing the world through her eyes. I am so VERY THANKFUL for the last three years. I have been able to spend so much time with her and hope to be close to them in the future, just need to figure everything out here before we get things moving into the direction of moving. But they are only an hours flight away and I know I will be visiting often. It is a five-hour drive which isn’t bad, but there are many flights almost every hour to Phoenix so I will probably fly mostly.  I have to share a few more photos, I may have shared before but it is worth sharing again. So darn cute! ❤

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Haha, up close and personal!! She is so funny as I try to do a selfie and she was being so silly. OH, HOW SHE IS GOING TO MISS THE HORSES!! I am hoping that one day next year some time we can make the move to Phoenix. I worry about Chloe as she has a bad back leg and am not sure if she can make the trailer ride for five hours to Phoenix. I will have my vet check her out and see what he thinks of her situation but I can’t stress out about all the details. We need to just make sure we get this young family safely moved and then we will see what will happen next year. Love my family, love my life, lots of changes. It will all work out and I know everyone will love their new digs!! 😀 😀 😀

 

Crazy moving family days!

-Diana

Horses and a Foal, Grandaughter’s delight!

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HAHA! The photo has character I’d say, a little sideways but FUN! A friend took this photo as I stood at the gate as my granddaughter gets to visit the new foal at our barn. My granddaughter just turned 3 years old and she just loves horses like I did at that age, I was completely obsessed. I think its safe to say that Alice is completely obsessed with horses too! We have such a great time when we are at the barn her and I, as we go and visit almost every horse in their stalls. We see all the different breeds and colors. I just had to share a few photos of these two little ones!!

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So precious these little ones, and I am thinking I am glad I get to see this little filly here at our barn as it is such a responsibility to have a foal. I bought my horse Chloe when she was just turning 2 years old, the youngest horse I’ve ever owned. And she was not trained or broke to ride so I had the enjoyment of being able to do that with her, a dream I always had that is now fulfilled. Breeding and having a foal? I’m not so sure as it would be my luck to not be lucky enough to have everything go smoothly. It can be a costly adventure, I rather enjoy others and someday if I have the chance I can just start another 2 or 3-year-old. I’m thankful Alice can see a young horse up close, I don’t think you can get any closer!  😀

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This is a very hot summer, hotter than we have had in a few years. I’m finding I have to rinse my horses off just about every day to make them comfortable. Even if they are not worked or ridden on the trail I am hosing off the dried sweat of the previous afternoons the next morning. They itch and scratch along the fence line with the dried sweat so I try to get that off as often as I can. I need to go buy some lanolin which I usually keep on hand. They sell in concentrate and you dilute in a spray bottle and it is so helpful to moisturize their skin especially if you hose them off a lot as I know you are also hosing off the natural oils in their coat. It’s like a double edge sword, you want to get off the itchy dry salty sweat but you also remove the oils too. I’m heading to the feed store tomorrow for sure! This pretty girl got a bath today and she so enjoyed standing in the shade in the cross ties getting a nice bath. It was a gorgeous day at the barn, enjoying a ride on my other horse Zack and gave Chloe a bath! I hope you all had a great weekend!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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Horse lover forever,

-Diana