My Weekly Coffee Share; Keep Smiling, Life and Horses

Weekend Coffee share is a time for us to take a break out of our busy lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? any weekend plans?

I LOVE this photo of my daughter as we shared coffee a few months ago. I also took a photo of just my mug that I got served with the “D” on it, how appropriate and what’s the odds that the server at this restaurant happened to serve me a mug with the first letter of my name? Ironic, and fun. I could not help but take these photos as it put such a huge smile on my face! I am missing my daughter and thought what better way to share my weekend but with this cool photo. How is your coffee? or would you like some tea? Hot or cold, I don’t know which I love more, coffee or tea? and I was busy today making something that I wish I could share with you all! πŸ˜€

With the cool fall weather I wanted to make ginger cookies. This is before the bake!
After the bake and oh my, so DELICIOUS!! I wish I could share with ya’ll!

I’ll be honest, when I woke this morning I was feeling rather blue. I know this is normal as we can’t always be upbeat and happy day in and day out. What a melancholy morning and with the clouds and threat of rain it just seemed so gloomy and added to my gloomy feeling. I know you don’t need a reason to feel this way but I can’t help but ponder why and I got to thinking that I truly miss my family. My daughter who I mentioned and also my Son, his wife and my granddaughter. We are approaching here the longest time I have been away from my granddaughter and my heart aches to see her in person. I just miss them so much! I will survive and I know I will be visiting them in about a month or so. I was able to keep busy today and thought I would really like to share my thoughts here so that is why I want to KEEP SMILING! I read that smiling for just 30 seconds a few times a day can help you stay upbeat. I know smiling can boost your overall health as well. It is helping lift my mood and it always makes me happy when I share and write my blog. πŸ˜€

Feeling a little frustrated with my granny square blanket. I will have to take 3 rows apart as I don’t like how I’ve sewn it together. I have looked at many ways to put together and I decided I like the closer squares pictured which I chain stitched together. The back rows I will take apart, they are sewn together. That’s what happens when you work with these projects, trial and error! πŸ˜€

I shared a photo of all the granny squares in a previous post and I am loving how it is coming together. I am trying to get it completed because I want to start on a project for my new grand baby coming next year. I know I could just set this aside, but it really is more than half way done and I still will have time to work on the baby project once I complete this granny square blanket. I must say that part of why I want to complete this granny square blanket is because I’ve never made one and I want to see what it looks like completed. I will share once done so you all can see how it looks. I’m hoping really good. I love all the colors of it so its just a matter of making it look great all crocheted together! I can’t wait, I’m very motivated!!

These next 3 photos are from about 4 years ago. I was going to share with a throwback post but just never did so I am going to share here as they just make me SMILE! I need to smile today!
This was from the same day, I should make prints of these pretty ponies! They did cheer me up earlier today, I go to the stables every single day. It is my second home I think! ❀
Just something about this photo! Another one I should print and frame to see it everyday!!

I am enjoying sharing my coffee with you today. I forgot to ask if you needed a refill? I will say that this blog has really helped me as when I want to share it helps me sort out my thoughts. What do you do if you are feeling blue? I will say that my lower back has been a bit sore so I did some yoga this morning. I know I need to do more stretching and walking and it helped immensely so my blue feelings are pretty much gone now. Thank you for your support and I can’t wait for tomorrow to ride and work on my granny square blanket. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! You all help make me smile. πŸ˜€

Life is too short to be sad, so happy smiles help!

~Diana ❀

Tribute To My Parents ~

From my garden! ❀

I have been thinking a lot about my parents. I do not talk about them often and to be completely honest I do not think about them like you would normally think about your parents because it can be painful to think about, I miss them so. I am being brutally honest as I think it is time to chat about them, to remember all the good times and remember how much I LOVE them as they made me who I am today. I often see me doing or saying something either one of them would say. I know I have sayings that I learned from them that my children wonder where did that come from? But we are what we grew up with, and I want to remember the good times! So this is to my parents and everyone’s parents in the here and now or up in heaven as it were. I am hoping they are looking down and smiling! ❀

This year in particular has made me realize I should and could do more to celebrate my parents. I think through this blog and reading other blogs has made me want to put my emotions and thoughts on paper ~ or type on my computer how wonderful my parents were, such truly special people, they taught me so much. I have always thought that having a big heart is so important and I got that from them. Such heartfelt human beings that would give their shirts off their back to those in need. I am humbled by my parents and all they accomplished. I could write a novel about their life, hmm…. For now I will just write this blog. πŸ˜€

This photo was in my father’s wallet. It has a scratch on it, but still worth sharing. Hi Mom and Dad! I Love you to the moon and back! ❀ ❀ ❀

There is so much I can write about my Mom and Dad. But as my thoughts wander the reason I decided to write about them now is because on June 25th my Mom would have turned 91, my Dad would have been 87 this year. They have been gone 16 years now and of course I think about them every Mother’s day and Father’s day. My Dad’s birthday was in March so through the Spring they are always in my mind. My Mom loved to garden and I can remember her talking about one day wanting a big garden. She would have loved to have had a green house to grow many things, she never got the green house she wanted but she did have a green thumb. Awe, memories are so wonderful. I remember the artichokes in our backyard and my favorite, gardenia! I have been wanting to plant gardenia to grow in my garden, I must do that this year! ❀

My Dad bless his heart was always by my Moms side. He worked up to the very end to help make ends meet but the two of them were inseparable, the way it should be I think. He was a Psychiatrist and an accomplished pianist. I am not a doctor but work in the medical field and I am an accomplished pianist as well but not as good as my Dad. He was so inspirational, we were so very close and I think I was one if not the one, his favorite. Thinking about him now brings tears to my eyes, awe Dad….. I just miss them so…. (See how hard this is to write and think about them? Ugh, but it’s all good. I want to honor them with this post. They deserve to be remembered with ALL MY HEART! And hopefully I will write more about them, it’s my plan.)

In honor of my parents, my Mom loved gardens and flowers!!

I had a vision of what I was going to write and now that I am writing it has morphed into something a little different but I am loving this post. I am loving feeling the LOVE of my parents, to think about them in a positive way and not the sad, I miss you so much way. I know that last sentence was rather goofy, but I think you get the jest of what I am trying to say. To shine a light on my overpowering emotions, here’s a little back story.

When I was growing up I would freak out whenever my parents went on a trip. It didn’t matter if they were going to be gone the weekend or a week or two. I, as a child thought I would never see them again. I thought the plane would crash or something terrible would happen to them. In other words, I was dreadfully attached to my parents missing them more than a normal person should. Then once I met my husband and we started having children I ended up asking my parents if they could be my babysitter as I needed help working full-time. They landed on hard times and needed a place to live (a very long story) and so they lived with me and my family for almost 20 years. SO That is why I am so emotional. This is so cathartic and thank you for reading my story about my parents. I am feeling warm fuzzy feelings with every word I type.

From my garden to yours Mom!

I am hoping to share more in the future and to celebrate my parents and remember them. I hope you all have the best parents too. I know this isn’t true for all and pray for all who don’t have that special relationship. My husband is taking care of his Mom who will turn 90 this October. She has some dementia, but is still living by herself. He is an amazing man taking such good care of her, he is her only child. We have had such different lives growing up him and I, but that is for another blog post. Thank you for celebrating with me. I wish you could have met my parents, they were amazing people!!

With all my Love, to you Mom and Dad!

~Diana

Walking Motivation and Pretty Trees!

I need to be walking and will be honest by saying I have a hard time fitting walking into my busy schedule. But I try to walk at least twice a week which I can do on my two days off of work. I would like to walk more often, but am happy I do exercise at the stables so it isn’t like I am just sitting around on my behind all day long. Of course, I do relax on my couch so that I can work on my blog (like I am doing right now!) and I also work on my crochet projects. I’m thinking of something for some Christmas presents this year. I have one idea that I may share in a blog later when I complete everything.Β  But I digress as I wanted to share what I see on my walks around my neighborhood, beautiful trees!Β  ❀

20180818_070759.jpg

These trees have been on this empty lots for years, they are so huge and I bet they are very old. I live in the old town side of our little city and so we have lots of huge trees! The collection of trees are astounding and I am not a tree connoisseur and only know the names of a few but I do know that as I walk there is always something beautiful to look at and there are some that are still blooming, which makes it even prettier as I walk along taking in nature. I have to say that I can roll out of bed, not wanting to walk and just wanting to sit in my pajamas and have my breakfast and sip my coffee, and relax. I find that the less I walk the more I beat myself up over not walking, so when I take those first steps and take in the fresh air I’m already feeling the healing power of the outdoors. I look around and take in everything I see, from the birds singing to the trees and quiet streets I walk upon. It is nature giving strength in every step I take, I absolutely LOVE the outdoors. I have more photos to share, I think they are really cool!Β  πŸ˜€

20180818_065536.jpg

This tree is across the street from the other tree I featured above. This is so unusual and I believe is probably a really old tree as well.  We do not have sidewalks in my town because this is Horse Town USA and is considered rural living. I am on the opposite side of the horse trail. We have over 100 miles of horse back riding trails in my town. If you read my blogs, you will know that is why I LOVE Norco! ❀ ❀ ❀

20180818_065703.jpg

This is a crepe myrtle tree which thrive all over Norco. I had to take this photo because my girlfriend has recommended we plant these in our yard. My husband only wants palm trees and we believe he accidentally bought pigmy palms as around the front of our house they just never grew and are really small. We do have some tall palm trees, but he is stuck on only having palm trees as we want to buy more trees and take out the runts. I don’t see why we can’t have a bunch of different kinds of trees including palm trees as you will see I’ll share a photo of palms and all sorts of different kinds of trees, and they all look lovely together! Haha, my hubby is just stuck in his ways I think, only wanting a certain look I guess. He is so silly!Β  πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I took the photo with the skinny palms on the left just to show there are so many different trees in the neighborhood. The middle photo I am walking into the morning sun and there are seven trees that are on this tiny houses land and they are absolutely HUGE! And the owner has a sign taped to one of the trees that says “Do Not Cut Trees” which I do not know who would come onto his property and cut his trees, they are just enormous. Definitely the biggest around so close to his house!! And the big palm tree that clearly needs to be trimmed look so pretty with all its tendrils or seeds hanging. You can see it is very close to the curb, and many here think of these palms like weeds as they just pop-up anywhere. I am not kidding, the day after I took this photo I was driving to the stables when I saw and heard chain saws as they removed this big palm tree! I couldn’t believe it, well I could, but what luck I got a photo right before the demise of this huge palm. Kind of sad, but I guess they didn’t like it in front of their house, or the cost of its upkeep probably.

20180818_071125.jpg

I know trees can provide a ton of shade, which clearly will help keep your house cool. You can’t even see the house in this photo and I can’t even fit the tree in the photo it is so tall! It is incredibly beautiful, here is the sign on this trees trunk!

20180818_071155.jpg

I wonder how old these trees are? They have been here untouched for the 15 years we have lived here, I think they are very old since they are so very big!!

20180818_071559.jpg

I hope you have enjoyed my walk around my neighborhood. This photo is my house and the “weed” palms that my hubby took from tiny palms growing in the empty field across the street. Yes, he just dug them up and planted like you see and they are just growing like weeds, haha, but we think they are beautiful trees! We live on the corner and a bit up from the street which makes it nice because we live across the street from the Junior High School. So there is a bit of traffic when school starts and ends, but because we are not at street level the noise from the cars is minimal. I enjoy my walks and thought how fun it would be to share the pretty trees I see along my way!

Loving photography and the pretty trees!

-DianaΒ  πŸ™‚