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! 😀

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. 😀

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! 😀

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. 😀

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

~Diana ❤

My Weekly Smile; Sept 10, 2019

We are feeling a bit of fall weather today. My weekly smile is this wonderful COOL day at almost the end of summer! 😀

YES! A high of only 79 degrees. What a beautiful day. We have had nothing but super hot days with many of them topping 100 degrees. I live inland in CA, and even though it isn’t as hot as say the Mojave desert, it is still sweltering. I had a huge smile as I enjoyed my day! And here is a series of photos of my afternoon. I can’t help myself! ❤ ❤

Hi Zack! Chloe is next to him as I tried to capture the cloud cover. SO NICE!
Turn out day, oh my, I’ve been longing for some cooler weather! YAY!
Let’s get moving. I like Zack in front trotting nicely. It is hard to catch them traveling nicely when taking a photo!
I like Chloe in this photo! as they continue to trot around. Once they warm up, they can get excited! 😀
There she goes! This is with my phone camera, not to bad considering. They were feeling good today in this cooler weather!
Run Zack run! Haha, I just pointed and snapped. These aren’t the best, but still fun to share and its all I have at the moment to take photos! 😀
I have the hardest time getting them to both look at me with their ears up! Zack looks so silly to me, like what? Its just is eyes, silly guy. Chloe thinks I have a treat, always on her mind!

I wanted to do something different for my smile this week with the photos telling the story. I am enjoying sharing and I think there is always something to smile about. I have to say that with some extra stress we are feeling at home at the moment, it is truly a pleasure and kind of an escape to be at the barn and share a smile about this gorgeous day with these pretty ponies. What are you smiling about today? My friend Trent hosts these weekly smiles and I have to thank him as I always do for all he does for our weekly smiles. I hope you enjoyed, thank you for visiting. I hope you have a great week!

Looking forward to FALL! AND Cool weather!

~Diana ❤

My Weekly Smile; Aug 27, 2019

My weekly smile goes to my husband, Dave. He has been working so hard this last week (actually the last few weeks) going through his Mom’s apartment to get ready for her move to our house. You see, his Mom is 89 and will be turning 90 this coming October. She has dementia and unfortunately is in decline as she approaches 90. She can’t care for herself like her feisty self once could as she is as independent a woman that I have ever known. As the months have gone by, she has needed every day care and after researching assisted living (VERY expensive) we made the decision to have her move into our home. Bless his heart, he has made our guest room into her room hanging family photos and putting familiar items in the room to make her feel at home. ❤

Martha’s (Mom) new room, our guest room.
He will hang more photos, but these photos were all at her apartment. Her family photos!

We want her to feel welcome and at home. She has not lived with anyone in probably 52 years as my hubby moved out when he was 18 and joined the Air Force. She was already living by herself at that point and to my knowledge she has not lived with anyone since that time. That is A LOT OF YEARS by yourself! I can’t imagine as I have NEVER lived alone and I am 58 years old. So this will definitely be an adventure of sorts figuring out all of us under one roof. She has pretty bad short term memory loss, so this will be interesting having her here 24/7. I know I am going on so, but that’s just because it is one thing to have a relative move in which I have no problem with, it’s more her care and what all will be involved with her. She has a doctor’s appointment first week of September, so we will be getting any extra care we need if we need to hire help to come to the house. We will see how this all goes…. CRAZY days! I feel like saying, what next??

This will now be our guest room, which is a nice area in our sun room. Bed is ready for guests!

Thank you hubby for making a new guest room in our back sun room. It is totally enclosed of course, and even has doors to close it all off for guests. My daughter often comes to stay with us so we wanted to make sure she has a nice place to sleep. Anyone else who wants to visit is more than welcome, we always make it work and I am hoping make everyone feel at home. I know my hubby makes every effort to make one happy, he just makes me SMILE! 😀

My Kiity LOVES sleeping in the sun room, because it is sunny back there!

I turned around after I took the photo of the bed and found my kitty sleeping. She woke up enough for this photo, meowed at me, I wonder what she said? she is getting old, my cute little kitty. But she always makes me smile. A double smile for today, haha, for my kitty and my hubby! What makes you smile? I really wanted to share a smile this week and this is close to my heart and my husband has been working so hard with this move. I LOVE him so much and he brings a huge giant smile to my face.

Smiling at family changes! 😀

~Diana

The Weekly Smile

I think it is so important to smile. I am joining in on the weekly smile with friends and this is put together by Trent who is so kind to put this all together for all of us to enjoy! Thank you Trent! I know I am enjoying reading and hearing about everyone’s smile and so I will share what I am smiling about this week. Part of my smiles is a vacation day with July 4th off tomorrow! Yippee!! We all LOVE an extra day off of work, and to celebrate our Independence even better right? I hope you all are going to have a wonderful day tomorrow, I know I will have a great day! 😀

Me Smiling today riding my girl Miss Chloe on trail!

I am so happy to be riding my girl down the trail. Today I was by myself and am lucky she is really a good girl all by herself. We do not travel far and she knows the route by heart. I don’t even need to guide her as she knows every turn. We ride around the block which takes about 30 minutes and what a big huge smile on my face as we quietly walked the trails. Thank you Miss Chloe for a perfectly, wonderful ride! Love her so much! ❤

This morning I was watering and the smell of this rose AMAZING! MADE ME SMILE!

I have had a busy week, it will only get busier later in July for me but I went outside this morning to water my very small garden and the temperature and air were just wonderful. I was just taking in the beauty of the day and as I was watering I noticed some beautiful blooms. This one rose bush did not bloom last year and almost died. But this year it is flourishing and I am thinking probably because of all the rain we have had, what ever the reason this rose has the most incredible rose smell. I don’t know much about roses, but this one the buds are so round and compact and then when they eventually unfold, it is just beautiful but so different than my other roses or what I would call “normal” blooms. I guess its just the species of this rose. I’ll have to do some research. These roses were all planted by the previous owner of the house.

This is a bloom from the same plant above. It’s so different, and I am glad it came back to life!

What are you smiling about today? or this week? I have a new employee starting at work this week and that puts a huge smile on my face. I am hoping she will like working at the lab. I am looking forward to more trail riding tomorrow and through the weekend. Both my horses need the exercise and it is so fun to ride and am hoping to be joined with my girlfriends at the barn. I will end with a photo of my horses since they are my therapy and really help keep that smile on my face. I hope you enjoy your weekend too! 😀 😀 😀

This photo is from 2015. I’m planning on sharing more photos on my next blog post from 2015, but thought I’d share this one here as I smile at them beauties!

I feel like I am smiling at a lot of different things, but that happens right? So this blog is about my day to day things I love and when I see things that catch my eye, I sure enjoy sharing!

Keep Smiling!! 😀

-Diana

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 – 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

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 ❤