My Weekly Smile; Nov. 26, 2020 – Thankfulness

Welcome to my weekly smile where I not only wanted to share some smiles, I also wanted to share some thankfulness. I am truly thankful for being here today with good health and a loving family. I try and stay positive and optimistic in these difficult times where family is spread apart (missing my family and grand children in Arizona) and knowing they are only a phone call away or even a video chat. Speaking of video chat I had fun visiting last weekend and my granddaughter took me to her room which she was so proud of cleaning! They have their Christmas decorations up and she was showing me the tree and all the ornaments. A cute snowman and a pretty Christmas village. It was a great time and chat. So thankful for technology!

Baby Teddy is crawling all over the place and pulling himself up and walking along the couches. He is starting to say dada, and is growing every month. He is 9 months old now and I am hoping I will be able to visit at least once here soon. I may need to get tested if I fly there, but what ever it takes to be safe is no problem at all. Here are a few photos, so adorable!

What makes you smile? As we give thanks here for Thanksgiving today, with a bountiful of food and good times. After we ate, the 4 of us were all in the kitchen together as my hubby tore apart the bird for leftovers and I was putting away food and then started washing dishes. The fine china was hand washed and I had help with drying and stacking to put back in the cupboard. It was such a great feeling as I said aloud, “what wonderful help in the kitchen!” As all this was going on, my daughter was preparing dessert. A peach cobbler was put in the oven. How can you not smile! 😀

I feel like I have so much more to say but that I will save for another day. I really wanted to get these photos of our day together shared as another Thanksgiving has elapsed and I know that no matter where you are or what you are doing we all should be grateful for another day. I hope you and your family have had a wonderful day the best way possible as I know this has been a crazy year. My sister’s and brother all group text and stay in touch so of course it was a Happy Thanksgiving and Love to all! I’ll end with a few more photos of the day!

Thankful Happy Grandma,

~Diana ❤

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

Fun with Family!

Arriving in Lompoc on Thanksgiving day and the moon is full. We enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal I prepared earlier with all the fixings at home, always too much food but we love the leftovers. This was the smallest gathering ever for us on this day, so a first and a first for me traveling in the evening on Thanksgiving day. What a good day to travel in the evening, roads were clear and it only took us 3 hours total, AMAZING!

The table as small as it can be for just the four of us, a small gathering with a big feast!

I was not a good photographer on this day, but my kitty was so cute sitting on the chair near the table while we ate! I could not resist this photo or two. ❤️

We got up this morning and my daughter is such a great cook with her especially loving baking. She made us homemade chocolate donuts, I helped and made the chocolate frosting. Yummy! And then she made waffles, cinnamon waffles that were delicious. Nothing like a good cup of coffee to go with these delights.

Then off to town for lunch at Alfie’s, a fish and chips place here in Lompoc, so good! 😀 Then we went to Linea’s work at Vandenberg AFB. I was able to take a few photos, some we were messing around with the selfie modes on my phone, haha! FUN!

The front of her building and walking out I loved this big tree! Makes for a pretty photo.

Our silly selfie’s, with James arms behind my head, he’s being silly but we all were! Haha!

Here’s another photo in an old room in the building.

We also went to the BX exchange and bought a few things. Linea really wanted a new coffee maker which she found there on sale. I bought some new shoes and this all may be really boring but that was the extent of our Black Friday shopping! Lol – we were worried about the crowds and so we did not venture into any other stores.

I love writing this blog, a way to share my thoughts and feelings and it’s turning out to be a great way to share with my friends and family. I wasn’t sure what this would be like, how well it would be received and if anyone even would care to read. I would like to say I’ve been over joyed with the friendliness I’ve found, the new friends I’ve made and how much everyone enjoys my writings. I look forward to not only reading other’s posts but to then be able to write mine. I found this to be a gift, and for those of you taking the time to read, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As I’m writing this I think often of connections as I’ve written often that my family is spread over 6 states now, and I’m thankful for technology as it helps us stay connected. You see my sister’s and one brother (there is 6 of us) have a group text we started some time ago and we keep this text going as we share events or just saying Hi. I’m so thankful and grateful for this connection.

As we pulled out of our driveway to make our way to Lompoc on Thanksgiving evening I looked up at the sky and saw a full moon! The first thing I thought of was my family, all members big and small and how each and everyone of them could look up at the sky and see the same moon.

So I texted my sister’s and brother in the group text “Beautifull full moon tonight, I wish I could take a photo, but we can all see it unless you’ve got clouds” and my sister sent me this photo –

Colorado moon!


And she sent this one a bit later as the moon rose higher in the sky getting even brighter! That just melts my heart, and the feeling of being connected keeps me strong and fills my soul. To be a thousand miles away and in an instant share a photo of the same thing you are looking at just amazes me. We take for granted these luxuries, so I’m thankful we can stay so connected.

Love you everyone! And I’m hoping all a very happy holiday weekend! ❤️

Diana