Tuesday, January 17, 2017


My eye was caught by the colors of this little faceted crystal
hanging in my studio window.
I think it liked the sunlight we had today...the first in over three weeks!  But, happily, the weather people are saying that it's going to start raining and snowing again on Thursday and continue through the weekend, with rainfall totals of up to 10 inches.

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Friday, January 13, 2017

Skywatch Friday

The sky is the same today as it was when I took this photo several days ago...that light, pearl grey that hurts the eyes nearly as much as bright sun.  But the snow is gone, melted away by the rain.  Still lots of snow higher up the mountain though, so the skiing is good!

Linking with:  Skywatch Friday

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Quote for Thurday

"I've been thinking of heaven recently.  Not the heaven of avarice - a heaven full of mansions and streets of gold - but heaven as a real, physical place.  There is something about clear nights in the winter, the perfection of snow and ice in the light from the stars and the moon that always reminds me of the existence of God.  When it's cold enough, the sky seems to empty and there is an infinite darkness, a sense that there is something unreachable and never-ending, something past the idea of heaven."  from "Touch" by Alex Zentner, photo by Joni Niemelda

It's snowing here again today.  What a wonderful winter this has been so far!  I hope there's lots more snow and rain in Southern California's winter.

Monday, January 9, 2017


A few days after one of our little snowstorms, some really nice icicles formed.  I grabbed my camera and took a few photos while the sun was out.  It's been clouded over here pretty consistently for almost three weeks, and almost every day we've had a little rain!  By my reckoning, we've received nearly 11 inches so far...yippee!  Not enough to fill up the lakes and not enough to make the streams flow again, but still so very welcome.  

Linking with:  Through My Lens

Monday, December 26, 2016

Blue Light

I was in my studio for a while during Christmas Eve afternoon, the day it snowed.
I decided to turn out all the lights and take some photos just using the tree lights and the snow light coming in through the windows.. 
A strange thing was happening...
There are no blue ornaments on this tree, but somehow the camera was making some of the ornaments blue!
And, not always the entire ornament, but just in spots.  Pretty, but very strange...

Linking with: Through My Lens

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Snowy Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone...I hope your holiday is filled with joy, and your new year is one full of blessings, happiness and peace.

It snowed here today!  We didn't get as much as I wished for in the previous post... 
but it is enough...
to make a beautiful, snowy Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

W is For

Wonderful winter...something that's been missing in these mountains more often that not in the past several years.  I took this photo in 2008, and I have my fingers crossed that there will be another snowfall like the one pictured before this Christmas. 

I'm linking with  ABC Wednesday

Monday, December 12, 2016


I've been using a lot of shatter-proof ornaments in recent years, along with a few that have a great deal sentimental meaning.
This little crystal angel is also a bell.  She was given to me by my mother for my first tree in my first apartment.
These little mittens were made for me by a dear friend.  We've been friends since I was three years old.  She moved to Alaska in 1971, but we've managed to remain close always, friends for 64 years!
The heart ornament was painted for me my by my sister several years ago.  I miss her so much.
The little wooden "candles" were made by my husband in 1996.  He used dowels for the candles and red pipe cleaners for the "flames," then dripped thick, white gesso down the sides for the "wax."  It just isn't Christmas until these candles are on the tree!

Linking with: Through My Lens

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Squirrel Thoughts

"Yum, this seed cake is delicious...wait a minute.  There's that woman with her camera.  Really, a squirrel can't eat in peace around here!  I'll just zip over to that other food place..." 
"OK, now.  Wait, WHAT!!??  There she is, again!  Ya know, there oughtta be a law..."

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Friday, December 9, 2016


Evening at Lake Gregory with a few clouds floating around.  So peaceful...except for that photo-bombing bird :D 

Linking with Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saint Nicholas Day

I went out for a walk early this morning.  The air was wonderful, so crisp and cold, and lots of clouds were around.
I noticed many little cedar trees growing.  So cheering. The clouds quickly filled the sky, so I started for home.  It even sprinkled a little!
I'm still decorating our cottage and, as I placed this Santa on the mantel, I remembered today is the feast day of Saint Nicholas.  Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra, is the real-life man that the figure of Santa Claus is based on.  Nicholas inherited a great deal of wealth, but spent none of it on himself.  Instead, he used all of it for charitable acts.  One such act was giving dowry money to three young women so that they could be married, instead of being sold into prostitution by their despicable father.  He is the patron saint of the poor, children, women, sailors, glass makers, fire fighters, prostitutes, fishermen, scholars...just about everyone!

I'm linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, December 5, 2016

At Half Past Three...

On Christmas day at half past three, 
Brew yourself a cup of tea. 
I'll think of you, you think of me, 
While sitting round the Christmas tree.   Anonymous 

Linking with:  Through My Lens

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Quote for Sunday

"Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind."  Mary Ellen Chase

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dreaming of...

Catnip mice?  Catnip sockies?  Catnip jingle balls?  Catnip something, that's for sure. 
I'm linking with: Saturday's Critters

Friday, December 2, 2016


Horribly windy here today, but the winds make for a beautiful, bright blue sky.  Pretty cold, too, our high was only 36 F.  Good thing there were lulls in the blowing, otherwise these trees would be even more blurry than they are.  It's kind of scary to see a pine that's nearly 200 feet tall swaying in the wind like a little cedar sapling!

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy December!

It's my favorite month of the year.  The villagers are already having fun in Mouseford Falls (a little village that I set up every year in my kitchen window).  I have a lot of favorite quotes about December, but the one that probably fits the best is this one:
             "It's December and nobody asked if I was ready"   Sarah Kay 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This and That

Most of the autumn leaves have fallen now, although a few oaks here and there are hanging on to some leaves. 
On my way to my studio, I noticed that some of the leaves on this ivy plant were turning red!  It's been hanging in the same place for about 5 years now and the leaves have always been green.  I hope this doesn't mean it's got some sort of disease.
It's been really cold up here with lows at night in the twenties.  On the 27th we got a little bit of rain and a sprinkle of snow.  Only a half inch, but it's all welcome. 
Last week, I made a card for a friend.  I've just started to get into card making.  So far, I'm loving it.  It's a nice change from painting, and very relaxing. 

Linking with:  Our World Tuesday

Monday, November 28, 2016

Normandie Cottages

No, not Normandy, France...these are some cute little cottages in Redlands, California.  I took these several years ago and have been meaning to post them on my blog...better late than never.
This is the street they're on; it's a very short cul-de-sac and I understand there is a waiting list for homes to be put up for sale!  Hmmm...
This cottage had a darling little orange and white kitty in the window.

I'm linking with: Through My Lens

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone abundant blessings...

Monday, November 21, 2016


It rained last night!  We received a little over an inch of rain...not a drought breaker, but it's all important.  The ski resorts received a couple of inches of snow, probably not enough to last through the Thanksgiving weekend, but they've been making snow so the runs are good. 
The colors are always intensified after rain, and I think a cloudy day makes them even more brilliant.
Everything got a good washing. 
It was lovely walking through the damp, cool air today.  Even the fallen leaves and pine needles had extra color.
On the north side of the mountains the clouds were chasing each other. 
On the south side of the mountains the sun was peeking through. 
Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, drat it.  The clouds never stay long enough these days...

Linking with:  Through My Lens

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