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This picture was taken back in October when we visited Zion National Park.  Can you see the people walking  in the area?

They look like tiny specks on this huge area of a rock platform.



leaf heart

This heart caught my eye as I walked back to my house from the mailbox, which is across the street.

I had to run inside to get my phone so I could get a picture of it.

It happens to be a leaf that has been pounded into the asphalt by cars and people that go by.  If you look closely you can see the stem and veins of the leaf.

I’m hoping it’s a sign of good things to come.


A few weeks ago a friend and I took a trip to Hearst Castle to view how the castle was decorated during Christmas.  It was a night tour and it turned out to be a beautiful night.


grounds hearst castle

When we arrived there was still daylight and since the castle is built on a hill you can see miles around, including the ocean which makes for a beautiful sight.

As we got closer to the time for the tour, the sky darkened, but the outside lights on the grounds were enough for us to see quite well.

In the Casa Grande, the main house, we were led to a large living room which had a beautiful huge decorated Christmas tree with many lights.  It was a beautiful sight!

xmas tree hearst

Part of the grand dining room table was set just as it would have been in that era.

grand dining

As we toured the castle there were actors playing the part of guests that were visiting the castle and dressed in period attire making it seem like we were watching life take place in those early 1920’s and 30’s.

The outside is just as beautiful as the inside of the castle.  Many statues and fountains from Europe adorn the grounds.

outside grounds


pool outside

There really is so much to know and learn about this beautiful house and the famous William Randolph Hearst and his famous guests that he entertained many times.

I have been to Hearst Castle several times and I  never tire of seeing this historical home and how privileged people lived in the early years of that century.

I wish all of you the most wonderful Christmas with your families.





This month has been such a busy time for me.  My poor blog has been neglected once again because of life.

I’ve had 2 craft shows; one was a big flop while the other was  a touch better.

#1 craft show


So I’ve been sewing when I get the chance.

We had Thanksgiving with all family members in attendance. This was our table setting .  The picture was taken by our eldest daughter

table setting thanksgiving

This year our son’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving day and our son-in-law’s birthday was the week before.

The following day my hubby and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.

50th anniversary

Wow, I still have a problem accepting that fact.

I started this post in November and I am finishing it in December, because I just had another craft show over the weekend  and am happy to report it was a success!





room with a view

This was our view from the house we stayed at during our trip to St. George, Utah.  The mountains were gorgeous. 💜❤️💜❤️

1 mountain zion

This is just one of mountains we saw at Zion National Park.


garden 3

Last week we finally had some rain. My plants in my garden were rejoicing.  After a  summer of scorching sun rays they’re glad for any coolness they can get.

Even though the garden is a mess because it was too hot for us to  weed and take care of our garden duties, there are still some pretty blooms to enjoy.

I’m loving my Cosmos, but for some reason they are all coming out the same color.

garden 1

A few of my roses still look pretty.

pink rose

And my Pentas are still feeding the humming birds.penta

Each morning I take a little walk through my garden anxious to see any new flowers and I’m always surprised to find a fresh bloom.


PS. For whatever reason I am not able to comment on a few of the blogs that I follow.  I can like a post on my reader roll, but not on the actual post, so I just want to let you know that I am  still reading the posts and enjoying them.


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