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1 mountain zion

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

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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.

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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.

 


dinkey 2 2018

This is where we usually go to spend some time while camping, it’s called Dinkey Creek.  It’s been my favorite spot for many years and my family shares my love for it.

I love the picture because of the reflection of the sky in the water.

The water was very cold but that didn’t stop us from getting in.

dinkey 2018

Standing on a bridge that runs over the creek I took this picture of the grandkids enjoying the icy water.

One of the favorite attractions at Dinkey Creek is the natural rock slide that kids as well as adults love sliding  down into the clear water at the bottom.

dinkey rock slide.

I can’t wait till next summer!

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littlefield house austin

When our cousins drove us through the University of Texas we passed by this beautiful mansion.   We asked her to stop so we could take some pictures.

It belonged to a prominent citizen of Austin, George Littlefield who bequeathed it to the university.

Unfortunately it is not open to the public, but is used by the university for different functions.

As we continued to take our pictures two workers were passing by and mentioned that it is known to be a haunted mansion.

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korean war memorial

When visiting Washington D.C. three years ago we managed to see all the war memorials.

I thought the most striking was the Korean War Memorial.  The statues of the men, which are a little larger than life size, are walking through a field and the scene looks very realistic.

Looking at all the memorials makes you think of all the brave men and women that serve and sacrifice their lives for all of us that go about living our carefree lives without really knowing their thoughts and feelings as they go to war.

I’m so glad I saw all of the memorials. especially the Vietnam War Memorial since that took place during my era where many friends and relatives served and some died.

It was quite the experience and a good reminder of how fortunate we are to have and have had all those soldiers defending our country.

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baby pigeon

Baby dove has been wandering in our garden from one spot to another all by itself.  I did see one of the parents once, and my hubby has seen both parents once or twice.

It doesn’t look like it can fly yet, but I hope it learns quick, because many stray cats and other creatures visit our ranchito.  A few weeks back we had a family of coyotes living under our storage shed.

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morro bay fog

This past weekend our youngest daughter, two grandkids and myself escaped to the coast to get out of our Central Valley heat.

It really was our annual girl’s trip, but our oldest daughter was unable to make the trip, so her oldest son took her place.

When we arrived we were greeted with fog at Morro Bay.  Fog is my enemy because my hair  turns into one big ball of frizzy, fuzzy, uncontrollable big head of hair.

But at least it was cool and we were loving it.

The kids managed to do some boogie boarding the next day, which started with more fog but the sun finally appeared making a beautiful day at the beach.

boogie boarding

It looked like everyone from the valley had escaped to come to the beach.

avila beach

We enjoyed our little trip.  Here’s hoping we can do this again next year because it’s getting harder and harder to get together with the kids.

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