Thursday, July 20, 2017


 The cookie jar was empty.  I wasn't in the mood to make any.  What really sounded good was scones.  This recipe is so easy and only takes 15-20 minutes to bake.  I was out of white chocolate chips, which I usually use, but I had some dried cranberries and pecans.  Actually you can add anything you want!!

If you know me at know I put drizzle on everything.  So my scones aren't complete without some drizzle.

Making a pot of coffee and will enjoy a scone while watching the "Dodger" game.  


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ Ladybug/Ladybird

 Wanda's watercolor ~~ photo

The theme this week is "ladybug or ladybird".  When I saw ladybird ~ I immediately thought of a  "particular LADY BIRD" so decided on trying a portrait of Lady Bird Johnson.

Since I love painting people, I found a photograph of the First Lady during the 60's ~  and used it for my model.  Not a very good likeness, but it was sure fun doing it.

In reading about her, I see she had the nick name "Lady Bird" since a small child.  Our daughter was born in 1963 when LBJ was in office and we started calling her Julie Bird.  She didn't like it, but it strikes me funny that she uses it for her email address as an adult....haha.

To see all the ladybugs, or ladybirds...just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on the top of my sidebar.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Oh Lord, we live in a world that is constantly moving.  Being still almost feels wasteful.  But I know that downtime is exactly what You want from us.  But You say, be still, pray, listen instead of jumping into action and hoping things will work out.  Spend time with Me and let me direct your next move.  Lord, let this be my daily prayer.  I love You.  Amen.

May your Sunday be a day to take time to be still, listen, and smell the roses.  Blessings!

Friday, July 14, 2017


Taking a little trip to my cousin's Memorial Service.  Be back and catch up with you all on Monday.    Going by car...haha..but really love this picture of wild horses. 

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


A very interesting theme this week!! Michael, the host of Scribble Picnic, is making everyone stretch their artistic minds.  Ouch...this was a stretch but what fun.  

Below is the what we started with...Fill in the Blank!  A dot and a line....go figure.  Did you notice.. the title Tinker Toys is also done with circles and lines...HaHa..this was fun!!

I stared at it for a few minutes, and a for some reason, the picture of Tinker Toys came into my mind as plain as day!!!  When our children were little, we had shoe boxes full of Tinker Toys, and they spent endless hours building things.  Yes, Tinker Toys are round circles and lines...  Can't wait to see what the other artists came up with.  Join me in looking by clicking on the Scribble Picnic Badge at the top of my sidebar.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


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 Max Lucado has a small devotional book called Grace for the Moment. It has changed my attitude as I have made the "choice" to live out the Fruit of the Spirit.  I hope these few choices will encourage you as much as they have me.  PRAY these choices every morning..and see how different your day goes.

No occasion justifies hatred:  no injustice warrants bitterness.  I choose love.  Today I will love God and what God loves.

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.  I will refuse the temptation to be cynical ...the tool of the lazy thinker.  I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God.  I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I will live forgiven.  I will forgive so that I may live.

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.  Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so.  Rather complain that the wait was too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.  Instead of clinching my fists at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.  Kind to the rich, for they are afraid.  And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.  I will be overlooked before I will boast.  I will confess before I will accuse.  I choose goodness.

Today I will keep my promises.  My debtors will not regret their trust.  My associates will not question my word.  My wife will not question my love.  And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

Nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I am a spiritual being....
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.  I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.  I choose self-control.  I will be drunk only by joy.  I will be impassioned only by faith.  I will be influenced only by God.  I will be taught only by Christ.  I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.  If I succeed, I will give thanks.  If I fail, I will seek his grace.  And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
                       ~~Max Lucado

Dear Lord, I know I can do none of this in my own strength.  Only you, through the Holy Spirit, can make this a reality in my life.  I will make this my prayer every day!!! I love You.  Amen.

Have a great Sunday!!

Friday, July 7, 2017


 Saw this recipe on facebook, and it was delicious.  One medium spaghetti squash.  Two sweet Italian sausages.  One cup spaghetti sauce.  You choice of grated cheese.

I cooked my squash in the crock pot, as it was a hot day, and didn't want to heat of the kitchen.  When the squash was almost tender I added the sausage links to the crock pot.
When the squash was done, and the sausage brown, I removed them from the crock pot.
Cut the squash in half and took out the seeds.  Cut the sausage in small slices.  Worked the squash away from the sides and added some butter.  Place the sausage on top, poured on the 
sauce I had heated in the microwave. Added the grated cheese.  Put in the micro long enough to melt the cheese and re-heat.

It was so simple and so delicious, and the squash made the bowl to serve it in.  Will do this again as my dearest loved it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


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The church we served in for 27 years is having a Church Reunion in late August.  During those 27 years our family spent a week every summer at "Camp Sugar Pine" near Oakhurst, CA.  This picture was taken on one of those early trips.

Three grandchildren and two great grandsons were not even a thought in this picture.  How our family has continued to grow since then.

ALL the children in this picture are either married, in college or high school.  Can you find me and Don?

Can't wait for the reunion and getting a lot of new pictures of these dear people we had the honor and privileged to shepherd for those 27 years.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


The theme this week is "WATERMELON"  I love this theme as I have loved watermelon since my youth.  We lived in an agricultural area and watermelons were a plenty!!! The above is a sketch with colored pencils of a little gal sitting on the back of a pick up truck. She's having a nice slice before helping her father deliver them to market.

This watercolor I did several years ago after taking my grandson to a Watermelon Festival.  He won the watermelon seed spitting contest with a seed that went 16 feet!

As you can see, my canisters are watermelons.  There are four but only three got in this picture with my Banana Crunch loaves.  I bought these about 20 years ago at a little boutique for $20 for the set.  I love them today as much as the day I bought them.

To see all the other "Watermelon" entries, just click on the Scribble Picnic at the top of my sidebar.

Think I'll go have a slice of watermelon!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Marc and Amanda ~ met in Kindergarten.  Went through K-12 together.  In High School began dating ~ 8 years later, the big day.
 The gentleman that married them has been a special part of their lives.  He was the 6th grade teacher, and later when they were in high school was Assistant Principal.  A wonderful Christian man who has been a special part of their lives.
 Beautiful bridesmaids.  Candice on the left, our grandson Michael's wife.  Next is our granddaughter, Monique, and on the right a close friend of Amanda's.  Her cousin Venessa is hidden behind her veil.  (sorry)
 Let's make sure your microphone and tie are straight!!
 Our grandson, Michael and his wife Candice and our two great grandsons, Matthew and Issac.
 The Siblings ~ our oldest daughter Michel's, three.  (If you want to know what I looked like in my twenties ~ it's Monique on the right.)
 Mr. and Mrs. Marc Torres having their first dance!
 Melt my heart....the little boy who spent summer days with us up in Hughson, playing with the cats and dogs and collecting rocks.

One of the sweetest parts of the ceremony is when they wove together "Three Strands" to show their marriage was based on three....Marc, Amanda, the Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.
This marriage will be bless from above.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


The "Big Day" is finally here.  Marc (our grandson) and Amanda (our new granddaughter) will be married this afternoon.
They have been waiting a long time for this special day and we are all so excited.
Pictures of the celebration will be coming soon.
Have a great 4th of July Weekend! 

Friday, June 30, 2017


After many, many years, I now have a smart phone.  I'm still learning how to use it, but I must say, the best part is I can actually "HEAR" on this phone ~ and if you have followed me very long, you know I have worn hearing aids for many years, and the phone has been my worst enemy.  I do love to text, and do that a lot, but with this phone, I don't have to rely on texting, I can hear the person on the other end of the call.   Yeah!!!

That adorable little guy with the big smile on my new phone is Tristan, and I love seeing him every time I pick up my phone.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


The theme this week is "FOX".  After several failed attempts to draw a fox I could be happy with, I finally decided to stretch the theme to a "FOXY LADY".

She is no one in particular, but from my imagination.  I enjoyed the details on the scarf, and wish I had her lips...haha.

To see all the REAL FOXES, just click on my Scribble Picnic Badge on the top of the sidebar.

Put on a pretty scarf, some big earrings and have a "Foxy" Day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


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Oh Lord, You are always knocking on my heart's door ~~always waiting so patiently, so lovingly for me to let You in.  Forgive me for making you wait.  Forgive me for putting off any precious chance to share my life with You.  Don't let me miss another moment.  I give you the keys to my heart, Lord.  Come and make it Your dwelling place.  I love you.  Amen.  (Rev. 3:20)

Thursday, June 22, 2017


June 24th will mark 56 years for my dearest and me.  We both love breakfast so decided to try NORMS for an early anniversary date.
Don chose the T-bone steak and eggs.  
I went for the California Omelet.  We both brought home leftovers.  I finished mine off last night for dinner, and I made my dearest a huge breakfast burrito with his.

This is a watercolor I did many years ago from a photo.  I think it captures our love!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Done in watercolor

A new week and a new theme ~ Jars

My first thought was a painting of my jars of jam I just finished last week, but decided to share a jar as a vase.  I love using them that way.  Do you?

The original Ball and Kerr canning jars are sometimes hard to find.  When my dearest was in high school, he met Mrs. Kerr.  She attended the same church he did, and gave him a ride to church several times.  Very down to earth, very generous and caring.  I love hearing how thoughtful she was too give him a ride when he didn't have a way to church.


Sunday, June 18, 2017




Did you ever forget something on the stove???

Saturday, June 17, 2017


 Howard Dill ~ my father, my mom, big sister Donna and me.  My little brother Hal came along 5 years later.

Dear Father, You are the perfect father, our Heavenly Father.  You are the model.  However in our fallen world, not everyone has experienced a good or wonderful father.  Today we pray for those, that your love and compassion will embrace them, and they can know a loving father by loving You.
For those of us who were so fortunate to have godly fathers, like mine, I thank You.  He was human, he was flawed, but he loved me deeply and was devoted to You.

Today we celebrate and pray for all Fathers, everywhere.


Thursday, June 15, 2017


This is the kind of JAM I like to get into~~

Last year when we visited our friends up North, Sue gave me two bags of plums from their tree.  She did all the work and had them pitted and cut in small pieces.

Life got in the way and those bags have taken up space in the freezer for a year.  But yesterday I had a free morning, and decided it was time...especially since I was just about out of any store bought jam or jelly.

I had trouble finding enough jars, but with a dozen mixed and matched I was able to complete the task.

This morning that toast with fresh plum jam and brie sure tasted good with my coffee.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


 Never been very good at drawing birds, although I love them, and have several faux ones in our home.

 The real deal.  She sits on my dresser, but for the picture, she is sitting on my sketch book.

 Another of my "fake" birds sits on the kitchen sink and guards the hand soap ~ haha

I always have sunshine in my kitchen...the sign behind the soap and birdie says "Here comes the Sun".  

Both little sketches are done with colored pencils.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017


 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light.
Son of righteousness arise,
Triumph over shades of night;
Dayspring from on high be near,
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more yourself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

~Charles Wesley 1740 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Love Letters ~ Watercolor by Wanda

She was the daughter of an affluent Rancher.  He was a dirt poor farmer.  They met, and since they lived 100 miles apart, they began a friendship through letters.   Over the next year they wrote, but as the months rolled on the friendship letters became love letters.  The next time they met a year later, he proposed, she accepted.  They married.  That was my mom and dad.

My sister and I had heard about the love letters over the years, but never had seen them.  Mother was a private woman.  After her passing as we were going through her things, we found the letters.

The ones my dad sent mom were in pristine condition tied with a ribbon.  The ones my mom had sent him, were tattered, worn, smudged and tied with a string.  He must have carried them in his overhauls while plowing, and read them over and over again.  

My sister and I sat down and read them aloud.  Laughing and crying and seeing a side of our parents we had never known.

It seemed appropriate to share their love story since "letters" is the theme for this week.

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Friday, June 2, 2017


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This is our grandson Nick aka The Nickster.  Congratulations!  High School is the first step in adulthood.  12 years behind you and a future ahead.  Praying God's guidance as you move ahead.

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Julie's family enjoying the celebration.

I think this is the last graduation for a couple years.  We had four this year.

As grandparents we love these kids and spend many hours praying for them and their futures.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


The theme was books.  As I was looking through pictures on google for ideas, I saw the photo below.  It immediately caught my attention.  I loved the photo, the lighting and shadows....and I love Phantom of the Opera and the mask reminded me that.

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I did the basic sketch in pencil.  Added black marker for some of the very dark black, and water color to  give it  the warm antique look. I was happy with the outcome.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


I have to admit I was shocked when I took a look at my blog and realized I had not posted anything for a week.  I wondered if you were thinking "Why don't she write?"  HaHa.  Well a ton of things have been going on and my computer was not on the list.  Two graduations that I wasn't able to attend, but got a huge poster of Marc from his graduation fans.  He's the grandson that will be getting married July 1st.

Our grandson Kaleb graduated today from Greenville College in Illinois, and we were able to watch it live on line...Now that kind of technology I like!! 

 Today was so very special.  Had lunch with some family and our future granddaughter, Amanda.  The cafe was right on the beach.

 The Beach Comber at Crystal Cove, Newport Beach.  Just darling and it was so fun to share it with my "girls".

 Our granddaughter, Monique on the left, and Marc's bride to be is my new granddaughter, Amanda.

 The food was served beautifully.  This was Amanda's breakfast.

This was mine.

Daughters, granddaughters, daughter in laws and sister in laws...A whole lot of girl fun time.

So that's why "She didn't write"..HaHa.