Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Summer is here! This was the view from my dining room window Saturday morning. It's not just that Saturday was officially the first day of summer but summer temperatures also arrived with a bang! Friday as I was driving to Yorba Linda the outdoor temperature gauge read 107 degrees. Saturday dawned bright and sunny. I headed down to visit a friend in Dana Point and spend the day at the beach. It was beautiful and so relaxing! It was a day to de-stress, recharge my batteries and rest. Afterward we went to a sushi restaurant for dinner and actually ran into "President Palmer" from the TV show "24" who was also having dinner there. Sunday was church and then trying to stay as cool as possible indoors. I can't complain... I love the warm, sunny weather! Here is a shot of the pier at San Clemente at the end of the day.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

In celebration of Flag Day here is an excerpt from
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
The American flag has been our national symbol for 231 years, and it remains a beacon of freedom wherever it is flown. Since the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag in 1777, it has stood for freedom, justice, and the resolve of our Nation.

When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry in 1814, he believed that liberty would triumph. The flag that inspired Key to write our National Anthem still energizes and emboldens the American spirit today. As our Nation faces the challenges of a new era, Old Glory reminds us that liberty can prevail over oppression.

Since the first days of our Republic, Americans have flown the flag to show their pride and appreciation for the freedoms they enjoy in this great Nation. Every day, Americans pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States, and our troops carry it before them as they defend the liberties for which it stands.

On Flag Day and during National Flag Week, we remember those in uniform whose courage and sacrifice inspire us here at home. We also remember the rich history of one of our oldest national symbols and reflect on our duty to carry our heritage of freedom into the future.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tea & Friends... a recipe for a wonderful afternoon together.My friends Aida, Revy, Naomi, Tsige, and Indra all went out to tea at the Springfield Tea House in Fullerton. We try and do this every year. It was fun to pick out a hat to wear from the many colorful hats in all shapes and sizes. There is something very relaxing and comforting about spending a leisurely afternoon enjoying all the wonderful food and friends. My favorite flavor of tea yesterday was the Ginger Peach... mmm so good! You can see some more pictures here: http://chiarapics.spaces.live.com/

Friday, June 06, 2008

Today is the 64th Anniversary of D DayAs we remember those who fought so bravely let us also keep praying for all of our troops who are currently serving and fighting today. I posted this last year but I think it is worth reading once again. An excerpt from one of the speeches President Ronald Reagan gave at the U.S. Ranger Monument
Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1984.
"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They thought--or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.Something else helped the men of D-Day: their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua:
"I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.''
If you would like to read the entire speech you can find it here:

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June has arrived and even though today was a "June gloom" kind of a day, summer is right around the corner. This weekend I took advantage of the beautiful weather to do some cycling, swimming and a little laying out in the sun. Yesterday, I enjoyed a delicious dinner and a wonderful time with the Cline's from church. I also have been working on getting back into the "work out" groove. So far so good! It's hard to do it alone but I'm trying my best. Today after working out I came home and had a treat picking nectarines and blackberries in the back yard. The nectarine tree has so much fruit a big branch has broken off because of the weight. I made a blackberry nectarine cobbler that I'll be taking to work tomorrow for all to enjoy.