Monday, September 28, 2009

Pretty Purse Pockets
This past weekend I spent some time working on designing and sewing "pretty purse pockets". Here is a picture of one of them. If you've ever gone digging through you purse trying to find something you are going to love these organizers. The organizer seen here has 10 pockets and measures approximately 4" x 20". I've had fun mixing and matching fabric designs & colors...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Enjoying the last days of Summer...

Grace and I drove over to Bolsa Chica State Park on Saturday. After a picnic lunch and wading in the water to get used to it we mustered up our courage and got in the water. It wasn't too bad. We ended up boogie boarding for about 3 hours... so much fun! It was a perfect day to be at the beach and the waves were just right.

Friday, September 18, 2009

POW/MIA Remembrance Day

Sunday, September 13, 2009

This weekend I made a quick trip down to the desert for Margie's baptism. It was a special and very sweet moment in her life and I am glad I was there to see it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"A day of remembrance, resolve, resolution & service."

To so many heroes, those who died on September 11, 2001 and all of the thousands who eight years later continue to tirelessly and courageously defend and fight for our freedom...

We remember you...

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Labor Day Weekend 2009
This past weekend was not only the long holiday weekend but also surgery weekend for Alyssa. With school starting to get into full swing Summer is slowly coming to an end =( but happily it still feels like summer. I will miss the nice warm days when they're gone. Thursday, Donna, Greg and the kids drove up here to go for a pre-op appointment with the doctor at USC then that evening we met up with Grace and Jon and had dinner at Lucca's... mmm... so good! Surgery was scheduled bright an early on Friday so while they took Alyssa to the hospital I took the day off work and stayed with Josh. We had a fun day together! It started with breakfast at Starbucks which he thought was the greatest thing. Then we drove to the Santa Ana Zoo.
It's small but has a pretty good monkey display which kept Josh entertained for quite a while. He also enjoyed seeing the "giant Jurassic turkeys" as he called them. After a quick visit to the souvenir store we went to the dollar theater for a movie. We munched on hot dogs and watched "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" which Josh later said was his favorite part of the day. After the movie we made a quick stop at Wendy's for a snack and the Target garden center to pick up a few little flower plants and then headed home. Greg, Donna and Alyssa arrived soon after. Alyssa is now sporting a new cast for the next 6 weeks. Her surgery went well and she is recovering like a champ and getting use to getting around on crutches.
Saturday we just had a low key day seeing how she would handle the pain. We had lunch at Gondola's pizza (bringing back memories of their dating days for Donna & Greg!) and did a little shopping. For dinner we went out to a great little sushi place in Diamond Bar with Grace & Jon. Sunday morning as usual I was up bright and early for church and the Myers got on the road to drive back to AZ. In the afternoon I drove down to San Juan Capistrano to meet my friend Monty for lunch. We had a good time eating at Paco's Tacos, talking and enjoying the beautiful day in the park. Monday was a "catch-up-on-sleep-kind-of-a-lazy-day." I did a little gardening and then in the evening went for a long walk with Grace. I could get used to four day weekends! Click on the slide show to make it bigger:

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Remembering Carmen
It's a sad day for us up on the hill. My next door neighbor Barbara emailed me this morning that her dog Carmen had died last night. I don't know any details but I am sad to lose her. I am not really a "pet person" but Carmen was a funny and friendly dog. She'd always come over and visit if her mom was not home. Many times she'd come over and "knock" on the door so I would open it. I remember one night she came over and when it was time to go to bed I tried to get her to go home but she wouldn't leave. So finally I gave up and she promptly made herself at home at the foot of my bed. Hours later I woke up to hear her snoring softly. Then she woke up and was ready to go home. Later I found out that her mom wasn't home and her nephew had been "dog sitting". He had been looking and looking for her thinking she was lost. I feel fortunate to have a couple of pictures of her. Carmen had an aversion to cameras. As soon as she saw one she would run away! Yes, even though my yard was her own personal litter box I am going to miss her daily morning routine.