July 21 – Fave Food

Hope you’ve had a great Sunday.

Mine has been nice and lazy — a real day of rest.  Exactly what I needed.

POD_July.21_Fave.FoodToday’s Photo-A-Day is Fave Food.

I have a lot of favorite foods but no pictures that I have taken of them.  So I decided to use a photo that I took last summer at a fabulous lunch out with my sister-in-law.

I had lobster chowder and salad as shown in the picture.  She had lobster tacos.  DELICIOUS!!

We were at the beach and could see the ocean from our table.  It was a wonderful lunch.

What is your favorite food?

July 20 – Hot

Hi and Happy Saturday!

I don’t know about you but I am so happy it’s the weekend.

POD_July.20_HotToday’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Hot.

I thought about taking a photo of a thermometer but didn’t have access to one.  Then, I thought about hot sauce or a hot pepper but it just didn’t work.

So, I decided on a few of my son’s favorite Hot Wheels cars.

Ian has probably a hundred Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and off-brand vehicles.  There are so many that I have lost count.

He loves to play with his cars and I must admit that I like to play with them too.  He has some great vehicles!!

My dad also likes to play with cars with Ian and has his own impressive collection.  They trade cars and have a blast together!!

Sometimes the two of them create a huge parking lot with all of the cars or drive them around in a race.  It is such fun to watch!

Whatever your hot is, I hope you enjoy it!!

July 19 – Building


I don’t know about you but I am so thankful it is Friday.  I am so ready for the weekend.  TGIF!!

Today’s Photo-A-Day is Building.

This is a photo that I took on Valentine’s Day when we were in downtown Saluda, North Carolina.  This is a quaint place with some great restaurant and cool and unique shops.

Enjoy and happy weekend!!

Throwback Thursday / Number

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Today I decided to post a photo for Throwback Thursday as well as the Photo-A-Day challenge, Number.

SRP.72.Bill.Mairzy.Patti.late1960sFirst is a photo from way, way back.

It is circa 1970s in Mission Beach, CA.  I am pictured with my parents on the front porch of the family beach house.

The neighborhood has changed some but a few of these same buildings are still there.  What has changed are the cars, the items on the porch, the paint color, the hairdos, and the clothes.

Don’t my parents look great?  I sure think so!  And, I love the dress that I am wearing.

It is very special to have been able to go to this beach house throughout my life and now also have my own family go!

Even though I haven’t been able to go this summer, I have enjoyed looking at old pictures and seeing postings from friends and family who are there this year.


Today’s Photo-A-Day challenge is Number.

For this I thought about what I could take a photo of.  There were a lot of choices, but I ultimately decided to post some numbers that Ian wrote about 8 months ago.

I love his attempt at writing 1-11.  I think he did a pretty great job for someone still learning his numbers.

My sweet boy is growing up and will be starting kindergarten next month!

I am so excited about all he will be learning.

What would you use for the number photo?


The Golden Hour — Lovely Sunset

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHello and Happy Wednesday!! Word Press has a photo challenge each week as part of The Daily Post.  This week’s is The Golden Hour.

The Golden Hour is described in this challenge as the first and last hour of sunlight in the day.  So, it would be the time that the sun is rising or setting.

I don’t know about you, but I love to watch sunsets!  Especially at the ocean at Mission Beach, California.

Over the years, I have taken hundreds if not thousands of photos of these sunsets.  When we are there at the beach, each night after dinner we walk down to the seawall and watch the sun go down.  This is a great family tradition that I truly love and have missed this year.

Last summer we saw a green flash – a cool phenomenon that only happens on the most perfect of evenings.  Just as the sun hits the horizon, you see a flash of green light.  If you blink, you can miss it.

This photo is from last summer on a more cloudy night.  I love how the setting sun is peaking around the clouds and reflecting on the water.

This photo is the background on my computer.  I get to enjoy this beauty each day!

I have wondered why I never take sunset photos at my house – away from the ocean.  The trees are lovely and the colors in the sky are really nice.  But, you can’t see the horizon and the sun actually look like it’s dropping into the ocean as you can at the beach.  Maybe that is the difference.

It has always been easier for me to do sunset photos than sunrise.  I am a night owl, not a morning person.  So, to get up with the sun is a challenge for me.  I will have to try it sometime to see what pictures I can come up with.

I wonder when I will see the next beautiful sunset?  I hope it is soon.

To read more about this weekly challenge, please see http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/

July 16 – Bottle

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIf I had time in a bottle … so goes a song from the 1970s.

Today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Bottle.

I am very late in my posting since Ian had a play date with a friend from preschool.

The two boys had such fun planning and the two moms had a great time visiting!  It truly was a perfect summer day!

Here is my bottle for today.  It is a bottle of my favorite wine – White Zinfandel.

Isn’t it a cool bottle holder? I like that it looks like the captain of a ship steering the wheel.

July 15 – Outside the Window

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHello and Happy Monday!

Today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Outside the Window.

This is the beautiful view outside the front window at my in-law’s house.

There are columns near the front door and the nice white fence around the driveway.  And, some pretty flowers.

It is a pretty location and very green because of all of the rain!

As one of my favorite weather people says, “What’s outside your window?”


July 14 – Edible

POD.July.14_EdibleToday the word is Edible for Photo-A-Day Challenge.

Here are pictures of our breakfast this morning.  We made pancakes and bacon.

I made a Mickey Mouse pancake for Ian.  That is on the top of the stack.

He always likes his special pancakes!!  They are yummy with butter and maple syrup!

We washed them down with coffee and creamer and a glass water for me and with cold milk for Ian.  They are the perfect breakfast!!

What picture would you choose for edible?

July 13 – 4 O’Clock

POD.July.13_4-o'clockHello and Happy Saturday!

Today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is 4 O’Clock.

At 4 this morning, I was awake and thought about taking photos.  But, I was afraid that I’d wake everyone up.

Thankfully I wasn’t up for very long!  That is never fun to be awake in the middle of the night.

At 4 this afternoon, I may be out window shopping — unless it’s pouring rain.  Then I might be watching Gilmore Girls.  I just don’t know.

I wanted to post something now so I may enjoy my time.   So, I decided to take photos of a few cool clocks at my in-law’s house.

That is my 4 o’clock.  What’s yours?

Five Minute Friday – Present

5minutefridayToday I am taking a day off from the Photo-A-Day challenge to write my Five Minute Friday posting.  I will be back to the photos tomorrow and may even post today’s then.

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Present.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

presentA present is something precious. The thoughtfulness of a special gift that a loved one has bought for you is a treasure.

Watching my son open an anticipated gift on Christmas morning or on his birthday is a real treat.

He is so thrilled and appreciative and then loves to play with the new item.  Most of the day when a new gift is received is spent playing with and learning all about the new item.

More important is the here and now — not the past or future but the present.

Until I had a child of my own, I didn’t totally understand the concept of living in the present.  I would spend a lot of time thinking about the future and the past.  Ian helps me live in the moment and savor each and every second.

It is amazing that kids can totally be engaged and consumed (in a good way) with whatever is in front of them at the time.  They don’t worry about the next meal, having power in the house, or missing a favorite tv show because a bill can’t be paid.

I think we can learn a lot from a child.  The gift of time is an amazing present and one that I try to make the best of.   And, I do my best to always be totally there in the moment.

I wonder if we can truly live in the present and savor the excitement, wonder, and possibilities of each day like a child does.  I am sure going to try.

Now, STOP!!!

To read other blogs from the Five Minute Friday community, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-present/