March 28 – Nostalgia

Fran.Dick.ArthaHi and Happy Friday.  I am so glad it’s Friday.  We will have a weekend with family and friends and that will be nice.  Today it is raining and washing away my tears. Well, at least part of them.

Today’s photo challenge is Nostalgia.  For this photo, I decided to include one of Grams with my other grandparents who I had the pleasure of knowing.  The three of them are in Heaven together and amazing angels.  They are all greatly missed and loved.

I love how happy they all are.  This is how I remember the three of them.  From left are Fran, Dick, and Artha. I learned so much from all three of these fine people.  I only wish I could have met Fran’s hubby, my grandpa Crawford.  He passed away before I was born.

For most of my life, these gems of people were in my life.  Grams (Fran) passed away a few days ago. I was 29 years old when Grandpa (Dick) passed, and 32 years old when Grandma (Artha) passed.  I feel truly blessed and honored to have had them in my life for so long.

This nostalgic picture is great of the wood panel wall, the gold curtain, the pattern of the couch, their clothing, and glasses.  I just love it.  It immediately brings me back to my childhood.

I wonder what other fond and nostalgic memories I will have today?  I am sure there will be some.  Have a great weekend!!


Frosty and Foggy Part 2 / TGIF

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am so very glad that it’s Friday today!

We have just this weekend and next before Christmas.  WOW!  How will it all get done?  If I do a little each day, I will be fine.  So this weekend will be all about preparing for Christmas and well as some time to have fun and relax. I sure don’t want to panic or get sick right before Christmas and all of the fun with family.

Today since I wasn’t feeling inspired by the photo of the day challenge (Composition) and there was no Five Minute Friday word given, I decided to post a few more frosty and foggy pictures.  I also wanted to write about a funny thought from this morning.

While making my oatmeal for breakfast, I started thinking about my husband’s Aunt May.  She is a character, often over the top, and lots of fun, and always has something to say – whether you want to hear it or not.  She lives in Scotland and has her own way of doing everything.

One time years ago when we were visiting her, I was making oatmeal or porridge as she calls it.  She said, “Oh Patti, how can you make porridge like that? I don’t mean to tell you what to do, but Oh God Patti, how can you eat that?” I told her, “I like it this way.”

I like my oatmeal or porridge made with milk and then I put on a pat of butter, salt, and fruit (usually blueberries).  It may be odd for some but this is how I like it.  That way I have sweet and salty together with a taste of fruit as well.  YUMMY!

This made me wonder, how do you like your oatmeal?  There is no correct way to eat it, contrary to what May thinks.  My hubby likes it with brown sugar and raisins and Ian likes it plain.

Today is another frosty day so the oatmeal hit the spot.  Here are a few more of those frosty and foggy pictures.  Enjoy and hope you stay warm and dry this weekend!


Five Minute Friday – Story

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!  TGIF!!

The word for Today’s Five Minute Friday is Story.

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 …

First thing I think of is the old spiritual, “I love to tell the story.  ’twill be my theme in glory to tell the old story of Jesus and his love.”

This is especially comforting this week as we found out a classmate of my sister’s died this week.  So young and he will be missed.

SRP.28_Patti.Dick.and.Artha.1986I also think of stories and the ones that I grew up listening to from my grandfather.  Here is an old picture of me with my favorite story-teller and his lovely bride, my grandma.

Currently, I am reading a book that a friend of mine wrote.  It is a great story and one that I am truly enjoying — and finding a hard time putting down!  She did a great job and I am so impressed that she published it.

I also like to tell my own stories and hope to work on a new one very soon.  This week I found out that I am a direct descendant of a passenger on the Mayflower.   I was beyond excited to find this out.  This person was a young woman and sounds absolutely fascinating.

Can you imagine how different her life must have been from a young woman today?  It boggles the mind to think of the changes since then.

In addition to this story, I have a children’s book in mind.  Hopefully I can work on both of these items very soon.  I do so love to write and like a variety of ways to do so.  One of my favorites is on this blog when I write about whatever is on my mind.

I can’t imagine my life without being able to tell stories.  And, my son already has a gift of telling stories.  He has drawn a few that I will have to share sometime.  He also has told me some great stories before bedtime.

Now…. STOP!

I think both of us received this ability from my grandpa.  He told fantastic stories orally to us, and also did a great job writing a variety of items and slices of his life.  He is truly my inspiration.

I wonder what stories I will find to inspire me today.  I so look forward to the discovery and the process of writing them!

To read other postings on Story, please see

Throwback Thursday – 2 Girls at Mission Beach, CA

Hi and Happy Thursday.   We are just a few days away from the end of the month.  Can you believe it?  This year has flown by.  Now we are in the midst of another wonderful summer!!

Cindy.Patti.seawallToday for my new Throwback Thursday, I wanted to post two of my favorite pictures of me with my sister Cindy.

The time was in the early 1970s, the place is Mission Beach, CA, and as you can see we are wearing matching outfits.

The photo on the left is cute as we are in motion and ready to hit the beach – even though we are both dressed up.  I love the wind in our hair and our bodies in motion.

girls at beachThe photo on the right showed our personalities at the time.  I was very shy as a child and liked to be quiet and Cindy was very outgoing with a zeal and zest for life — even as a very young girl.

This picture captures both of us and who we were at the time.

Since these photos were taken, we have taken many, many other pictures at this favorite location.  We have them throughout our growing up years and with our own children.

Last summer, we took pictures of the two of us sitting on the seawall with our mother.  Special times and special pictures!

I wonder what our next wonderful pictures will be?  Will they be at this much-loved beach or somewhere else?  It will be fun to find out!