May 15 – From Where I Walk / Throwback Thursday

POD_May.15_walkHi and Happy Thursday!  Today’s photo challenge is From Where I Walk.  It is also Throwback Thursday.  So I decided to go really old school.

Here I am with my parents as a toddler at my favorite beach — Mission Beach in San Diego, California.  I love that Mom and Dad wanted to get me in the water.  I seemed to like it even then.

Of course, back then I wasn’t walking yet.  However, I did try crawling at the beach and seemed to enjoy it too.  My dad raced to keep up with me, as you can see in the second photo.

For as long as I can remember (and longer apparently), I have loved the beach, the ocean, and sand. And, since I have been able to walk, I have enjoyed walking at this beach and the neighborhood around it.

POD.May.15_crawlI am very thankful that my parents took me to the beach at a very young age and many times since.  Kirk and I did the same with Ian and now he loves it too.

This beach is one of the best places to walk, as is the nearby boardwalk.  There you can see all walks of life, people riding bicycles, skateboarding, rollerblading, running, and walking.  There even is a man who skates in slow motion.

In addition to my beach walks, I also enjoy walking in our neighborhood.  And, this school year, I have enjoyed walking Ian to and from school.  We have adventures each time, enjoy talking or he asks me questions and I do my best to answer them, and we look at nature.  It has been a blessing for me and he seems to enjoy it.

A few quotes about walking:

  • “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”– Ellen DeGeneres
  • “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” — Noel Coward
  • “If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”– Raymond I. Myers
  • “When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.” — Michael Patrick King
  • “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir
  • “Make your feet your friend.” __ J.M. Barrie

I wonder when I will able to walk next at this favorite beach?  I hope soon.  In the meantime, I will enjoy walks in many other places.

(oops, wrong date when this was first published.)

September 9 – On The Wall

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAnother Monday. And another week.   I hope it will be good.

Today’s photo is On The Wall. Here is an oil painting on the wall of our den.

Schatchzi was my grandparent’s dog.  I don’t remember how to spell her name but it’s close.  I remember her when I was much, much younger.

She had floppy ears as shown in this painting and she was such a little love and often got into trouble.  Miniature Schnauzers are one of my favorite dogs.

This sweet dog was also precious to my grandparents.  This picture hung on the wall of their house for quite a while.

Prior to Grandpa’s death, he took this painting off the wall, wrote my name on the back of it, signed his name, and said “this is for you.”

I nearly burst into tears.  “Why don’t you take it home with you Patti?” he asked.  “Grandpa, I couldn’t.”  “Yes, I want you to have it.”

So, I took it home.  I was blown away by his generosity and so touched that he gave me something that had been so special to him.  At times, he could be very difficult, but I also saw a lot of love and compassion.

Now, this painting hangs in my home.  Ian has asked me about it and enjoys hearing the story of this sweet little dog.  I still look at this painting with happy tears –remembering my precious grandparents who I still miss and their precious dog.

I wonder if my parent’s dog Riley will mean as much to Ian as Schatchzi has to me?  I bet she will!!