Last Sunday in January

It is not the prettiest photo but it is the first blossom on my English primrose. 
These are the primroses I took out of the window box to winter over on the backyard patio.  They don't take our 100-degree summers in full sun too well. 

So, how are you all doing? 

I'm fine and enjoying the beautiful spring weather we are having. So far it is 74 degrees. That will abruptly change soon - rain is in the forecast. I love how God gives us a day of sunshine after a day of rain and clouds. I can have all the windows open - the air smells so fresh. It truly is a glorious day! 

The walk around the yard - fresh photos taken 10 minutes ago! 

These wild marigolds always please me. 

The Irises are poking through...

Rosemary always blooms in the winter. 

Turn up your speakers to hear the buzz of the bees...

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

by Isaac Watts

It's hard to believe that, January is almost over. Seems just like a couple of weeks ago, we were taking down our Christmas decorations. February always goes by too fast for me - although this year it has that additional leap-year day!  Maybe we'll get some snow in February like we did last year. That would be most welcome. 

I better get out there and sit in that warm sun before the clouds start rolling in and turn to rain. 

Take Care -and Happy Sunday. 


Let There Be Light

I dedicate this post to Ginny at Let Your Light Shine. It's just something I think she would post and like. 

An illuminated wildlife lantern festival called Glowing Wild. coming to the Turtle Bay Area by the Sundial Bridge from Feb - to May. They are constructing the displays, which is part of what I saw the other day on my walk. 

This light show display features 10 acres of illuminated wildlife displays inspired by Asian lanterns showcasing plants & animals from around the world.

Here are some photos from their website. Looks beautiful. 

2024 is the year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year is Feb. 10. 

To represent the turtles at Turtle Bay. 

On my walk the other day, I stopped to look for them. A few were laying on some logs - mostly they were in the water, watching me. 

I have a lot of frogs in my yard. Mostly tree frogs but we do have a toad that we hear from time to time. It must be frog mating season because at night it's a seranade that sounds like 100's of frogs. 

We don't have alligators but we do get those alligator lizards. 

This guy is way too cute. 

But in real life, you don't want to mess with a Komodo dragon. You'd lose. 

UPDATE: Actually this is Chameleon. Duh! 

This is cool - 

As far as snakes go, the King Cobra demands respect. They are beautiful snakes - granted very scary too. Glad these are fake. I'm not a snake lover but they do have a God-given purpose. So I try to understand them and keep my distance. 

Years ago I saw a movie that freaked me out. It was called Ssssss. Made in 1973. 
A college student becomes a lab assistant to a scientist who is working on a serum that can transform humans into cobra snakes. 


I'm really looking forward to this exhibit. 

This actually is my favorite. It looks real. 

So if I am right, I think those Geo-Domes were there for the crew - to...I don't know, lounge in? Maybe it was a break area? Curious. 

Friday - Wrapping Up The Week

This was not a good week for me. I've been under the weather. I canceled all my meetings and bible study this week. Why? I've been dizzy - a touch of vertigo? My husband thinks it is my blood pressure. I have low blood pressure and when it drops even lower, I experience dizziness. I've had this since I was a child - my grandma called it the vapors.  I've upped my hydration and am feeling much better. The mornings are the worst for me after 8 hours of no liquids. 

While I have you here would you mind visiting my post that I only received 20 views. I think it got overlooked by Wednesday's Hodgepodge. Normally I wouldn't self-promote a post but I took a lot of pretty photos of my walk. 

A Walk Across the Sundial Bridge

Thanks, I appreciate it. 

So as you can see,  the daffodils have bloomed along the walkway. 
My son planted these years ago - and they still are popping up. These were old bulbs that we had - I thought they were too old. He proved me wrong and they have been blooming every year since. 

Weatherwise we've been consistently in the mid-50s to 60s. Some days we have sun and other days we're just cloudy. We're not used to too much cloudy or dreary weather...

I am looking forward to my favorite pastime, in the summer. 

Complaining about the heat! 


Redding is labeled the sunniest city in California, and the second sunniest city in the United States by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Yuma Arizona is #1. 

I thought it was funny, that the day this photo was taken it was cloudy! 

I was really hoping I could get out and go for a hike this weekend but perhaps I better wait till the dizziness completely has gone for at least 24 hours. Meanwhile, I am over on Ancestry - trying to clean up some things. I'm also getting ready to start pre-posting for the April A-Z blogging challenge on my Genealogy Blog. 

Hoping this post finds you all well and happy. 


PS. I found out what those Geo Domes were about. More on that later. 

Hodgepodge - National Pie Day

 From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you have a word for the year (WOTY)? If so, and you'd like to share, please share. How do you decide on a word? If you don't have a word are you still on the hunt for one for 2024? 


2. January 23rd is National Pie Day...will you celebrate? Do you like pie? What's your favorite? 

Maybe if I can remember to get out and buy a pie. (writing this on Tuesday.) 

I love pie. It’s hard to pick just one favorite. Lemon meringue, boysenberry, apple, peach, pumpkin, key lime, cream cheese…that’s all I can think of right off the cuff. My husband loves strawberry rhubarb pie.  At the Marie Callenders Restaurant, they have really good pies that you can order. 

3. Tipping. What are your thoughts, expectations, as to who, when where? Do you appreciate a store/restaurant giving a 'suggested amount'? Have you ever left an extravagant tip? 

I know how hard they work. A good waitress/waiter makes all the difference in your dining experience. And when one is exceptional, they stand out. 

Extravagant tip? Once a year we “gift” a restaurant worker; usually at Christmas. This past year, it was on Christmas Day and we tipped the grill cook. I overheard him tell another cook that he was a Dad and that this job was his bread and butter and I just had that confirmation that he was the one. We were prepared and it was such a joy. I’d like to do this more. Maybe set up a tip account so we can save. 

4. Share with us one household 'tip' that works for you. 

See #5

5. Influencers on social media are people who've built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a particular subject. Do you follow any influencers online? Have you made a purchase or tried something new because of that 'influence'? If there's one you particularly enjoy tell us who they are and why you enjoy them. 

From time to time I will tune in to a YouTube influencer - who are crafters and DIYers. A couple of years ago, I purchased a small handheld steamer that cleans soap scum off shower doors with ease, as well as under the toilet rim. I didn’t buy her brand but I checked around -  I’ve been pleased with the results and no more scrubbing! I use it to also clean my windows, stovetop, and oven. 

But don’t let me influence you. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The other day I got a phone call from the Netherlands. I didn't answer it. 

The biopsies from my husband's procedure were cancer-free. I pretty much figured it was, because of the report that I read but still, it does linger in the back of the mind, and is good to have reassurance.

I had an IBS episode on Sunday before Church. I had those stomach pains, squeezing me from my lower back to my lower stomach and I threw up. It was a bad day for me - and I'm much better now but my tummy still feels like it is bruised from the inside out. Yeah yeah, I said I would go get it checked out - I will. I especially do not want any antibiotics. They really mess my gut up.