A Day with Friends…

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~Elisabeth Foley

On Saturday Dear and I spent the day with our old friends Jim and Jeanie. Jim is my cousin and I was friends with Jeanie in college before they met. Jeanie and I both majored in Home Economics and we both became teachers. She’s still teaching in high school in the Fresno area.

When we were just married we lived in Huntington Beach and attended the same church. All of our children were born in the same years 1979, 1981 and 1985. Jim was a policeman in Huntington Beach but then left this work and started his own business building pools. We moved to Washington, they moved to Central California so now we see each other maybe one or two times a year. When we get together we can still catch up quick and relate and pray and laugh with each other. Oh and we eat too…I’m still stuffed.

There’s a great story behind this little booth that now sits at the entrance of the driveway to J & J’s house. When Jim was younger he worked at Hume Lake Christian Camps in a security position. He’d be in this booth stopping traffic into the camp conference grounds to make sure people knew where to go or be turned away because they had no business there. Hume Lake Christian Camp is located in the Sequoia’s. This booth went up in auction after it was replaced and Jim had the winning bid. Now he has a fun piece of his and Hume Lake’s history at his home.


These are some photos of their beautiful home that they had built on 4 acres of property they purchased. Jim is gifted in landscaping and of course he’d build a beautiful pool to have on his own property.


After lunch at their home we drove over to get a tour of Jim’s Pool Company. It’s located on the main drag through their town in a remodeled old home. He’s done a beautiful job with several partial pool designs on display and water features and water falls etc. It was a fun tour of Vineyard Pools in Clovis, California!


These are the photos of some of the pools, waterfalls, and water features…


Across the street from Vineyard Pools was Rossetti’s Biscotti and Fine Foods. We had to run across and do a little shopping. We bought some Triple Almond Biscotti to take home. We headed back to J & J’s house via Starbucks.


These are some of the cactus plants around the home that I had to get photos of and some roses.

These are in abundance.

We went out to dinner and headed back to Southern California very full of fellowship and food…

I have to share one more photo with y’all that I got such a kick out of on our way to J & J’s on Clovis Ave.


Have a wonderful joy filled week….

As of June 2017 Photobucket has blacked out all my photos that I had stored there and are holding them hostage. Hopefully I can update my photos on all the posts they have ruined, over 4000 of them.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “A Day with Friends…

  1. Georgous pictures – looks like Florida. My sister and her 2 daughters and families live in Clovis! AND the husband of
    one of my nieces has a pool business! I bet he knows Jim.
    But, the best was your “pot” picture…LOL…a real camera moment!

  2. Oh what a privilege to have friends all about your travels. Your posts here and there with friends speaks volumes of who you are as people. I appreciate that.

    I did chuckle at the last picture. Up here in Canada that would likely mean something else. There is plenty pot for sale here too.

  3. Those are great photos. Jeanie seems to always look good in photos. Well except maybe when she had an eye infection). I am blackmailing her by threatening to post the eye photo on my blog.

    It looks like you had a really good time. I know they treasure your friendship.

  4. Wow, I’ll say he’s gifted in landscaping. That yard is just beautiful! How nice to have friends in your life that you’ve known that long. That is truly a gift.

  5. What a wonderful time we had with you both and what a joy it was to watch you taking pictures of our day! Glad you got home safely1

  6. Jim has also built a beautiful pool up here at Hume Lake Christian Camps. He and his company do excellent work and he is a also just a great guy. Loved seeing the picture of the old security booth. I think I hit that thing a few times while plowing snow while it was still in use.

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