In Honor of Smiling Sally…

I decided to re-post my very first Blue Monday that I participated in back on September 8, 2008 in honor of Smiling Sally and as a tribute to her. Smiling Sally left this earth confident of reaching her eternal home in heaven. We received the news on her Blue Monday post on March 7, 2016. I participated until 2011 but then other things took over my Mondays. The following is my original post.

I’m joining in with Smiling Sally’s new Monday Photo Challenge called Blue Monday. I love the color blue and thought it shouldn’t be difficult coming up with some blue to shoot and post on Mondays. If you want to join in click over here and see the guidelines.

One of the things I like to do besides blogging is to search for treasures at thrift stores. I always complain about the Goodwill’s in Southern California compared to Washington State but I finally found a goody.

This Blue Danube teapot cost me $7.95. Would anyone like a nice cup of Earl Grey?

Choose a cup and I’ll pour…

For more Blue Monday visit Smiling Sally here.

Sally has moved on to her eternal home and she asked a bloggy friend to continue Blue Monday in her absence. Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor is carrying on the meme. Thank you Jeanne.

Here we are on Monday of Easter Week/Holy Week. I love Easter and am looking forward to all that it involves for us and the traditions we carry on. Most importantly worshiping Jesus Christ and being thankful for his sacrifice that has brought reconciliation with God by the forgiveness of our sins. Grace upon grace. So because of that with joy we bake Russian Easter bread (Kulich, Paska). We make our sweet cheese spread, Seernaya Paska. We set an Easter table and enjoy a meal together after an Easter service. At our house the main protein is lamb. This year there will be ten of us around the table. All adults this year so no Easter eggs hunts. But wait…maybe the adults would enjoy a little hunt!? I’m going to reconsider that.

Do you celebrate Easter?

Mosaic Blue ~ Sleepless in Seattle…

 

Remember the fun floating houses in Sleepless in Seattle? My daughter and I were checking on a wedding venue on Lake Union and enjoyed seeing these floating houses.

I’m linking up with Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

So…are you/did you watch the Super Bowl? We had it on and enjoyed some homemade guacamole and Reuben sandwiches while watching with one eye. Tip for the day…try grilled onions on your Reuben, delicious!

 

Here’s one more bonus photo that qualifies as blue and a mosaic all by itself!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue Monday…

Monday December 6th is Dear and my 36th wedding anniversary.

Here we are all decked out in blue at our Russian Baptist Church Shower in 1974.

This is my maternal grandmother, my babushka,  at our shower wearing blue, too. She really was a wonderful lady who was a prayer warrior. She was widowed while in Iran and immigrated a few years later then my parents to the USA. She lost her hand and part of her arm when she was a young girl and never let her handicap stand in the way. She raised 3 children, embroidered beautifully, and was a wonderful cook, better then most people with two hands.

This is my maternal grandmother, my mother, and me at Laguna Beach, California in the early 70’s.

Through all the ups and downs of marriage, finances and child rearing I am very thankful for the commitment and love Dear and I have shared. I count myself blessed to have married a man with integrity and faithfulness to me , his family and his God.

Thank you Dear! Here’s to many more years together!

To see more Blue Monday posts please visit Sally at Smiling Sally!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

A Texas Blue Monday

Coming to you from Dallas for Blue Monday. Visit Sally at Smiling Sally to join in with some blue.

 

I’m posting this from our flight from Dallas to Seattle. In flight WiFi is a very cool thing! This is a photo of a t-shirt my brother Leonard wore on our trip to the Dallas Zoo on Friday. I’ll be posting more photos from our time in Dallas soon. Have a wonderful Monday Y’all!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

Happy Mosaic and Blue Monday to you! Visit Mary at Little Red House and Sally at Smiling Sally to join in the fun.

 

On Saturday we had our first and last wedding dress shopping debut for Katie. She chose the 8th dress she tried on for her special day. We all agreed it was the one. She looked stunning in 7 out of the 8 dresses she tried on. On Monday the dress will be ordered. Our experience at Bellevue Bridal Boutique was great and we would recommend the shop and staff to anyone in Western Washington looking for a dress. We don’t have a date for the wedding because Katie is marrying a Marine who is in the middle of his training. We hope to have a better idea of when the wedding can take place by December. Until then we are getting all our best choices for venues etc. organized so we can hit the ground running when the date is set.

After we ordered the dress my sister Lana (Aunt Lana) treated Katie, Laura and I to a wonderful dinner at Ruth Chris in Bellevue.

If any of you are wondering about the blue, it’s all in the jeans!!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

A Special Monday in September…

Monday is my parent’s 67th wedding anniversary and my post for them will follow. In the meantime I’m posting a Mosaic and Blue Monday post from some of my photos from Minter Gardens in British Columbia, Canada.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

 

Visit Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Visit Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

Blue from Canada~

I spent 3 wonderful days with 9 other girls from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog last week in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. These mosaics are just a little glimpse of our time together.

We spent a few hours at Minter Gardens.

The 3 of us girls from “out of town” were hosted by Bev and Kathy. This was my room at Bev’s home.

 

We were treated to a wonderful boat cruise on Harrison Lake by Bev’s husband. It really was the perfect day to be out on the water.

Thank you Sally at Smiling Sally for hosting Blue Monday.