Showing an old photo from El Matador Beach in Malibu, California.
I’m taking a little break and will be back soon.
Looking back to some photos dating back to 2009. Our daughter at Forest Lawn in Glendale. Hoping we all can travel to the end of the maze we are on and come out better than we were before. If you find yourself in Southern California sometime in the future a trip to Glendale Forest Lawn will afford you lots of great art.
The statue of David with a little perspective on just how huge it is.
These 5 photos are just a taste of what you can see.
Hope you all have a great Saturday.
It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge where Joyce asks the questions and we try to answer.
This is our middle child, Dan. Dan is Addyson and Jaymison’s daddy.
I was the youngest of 4 siblings until I was 7 and then our parents had 4 more children with #’s 7 and 8 being twins. I was very self-centered and manipulative. I worked hard at getting my way. There were lots of things I did that my older siblings didn’t do. My two older sisters were model students who got straight A’s. One of the teachers that they both had commented to me once in class that I wasn’t like my sisters. That comment didn’t sit well with me. I think my reply was something to the effect that I was my own person.
2. Tell us about a time you felt like (or you actually were) in the middle of nowhere.
On our drives to Southern California from the State of Washington there is a stretch of Interstate 5 south of Sacramento and north of Bakersfield that is so desolate and barren that you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.
3. What’s something you’re smack in the middle of currently?
Dear is in the middle of building his shop. I will be happy when the roof is completely done. He’s 3/4 done with it. Once that is done things should move easier.
4. What’s a food you love to eat that has something delicious in the middle?
There are so many things we enjoy with delicious things in the middle. Today I will choose a burrito.
5. Share a memory from your middle school days, or junior high if that’s what your school dubbed kids somewhere between grades 6-8.
We had Elementary, Junior High and High School. Our Junior high was 7th – 9th grade. In fall of 8th grade we were in Science class when our teacher turned the TV on for us to see the news that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. We were all shocked. There were lots of emotions from students and teachers. It’s a day I’ll never forget. Here’s a photo of our beautiful Montebello Junior High. Sadly it has since been demolished.
6. Insert your random thought here.
Here’s a photo of our new little brother who took my place as the youngest in the family in 1958! I’m the one with two front teeth missing.
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For Flashback Friday, since we are again covered in snow (4-5 inches yesterday) I’m choosing these photos from July of 2003 when our youngest brother and sister turned forty and hosted a luau in our brother’s backyard. The party was in Downey, California.
Sisters, oldest to youngest.
Photos from a camera with film not digital or I would have taken some of these over.
Ellen b.’s siblings in order of birth. I’m number four and the twins were seven and eight. Kathy, Vera, Fred, Ellen, Tim, Steve, Lana and Leonard. About a seventeen year span for our births. Our oldest sister, Kathy, died in Persia when she was two before Kathy, the second, was born.
The luau was a fun event with good food and hula dancers, too.
Some of the nephews. Many other nieces and nephews were at the party but I did not get good photos of them or all the other guests. I’ll blame that on the fact that we hadn’t entered the digital age yet.
My siblings with our spouses, minus Lana and Steve. Our brother Leonard was not married until 2006. This photo was taken at another family event sometime around the Luau, maybe while we set up for the party.
Our parents, Moisi and Nadia, were still in Russia for this event. They would return from Russia in time for their 60th wedding anniversary party that we had in this same backyard in September. I’ll share those photos on Tuesdays with Moisi.
Can you feel those island breezes? Our kids on “the Coast” are wanting a break from the constant rain on that side of the Cascades. It’s been relentless. We aren’t going stir crazy from our snow…yet. Spring will come…
…right back where I started from.
Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts, prayers and wishes for me and my family as we bury our dear old Pop and as we work on our big move across the state. I appreciate all of you and your compassion to me. This verse from the New Testament will be read at the end of our Pop’s eulogy.
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
These are some of the cottages that can be rented. Quite a nice location.
Crystal Cove is a California State Park and the Cottages on the beach can be rented through the Park system. There’s information at this link.
California beaches in January can be very dramatic. Winter is the time of year I really enjoy the beaches.
My sister Vera and I walked along the shore while we waited to be buzzed for our meal. There is a restaurant on the beach in the State Park called The Beachcomber. The food and service was real good. My post about the restaurant is here.
These photos were taken on January 21st. Back here in Western Washington the news of the day is all about mudslides. Our hills have been saturated first with melting snow and now with a significant rain fall. Several roads had to be closed this week because of mudslides. Our major east/west interstate 90 in Issaquah was shut down on the west side this Thursday after mud and debris came across the west bound lanes. Glad I wasn’t there. No one was hurt thankfully. We are getting a little dry spell between the storms which is very helpful!
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
I’m linking up to Saturday’s Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen.
My nieces gave a baby shower for Dan and Jamie’s Sweet Baby Addy while we all were in California on Sunday January 15th. This day happened to also be Jamie’s birthday. We celebrated our newest Daughter in law and our sweet baby Addy on the way.
Our niece Michelle hosted the shower at her home and had help from our nieces Debbee, Melissa, and Kristin. Michelle has a candle business called All Good Things Candles and she made candles for us all to take home as baby shower favors.
Before the shower started it was good to get a photo of the Bayles with cousin Annie. Dear has one brother who has three daughters. Annie was able to be at the shower her mom Christina. Christina is catching up a bit with Dear in the next photo and with our daughter Katie.
Our newest grandniece Ellie came to the shower with her daddy, our nephew Timothy.
Before the shower began we got a photo of the guys heading off for a Shotgun adventure at a local gun range.
Michelle’s yard and tables were set up with all the perfect touches for the shower. Jamie has decided on an elephant theme for Addy’s nursery.
The day of the shower was Jamie’s birthday. My nieces honored her day with a candle lit dessert that they tried to get to her before the wind blew out the candle. Just watching the effort to keep that candle lit was hilarious and fun!
We enjoyed watching little Eleanor/Ellie blowing bubbles in her drink.
We took a photo of each person and their gift with Jamie. The sun was shining but it was a very cold breezy day. It was nice to have the blankets to drape over our shoulders.
This was one of my many gifts for this first granddaughter of ours.
My sister Kathy made this elephant banner for our son Daniel when he was born and Jamie chose an elephant theme for our expected granddaughter so Dan’s elephants will be used for a pattern to make some new elephants for baby Addy and then they will use Dan’s elephants that my sister made in 1980/1981 on a mobile for Addy to enjoy.
The Bayles’ side of the family. It’s a treat to get together with our family for celebrations. Our nieces did a wonderful job of honoring Dan and Jamie and our first grandchild. Thank you Michelle, Debbee, Melissa and Kristin. And…thank you to my sisters Vera and Kathy for the baking day to make the Piroshky! Thankful for each one who made the drive out to Michelle and Ryan’s. Thank you to our nephew Ryan for the great adventure he planned for the guys while us gals showered Jamie and Addy.
Not only was Jamie’s birthday on Sunday but our son Dan’s and nephew Lenny’s birthday was on Monday. Then on Thursday our son Josh celebrated his birthday at Disneyland with his cousins. Birthdays galore! My adventures continue down here in Southern California. Today my sister Vera and I are taking our dear old pop to one of his favorite restaurants for lunch. Later this evening those sibs who can will gather at my sister Vera’s for a birthday celebration for our brother Tim. His birthday is the 22nd. My feedly is not cooperating with me since I’m in a different domain so I’ll be catching up with you all when I get back to the Seattle area. For the record sunny southern California is having a bit of a identity crisis and acting more like Seattle with lots of rain and clouds. I’m listening to a constant heavy rainfall right now as I send this off to publish! I believe their drought might be officially over. Glad I got a good beach walk in yesterday…
Way back in the summer of 1968 I packed up many of my belongings in my new red suitcases and boxes to travel 60 miles east of my home to the University of Redlands in Southern California. My oldest sister Kathy drove me to my new home away from home for the school year. My dorm was Bekins Hall and it was an all girls dorm. Times have changed. The collage above shows my dorm, my sister lugging in my stuff and my roommate Violet and our suite mate Louise (Jana). We had a second floor suite with a bathroom/shower in between the rooms. Louise and Tracy were juniors in one room and Violet and me freshmen in the other room. My memories with this suite arrangement are all good.
My roommate Violet who we called Violeta and me on the quad. I forget who’s great old classic car this is. I just found out that this car belonged to Louise/Jana who is in the pink dress in the collage. She called it her purple and white tank! Spanish was Violeta’s major for her teaching degree and she also experienced college abroad in Spain fully immersed in the language. In her early years of teaching she taught in a Spanish Immersion school. I think I’m remembering these facts correctly. Tom and Violet were married right out of college a couple years before Dear and me.
Spring forward 47 years and our little reunion in San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City. When I knew we would be in San Francisco I messaged my college roommate to see if there was a chance we could get together. Violet and her husband picked us up from our hotel and drove us south to the neighborhoods where they work and live. We enjoyed a meal at Milagros Cantina in Redwood City. Have you ever had fried ice cream? We split it four ways after our main dish. After enjoying catching up at their home they graciously drove us to the airport in time for our flight home. Thanks again Tom and Violet for a lovely day!
Here it is the first day of February! We enjoyed a quiet weekend here at this old house. We ate all our meals in house (shocking), a Saturday marathon of Downton Abbey viewing (I bought season 6 at Costco on Friday). Yikes tell me how you reacted to espisode5!!?? On Sunday we had a great church service with Communion in the morning, a dry walk on our heart pumping loop, and did a little more pruning on the apple tree. I think I’m halfway done now. My neck can only take so much at a time. Maybe I’ll have Dear take a photo of me in process. Have a wonderful first week of February!
California here I come, right back where I started from.
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun.
Each morning at dawning birdies sing and everything.
Sun kissed Miss says don’t be late.
That’s why I can hardly wait, Open up your golden gate, California here I come.
I was born in California so this is a song I easily claim. I’m happy for my growing up days and my early married days in California but I’m very content to be living in the Seattle area now. I do look forward to my trips back to visit. The top photo is from the plane on our descent into John Wayne Airport. We turned inland at Catalina Island and this is the first time I’ve seen it so clearly from a plane. The beach photos are all from Huntington Beach where one of my sister’s lives.
It’s time for ABC Wednesday and we are on the letter C so I’m sharing some photos from my trip to Southern California last week and a photo of the bougainvillea from my archives. Thank you to Denise Nesbitt and the ABC Wednesday team.