Back Again…


Dear and I arrived in Los Angeles and hit the L.A. freeways to our old stomping grounds in Camarillo. The rain that California has been enjoying has greened up the hills. Traffic is same old same old. The freeway trip up the 405 and on to the 101 (Ventura Freeway) went well and we got through Thousand Oaks and started the descent into Camarillo.


A couple of our favorite restaurants were closed since we lived in Camarillo from 2006-2010. One of our favorites was still open so we stopped in for lunch. We recognized a few wait staff that were still working there. We stopped at Establos Market (another favorite from years past) and bought some fresh made salsa and guacamole to enjoy at our beach house rental. After enjoying the weekend festivities that we flew to California for and after we checked out of the beach house on Monday and before we headed south into Los Angeles again we met up with Willow from Willow’s Cottage.


These are Willows photos of our time together. She gifted us some of her hand knit items for our little Addy. It was so good to catch up with my walking buddy from our Camarillo days. Thank you Willow for the beautiful gifts and the time we had to catch up on life.

I am finally home again after being away since January 13th. It feels so good to be in my own home with Dear. I still have so much to share from my time in California.

Happy Happy Joy Joy!


I am happy to announce that we are no longer owners of our condo in Southern California. We were beginning to wonder if we’d be able to sell it and then it sold. We closed escrow yesterday and the sale was recorded with the county today. We are relieved to have this deal close even though we were way under water and lost a lot of money. We will focus on enjoying the peace of only having one house to look after and one mortgage to concentrate on.

Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere…

…I’m glad I had a place of retreat away from the Box Chaos…

And of course besides a nice retreat, good food with good company is comforting…

The condo was all emptied out by noon. Willow arrived with a hairdryer so I could speed dry the toothpaste I used to fill some holes. We went to the Panini Place in Camarillo for lunch then said our goodbyes. sniff sniff…

I headed to the Home Depot to pick up some super duper glue (clear) to fix some flooring issues and got a throw away paint brush to dab a little touch up here and there. I swept and cleaned up all I could without a vacuum. Before I left I lifted my hands in a prayer of gratitude to my great God who blessed me and Dear so richly during our stay in Camarillo. I didn’t lower those hands without asking that God would bring us a buyer for our condo soon.

I’m now in Fullerton at another hotel waiting till 9:30 to drive to LAX to pick up Katie. Tomorrow at 9:30 we’re headed to my mom and pop’s  for breakfast… Vareniki…yum. My Mennonite friends will know what those are! :0) After breakfast we’re meeting up with more family members to take a little trip to Descanso Gardens. The rest of the day we will play by ear.

Hope you all are having a great weekend wherever you are.

Goodbye Camarillo…

Today I supervise the movers loading the moving van. I’ll be meeting up with Willow for lunch and then I’m off to Orange County to spend the rest of the weekend with my family. I’ll be picking up my daughter Katie tonight from the airport so she can join in the family fun. We’ll have breakfast with my mom and dad on Saturday and then head to Descanso Gardens with some of my extended family. Fun times. We fly home Sunday night.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Adolfo Camarillo…

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern DayDreamer.

On Sunday we attended the Celebration of Adolfo Camarillo’s 145th Birthday. Our town is named after him. He donated a lot of land to the city and to the county. The highschool was built on land he donated and is called Adolfo Camarillo Highschool. The Party was at the historical home he built for his family in 1892.


The house and gazebo were decked out for the festivities. Cake and punch were served.


The Adolfo Camarillo High School Marching band was in attendance and among other songs played Happy Birthday.


Some of the famous Camarillo White Horses were in attendance. To see more photos of the horses with links about their history click here. I’m also including a photo of Adolfo Camarillo on his Camarillo White Horse.



There is a huge Morton Bay Fig tree, native to Australia on the property. The grounds are lovely and weddings and other functions are held here.


I’m including a few shots from the inside of family home. It is decorated for Fall right now and soon it will be redecorated for Christmas. I did not leave empty handed from the celebration but I made this sweet little purchase…


Friends of the Camarillo Ranch House were selling some country wares to help support the house.

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Today…from Rain to Glorious Clouds and Blue Sky!

Here’s how the morning began in Southern California on Friday…


Here’s how the day turned out! I drove to Oxnard to get gas at Costco and then stopped at a couple thrift stores. I know…shocking! Then I decided to follow the blue sky through downtown Oxnard to Hollywood Beach and the Harbor.


The Channel Islands were in view…


And the clouds were amazing…





Downtown Oxnard??? Who knew! I’m going back here soon to explore the historic section of this town and in the meantime find out why Oxnard was named Oxnard!

Tomorrow is a big day. We are picking up our son Josh at the airport in the morning then heading to the Tam O Shanter for lunch. After lunch we are going to a classic car show at Heritage Square in Los Angeles. But the real reason for the trip and the most exciting part of the day will be meeting up with lots of fans of the Seattle Sounders F.C. at the Home Depot Center in Carson where they will be playing Chivas. Nine family members will be together enjoying the game. On Sunday the family is meeting for lunch at my sister’s house before we take Josh back to the airport.

Have a nice evening and great Saturday!

UPDATE: Oxnard is named after the family that developed the first major industry here, a sugar beet factory in the 1890’s.  From time to time someone suggests changing Oxnard’s name to something else–Channel Islands to name one example.  So far, it’s still Oxnard!  (Although many folks do refer to the area or Oxnard adjacent to the harbor and beach as Channel Islands.) That’s why we say “Oxnard… more than just a pretty name.

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Window Views ~ Camarillo Ranch House

These windows are all from the Camarillo Ranch House. It’s a beautiful old Victorian Home built by the family who Camarillo is named after. It’s fun to take a tour of the home when they decorate it for Christmas. The house and grounds are rented out for weddings and other events.

Lastly I’m leaving you this view out my car windshield today. We in Southern California have just finished a week of May Grey and we’ve moved on to June Gloom!


To see more Window Views visit Mary at the Window Views Blog.

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ABC Wednesday ~ St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo

It’s time for another ABC Wednesday and we are on the letter C. I decided to post something from my hometown of Camarillo, California which both start with the letter C although what I’m showing you in Camarillo doesn’t start with the letter C. Have I confused you yet? I will also share links from other posts I’ve published in the past about the historical landmarks in our city.

Today I wanted to show you St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. I had the rare opportunity to visit the grounds of St. John’s Seminary for a Christmas Concert that a friend’s son was performing in. I’ve tried to get on the grounds in the past unsuccessfully. When I found out the campus would be open for this concert I was there with bells on. The concert was beautifully performed in the historic chapel.



In 1924, plans were being made for a minor seminary for the training of priests in the Los Angeles Area. Sixty five students were registered for the academic year of 1926-27. At that time, Juan E. Camarillo made a gift to the archdiocese of 100 acres on the knoll of Rancho Calleguas, which land separated the Calleguas Ranch from Rancho Las Posas. The purpose of Mr. Camarillo’s gift was the location there of a major seminary. Ground was broken for St. John’s in March of 1938, after a speedy and successful drive for funds.


The original buildings, including the chapel which is unique in its marble decorations and stained-glass windows, are built around a quad with interior porticoes.

When Archbishop Cantwell was planning for the new seminary, he approached Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny, Sr. about the possibility that she would donate the library. Mr. Doheny, her husband, the great oil tycoon, had passed away in 1935. Together they had built the library at USC in memory of Edward Laurence Doheny, Jr. and Mrs. Doheny considered this new opportunity a most appropriate way to honor the memory of her husband. It also afforded her the opportunity to create a permanent home for the thousands of rare books and art objects which she had collected since 1930 and which would burgeon before her death in 1958.

Mrs. Doheny hired her favorite architect, Wallace Neff, and commissioned him to design a building which would house a working library for the students and faculty as well as quarters for her collection.

The result is a classical Spanish building which reflects some of the overtones of the 1,100 years of Moorish influence in Spain. The pale pink stucco structure complements and enhances the neo-Spanish architecture of the main buildings.



It was a very bright sunny day when I visited. On some of the photos you can’t see the pink tone to the building but this photo that I took at this angle the pink shows through nicely.

The first floor of the library serves students and faculty, and the second floor housed the Estelle Doheny Collection which contained some 8,000 volumes of rare books. There were also displayed much of Mrs. Doheny’s fine French period furniture, canvases by Barbizon and western American artists. The collection was distinguished for an impressive array of Bibles which were significant type, among which the premier volume were one of the few extant original Gutenberg Bibles. I found out today her entire collection was sold off to over 40 different buyers from around the world in 1988! Oh how sad that this collection is scattered all over the world now.

I wasn’t aware that this significant collection had been housed in this library when I was on campus in December. After researching and finding this information I was disappointed to find out it was no longer there.


Please visit Mrs. Nesbitt and Friends at the official ABC blog to see more posts on the letter C.

Here are some links to past posts about other Camarillo historic sights and city sights and surrounding areas.

St. Mary Magdalen Church here and here.

Camarillo Ranch House here ,and  here.

All about Camarillo here.

ht: Greater Camarillo…Then and Now, a Publication of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, copyright 1978.

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Trim the Tree Thursday ~ Camarillo Ranch House

For Trim the Tree Thursday I’m going to share my tour of the Camarillo Ranch House here in my city with you. It’s the Victorian Home of the family who our city is named after. If you’d like to read about the history of this grand home you can click here.

The House is all decked out for Christmas in Camarillo

This is the main entry tree and the largest tree in the home.


Most every room in the house has a tree of it’s own


All of them are so unique.

This Hall Tree is in the main entry.

There are wonderful pieces of furniture in every room.


I would love to have a dining room this size!


Looking back into the Parlor from the Dining room with one of the docents in costume.

The family dining area.

One of the side entries to the house.

In the kitchen…


The table in the kitchen.


The family was known for their famous White Horses and there is a room in the house with these great saddles with beautiful silver pommels.

Time to go up the grand staircase to the bedrooms upstairs.

The Nursery

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Historic Landmark, Camarillo Ranch House.

A very Merry Christmas to you all.

If you’d like to see more Trim the Tree visit the lovely Southern Hostess Brett!

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The First Dawn in November…

30 Days of Thanksgiving…I’m joining in with several bloggers who are posting what they are thankful for each day this month.


I’m so glad I stepped out past my front porch patio this morning and looked to the East. This is the first beautiful dawn of November. I was overjoyed to see it and I’m very thankful for God’s beautiful creation.

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