Boy Oh Boy!

The reason I originally made travel arrangements for Southern California was to attend a lifelong friend’s baby shower. Her mother and I were best Russian buddies in our college years and onward. Our families attended the same Russian Baptist church in Los Angeles. We sang in the Russian Youth Choir and in the 70’s we were in a Christian Rock Band that toured England in the summers. Heidi sang at Dear and my wedding. Lots of history.

The theme that my friend Heidi and the new mom-to-be, Nikki, decided on was a nautical one. Perfect for celebrating the soon to arrive little boy.

Heidi and Ken have a beautiful home in the Orange Hill area of Southern Calfiornia.

This is the mother-to-be, Nicole. When she was born she lived across the street from us.

My friend Heidi and Nicole.

The food was delicious and listed on a fun Nikki Cravings Menu.

These are all my sisters with me.  My SIL and two of my nieces were also at the shower.

My girlfriend Jeanie who married my cousin Jim was there, too. Our friendships intersect with a lot of people from church, the rock group and extended families.

We arrived for the shower in bright sunshine, sat down to our meal in the shade of the early evening, and left when the sun was setting…

It’s nice to be back home with Dear. I was upgraded to first class again and had a nice conversation with an ER doctor who sat next to me on the plane.

My Wednesday will be busy as I’m getting ready to travel to Canada on Thursday. I’ll be scarce till Friday. Hope all is well where you are…

Mosaic Monday ~ In the Pink!


I was at a baby shower today at my Daughter in Love’s home that she and her friends put together for a good friend of theirs. Can you guess what she’s going to have?


The girls did a wonderful job of putting everything together. Isn’t that cake something else? One of the girls made it herself.

To see more mosaics click on over to Mary’s at The Little Red House. I think she’s yearning for Spring!

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.

Tablescape Thursday ~ Baby Girl Shower!

For Tablescape Thursday this week I’m sharing my photos from a shower we had for my niece Michelle this past Sunday. Her and Ryan’s baby girl is due in September. We worked around a pink and brown tea theme.

Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this weekly event. Click on over to see some wonderful tables set for different occasions.







Our Guest of Honor Michelle. This will be Ryan and Michelle’s 2nd. They have a boy already who is looking forward to meeting his little sister…



The Shower Organizers, Flower Arrangers, Sandwich Makers, and Decorators.


The granddaughters with my mom. 4 granddaughters are missing in this photo including my daughter and DIL.


3 generations, my niece Michelle, my mom, and my sister Kathy.


My mom with all her daughters. She has 4 sons, too!


My niece Michelle flanked by all her Aunties on her mom’s side of the family.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.