Saturday, October 12, 2013

Brother Sister Family Time...

Family time is so important.  Especially as we are in our sunset years.  Living miles apart makes the visiting less frequent.  So this past nine days we spent time catching up.  Photo above is Cousin Nancy (far left) who drove from Bishop CA to visit and spend three days.  Next to Nancy is Joanne (Sisty) who is Mr. C's sister.  She and her husband Tom (far right) live in Arkansas.  Mr. C is in the blue denims.   Sisty and Mr. C are 18 months apart.

Sisty loves to garden and is very involved in her local garden club.  So we took her and Tom to my favorite place.  High Hand Nursery just down the hill an hour from us.  We had a lovely lunch in the Conservatory and then toured the grounds and shops.  You can check out the link I included.

Here we are enjoying Fall colors on a drive to Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.  The weather was spectacular.  Another day of just spending quality time together.

This is a view of Truckee Donner Lake.  Breathtaking!  There was fresh snow on the higher mountains.

Here is my favorite photo at High Hand.  Mr. C didn't know I took this photo which are my favorite kinds.  I prefer the natural shots to the staged ones.

Here are brother and sister along with her husband as they reminisce over family photos.  You know the old black and whites with very stern faces.  Sisty is the family historian.  Mr. C isn't much into any of this.
We had a good visit and are thankful to have been able to spend quality time together.  Did I mention that we all like to eat?  We did a lot of eating and enjoying family, friends and food.
I missed blogging and tried to stay up with a very few I follow and leave comments on.  Now I shall have to get caught up without going backwards.
Fall is in full leaves raining down mode.  We skim the pond constantly to keep the oak leaves out as they get wet and sink to the bottom and create "black tea" which is nasty smelling and ruins the water clarity and properties.  We took our annual Fall Colors drive through the area and saw beautiful trees, vines and bushes. Everything from greens to yellows, oranges, reds and burgundy.
I am seeing lots of Christmas encroaching on Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I feel very unprepared for the holiday season.  My to do lists are sitting undone.  I made out the lists which was a good step for me however I feel overwhelmed with doing nothing towards them.  This week I think I shall rest and create. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts and Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts.  My Heart will be Happy!
Blissful Creating to All...


  1. How special to have lovely Family times with your cousin, and sister in law and her hubby.I love old photos too. That garden nursery sounds a lovely place for lunch and plant shopping.
    So glad you've had a happy week.
    Judy x

  2. So nice to spend time with family. Beautiful pictures of Lake Tahoe. Love that place. Have a happy week creating. Ana

  3. That looks like such a great time! That lake is something! And the eating...Well, that sounds like the best! No fall here in Orlando yet....It's OK. Now, quit talking about the holiday season...I get anxiety every time I hear about it!!


  4. Hi Sherry. I know about feeling overwhelmed...and it doesn't take a lot to send me over the edge. I think about what I used to be able to juggle, in my corporate years. Now, I've learned to just say NO. And to put some fun on my do-list every day. Keep those pencils and crayons handy.

  5. some lovely quality time you spent with the family. The garden centre looks a great place to spend a good few hours in. Snow already on the mountains, is that early or normal I wonder

  6. I'm so happy you had this quality time with your family. There's nothing like it! xxoo

  7. Special family visits are the Best, aren't they? Memories made and held in our hearts.
    Lovely photos.
    I, too, am behind after my special family visit of 6 1/2 weeks. Wonderful times shared.
    Enjoy your rest. Hugs.

  8. What a great time you've had. List can wait and there is always time to rest and be creative. Bless you as we go into this thankful season.

  9. How wonderful to spend time with family!!! The weather looked beautiful and colors wonderful!!! I'm on a road trip next weekend so hope the leaves are at their peak!

  10. What beautiful photos!! I'm glad you had a great time with family!! The Nursery you visited looks amazing...I could spend hours there :) I'm jealous of the weather you had at Lake is one of my favorite places in the USA and when we where there, it stormed the whole time :( I hope you are enjoying the weekend!!

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Hi Sherry, What a wonderful time your had with family. It means so much to have these special times together. Life goes by so fast and making these memories together are so important. Love your pics and seeing the fun you all had. Looks like gorgeous weather too.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a great week.

  12. How wonderful that you were able to spend time with family! It does take away from blogging time, but family is so much more interesting and important!

  13. Hi Sherry, so nice to see that you had a great time with your causing and his wife. I love the garden picture, so pretty.
    Sending blessing,

  14. What a lovely post! So glad you enjoyed your visit together...making new memories! Your pictures are wonderful. xo

  15. A lovely visit with your hubby's family. It looks like it was a beautiful day. And that mountain/lake view is amazing!

    I know what you mean about feeling behind already for the holidays. I started making some cards for Christmas yesterday...just getting an idea.
    Yes, rest and create...that sounds like a fine plan : )

  16. Surprised to hear you have a sister in Bishop. My cousin and his wife live there too. They have a restaurant. there, wish I could remember the name of it.
    Hugs Lynn


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