Menacing …

We have a big fire near us right now. Not close enough to cause us any danger but we have had several friends who are in that area that have had to evacuate. Last Fall my son was close by the fires in Northern California. Too close! His university was closed for about two weeks because of it. I was completely unnerved until I knew he was far enough away to be safe. The memories still gives me the chills. This current fire is UGLY. Last I heard it was only 5% contained. It’s over 100 degrees here today too. I can’t imagine what our firefighters are having to endure right now. When I checked our weather this morning it said that we would have a day that was partly cloudy. That was a gross a understatement. Between our hot and humid weather and the fires our skies have been clouded over with black, gray, yellow and brown clouds all day. They have definitely reinforced to the surrounding areas that fire is scary. My prayers go out to all the people who are effected by this fire and to the firefighters who are bravely battling to contain it.

Well, I hope you all have a day that isn’t menacing!!!

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A sight for sore eyes …

My son George went to dinner with us last night. He drove over from the university in yucky traffic to spend a few hours with us. He was home about two weeks ago for his Spring Break. But honestly, it doesn’t matter if I have recently seen my college kids. I miss them so quickly after a visit it’s insane! And because George knows that, he made sure he saw us. What a great kid!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see a sight for sore eyes!!!

It’s just not the same …

Yesterday my son George headed back to his university ready to start the Spring semester. Again, I don’t do any of this “letting go” thing gracefully. I am sad he left. I love my kids and every second I get to spend with them is a gift. George is such a presence in our home, especially in the morning. He wakes up in a great mood. He always greets me with a cheerful “good morning, Mom” and an “I love you”. He usually has me laughing within minutes. He has such a sweet and genuine smile. His heart, GOLD. And this morning, I am missing all of it.

Well, I hope you all don’t have a day that just isn’t the same!!!

Focusing on the good …

The Northern California fires are horrible. And that is an understatement. After a few days in a hotel in San Francisco we made the decision to fly my son, George, home yesterday. His school has been completely shut down. Evacuations weren’t mandatory but the university wasn’t taking any chances. And I can utterly appreciate that. So last night, my son arrived home safe and sound. I couldn’t be happier to see him. The past few days have been filled with images of destruction and feelings of uncertainty. It’s all still looming over us. The worry is there. But seeing him and enjoying time with him has certainly been a nice distraction.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you focused on the good!!!

Feeling nostalgic …

Sid took an early train to see her boyfriend this morning. I drove her to the train station. On my way back I opted for a different route home. I took me by California State University, Fullerton. My alma mater. One of them anyway. I didn’t realize it but this is graduation weekend. Despite being early there were many people arriving. Some walking. Many in their caps and gowns. It really took me back. I remember my graduation days from both Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach like they were yesterday. Such great days, filled with so much excitement, reflection and hope! I know I’m feeling more emotional these days with George’s high school graduation just around the corner. So I’ll just dismiss my crying watching perfect strangers cross the street.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel nostalgic!!!

A bed hog …

We left yesterday on a little trip to Northern California. G3 was recently accepted into Sonoma State University and he has a tour scheduled for later today. Although he’s still undecided, it’s all very exciting. I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to write about this subject later today, so I will keep this entry about my attempt at sleep last night.

When we travel Reese sleeps with me. Being in an unfamiliar place she wants her mommy close by. I totally get it. And it’s quite sweet. Well, for the first few hours anyway. Then she becomes not so good at sharing. Not. At. All.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t a bed hog!!!

My happy place …

Yesterday we headed up to Ventura County. We moved from there 10 years ago and I’m still in mourning. I’d move back there in a heartbeat so I appreciate these little trips there abundantly. Today we spent the day visiting our old stomping grounds and took a second trip the CSU Channel Islands. G3 received an acceptance letter from the university last week so we felt a visit there was also in order. It was such a nice day. My favorite part, if I had to pick one, was heading to the beach to see what a local artist, Juan Manuel Cisneros, had created. It’s a nativity made out of rocks. I included a picture but it honestly doesn’t do it justice. It’s absolutely amazing. If you’re a local or are passing through the area it’s definitely worth seeing.

Anyway, if you can’t tell, I had a great day. There’s something about this little part of the world that speaks to my heart. It’s a place that has a special place in my past, that is still utterly enjoyable in my present and hopefully will be a significant part of my future.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to visit your happy place!!!