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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — HOLIDAY MOMENTS AHEAD

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

With fall activities (and holidays) just around the corner, today I’m celebrating some of those special times through the decorations around the house.

Here are some of my October/November vignettes.  I set up the first vignette on the pub table by the bookcase, where my various fairytale figurines reside throughout the year.

Halloween

And this dropleaf table, where I can grab a snack or sit to pay bills, is the perfect place for my pumpkin and my turkey.

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Two resin pumpkins are holding court on the entertainment center. 

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I love this time of of the year.  I hope to savor the moments.  What are the rest of you enjoying this weekend?

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — REVISITING AN OLD HOUSE

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today I’m going to share a few tidbits about my eldest son (the photographer) and the interesting house in midtown Sacramento where he lived during the mid-nineties.  It was after he had lived and photographed his stay in Ireland…and before he moved to Prague (in 1997).

I scanned some photos of the interior of the house, a two-story, six bedroom home (with a huge basement), where he lived with six roommates.  I visited there a few times.

Later (in 2000), when I was writing one of my novels (Miles to Go), this house was the inspiration for the home of my main characters, Lindsay Malone and Gia Greenbaum, who were enjoying their radical student years there (in the 60s/70s).

My favorite parts:  the interesting woodwork.

 

Craig with Tchotchkes
Craig with Tschotskes

 

 

Loved the kitchen!
Loved the kitchen!

 

Interesting glasswork in dining room
Interesting glass work in dining room

 

Bookcases
Bookcases

 

The house was situated just a few blocks away from Zelda’s, one of the best pizza places I’ve ever visited.

 

What are the rest of you showcasing this week?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your links.

 

 

 

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — FEATURING ROMANCE

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today I’d like to share some photos that spotlight my daughter Heather and her new romantic partner Steve.

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The two of them have set up a new home to enjoy, along with Noah, Heather’s son.   Here are some domestic moments.  This is a breakfast Steve cooked for the two of them.  Eggs Benedict and Salmon.  With mimosas, of course.

breakfast for two

Here is some “new” dinnerware that will be going from my home to theirs, my special Coca Cola pieces.

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And the other day, Heather enjoyed a moment of childlike glee outside the grocery store.

Heather at play

And as they begin their journey together, I hope they will continue to enjoy their special moments.

What are you sharing today?  I hope you’ll come on by and chat about them.

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — CELEBRATING FAMILY MOMENTS — SEPT. 14

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Here are some more photos of grandchildren and some of their activities.  The first ones feature my LA family and their various other relatives.

 

Here’s Aubrey with two cousins and her smallest brother Silas.

 

Left, Aubrey; Center, Silas
Left, Aubrey; Center, Silas

 

Here’s a snapshot of the smallest little sister, Sidney:

 

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And back home in Central California, here’s Noah with his mom, Heather, at the Coast.

 

Heather and Noah at coast

 

And that’s it for the week.  I really need to go on a trip to get some more photos of scenery!  What are the rest of you sharing?

 

 

 

 

 

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — MEMORIES — SEPT. 7

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today I am featuring photos from the albums again.  I grabbed a few to scan, shots that are reminiscent of my little guesthouse in the foothills dubbed Rainbow Cottage—the house I sold six years ago, along with the main house.  I never actually lived in this little cottage (I was in the main house), but I always adored it.  When you see the room colors my daughter chose, you will understand the name.

Bright reddish-orange bathroom
Bright reddish-orange bathroom

Next come two shots of the kitchen/great room open-floor plan…

kitchen at Rainbow Cottage

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Master bedroom
Master bedroom
View from 2nd Bedroom
View from 2nd Bedroom

And once again…the only remnant of those times that I still have:  the Rainbow Cottage sign that now sits on my patio.  It was planted in the ground outside the guesthouse.

Sign

That’s it for this week….now I’m off to check out your array of photos.  Enjoy the weekend!

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — AUGUST BIRTHDAYS — AUGUST 31

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

This week, I am celebrating past birthdays for my two August-born children, who are now adults.  But in these photos that I’ve scanned, they are each celebrating first birthdays.

 

Christopher's First Birthday
Christopher’s First Birthday

 

 

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And here are some photos of Heather’s first birthday.

 

Heather - first birthday
Heather – first birthday

 

 

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These old photos have faded and turned orange (the last two), but I’m glad I have the images.  It is hard to believe that my two youngest “kids” are all grown up! 

What are you showcasing today?  I hope you’ll stop by and leave your comments and links.

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — DEFINING MOMENTS — AUGUST 24

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today’s focus will be on defining moments in the lives of the featured family members.  Moments that hold personal and/or special relevance in their lives.

First…here’s my daughter Heather, after celebrating a significant birthday.   We won’t say which one….And it’s not one of those that begins a new decade….LOL

 

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And in the next two photos, two of my grandchildren are off to new school days with new attitudes…and/or new looks.

Fiona’s new look comes first.  She is back “home” from Texas with a new hair color…and a piercing.

 

A new look...and new hair color
A new look…and new hair color

 

And here’s Noah, looking proud to be a fifth grader.

 

Noah - new school year

 

And that’s all I have for today!  I hope to share more next week.  Now…what are the rest of you displaying?

 

 

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — A LOVE STORY — AUGUST 17

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today I’m sharing a romantic story between my niece and her spouse, beginning with photos of them when they first met nineteen years ago.

 

Amy & Ric in Santa Cruz
Amy & Ric in Santa Cruz

 

 

 

Amy & Ric in 2012
Amy & Ric in 2012

 

 

 

Amy & Ric in 2012
Amy & Ric in 2013
Amy - Now
Amy – Now

 

 

Another Current Photo
Another Current Photo

 

Thanks for stopping by…and I am looking forward to clicking around the blogosphere and visiting your snapshots.

creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — FROM FRESNO TO BERLIN — AUGUST 10

 

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today’s series of photos will spotlight some moments at home for me, reading on the patio.  And more photos from Craig Robinson Photographer.

First let’s look at my patio reading spot.

 

Book & Coffee - Under the Umbrella
Book & Coffee – Under the Umbrella

 

And here’s the link to the book I was reading on the patio:  here’s my review of The Interestings, shown above.

 

Next…a series of photos in Berlin.  The picture below is a view of Berlin from a roof top party.

 

 

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And next are a series of photos of the same girl from a few weeks ago, against a different Berlin Wall backdrop.

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by…and now I”m off to enjoy your snapshots.  Have a great weekend!

creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — UNIVERSITY DAYS — AUGUST 3

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

A few weeks ago, my eldest grandson Alec took some time to visit the University of California at Berkeley campus, and shared some lovely photos.  He will be matriculating at that campus in the coming months. 

Here are some highlights:

 

Alec - visit to Berkeley 1

 

Alec at Berkeley 2

 

Alec Berkeley 3

 

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It still seems like yesterday (to me), recalling my own university days.  My time in those trenches was in the sixties, with all the hoopla associated with them….ah, the fond memories!

What are you highlighting today?  Come on by and share some comments and links.