Antiquing in Old Town Temecula, Ca

My friends and I love to go antiquing and shopping at some of our favorite local boutique stores…yesterday we spent a few hours in Old Town Temecula at Main Street Market, Old Town Antiques, Serendipity, Fourth Street Antiques and Grandpa’s Attic…

So much Spring-y goodness!!! We both picked up a sweet little Angel Vine plant and my friend found a cute Rae Dunn Herb Planter Set…of course I forgot to take a photo of it!

My big purchase came from a sweet shop in Murrieta called Cottage Charm…

Isn’t she sweet??!! I’ve been checking Offer Up and Facebook Marketplace for quite awhile and just couldn’t find the right corner cabinet for the space…until we walked into Cottage Charm!!

For now, I shopped my house to find items that would add that cottagey/farmhouse/rustic vibe I’m trying to convey. Too bad I didn’t find this cabinet at the beginning of the day when we saw all kinds of cute, vintage plates, cups, etc! Oh well, it will be fun to keep an eye out now!

See my cute Angel Vine on the top!! Can’t wait for it to grow and trail down the front of the cabinet…I love my reproduction Ball Jar drink dispenser and how it helps to fill the space up there. I also love how the white candlestick brightens things up!

On the top shelf I displayed an old pie tin we’ve had for years. It once held a delicious apple pie from Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol, Ca. When we lived up north, every November/December we would visit the Apple Farm for homemade cider, pies and other goodies and then go cut down our Christmas Tree…one of the traditions I missed most when we moved to So Cal…

The middle shelf holds some pretty crystal bowls that belonged to my husbands grandmother – wish I had more things like that to display!

And on the bottom shelf is an old sifter that belonged to one of our moms (mine, I think?!) and it still works!

I picked up these cute bird measuring cups at Kirkland’s – love that store!! Other items like the glass bottles were picked up, through the years, at Michael’s or Target. The glass cake plate is from Target and the white one is from Home Goods…

We also found this little metal tractor at Grandpa’s Attic which is so fitting because my Dad had a red tractor (which we used on our 5 acres) when I was growing up, that looked just like this! It’s so fun to walk through Antique stores and reminisce about our childhoods or try to figure out what old stuff was used for…until next time!


Mountains I Can’t Climb…


Half Dome, Yosemite National Forest 2009′



I Will Lift My Eyes
by Bebo Norman

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs You now
God, be near, calm my fear
And take my doubt

Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
Of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
Of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
Of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, let Mercy sing
Her melody over me
God, right here all I bring
Is all of me

‘Cause You are and You were and You will be forever
The Lover I need to save me
‘Cause You fashioned the earth and You hold it together, God
So hold me now



Bridal Falls, Yosemite National Forest 2009′

Sunday Morning on Mulholland Drive, L.A.


This weekend was typical for our family of five…up early Saturday and Sunday mornings

to pack the kids and all of their soccer paraphernilia in the Suburban and out to the soccer fields.

Since half of our games are out of town, we can be found anywhere from

San Diego to Palm Dessert or Corona to Riverside…

This Sunday, we had to travel a bit farther for my oldest daughter’s team

who had a tournament in West L.A…

I was so glad that I had brought my camera so that I could capture

some beautiful vistas, humongous homes and a few landmarks too!

My hubby told me that I looked like Paparazzi, hanging out the car window as I clicked away!

The family also got a kick out of me saying – “Slow down, so I can get a picture of that sign!”

They obviously don’t have the same appreciation for landmarks and signs that I do!







A little big of smog…wouldn’t be L.A. without it!







These homes must have gorgeous views!



Lush landscaping…










Check out the curves on that baby!




Beautiful Climbing Vines…












Neat old Cadillac dealership…

I’ve heard this is one of the best burger joints in L.A.

Since it was too early for a burger at Fatburger, we stopped in at Mel’s Drive In

for an amazing breakfast – yummy!

The kids loved putting quarters in the jukebox and checking out

the paraphernilia on the walls from the movie “American Graffiti”…

many scenes were filmed at this Mel’s Diner!

Fall ~ Apples, Friends, Food & Fun!

Today our family took our annual trek up to a little town called Julian, to meet up with friends and enjoy some apple picking, picture taking, fellowshipping and of course, eating!

Dudley’s is our meeting place…they have great sandwiches…


Across the street is a great little antique store…



Here’s a few of my favorite’s…










We sampled some yummies at the Farmer’s Market…


Then it was off to the apple orchard to pick some apples!













Next, it was time to sample some of those amazing apples!!

This place always has a long line but is so worth the wait!










I must confess:  I actually had a piece of pecan pie!  And boy was it good!

I figured that since we were bringing home so many apples, I could make my own

apple pie!



Well once again we had a wonderful time on our apple picking adventure and

can’t wait to go back next year!

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