I decided to pull some photos from my archives for this weeks photo challenge “On Top”. This set of photos was taken in the most Northern part of California, just about 11 miles below the Oregon border. Enjoy the Top of California.
Welcome to Surf City USA
Surfing has had such a monumental influence on life in Huntington Beach that it is embraced as more than just a sport, for many who live here surfing is a lifestyle.
Surfer Statue at the Entrance to Huntington State Beach
Surfboard Monument near Huntington Beach main lifeguard station
Duke Kahanamoku Memorial Statue on Main Street at Pacific Coast Hwy
Inscription on Duke Kahanamoku’s Memorial
Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguard Memorial on the sand in front of HB main lifeguard station
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
Surfing Mural painted on the wall of Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
…the point or level at which something begins or changes.
…a level, point, or value above which something is true or will take place and below which it is not or will not.
…the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced.
He was a man I barely knew,
but, oh how I needed him as I grew.
I guess life was just too hard to stick around,
he could have helped me keep my feet on the ground.
I wished he had been there to see me all grown,
a lot less seeds I would have sown.
I still remember the songs he would sing,
to my eyes tears they still bring.
He went away when I was just twelve,
all those feelings I had to shelve.
I acted as though I took it in stride,
but in reality it really hurt my pride.
When all is said and done,
I think he missed out on so much fun.
I feel for the pain that he was in,
but that still won’t bring him back again.
Daddy Daddy I loved you so,
why, oh why did you have to go?
(This Poem was written by me many years ago during a bout of severe depression. I’m not much of a Poet or writer, but sometimes writing helps to ease my pain.)
I went to visit my father for the first time in 39 years last Sunday for his Birthday. I’m not sure why it took me this long, since I only live about an hour away. I guess I just didn’t feel like it was something I needed to do.
It took me many years to learn how to forgive him. After all I was only 12 when he chose to leave us. I just couldn’t understand how he could leave his 10 children for my Mother to raise and support alone. What could be so bad to make you want to take your own life?
This Photo was taken by my husband Charlie and it is being used with his permission.
For those who are hurting inside please remember that your emotional pain will eventually subside, but Suicide hurts the loved ones you leave behind forever!
Please Pick Me – Chihuahua Puppies at the OC Animal Shelter
I picked this photo for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge because these little guys are truly on the threshold of life and death. Everytime I look at this picture my heart hurts for them. I may not have been able to save them all, but I was able to save one lucky little lady that day.
I was told by the animal shelter staff that her name was Pipi, and that she was a Brussels Griffon Pug Mix Puppy that had been surrendered by her previous owner. When I stopped by to see her in her kennel she just growled and barked at me through the kennel bars, but I saw through that tough little bitch act. I was soon able to coax her into coming to me. I had been looking for a new puppy for quite a few months, since my last dog had passed away almost a year before. I guess my heart must not have been ready to accept a new puppy dog before this. That little show of attitude and mistrust let me know that we were kindred spirits. I adopted this scared little girl on that very same day.
She didn’t look like a Pipi to us, so we changed her name to Gidget. We soon became best buddies. This is my sweet little Puppy dog 3 1/2 years later. She is the most loyal and content furry little friend that I could ever ask for.
Polymer Clay Superstore has 1lb. Blocks of Premo Scupley Polymer Clay on Sale for $9.76. Sorry that I got busy and forgot to mention this Polymer Clay supply tip earlier, but today is the last day of the sale. They ship large orders by Priority Flat Rate Shipping, so it is still a very reasonable price.