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anniversary ahwahnee

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

The morning of our 30th wedding anniversary began with sunny blue skies. After a delicious breakfast at the Curry Village Pavilion, we rode our bikes around the valley. Although it was mid June, the temperatures since we have been here have been in the high 50’s to low 70’s. It does not yet feel like summer. Our first stop was at the historic church in the valley. We always enjoy visiting this church. By this time though, part of the valley was beginning to fill with clouds, so the photo opportunities were not as ideal as we would’ve liked. From there we rode to the visitor center. We ate our meager lunch of granola bars near the Indian Village which is behind the visitor center. After that, we watched the film “Spirit of Yosemite” in the visitor center. We first saw this film in 2001, and it is still being show there. The footage carries many spectacular views of not only Yosemite Valley, but also Tuolumne Meadows and the high country. We had been told before that the majority of people who visit Yosemite do not venture any further than 500 feet from their vehicles. If that is true, it is a shame, because there are so many breathtaking places to see in this great park. Our first visit to Yosemite was on our honeymoon in 1979. We were so impressed with this place of such natural beauty, that we have returned again and again. There is so much to see, and we probably have not even scratched the proverbial surface of all there is to see in this great national park.
After browsing a brief while in the visitor center, we rode our bikes over to the trailhead for lower Yosemite Falls. On the way there, we ran into the O’Keefes again. They were heading over to El Cap meadow to watch the rock climbers on the wall. They are such a special couple, and we look up to them. We wished them well and rode over to the trailhead of the falls. We made the short hike to the footbridge where many visitors were enjoying the amazing view of the falls cascading from incredible heights down the mountainside. It took us longer to return from this hike as we were having so much fun taking photos and experimenting with our cameras. I am a beginner in the world of photography and have a lot to learn. Mike has been a big help to me.
From there we rode our bikes back to our cottage at the Ahwahnee and changed into our dinner clothes. We walked to the Ahwahnee and enjoyed some tea and cookies in the hotel’s Solarium. This room is behind the great hall and offers a good view of Glacier Point high above. The Ahwahnee has three main wings, and each wing was designed to face prominent scenes in the valley. The dining room faces Yosemite Falls. After we finished our tea and cookies, we wandered around some of the other rooms in the great hall and viewed old photos and relics of the past. At 5:30, we were escorted to our table to enjoy our 30th anniversary dinner. Mike had requested this special table, and we were happy that they were able to grant us our wish. The table is called the honeymoon table. It is located at the very back of the large dining room and sits in front of a huge window that I am guessing is probably 30 feet high. From out of this window, you can see Yosemite Falls. Mike ordered the Filet Mignon dinner, and I ordered the Alaskan Halibut plate. A basket of delectable breads was brought to our table. Before eating, we held hands, bowed our heads and thanked God for giving us 30 years of marriage together. In an age where more marriages appear to be failing than succeeding, we are so grateful to God for being with us all these years. When Jeremy and Molly were married last October, Pastor Stoops charged them to always keep God in the center of their marriage and to put Him first. If you do this, you will succeed. It was a special moment. We also ordered a watermelon salad. Neither of us had ever heard of this or tried it before. I was quite surprised with how pleasing it was to my palate. The watermelon was cut into small bite-sized cubes and arranged along with a few pieces of avocado on a thinly sliced dill pickle. There was a hint of mint seasoning on the melon along with some other spices. The combination was truly refreshing. For dessert, we each ordered the raspberry sorbet. The entire meal was delicious. We walked around the hotel and grounds before retiring for the evening. Thankful to God for this very special day.

Wedding Day June 16, 1979

Wedding Day June 16, 1979

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burnt offering

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

This cartoon is reminiscent of our most recent Thanksgiving, three days ago at my sister Carol’s home. In the Bible days, the priests would sacrifice burnt offerings to God. Well, this Thanksgiving, I had my own burnt offering….my cornbread stuffing!!! I don’t know why the bottom of the pan burned. I’ve used the same pan for many many years when making this stuffing, and it’s always turned out great. Not so this year, I’m afraid. There were several brave ones, myself included, who decided to try the stuffing anyways. My niece Jennifer ending up rushing to the bathroom to spit it out! Although I’ve never smoked, It smelled and tasted like a pack of Virginia Slims.

This poor excuse for stuffing evoked many a gut-wrenching laugh and guffaw from all of us throughout the day and into the evening and proved to be quite a memorable event for us; one Thanksgiving which I’m sure will not be forgotten for a long, long time!

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oatmeal.jpgA Missionary found herself without means, among a heathen people, far from any source of supplies. In her distress, she claimed the promise of God that He would supply her need. She was also in poor health. From a businessman in another part of the country came several large boxes of Scotch oatmeal. She already had several cans of condensed milk, so with these two commodities, she was obliged to sustain life for four long weeks. As time went on, it seemed to agree with her better; and by the time the four weeks had passed, she felt in excellent health. In relating the experience some time later to a company of people, which included a physician, she was asked more particularly of the nature of her former illness. The physician said, ‘The Lord heard your prayer and supplied your need more truly than you realize. For the sickness from which you were suffering, we physicians prescribe a four weeks’ diet of nothing but oatmeal gruel for our patients. The Lord prescribed it for you, and saw to it that that was all you took. It was the proper remedy.” Selected (from Streams in the Desert)

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant. (Psalms 111:5)

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broccoli_lifting_weights1.gifThe army of Alexander the Great was advancing on Persia.  At one critical point, it appeared that his troops might be defeated.  The soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down and were losing their effectiveness in combat.  Alexander immediately commanded that all the spoils be thrown into a heap and burned.  The men complained bitterly but soon came to see the wisdom of the order.  Someone wrote, “It was as if wings had been given to them¾they walked lightly again.”  Victory was assured.

 

As soldiers of Christ, we must ride ourselves of anything that would hinder us in the conflict with our spiritual enemy.  To win, we must “lay aside every weight” that would drag us down and rob us of our strength and endurance.  The watchword must be:  Off with the weight!  ¾R.W. D  (From Our Daily Bread)  Throw off the weight of the world before it drags you down. 

 

Hebrews 12:1 ….”let us lay aside every weight, and the sign which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

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Holy Cannoli!

5 Mammoth Cannoli

Originally uploaded by karing1960@sbcglobal.net.

While Mike and I stayed in the town of Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, we ate dinner one night at Perry’s Italian Restaurant. Being an Italian, for dessert, I just had to have a cannolli, or perhaps I should say cannolo, one of my Italian dessert favorites.

Cannoli are Italian pastry desserts. The singular is cannolo, meaning “little tube”, with the etymology stemming from the Latin “canna”, or reed. Cannoli originated in Sicily and are an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. They are also popular in Italian American cuisine.

Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing sweetened ricotta cheese (or occasionally, but less traditionally, mascarpone) blended with some combination of vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, Marsala wine, rosewater or other flavorings. Some chefs add chopped candied fruit (citron, orange peel, or cherries). They range in size from “cannulicchi”, no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found in Piana degli Albanesi, south of Palermo, Sicily.

I’m not exactly sure what was in our cannoli, but it was huge! Mike had never tried one before, so for once, he was adventurous and partook of this delectable treat! He wasn’t disappointed, and neither was I. I think that was the best cannoli I’ve ever eaten!

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