Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summer evening fun


Today was a beautiful day and there were a lot of people hanging out at Rio San Gabriel Park to enjoy the evening. Some people chose to relax and some chose to play.


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Friday, July 20, 2018

Keeping hydrated

Dog walking at farmer's market

On my walk around the weekly farmer's market, I noticed lots of people stopping for a break of one kind or another. Jason and Vanessa were enjoying their drinks in the shade while giving their pit bulls Cora and Spartacus a water break.

Cora is friendly and playful and enjoyed my head scratches. Spartacus, a little bit older and a little more reserved, just kept a close eye on me. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018



At each of the Twilight Summer Concerts there are several Downey booths to promote various Downey associations. This is Nellie, Emily, and Ashley, who are helping visitors learn about volunteering for different activities in Downey. There is the 6th annual Downey Dia de los Muertos Art Festival coming up in October. Volunteers are also needed to help at the different shows and concerts at the Downey Theater. You can contact them at

When you stop by their booth next week, register for a chance to win two tickets to the upcoming "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer." I won last year and took my grandson. We both loved the show.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Downey Symphony 2018


This week's attraction at the Twilight Summer Concert was our own Downey Symphony. I loved the Star Wars music by John Williams. I always enjoy watching the percussion section. They have to be so precise in their timing, even though there are lots of interludes of silence for them. They also have to be well versed in multiple instruments.

IMG_20180718_192656The symphony is financially supported by the Downey Symphony Society. They are having a fundraising barbecue on August 14 at Rio Hondo Event Center. Contact Katie Hare, 562-861-8507, for more information. The Downey Symphony presents three public concerts during the 2018-2019 year. Check them out here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018



I'm not in Downey right now. I am in Hawaii. And, I am always on the lookout for interesting shadows. These palm shadows are right in the heart of Waikiki, where the beach meets the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The resort lights cast an interesting set of shadows on the beach.

“My life is like a stroll on the near to the edge as I can go.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

Bloom where you're planted


I'm not sure how the seed got dropped under the water meter cover in the first place. Or how the tiny seedling found its way up through the one small hole in the cover. But it is tenacious! It's even managed to bloom where it's planted.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Skyline view


Downey is only about 13 miles from downtown LA. And if you can find a high enough spot, you can often get a pretty good view of the LA skyline. This night the sky was starting to turn gold and there was a haze over the city, but somehow it was still a compelling sight.

"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." 
~  Bernard Williams

Friday, July 13, 2018

Flower child

Flower child yard art

This little corner flower garden brought a smile to my face. The two ladies dressed in fashions from a century ago oversee all these blossoms surrounding their "flower child" work table. And if you look closely, you can even see Ariel the little mermaid peaking out from behind the picket fence.