Saturday, March 9, 2019

There's snow in them thar hills

Snow in our mountains

Frankly, I'm tired of the rain. And the cold. I'm really really looking forward to spring! But, one redeeming aspect of the rain and cold has been snow in our local mountains.

The snow views have peaked out at me and surprised me when I least expect them. Also, when I don't have a camera, or when I'm driving and can't take a picture. And when I intentionally venture out to get a picture, the clouds are back and the snow is hiding.

Finally, the snow and the opportunity came together a few weeks ago at the dog park at Rio San Gabriel Park. From here, you can see how low the snow is. At the far right, you can see Mt. Baldy (officially Mount San Antonio). At just over 10,000 feet, it is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, as well as the highest point in Los Angeles County.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Photos are for remembering

We are visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and new grandson in Florida. Now that our children are having children, we are being asked about things that happened when our children were younger. First words, first steps, school work, and so on. My problem is that the older I get, the more my memory is becoming a blur. I have a few memory snapshots of my children growing up that I can still call up. But even though I lived everyday with them, there are years of living I can't remember.

But what I do have are lots of pictures of my children. Each one of those pictures brings back memories of the events that surrounded our taking the picture. I can remember Christmases, school plays, birthdays, and just being family. These days I love pulling out a pile of pictures and going through them to bring up those memories.

For nine years, Downey Daily Photos has been publishing photos and stories of our Downey community. These photos and stories are meant to bring to your attention events and people that, put together, make up a small part of the life of Downey.

But maybe these events or the people in them have become a blur in your memory. This post is to encourage you to take a look back at some of our posts to remember something that is getting a little blurry lately. (For example, do you remember when Downey was a host city for a group of foreign athletes?)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Post-holiday deflation

Christmas decorations deflated

The holidays are over, and it isn't just the holiday decorations that are feeling a little deflated. The busy-ness and excitement of the holidays are over, and most of us are back to school or work.

If you google "post-holiday blues", you'll find lots of articles explaining the causes and suggesting remedies. The two remedies I like best come from 6 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues. First, simply take the time to remember and reflect upon what you loved best about the holidays. And second, schedule in time with your friends.

And if possible, combine the two by meeting friends at Porto's for an early breakfast and lots of fun memories.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Finishing touches

Downey Rose Parade Float 2019

On Monday morning, I went by to see Downey's entry in the 2019 Rose Parade. The workers were putting the finishing touches on this year's float.

Downey Rose Parade Float 2019According to the Patriot, "In coordination with the 2019 parade’s theme 'Melody of Life,' Downey’s 2019 entry into the Rose parade is called 'Let’s Go to the Hop' and will take viewers on a rip-roaring, swinging and jiving nostalgic cruise back through the 1950’s...Downey’s entry remains one of only six floats that are designed, built, and decorated solely by volunteers."

Downey is one of only eight cities that enter floats in the parade. That's pretty remarkable when you consider how many cities there are in the Los Angeles area.

Downey Rose Parade Float 2019

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Christmas story

Nativity scene

It's not the prize that matters.

Last weekend, I passed this house, where Reuben was putting the finishing touches on his nativity display. This display won last year's award for "Best Religious Display," but Reuben said he hadn't even had time to enter the contest this year. He was just glad to get all the lights connected so that it would light up that night.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Thirsty work

Downey High School KIWIN's Thirst Project Fundraiser

At first, I thought there was some sort of protest. But when I got closer, I discovered girls from the Downey High School KIWIN'S club, cheerfully raising money for the Thirst Project. For a dollar a Krispy Kreme donut, I can help them raise money to provide a community with safe drinking water.

The Thirst Project mission is to build a socially-conscious generation of young people who will end the global water crisis. These girls are off to a good start!

Downey High School KIWIN'S Thirst Project Fundraiser

Friday, November 16, 2018

The big squeeze


This evening, I passed two homes that were already decked out in Christmas lights, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Personally, I prefer to have my full three weeks of giving thanks, before I start to think about decorating for Christmas.

But earlier today, I passed this silly pumpkin almost hidden in the branches, and realized that it's not just Christmas that encroaches on Thanksgiving. The squeeze comes from the other side, too, with leftover Halloween peeking out when you least expect it!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Slowing down

Memorial Day Downey Cemetery

Downey Daily will be nine years old next month. That's over 3,000 posts, nearly every day, mostly of Downey. Joan, Allison, and I started Downey Daily with the thought that it would force us to practice and improve our photography skills, with the added benefit of learning more about our city.

And we have. We've learned about Downey's history, going on history walks and poking around the old Rancho Los Amigos site. We've enjoyed more yard art than I ever imagined possible.

And along the way, we've met many wonderful people and made lots of new friends. Downey Daily has been our excuse to step into your lives and you've welcomed us with open arms. When Allison went back to school, her dad Steve took her place and added a new dimension by sharing your stories through Humans of Downey.

And we're finally running out of ideas. Keeping up with a picture a day is getting harder and harder. We're not ready to quit, but, like the two fellas above, we're ready to sit a while, go back to the beginning, enjoy what Downey has to offer—and some of the time, take a picture and blog about it.

So, we're slowing down. We won't be posting every day anymore, but hopefully, you'll enjoy our posts more when they come.