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.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A last peek at Halloween


I know it is November, but I still had a couple more pictures of Halloween yard art.

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Downey's autumn


Since we are further south than the New England states, our autumn colors come a little later in the year. But they come just the same, as verified by these red leaves. Soon, the whole tree will be filled with brightly colored leaves signaling they are ready to fall. Then this homeowner will be out each weekend for a while raking up the leaves off his lawn just like homeowners in Vermont. Oh, except, we don't have to worry about getting the leaves up before our lawns are covered with snow.

Enjoy the brisk cool mornings, the warm sunshine afternoons, and beautiful sunsets, Downey. This is a great place to live.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018


A trend I've noticed for several years is homes that set a table up outside their homes to hand out Halloween candy to the trick-or-treaters. I see the advantages of this setup. Seeing the groups come up to your house. Not having to continuously open and close your door. And in the case of this home, they invited other neighbors to come over and spend the evening. They served dinner and sat around in a circle for good conversation. A great way to make new memories.

How has your Halloween changed through the years?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018



Now, this is my kind of welcome...broom acknowledgment that the "Witch is in"...and an invitation to trick or treating! I know where I will be visiting tomorrow night.