Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Unexpected

3 Gifts Unexpected

1. I received this “unexpected gift” for  Mother’s Day, it’s a  San Diego Padres flag, and I love it!  I’m so thankful for my daughter and her thoughtfulness when it comes to gift giving. It fits perfectly in my garden, and she knew that it would!

2. My one and only granddaughter…her birthday was not unexpected, nor was it a surprise, but being invited to celebrate her special day with her was very unexpected, and for this, I am so very thankful.

A & A lovin'

3. What makes a game winning baseball game even better? The gift of an unexpected fireworks show after the win! It was spectacular, and fun, and yes, even something as silly as fireworks can be something to be thankful for!

Fireworks at Petco Park


That’s it for this Thankful Thursday!

I hope that you will take a moment to contemplate all the “unexpected gifts” that are out there for you to be thankful for, and maybe even write down two or three of them!

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”  ~ G.K. Chesterton



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Tony Gwynn - Greatest Padre Ever!

Tony Gwynn – Greatest Padre Ever!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

In contrast to so many other players of the game today, Tony Gwynn played his entire twenty year career for one team…the San Diego Padres.

However, there were no contrasts to this man’s game…he was simply one of the very best baseball players in my lifetime.

He was, and always will be “Mr. Padre”.

Tony Gwynn Statue

Tony Gwynn – (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014)

His endeavors on the field with a .338 career batting average, 5 gold gloves & 8 batting titles, were only surpassed by his greatness as a genuine good person.

Another good guy gone too soon.

And so it begins…

With a record-setting attendance…the packed ball park chanted “BEAT LA!“…

(after we sang the National Anthem, of course) 🙂
US flag on the field

And we did!

3 – 1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers!  YES!

Seth Smith

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It was a great game, and a great way to kick off the 2014 Padre Baseball Season!

Opening Night - Padres Baseball

I’m looking forward to a lot more of these victories! It’s only the beginning of a long season….but it’s off to a good start!


Counting the days


Spring training is right around the corner, and the count down is on!

P.S. It’s 74 days now! 🙂

Last game for me

Well, this is it. The last baseball game that I will be attending this season.  The 2013 season for the San Diego Padres will officially be over on Sept. 29th.

It was an interesting season.

baseball tickets

It didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped, you know, like winning the division and going on to the World Series.

But there were some good things about the season, it wasn’t all bad. In fact, for a few weeks, it seemed as though my team was going to make a run for it, and climb all the way up out of the basement, and in to first place.  (As it stands right now, we are officially out of the basement, hovering at 3rd place.)

Nope. It wasn’t meant to be. Not this year. I guess this just means that they’ve left room for improvement for next year, right?!

That’s ok, I’m still a fan.

I’ll be back next year, and once again it will be with high hopes, just like I had this year.

Official ML baseball

Go Padres! 

Take me out to the ball game!

The day I’ve been waiting for is finally here!  The first home game of the season!

I have been a baseball fan since I was about 12 years old.

One of my first and fondest memories of baseball ….It was 1974 and it was the World Series.

World Series 1974

Oakland A’s vs Los Angeles Dodgers.

I didn’t know much about baseball, but I did know that Rollie Fingers had a pretty cool mustache, and Catfish Hunter was a very intriguing name!

Rollie Fingers

It was just me and my Dad, and I was soaking up every bit of this very special moment.  So I started cheering for the A’s…. and my Dad, well he cheered on the Dodgers!

I was excited about the game, but more than anything I was loving the camaraderie with my Dad.  Daddy’s little girl, and I was going to make him proud!  He didn’t seem to mind that I wasn’t cheering for his team. He patiently taught me the basics of baseball so that I could cheer on “my team” too!

Unfortunately, that was the last game I watched with my Dad.  He died just a few short months later, and I never had the pleasure of watching another baseball game with him.

I carried the love for the game in my heart, packed it down a little and left it dormant for a while.

Fast forward to the year 1984.  I’m living in San Diego, and the San Diego Padres are having a pretty good year!

It was the year of Tony Gwynn, Garry Templeton, Steve Garvey,Dave Dravecky, and Goose Gossage, just to name a few!


And my love for the game was brought back to life!

I just found a new baseball team to cheer for!  I mean after all, I was really never an “A’s” fan, so why not!

The Padres were the NL West Champions that year, and they made it to the “big game“!  They didn’t win, but it was a pretty amazing start for this new fan.

My husband didn’t play or watch baseball much, so it was fun for me to be able to introduce the game to him, and to my son.  My 1-year-old daughter even became excited about it when we would watch, and she would stand in front of the TV and cheer them on!

My son and daughter are married and on their own now, but they are still Padre fans to this day!

And my husband…well, he likes the game because I do! And I love watching it with him!  Over the years, we’ve taught each other to enjoy our favorite games together!  He likes football and golf, I like baseball.

We both like to watch all three of them now! Together!

This year, he surprised me with tickets to the Season Opening Day game!  I’m really looking forward to the game, and I really hope they win!

Padres baseball

And, thanks Dad, for teaching me about the great game of baseball!  I still can’t cheer for your team, but I think you would be proud of your little girl and the legacy of baseball you passed on to her!

Play ball!

Those two little words that we have been waiting all winter to hear!



In just a few short hours, Opening Day 2013 will start for Major League Baseball teams all across the USA!

The game I’m going to be watching is, San Diego Padres: @New York Mets, Monday, April 1, 1:10 p.m.

Let’s go Padres!

Game on!

San Diego Petco Park

Petco Park – San Diego CA

Looking forward to hanging out here tonight with my best friend!  One of my all time favorites – baseball!

My love for the game started a long time ago.  Thirteen years old and eager to spend time with my Dad, I begin watching the game with him.  He was a life long Dodgers fan, and I fell in love with Rollie Fingers handle bar mustache.   My dad passed away a few months after he introduced me to the game,  but my love for the game did not.  I also learned that there was a lot more to baseball than handle bar mustaches!

Soon after moving to San Diego, I caught the Padre “fever”, and I have been a loyal fan since 1983.  I introduced the game to my husband, son and daughter, and we have many great memories of baseball time together.

I’ve enjoyed the pennant races, the World Series, the records set and broken by many of the Padre players, but I’m still waiting for a Padre World Series WIN!

until then………..

Go Padres!