Saturday, November 19, 2016

Girls Weekend

Heather, Deb and I had a girls cabin weekend that was DELIGHTFUL!  We went up to Crane Flat lookout and had a picnic.  It was a cloudy, windy day but so beautiful.


On the way home we stopped at Rush Creek and had a drink and then checked out Rainbow Pool.

Rush Creek Tavern - Home of Foosball Championship! (Deb won)

Baby Daddy

Meet Belushi, Hops' new baby daddy.  Her breeder normally only breeds white Labs but she asked us if we would be interested in breeding with a black Lab and we jumped at the opportunity since Drew would love a black pup!

So we took drive out to Belushi's house and met him.  He was extremely handsome so we approved him as a suitor and he went back to the breeders house with Hops where they are getting better acquainted (see above at the breeders pool).

Their first meeting
Stand by for a baby announcement...

Monday, November 07, 2016

CCI Graduation

Last Friday I was pleased to be able to attend the CCI Team Training graduation and tour the facility.  Grace was able to join me.  We drove up early Friday morning (it took 2 hours and 40 mins!) and took a few minutes to watch the dogs in the dog park before going on a tour.

After the tour, we had lunch with the 13 graduates and their puppy raisers.  It is the first time the graduates got to meet their puppy raisers and there was not a dry eye in the place!  Especially touching was the "open mike" time in which puppy raisers, graduates or any of the other guests could give thoughts and thanks.  It was truly inspiring.

After lunch we went to a big auditorium where we watched the graduation.

One of the grads with his new canine companion

But before the graduation they did a procession of all the dogs that were being turned in to start their graduate training.  There were 41 of them and I had the honor of placing medals around their necks as they crossed the stage - truly and honor!

The whole day was humbling and inspiring!


We did a TNDC hike with the available TNDCers on Sunday morning.  We all enjoyed having William and Avery join us.  All was great....even after William did a tremendous, high speed wobble, downhill, ass over tea kettle crash in the first 3 minutes!   Thankfully he was ok and we continued on!



Grandma Anna, Grandpa Roy, Jim and I were sitting around playing rumikub last nite and Anna was talking about a friend of hers who carries her rumikub in a bag instead of a broken down old box.  Grace asked some questions, grabbed some scrap fabric she had and made us this for our rumikub game before we were even done playing!

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony is the patron said of lost items.  I had never heard of him until Anna explained that she always said the prayer, below, to Saint Anthony whenever she lost anything.  I love this tradition and wanted make sure I captured it as part of our family history.

St Anthony, St Anthony
Please look around
Something is lost
And cannot be found

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Point Reyes - Wildcat Camp Backpack Trip

We got lucky and got beautiful weather after 2 days of storms!    Susan (from Washington), Jim and Susan's friend from college, Liz, and I went for an overnighter at Wildcat Campground in Point Reyes National Seashore.  

It was a beautiful 5 and a half mile hike in to the campground.  It was about 70 degrees.

Susan and Liz

Reunited one year later!

Jim, me, Susan and Liz

We got to the campsite and immediately had some lunch because we never found a place to stop on the hike in.   Once we ate and set up camp, we walked down to the beach.

The waves were HUGE due to the storm we just had - we were lucky it was low tide because the beach buts right up against cliffs and if the tide was high, you couldn't have walked it.

We walked a mile down the beach to see Alamere Falls - a waterfall that lands right on the beach.   We all were greatly amused by the topless girl doing cartwheels! 

After our walk on the beach, it was time for our traditional trail tea time!  I brought banana and pumpkin bread (thanks Heather) to share!   We sat around and moved directly to happy hour (wine, dip, cheese and crackers!).  And then while we were at it, we moved right on to dinner!  The ladies and I tried a bunch of the Outdoor Herbivore foods I had ordered to try.  One was ok but one was a no go!

When having tea, a coyote walked thru camp!  And a little while later he started yipping with a bunch of his buddies!  We saw lots of wildlife: gophers, snakes, lizards and tons of birds.

After the sunset, we went down to the beach and had a bonfire!  That was such a treat for us because most places we go, fires are not allowed.

Our campsite!


Everything was really damp when we woke up in the morning.  But it warmed right up.

After breakfast, we took a morning walk to the bluff (about 300 yards from our campsite)!

This is where the campsites were - they are totally hidden

Susan is in the background rescuing her tent that had flown away!

We had a nice hike out until one of my shoe laces from my right boot caught on the hook of my left boot and I went down like a ton of bricks!  I landed on my knee, shoulder and hands.  I wasn't seriously hurt but I sure am sore.

Overall, it was a great trip and a place we will visit again!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bark Beetles

 Unfortunately, we just had to have 5 dead trees removed due to bark beetles.  Jim went up for a couple days to remove our baby trees and manage the process.  The guys did a great job and were really quite remarkable in falling the trees right wher they wanted them to go.



video video

Derby and Maisy

Derby is on the left and Maisy is on the right.  They are 15 weeks old.  Maisy goes to her new home in the Los Angeles area on Saturday and Derby will be living in Palm Springs with a retired gentleman, so he will have a lot of time focused on him!  They are both super sweet and super smart.  Just like their mama!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

College Reunion

Kirsten, Jill and me

We were so busy chatting that we didn't even eat until 2 pm - but then we pigged out!

I spent a warm October weekend at the cabin with two dear friends from college.  We have each gone our separate ways and lived busy lives for the last 25 years, only being able to see each other a handful of times.  But we were able to make up for all the missed years in a marathon session of sharing and laughing.  It was good to celebrate our successes and joys and commiserate about some of our hardships.  Things like this are incredibly fulfilling and remind me of what life is about.

Hops was one of the girls!