Monday, March 30, 2015

Run for It!


These are a couple videos from when Drew was home for Spring Break.  He was running William back and forth in the entry way and Will was loving it!  And we were all cracking up because it looked like a cartoon character!

New Boat Ramp

PML has to put in a new boat ramp because the water is so low in the lake the other boat ramp is too shallow.  They have been trying to find an alternative for a couple months now and this is the result.  It is in the Marina but just in a different location.  We believe that this slab will be moved into the water to make the bottom of the launch ramp and that they will pour a new slab where this one sits now.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Snow Protection

Jim got a new super duper strong cover for the boat.  It is strong enough for snow!  It looks like they are building a high rise within the boat!  And who needs it for doesn't snow or rain in California anymore.

Note the sunning Labrador

Carlon Fall Technology

When we went on our hike to Carlon Falls we ran into the sign, above, on the trail.  So we put our camera on the bracket and took the picture to the left and will post it to twitter as the sign requests.

We have never seen something likes this on our travels.  It is cool to see technology being used in this way.

Saturday, March 28, 2015



Look who learned to swim!  That is Hops on the left and Daisy on the right.

Aging Hippies

After our hike, we found this in the parking lot - yes - it is a van painted to look like it is made of rocks.  The back said "Eat, drink, make love, be merry."  And on the side was a sticker that said, "God Bless the Freaks".

The couple that drove it looked like 65 year old hippies and the van had Michigan license plates.

The more I thought about these people the more I liked this idea - travel around the country in a van and do whatever you want!  Sign me up....without the rocks and crazy sayings.

Carlon Falls

We went for a hike yesterday on the edge of Yosemite on a hike to Carlon Falls.  It was a beautiful hike along the South Fork of the Tuolumne River.

Highlights included:

  • Hops learned how to swim - video coming soon!
  • Scrambling up a cliff, which scared the crap out of me, only to get to the top and almost place my hand on a snake - which made me scream like a girl.
  • Seeing technology being used to track fire recovery - a post is coming
  • Seeing old hippies - a post is coming

My sweet sweet Daisy Mae - so happy to be hiking

Hops is finally swimming

Weener selfie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I have been doing yoga regularly for years now.  I used to be a naysayer because I was such a cardio junky.  But all the running for cardio took a toll on my feet.  So now I do a much more balanced workout with cardio and yoga - which leads to less foot pain.

One of the poses in yoga that I have practiced for years and have never been able to do is the crow.  This is a pose where you squat down and then lean forward placing your hands on the ground.  You then lean over your hands and place your knees on your triceps.  You lean enough to where your feet come off the ground and your hands are holding your whole body weight in crouched position.

I never thought that I would be able to do it because I am not very strong.  But I always tried because even a little bit of weight leaning into your hands would build muscle.

So - yesterday, I tried it and I did it!  Wa La!  Just like that!  Me.  In the crow position!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break at the Cabin

The college student spring break trip to the cabin was great.  One of the kids said he was sad when leaving....and I told him he got the "cabin fever"!  I expect they will all be back.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Since it feels like spring, I got the itch to do some planting. 

So we re-did a corner of the yard.  I wish I had taken a before pic - but it had some tired ornamental grass plants of various sizes.  For some reason some grew big and some were smaller than when we planted them a few years ago!

I have been obsessing about two types of plants - kangaroo paws and sizzling pink fringe flower.   So I put them both in!  The pic of the fringe flower doesn't do it justice.  I will get a better pic when it is flowering again.

kangaroo paw

sizzling pink fringe flower

Personal Space?

The pup still has issues with identifying her personal space and Daisy Mae's personal space!  They seem to overlap in Hops' mind.

Fun with Scarves

Happy Easter

I Love Lucy


Amelia Earhart

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Splish Splash

William in his birthday swimming pool!

Dog Art

Swimming with the Fish

Going Fishing

Seems like we have a dog that is ok with posing!

Making Music

Another baby scene...

"Hops Making Music"

Note that her "baby" is playing the uke.  Also note the back up singers in the upper left hand corner.  They are 2 hedge hogs and a giraffe.  Originally there was a small bear, but Ahi wandered onto the scene and walked off with it!

Dinosaur Hunter

You know how some parents take pics of their babies in cute scenes while they sleep...

Here is G's attempt at such scenes using Hops as the main character!  This is titled "Dinosaur Hunter".

Note her "baby" (teddy bear) as her side kick.  And her stuffed dinosaur being shot with an arrow.