Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Morning Hiking Club - Alum Rock

Sulfer spring - the water was warm
Eagle Rock

The gal who designed my wedding anniversary ring, Staci, and I have become friends and she started a Sunday Morning hiking club.  I was the first member!  Today we went on the 4th hike and we have picked up members - there were seven of us total.  Coach Ann took the pic of the group so she is not in it!

Alum Rock Park is a cool place that I have not been to since I was a kid.  It was founded in 1872 and is one of California’s oldest municipal parks. Nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range, the Park's 720 acres of natural, rugged beauty, provide visitors with many leisure outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and picnicking.

From 1890 to 1932 the park was a nationally known health spa with 27 mineral springs, an indoor swimming pool, tea garden, restaurant, and dance pavilion. At the time you could ride from downtown San Jose to the park on the Alum Rock Steam Railroad, a ride that cost a quarter.

TNDC Olympics


The Olympics are a big deal and a great excuse for a party!  The Screwtops hosted an Olympic party which included 4 different Olympic games for the attendees:  golf, archery, basketball and marksmanship (with a bb gun!).

Basketball was the hardest event!

All tried their best but it was only the top 4 who played corn hole to compete for the medals:

Mr C

Go Tia Tracy!

Cornhole finals

Mr C is overcome with emotion

After a few tense games of cornhole, the winner came to accept their medals.  Mr C won the bronze.  Kayla won the silver.  And Mikey, who was visiting from college, took home the gold!

Mikey receiving the gold!

The winners on the podium (AKA the step stool from the garage!)

Tre came and represented Australia

Final scores
Part of the fun included food from around the world.  We had orange chicken, hummus, fried rice, elk sausage, pasta and Asian pastries for dessert.

Fixing the bow for the archery competition

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Text Comedy

I have an engineering friend at work who is so different from me but I enjoy him so much and make it a point to stay in touch since we have not been carpooling lately.  Last week I wanted to have lunch with him and sent him a text.  I didn't hear back from him until this week and this was our exchange.

I was seriously belly laughing about him potentially getting a milking machine!  He lives in Los Gatos and does not own a cow so I couldn't imagine what he was going to do with it!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Visit with the Aunts and Uncles

Beach Life

Here is a great pic of our visit with my Aunt Linda, Uncle Jim, Aunt Mari and Uncle Jim.  We had a delightful time watching the sunset over the ocean.


We took a quick trip to Cambria to see my Aunt and Uncle who were visiting from Missouri and while waiting for them to return from a winery trip, we took a ride to see the elephant seals.  There were hundreds of them and they were fighting, mating and caring for their babies.  It was super cool.

Super Bowl 2018

As is tradition, we hosted a Super Bowl party!   It was the Eagles vs the Patriots and the Eagles won as the underdog!

Shower pondering


Recently I was pondering life while in the shower and noticed Jesus' face in my tile (below)!  Then I started looking around and found a monkey face (above)!

I found some other pics but they are not rated PG13 so they are not going to show up on my blog!

I just wonder why it took me 14 years of using this shower to notice these.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Super Blood Blue Moon - January 31, 2018

The night before the Super Blood Blue Moon

Early this morning, we were all pretty excited to see an event that last happened in 1866 and wouldn't happen again in our lifetime -- the super, blood, blue moon.

  • Super moon is a moon that is closer to the earth than normal and 14% brighter.
  • Blue moon is the second full moon in a month period time.
  • Blood moon is a total lunar eclipse which gives a red tone to the moon. 

G got up at 3 am and took pics for the next 2.5 hours.   Luckily her new lens arrived the day before so she was ready to go.  Below are two of the best.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Milky Way over Yosemite

Grace entered this photograph of the "Milky Way over Yosemite", that she took at the end of last year, in a photography contest and was named as a finalist!  She will know if she wins first thru fourth place in mid-February.  Stay tuned.

Warrior Wars and Nuns?'s Warrior Wars at school and it's G's senior year.'s the last chance to enjoy herself during her self professed favorite week of school!  They do silly things like bubble soccer, spoons contests, silent basketball, basketball game against the teachers, dressing up in their class colors, etc.

And for some reason that I do not fully understand, they decided to dress up as nuns....

Bug, on the far left, looks like an expert prayer.  Her form is good and she looks like she means it.

K, in the middle, looks like she sort of means it but could decide to go bad at any moment.

G, on the far right, looks like she might be holding a gun between her prayer hands!

Monday, January 29, 2018


This is what happens when you don't check your mail box very frequently and can never remember you box number.  We got smart and decorated our box with a sticker so we could recognize it.  Brilliant!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

White Elephant - TNDC

TNDC white elephant did not disappoint!  Gift of the nite -- big girl panties!

Santa mooner

Tacky candelabra!


G has been using her specially made quilting table to make my new quilt!   

Check back for a finished product - although it may be awhile because she is back in school full time! I sure hope it doesn't take until summer.


A couple weekends ago G and I did a trip to Santa Cruz with backpacker Liz and her daughter.  We stopped at DIG and we made this super cute terrarium with air plants.


We did a couple small upgrades at the cabin.  New blinds and curtains downstairs and new curtains upstairs.  I am super happy with both.