Tuesday, April 17, 2018
This little weener turned 10 on April 15, 2018. (Actually we are not sure that is her birthday, we just chose an approximate date when we got her.) She has had 9 lives and she is lucky to have made it this far. There have been a lot of serious illnesses, hospital stays, head injuries... But her nasty personality (and her mama's checkbook) have always saved her.
Happy birthday to Ahi Wasabi.
Posted by pontoonmama at 3:16 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2018
|On the way to work!|
Hops worked a special crisis visit at YouTube in San Bruno 3 days after the workplace shooting there. They put out a call and about 40 dogs showed up. We were there for about an hour and half while about 300 employees came in for visits from the dogs.
There were dogs of every size and shape and all were perfectly well behaved! The employees thanked us repeatedly for coming - and it was truly our pleasure to help them out.
|Hops let everyone pet her and snuggle as needed|
Posted by pontoonmama at 8:21 PM
We spent Easter 2018 at the cabin and Grandma Anna and Grandpa Roy were there too. My folks were in EDH with my bro's family. We had wanted to go to EDH too but it's too much for elderly Daisy Mae to go to someone else's home and she is too fragile to have anyone care for her at home.
We had planned to go to the club for Easter brunch but they were totally overbooked so we went to Rush Creek Lodge instead. We had a wonderful breakfast that we just ordered off the menu - nothing special - but the scenery and company were delightful. And the food was great too!
Posted by pontoonmama at 6:22 PM
Sunday, April 01, 2018
This is the second year we did the Table Top Mountain Hike and I am making it a Spring tradition. It is really a unique hike to hike to a flat topped mountain covered with wildflowers and tremendous views. We had a very warm spring day - about 70 degrees and it was humid. Ahi and Hops were HOT because it was the warmest hike of the year so far.
|New Melones Lake|
Posted by pontoonmama at 8:50 AM
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
This is shocking!
I always believed that I held a lot of Russian genes from my great grandfather - mostly because of my Russian cankles and my short, stocky, sturdy body. But apparently the cankles more likely come from my Western European or Irish/Scottish/Wales genes seeing that this represents 96% of my gene pool. Add Great Britain in and it is a shocking 98% of my gene pool.
Who am I???
Posted by pontoonmama at 10:55 AM
I usually post pics of my own new shoes but it a new twist on things, these are Drew's new lookers! You can't really tell in the pic but they are dark grey. They go with his new grey pants, purple shirt and black and grey striped socks. And he looks incredibly handsome in the whole get up!
Back story: I recently met the Chief Compliance Officer from a large national construction firm and I was fascinated with his stories of his business - so different from high tech. I thought this would be a perfect industry for Drew so I reached out to the guy and asked him to point me in the direction of their internships. He hooked me up with a local HR gal who I introduced to Drew. Drew and I spent the next few days working on his resume and sharpening his attire while he set up a meeting with the HR gal. He met her yesterday and had a great interview. She seemed to like him and was interested in his unique background working in commercial crabbing and fishing. We are hoping for an internship this summer but even if nothing comes from it, it was a great learning experience. Drew and I did all these practice interviews with me pretending I was the HR lady and sure enough, she asked two of the questions I asked: "What's your dream job" and "How are you in math"!
I was super proud of him for his focus and commitment. And he looked awesome too!
Posted by pontoonmama at 8:44 AM
|The longest dock at an angle is the dock we park on|
On Thursday March 22, 2018 Groveland experienced the worse flooding there has been in the 17+ years we have been here. A storm seemed to stall right over us and dump rain for about 24 hours. Our rain gauge showed almost 9 inches in 24 hours.
|So much debris|
|By the 4 Seasons B&B and the pharmacy|
Downtown is a mess! Buildings were flooded, roads and parking lots undermined and parking lots destroyed. There is a lot of activity while people clean up.
|Behind Twice as Nice - where the stream starts going through town|
|Two boats upside down in the debris|
We saw a house right on the creek that had a beautiful deck and hot tub area right by the creek. It is totally wiped out with the hot tub on its side and the hot tub cover floating in the debris in the marina. Right now they are saying stay out of the lake as they don't know if there is any contamination -- there was reports of porta potties and propane tanks floating down creeks!
There is a lot of work to be done everywhere.
|Our dock - right in the middle - at the complete wrong angle|
|Anna and Roy had a little land slide behind their place|
|This was the height of the flooding in downtown|
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Hops was laid off from her job at the skilled nursing facility because our team leader moved to Arizona. Luckily she quickly found a new job! She now works at a mental health facility which houses teens and adults for a short period of time while they are stabilized.
Today was her first day and she was a rock star!
They put is in a gymnasium area on the floor on yoga mats. For the first 30 minutes the adults come in for visits and the second 30 minutes the teenagers come in. I wasn't sure how she would do because it was a different environment - at the nursing facility we went up to the residents and visited - at this facility the people come up to us, sometimes up to 5 at a time for a visit. I was not sure how she would do with all those people hovering over her. But she was great! A couple times she looked at me like, "what is happening" but then she decided she needed nap and went to sleep!
Every time we do this work she makes people so happy. Today a woman walked up to her, sat down, started petting her, got tears in her eyes and said, "this right here makes me want to live another day." WOW! That is super meaningful for someone having mental health issues.
I am so proud of her.
Posted by pontoonmama at 9:18 PM