Saturday, February 18, 2017

Telluride Nightlife

I love this pic of the kids at a bar in Telluride. 


Jim and the kids headed out on a Boondoggle to Telluride!  Jim and G flew to Phoenix and Drew picked them up in his truck.  They drove 4 hours and stayed the nite in a hotel and then drove 4 hours the next morning to Telluride.

Looks like a cool little town.  Grace is shooting all these pics and sending them to me!

They are staying in a cute little condo 30 feet from the Gondola and skiing for 3 days.  After that, they will drive 8 hours back to Phoenix and Drew will drop them back off at the Phoenix airport.  They all love Telluride and can't wait to go back with me and the dogs! (Apparently it is a very dog friendly town!)

View from their condo

Dad and son - love this pic!

The first day there was a blue bird day and the second day, the clouds started rolling in.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Grace got her hunters license last weekend.  She went to a half day safety class and is now good to hunt for the rest of her life.  How does the daughter of a vegetarian want to hunt stuff???

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Puppy Pics and Videos


Billy Bob puppy feeding

I have been remiss in posting puppy pics.  But I have a good excuse - black puppies are so hard to photograph so we don't get a lot of good shots.   But her are some pics and videos to share the cuteness!

3 weeks old

Ahi is very interested in these pups.  If they are making noise she gets in to check on them!

Book ends

Roasting the puppies



Little puppy Carter, who is 22 days old today, and had signs of a urinary tract infection, so I took her to the vet.
Buckled in for the ride to the vet

6.4 pound love nugget

The vet checked her out and she looked good other than the UTI symptoms so we are going to give her antibiotics for 5 days.


12 days old
9 days old - synchronized puppy sleeping

The pups are 12 days old today and the little girls eyes are open today!  We are thoroughly enjoying our time with them.  Yesterday morning Jim and I got up early and held the for an hour before I had to go work.  It's an amazing way to start the day.


Jim and the kids are planning a trip to Telluride to ski.   I am staying home with the dogs and pups. This a text that went back and forth on our family group text:

Drew:  Dad and Grace - I am going to the store on Weds to get drinks, snacks and breakfast stuff.  Any requests?

Jim:  Some oatmeal for breakfast stuff.  And whatever else.

Me:  You don't eat oatmeal at home....why are you going to eat it there????

Drew:  Shhh, mama you are not going!

BAM!  Put me in my place!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Superfood Salad

This is a salad that we ate when we were in Hawaii for our backpacking trip and when I brought it home and made if for the kids, they loved it.

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons of whole grain dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil (can add a little more if it seems too thick)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything in a food processor for 30 seconds or until mixed

  • 2 packages of spinach (or about 6 cups) - can use all kale or mixture of kale and spinach
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of cooked quinoa (I like to use a multicolored quinoa)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup of pomegranate arils
  • Pine nuts sprinkled to your liking
  • Feta cheese sprinkled to your liking

For non-vegetarians, add a salmon fillet to top of salad

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sewing Project

Grandma Anna's friend, Zena, asked Grace if she could make a bag for her rumikub game.  Grace went out and picked out this fabric and made a double sided bag with snaps.  And then decided the tiles needed a separate bag and made that too.  Zena is going to be so happy!

Tile bag

Hops' Delivery

Mama and her babies

Hops' second litter of babies were born on Monday, January 23, 2017 at her breeders home in Turlock.  Before she was due we had an xray that showed us 3 babies. 

She was antsy all nite and I was communicating with the breeder as we tried to determine when we would head over to witness the birth.  At about 5 am, the breeder said she was certain she would deliver that day but it was impossible to know when.  We decided to get up, shower and hit the road.  It takes almost 2 hours to drive there and when we were 5 minutes away, we were told she was starting to push!

Unfortunately, she pushed for an hour and with a lot of help delivered a little yellow male baby, who was stillborn.  We are assuming he just took too long to be born and was without oxygen.  Based on that and the fact that she didn't seem to be having regular, productive contractions, we made the decision to take her to the vet.  After conversing with the vet for a few minutes, he decided it was best to do an emergency csection.  She was prepped and within 10 minutes these two little love nuggets were born healthy!
About 15 minutes old!

While waiting for their mama, they crawled all over each other

We took the babies home and fed them puppy formula while we waited for Hops to be done with surgery.  She stayed at the vet for about and hour and a half while she came out of the anesthesia and they made sure she was ok.  They wanted to make sure she was ok because she had vomited during the surgery.

Puppy butts

We went and got a very drugged Hops and brought her home to her babies.  She walked in, smelled them and laid down.  We put the babies on her and they immediately nursed.   Grace and I stayed there a lot longer than we had planned because I could not leave Hops until I was sure she was resting comfortably.  It was a bit traumatic watching her recover as she was shivering and breathing really heavy.  We gave her more pain meds and she seemed to feel better.

Male puppy ramming speed female puppy!

Hops has continued to recover and is taking really good care of her babies.  All these pics are of the puppies when they were less than 4 hours old!

Puppy stubby leg

Puppy tail - boy pup

Back t back nursing - if you look close, you can see male pup's tongue sticking out!

Be sure to turn up the volume on the video to listen to the noises the baby girl makes while nursing!

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Jim's face is healing well....although I hope it gets better than this - he looks a bit like Frankenstein!

Kasey's 50th Birthday

Me, our college friend Chris and Kase

My college room mate had a big 50th birthday bash at a winery in Sonoma.  It was super fun for Jim and I to get dressed up, go out for a nice dinner and see some old friends!

Kase and her kids

Me, Kasey's daughter (21) and Kase

Dinner table
50 and Fabulous!

Hungry Hungry Hippo!

Check out this action shot of Hops eating a cookie!  I think she was extra crazy because she is starving being pregnant!

Fantasy Football Superbowl 2016

Mr Screwtop was the FF Superbowl winner for 2016 season.

Here are the final results for the season:

  • First - Mr Screwtop 
  • Second - Me!  (Woot!)
  • Third - Kyle
  • Fourth - Mikey

In case you are keeping track, here are the winners each year of the TNDC FF League:

  • 2016 - Mr Screwtop
  • 2015 - Drew
  • 2014 - Mrs Screwtop
  • 2013 - Tina
  • 2012 - Mr C
Congrats to Mr Screwtop!

Maternity Photo Shoot

Here are the best shots from Hops' maternity photo shoot!  She is so photogenic and such a beauty.  The pics are from about one week before her due date.

Badger Pass
Smith Peak
Smith Peak

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Badger Pass Trip

We decided on day 2 of MLK weekend to take a trip into Badger Pass to do some skiing.  They had just opened for the season the day before.  On the way in at about 8:30 am, we were treated to the amazing view above.  That was worth the drive!

Selfie - at the top!

Once we got to Badger, we got the dogs settled in and I took a snow shoe hike to the top of the mountain, where the helicopter lands.

Looking down at the lodge

The view from the top gave you a great look at all the peaks and the other trails.

We had a good day - it was warm and sunny.  We packed up at about 3 to head home.  Coming down the mountain, we got stopped by a Ranger who had the road closed in both directions.  We had to wait about 25 minutes to get through.  However, the spot we were stuck gave us the view of Half Dome above!  Not a bad spot to be stuck for a little while!  Grace go out and took pics and we had some cheese and crackers!  Turns out a car had gone off the road into a creek.  Luckily it didn't look like there were any injuries.  But their mini van was a mess!

When we got down to the valley floor we were treated to seeing fog in the meadows!  And right next to it was El Cap lit up by the last sunshine of the day!

El Cap