Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy 10th Birthday

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.

Chocolate Pie

This is my new obsession.  It is the Pioneer Woman recipe.  I add a tiny bit of Starbucks Via coffee to add richness to the chocolate.  It is so amazing!


Look at our new tenants, Mr and Mrs Duck.  They have set up a home in our front yard. 

What an Honor

Real text from G:

"My anatomy group won for best skinned cat"

My response:

"Wow - that is quite an honor!  Congrats!"

Sunday, April 08, 2018

YouTube Visit

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


My quilt is done!  Grace has been working on it, off and on, for months and she finally got it done today.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!  It is so snugly and warm.

Close up!

The back is so soft!

Easter 2018

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!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Tabletop Mountain Hike

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

Barn wood

I had some shelves on this wall that I put up - temporarily - 15 years ago!  Life gets in the way sometimes.  So I finally got these cool barn wood shelves which I LOVE.  Perfect place to put the kids Senior pics.


The Easter Bunny brought us a new cord of firewood for Easter and boy am I happy!

Saturday, March 31, 2018


At Crane Flat Fire Lookout

Nothing better than some sunshine, snow and a game of snowball catch!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Modeling Pics

Not sure if Tre should be in Playgirl, Sports Illustrate of Cosmo.....but either way, he is stunning!

Looking at the crickets outside his tank

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???

New Pair Shoes

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! 

Did someone say.....

We are going to the boat?
We are going for a hike?
Load up?
It's dinner time?
Oakley's coming home?

Groveland Flooding - March 2018

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
We decided to run up to take a look for ourselves.  Our cabin and Anna and Roy's cabin are fine but Jim said our mud room is the wettest he has ever seen it.  I am glad we have the rock wall at the bottom of the driveway and that Jim is diligent of making sure water is banked away from the house.

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
One of the main roads around our community (Feretti) is also closed because it gave out under the road.  We have no idea when it will be opened.   It also looked like the Lake Lodge building was flooded as they had a restoration person there in the parking lot. 

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

New Job

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.