Thursday, March 30, 2006


It seems that you aren't getting all the rain, but of course we're not getting as much.\ as you. this storm has given me 3.08" in my back yard and 1.8 in the newspaper. Expect more this weekend.

Rob is almost moved in. So far we haven't gotten on each others nerves yet at least from my perspective.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Discipline Aboard Ship

The first lad to do "discipline." Also not a bad job as the dish water is warm. Couldn't have happened to a "better" kid, Michael Delgado. Teach ya to step over a line without yelling out, "AVAST! Crossing the line!"

"Water on the Deck"

Hauling sea water to swab the deck. The lad yells out, "Water on the deck!" as the other sweep away. Kids actually enjoy this part.

Wet Scurvy Lads

Yes, that's rain. Only a hint of what's to come...

Scurvy Lads

Here are some of the scurvy lads aboard the Balclutha last Friday and Saturday. As part of the kinder and gentler Age of Sail, they actually provide the rain gear to create a crew of yellow penguins.

Trip to the mighty San Gabriels

Yes, we went up to see some rocks snow a while back. Here, Cindi is protecting herself from the inclement weather.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Age of Sail

O.K. Here we are ready to go at Age of Sail 2006 at Hyde St. Pier in San Francisco. I drove down with 3 kids who had never been anywhere past Sacramento. They were very excited. Here we had only been standing in the rain for about an hour. More to come...

Where have all the bloggers gone?

Humming an old folksong, "Where have all the flowers gone?," I wonder why no one has blogged since 3/17. Everyone else must be busy, too. Or bored.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Mama Jane's Card

Brianna liked the stickers in Mama Jane's card. Happy St. Patrick's Day for her. The big scratch on her face is from one of the kids in her daycare. The other girl wanted the necklace Brianna was wearing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

And then there was hail

And then the hail came with lightning and thunder. It looks like snow but it is hail.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New Windows

Doris asked for a picture of our new windows. Here they are sitting in our garage. When the weather gets better they will be installed. Right now they greet us when we arrive home. Posted by Picasa

Somewhere Between Hope and Heartache

I am feeling blue today. I have a big project due Thursday for my job, so that has me feeling edgy to begin with. Our dishwasher is not working, so that has me feeling inconvenienced and annoyed. We are headed toward the expense of repair or replacement. Ugh. My doggie, Ashley, is really slowing down in her recent senior days. She stumbled/fell yesterday and today due to poorly functioning hips. She seems to muddle through, but it is hard to watch. She does seem content, and often her normal self, and I am grateful. She is sleeping more and struggling, as she nears her final days (which could be near or a year or two away). So, I am mellow. My friend called to let us know our other friend, Tim (in his 40's), has entered the hospital in extreme pain. He has been battling colon cancer for about a year and a half. I was told he has several days to several weeks left. He has a wife and three girls (college age, high school, and junior high). So, I am sad. I am reminded again that life (for appliances, pets, and loved ones) has a cycle. I am reminded again to hold on lightly and treasure the good in each day. I am reminded yet again that letting go is hard. I am reminded that projects will get done, dishwashers don't really matter, and sharing life with a good dog and good friends for even a time makes me rich. Life risks pain, but it is worth it. Simply stated, I cling to the hope of Heaven, a promise that brings some peace.

Monday, March 13, 2006

cycling etc.

I am enjoying OLN's sunday coverage of cycling. I am looking forward to next Sunday and the coverage of the one day race in Italy. I am sure that Daniel knows more about it and it's history. I guess that one of the favorites is Boonen (?). Not sure if any americans will be in the race.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Viewship is up over the last 12 weeks

Los Angeles Marathon March 19 next Sunday

But, since I do not run, I will ride my bicycle in a 23 plus mile bike ride with some 17,000 friends. It is the LA Acura Bike Tour.

On Friday and Saturday there is a big Emerald Nuts Quality of Life Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you'd like to go with me I'd be happy to take you--it's free, interesting, see lots of good stuff about running, cycling, Honda cars, Acura cars, shoes, nuts, etc. It's not as fun as a bicycle show; but it is fun.

Let me know if you'd like to go down there with me on Friday afternoon or Saturday. I hope it is a lot warmer next Sunday than it was today. I am fairly confident it won't snow. It hasn't snowed here since Crash.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Four and one half inches of snow overnight. Posted by Picasa

One more. Posted by Picasa

More Pictures. Posted by Picasa

Brianna and Beth enjoying the snow. Posted by Picasa

Bookmarking a Mountain

This is mostly a bookmark for this photograph which I am going to use later elsewhere. But as it is such a pretty picture, I thought I'd share it with you. One free post for the first person to name this mountain.

Good Ol' What's Her Name

Speaking of Creative Memories, I worked with photos from 1999 last night, getting them in the new album from CM that offers pockets and speedy completion. That part was true. I moved about 140 photos into an album in about 2.5 hours. The speed comes from leaving out the decorative stuff for the most part, which is the benefit of this new PicFolio album. A completed preserved in order to share some an evening. That was rewarding.

The photos from 1999 contained my graduation from Pepperdine, Rob's graduation from ED (including a visit from my parents for both events), Samson #1 swimming in the Placerville pool, Mom-Pete's retirement party at our home, and a trip to Cancun. What fun it was to relive those memories!

I love photographs! They capture treasured times and people. Several impressions -- can so much have changed in just a few short years? The photos of Daniel and Timothy! They look so young and little. Amazing! Glen's hair...let's say it looks better now. Mine, too, for that matter. Regarding my Pepperdine cohort, with less than ten of us, I was able to recall the names of everyone but one. I really enjoyed working with her, too, but could not pull her name out of my head for some reason. I suspect it will come firing into my mind late tonight. I tried the alumni web finder, too, to no avail.

If I would just jot down the details soon after printing the photos, I would be better off! Then I'd know "good ol' what's her name's" name and could finish that part of my album.

My New Creative Memories Web Page

I just finished setting up my new web page for my Creative Memories business. The corporate office provides the program and maintenance for the consultants. We can customize it, and so I have. They did a nice job with this in a continuing effort to strengthen the brand and promote a consistent and quality business image, which I appreciate. I encourage you to visit at least once:

Friday, March 10, 2006


Subject: Investing in your retirement

If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would
now be worth $49.00.

With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.

With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank
all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND,
you would have had $214.00.

Based on the above, current investment advice is to drink heavily and

It's called the 401-Keg Plan

Thursday, March 09, 2006


Alright, having Blog difficulties...tried to publish a briliantly written essay on the snow that is falling once again, but it didn't happen. So, here's snowing again..little if no chance for a second snow day this year...pretty stuff but not looking forward to driving in it nor dealing with the few students who show up tomorrow that need to "go to the bathroom," aka go outside to get wet and cold in the snow and then want me to do something about it...and, yes, I am a fan of the ellipses:-)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Thanks Daniel for the link to the 64th Paris Nice ProTour. I am following the race on that site. It is nice to see Bobby Julich and Floyd Landis in the top ten after stage two. One of these days I might have to buy a bicycle and ride it. That might have to wait until I move to a town with flat roads rather than all hills.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


Here is to Floyd Landis for winning the Paris to Nice Prologue. Listening to Paul and Bob on OLN was all the better now that they are Cindi and Glen's new best friends.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Hi, I followed Cindi's instructions and this is my test. Timothy was also here this afternoon and he did something too so I won't know which helped or if it took both . Hope this works.

Here is the Map

Friday, March 03, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's snowing this morning.

Looking across the valley everything is white. It snowed all night. A nice two inches.
The feeder fish must be confused. Second snow and it is cold outside.
The snow is pretty. Beth's school is closed for a snow day and most of Steve' clients have cancelled. Kyle is still asleep. No chains for his van so he will be home. I might have to start a fire in the woodstove. Make hot chocolate.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006