Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Been Too Long


After a long "dry spell" I need to record what's been going on around here, before it totally eludes me.


There was a wet winter that changed into a wet spring and the weather here continues to be strange. We kind of like it, especially Garbo who loves her morning walks in the cool misty mornings.
She is back to "normal" again, after being in "season".  A time during which she gets very introspective and distant.  It can be  hard, being a girl!


Garbo just finished her third session in "Nose Work" and we can proudly say she is getting pretty darn good at it!  Most importantly; she enjoys it a lot.  This last session, she was joined by her dog cousin Buddie.  He is a "natural" from the get go!  He would be able to get a job sniffing out sandwiches and other illegal contraband at the airport in no time.


Speaking of Buddie, we just finished a week of dog and horse sitting, at Maria's house.  She, along with the future Chef and the rest of the family, spent some time in Yellowstone National Park.  Our job was to let Buddie and Gemma out (opening the dog door) early in the mornings.  Then closing it at night.  Otherwise the two dogs would be out battling skunks and racoons.  Garbo likes being there too.  She gets to guard the ranch!  Smiles the entire time.  Unless it is time for a snooze.  We helped with chores such as watering their garden.  It is now producing loads of veggies!  While we were there we chomped on cherries and blackberries, beets and artichokes.  Nice!




Summer is here!  Yesterday was the first too warm day!  In the nineties!  Yikes!  Glad we have not had any of those up until now.  We escaped by going to the movies.  The plan was to see the new Planet Of The Apes film but while standing in line to purchase our tickets,  we realised that everyone was going to se that movie.  Opted out and we saw The Big Sick instead!  We and one other couple crammed into the theatre! :-)  It is a really good movie!  I recommend it highly.  We plan to see the Planet Of The Apes next weekend or maybe mid week instead.


So, all is well here!  Where we have had lot's of activities, lot's of guests, family and friends, dinners, lunches and dog walks, since last time we checked in here.  So  things are what we can call normal here.  With the exception that Garbo's best girlfriend Yuki has been on bed rest, due to a strained or pulled muscle, she has been missing those fun play dates.  Hopefully Yuki will be back in form soon,  so they can romp and play like "wildlings" again.  They both enjoy that, so much!


Till next time, hang in there!

Monday, January 2, 2017

( Not Quite ) In The Nick Of Time


As the year 2016 comes to an end, with Garbo at Bel Amour for her New Years "Do" and our 2017 calendars being filled in with important dates, appointments and friends and family birthdays, we wanted to take a few moment to close our Blog for this year!

36 Yr Anniversary
36 Yr Anniversary
Elliot in Memorial Day parade
Saga's visit
Saga's 12th birthday
Via the Photographers camera lens, a "picture cavalcade" of memories.


Walking Garbo

Cooking for yoga retreat

There will be a new start, as we look forward to 2017 with open arms and an open heart!  Trying to shed the doom and gloom!

Garbo playing with Yuki
Garbo's new friend Chunky
Friends of the Hood over for lunch

What I would like to promote however, just to "preach" a little, is: in an effort to put less stress on Mother Earth, let us try to reduce, cut back and minimise!  Be more aware of our choices and our consumption.  Rather than spending on stuff, spend time with people!

Amy's Baby Shower
Kellies Wedding shower
Hollister Civil War
Hollister air show
Hollister car show
Hollister motorcycle rally
Renaissance fair
Scotts Valley car show
This summer  as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" ... Let's  remember "Make Love not War!"   Once and for all!

New floor
Baking bread
Elliott's visit
Elliott at Karate Studio
Year 2016 ended with gatherings and family get togethers in a BIG way!  Christmas was great with our house filled to the brim with happy faces, extra doggies and people with full tummies!

Kellies Wedding



Robert and Lotta
We will end the year with more of the same!

Bicycling around Hollister

Fred cooking us breakfast
Good food, good drink, surrounded by people we love!

Shorey family Sunday dinners


Xmas 2016
Happy New Year to you all...Gott Nytt År and Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November Family Gatherings and Political Chaos


Our granddaughter Kellie was married on the 5th of November.  We flew to Seattle rented a car and drove to Cle Elum where the wedding took place.  It was a grand time filled with celebration and reconnecting with family and friends.  There were also some family from Sweden that we were very happy to see.






We laughed, cried, exchanged stories, hugged, and danced.  We had great food and wine with people we love and care for.  It is a wonderful life.






November also gave us a new President Elect.  We are in a very unstable and scary time in our country.  This election period was filled with anger, hopelessness, great hope, arrogance, corruption, sadness, and a feeling that for a long time now we have all felt left behind and marginalised by the political and corporate establishment and corporate media of Washington DC.  Most people in politics and the media I think are good people who think they are doing the right thing.  But, they have been swimming in the same dirty and murky water for so long that they need to climb out, take a shower and step away and take a good honest look at what they are doing.






Some might say, "so what else is new"?  "This is the way it has always been."  The difference today is that so much ugliness is being tolerated and accepted to the point it is becoming almost normal.  To this I say be careful, watchful, and very aware of what is happening in our country.  The silver lining in all of this may be that we as a people will become more involved in standing up for our own well being and that some of the establishment will have climbed out of the murky water taken a shower and will see the light of day.  We are hopeful that in the end all will be good.





On a happier note we are preparing for Thanksgiving at our house with family.  It is always such a great time for us when our kids, grandchildren, and friends are gathered together for a feast.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  And, if you do not celebrate Thanksgiving, have a happy time with your family and friends.