Friday, December 24, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
We were ghosted last night. Here is what the accompanying paper says:
The reverse of the paper has "instructions" - we are supposed to ring doorbell after dark after leaving a bag of candy and the ghost taped to the door - and don't get caught! We collect a copy of the poem and ghost from the originator's house and leave our ghost on the door so we don't get ghosted again... We can't agree on which house to ghost tonight. The one a block away or down the bottom of the hill. The bummer of it all - we had to go buy some candy today... ;-)
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
|daddy and daughter in the tree|
|throw me daddy!|
|one shot inside|
|a beautiful couple|
|in the treehouse|
Sunday, September 05, 2010
If you want to see more photos from Lake Almanor and Lassen Nat Park click here or if you are family click here and enter the usual password.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
There is a nice bird sanctuary/rookery right in the middle of the Sarasota Bay and Inland Waterway (not sure its exact name). There were a ton of these Great Egrets but also Brown Pelicans (with big fuzzy white chicks) and Cormorants as well as a few other species scattered within. I seem to recall that it was over 1000 adults - or maybe it was 1000 pairs... on what seemed to be a very small island.
This isn't a bad pic and I loved how calm the bay was with the fishing birds as the sun rose but I really wished I could have caught it just a few minutes earlier when the sun seemed so huge and glowing red on the horizon - we just couldn't get the boat out there quite fast enough.
on the boat just inside Sarasota Bay looking toward the Gulf, originally uploaded by beverlykaytw.
My 8 year old caught a 4 lb trout and my 10 year old caught a 2 lb mackerel. There were more of both kinds of fish but this was by far the best day out ever for my youngest - usually his brother is the big fisherman - he also caught first fish of the day. They love going out in the boat with my dad. My eldest really has the patience for it too.
The kids found this guy in our family room earlier in the week. We kept him in a container for a while and today Q & I let him go high up on the hill. I just learned today that our neighbor to the west found one (caught in a spider web in garage) and the neighbors 2 houses to the east have also seen them recently. Not sure why nor if we'll see any more. Apparently this is a native Marin kind of scorpion and its' sting would be similar to a bee sting.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We've taken a couple of great hikes up and around our local mountain this week. Friday the kids, dog and I set off for about 1 1/2 hours. They were touting their new camelback(like) backpacks to stay fully hydrated. Q said this was the kind of hike he likes - where you decide where to go and don't just follow some boring path. On Sat some friends joined us for even a longer hike with stops along the way to climb the big rock (which Foxy no longer felt the need to bark at!) and climb several trees in a little oak forested area we came across. Nothing like having another kid along to make a hike more fun for my kids!
Foxy was on full alert here including some barking - at a large rock. I like how she perches up on her own little rock to achieve maximum height. She likes to stand up tall on her hind legs whenever she gets the chance.
Since we moved to Marin and Pete picked up a cruiser bike for me off Craigslist the kids and I have started exploring the local bike paths. This one is stellar - a couple of flat miles in Tiburon almost all on a multi-use path along the water front. We're having a cool windy summer (thanks to the San Francisco fog). We've even taken the dog in my basket. The kids especially like trails that have a cafe for a snack somewhere along the way :-)
Friday, July 16, 2010
A dog? A fox? A cat?
I ask myself what she is. She is our new family member - she picked us out on July 5th at the Oakland Animal Shelter - she stood silently on 2 legs and pawed the air to get our attention. She gave us love and entertained us with her whapping of a stuff football. We took her home Thurs eve after she was spade. She was the most adorable easy going 5 month old you could hope to have. She LOVES people. I mean desperately. She does her circus dog trick whenever she sees someone in hopes they will give her a little love. I put up deer netting around the backyard fencing - since she is small enough at 6#4oz to scamper between the rails - but it didn't seem necessary since she just wanted to be around us. We were able to take her out front without a leash. That has changed. She is now comfortable enough to run down to the next door neighbors in hopes of being mauled by their 3 & 5 yr olds and pay me no attention when I call. Leash time. She didn't seem to know how to jump. Made it easy to enforce the "no getting on furniture unless invited" rule since she needed to be lifted up and down. Alas, no longer. She now leaps with the best of them.
We named her Foxy for obvious reasons. They have her down as Papillon/Terrier mix. I'm not convinced. Perhaps Papillon and fox... Lately as she heads off after her thrown toys she hops - like I see foxes do in nature shows. She really does look like a fox in many ways and blends in really well with the dry grass hill by the house. Doh.
Catlike. I even saw her rub up against a door jamb like a cat! Tonight she found a pea from a sugar snap pea pod on the floor. She played with it for at least 15 minutes to our great amusement. She batted it and leaped after it like a cat.
She is clearly intelligent and easy to train. First up was "stand" - since she already loved doing it :-) She knows "tinkle" and "treat" and "sit" (although she doesn't like to). Not sure she knows her name - we think she might think her name is "Good Girl". Since she started mouthing us yesterday she is hearing "NO" and clearly recognizes it. "Drop it" and "Fetch" seem to be on their way to part of her vocabulary.
She likes other dogs - off leash. She was great at a dog park - but isn't very good when on a leash when she decides to be very aggressive. Fortunately she is very small.
We are happy to have her.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I was taken with this view at around 7 a.m. one morning because the bay was so still that it had full reflections - usually the bay is more stirred up than this. This is the view from my bed pretty much. (Except I went outside to snap the pic).
John & Kerri from downstairs had this up in our backyard on the day we moved - it was a great addition. They said it was in honor of us (the kids @ the Japanese school - big fish = dad, next = mom, 2 smallest the boys).
Monday, April 19, 2010
I was trying to take a pic of his snaggletooth (that he refuses to wiggle). You can barely see it here - next to the dark space. He wasn't at all cooperative although he seems to want me to take a pic so he can see it himself. What is most funny is when he smiles with his mouth closed - because it is then that you really get the full impact of the tooth - as it is the only tooth visible since it it now angled at about 90 degrees from where it started. I'll keep trying...
Monday, April 05, 2010
You know the old one that the box the toy comes in is more fun than the toy for kids? (A truism by the way). I picked up a dolly at Costco. I figured it would be a popular addition to our household. Boy was I ever right! Somewhere along the way Q dragged home a large chain. It works great as a giant leash for dolly play. Hours of fun! Dolly might even be useful when we move next month but if not it was so worth the $ for the hours of fun it has provided. This photo was taken around 6:30 in the eve after a rainy day so it was a bit dark out but they don't let dark, cold, or rain stop them!
Monday, March 22, 2010
The home overlooks the marsh. This is a pretty time of year when the hills are still green - they will be brown soon as we move into warmer weather. The Larkspur ferry shuttles back and forth down there - theoretically P's new commute. While we were here we saw a deer grazing on the hill below just a few feet away - apparently a common sight.
Here's my little blondie determined to get that ball. Yay! I was struck when I looked at my batch of photos from the game this weekend how we have such a multi-racial team. We have more little blondies this season than before but we also have black, hispanic, arabic, and asian and within the anglos we have russian, danish, and irish (complete with parental accents to go with their countries of origin). At the kids' new school it will be about 85% white - the teams will look a bit different I suspect. I'll miss San Francisco.
This one just cracks me up. J (the girl) is a great athlete and SO competitive. She made several big leaps like the opposing boy is doing here during the game and stopped the ball. I hope we have more sunny days to look forward to as the light down at this end of the field is quite lovely in the late afternoon with the wall beyond in shadow.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Q gets most improved skier award! On Friday he started off very shaky - holding onto dad's hand and not at all comfortable (we didn't ski last year after all and he'd only skied a couple of days before that). By the end of the 3 days he was zooming down the intermediate slopes and had done a nice job of changing from wedge position skiing to parallel skis. Awesome. Give the kids another day or 2 and they'll be heading down slopes I won't want to do - they are already faster than I am. At least they have a dad who can ski.
We just had a few minutes at the sno-park but our friends had had a couple of hours. Just enough time for a good old fashioned snow ball fight! It was late in the afternoon so shooting conditions weren't great but I caught a few in mid-disintegration.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
On the dock at the Dolphin Club. Kids were crabbing with cousin Phil as usual. We have a couple of new cousins to add to the mix. There was a break in the rain so I ran down to snap a few photos. I didn't even notice the rainbow in the sky - can you see it? I like what a colorful group they were. If you look closely you can also see one of the crazy swimmers in the water - a surprising (to me) activity but there are always a few in the water.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I posted this back in mid-October. For some reason it gets a fair bit of flickr traffic - why?? It is up to 453 views with 4 views just yesterday. Perhaps something in the tags gets searched often? I just wonder how people end up looking at my stuff sometimes.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the beach after lunch at the Sandbar on Amelia Island. Such beautiful sugar sand. The kids had to jump in the pool when they got home for sunset. A bald eagle kept us entertained with his antics (he had a large fish in his mouth and kept swimming back and forth across the pond in the backyard). Tonite P and I walked along quite a few holes of the golf course for sunset and I saw a river otter head into one of the ponds. Also walked by a couple of chattering sandhill cranes within a few feet. Also saw hundreds of swallows all circle down and in to a couple of trees - then scatter back up to the sky. Love all the wildlife here in the community.