Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


We have a few deadly visitors this year.



As long as they stay in the yard, I'm fine with it.  




Happy Birthday to Tom!


When I asked Tom what he wanted to do to celebrate his half-century mark, he didn't want to make any big plans, but said he would rather have a quiet weekend where he could rest and relax.  So I thought the following photo was apropos - and also possibly the cutest picture ever taken and/or posted on the Internet.  Prepare yourself ...



Happy birthday, Tom (AKA, the cat whisperer)!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Happy pre-Halloween from Witchiepoo, Casper, and the entire family.

(I never understood Mom's choice to put pony tails on the sides of my head when I was wearing a mask.  Witchiepoo didn't have these!)





Giants Orange

They've won three World Series since we moved here.  I can only assume that we are good luck charms.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Family Visit

This year when Mom and Dad came to visit, we took it a little easier than usual - not as much "touristy" things to do out here in the wine country, although that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of things to keep us occupied. Just enjoying the nice, August weather being one.

In that spirit, hanging out by/in the pool was a popular option, although I still maintain that 75 degrees is a little chilly for pool water.



We also managed to fit in a couple of our favorite activities, such as picnicking at a winery



and a visit to Cornerstone



with a pitstop in the Big Blue Chair.



Finally, we celebrated Mom's and Dad's wedding anniversary at Saddles Steakhouse



with a stroll around the lovely grounds to top it off.



No giant chess game for us this time, but there's always next year.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jack London Park

The long-awaited Jack London post is here! Well, maybe not long-awaited, but long time coming. I have not lived up to my new year's resolution to post more blog entries. Here's to making up (a little bit) for lost time.

Notwithstanding Mom's health and treatments, Mom and Dad were able to make a trip out to visit us this summer. For several years, I have been intrigued by the Jack London State Park (near one of our often-visited wineries in Glen Ellen) and have wanted to check it out. I have not been successful, however, in convincing Tom to come with me. Enter Dad, the innocent victim - although not too much the victim since he was actually interested in checking it out, himself. Since Tom was not interested and Mom was not up for doing a lot of walking/hiking, I stole Dad away for the morning and the two English literature geeks had a wonderful time exploring the Jack London ranch, grave, house, museum, and even the Pig Palace. A bonus was that we got to hear the musical stylings of Ben Vereen who was doing a sound check for a concert he was performing that night on the grounds. He was really quite good, and wandering through the park while enjoying the beautiful weather to his soundtrack was a treat.

The excitement is overwhelming.


Ben Vereen!


Eucalyptus trees. London was an entrepreneur and experimented with growing eucalyptus trees for use in building. The wood turned out to be unsuitable for building, however, so London, ever the optimist, turned to breeding livestock.


The Pig Palace. The piggery was built in a circle to save labor and had a central feed house for efficiency.


The gravesite. London died at only age 40.


Wolf House. London spent $50,000 building an impressive house. He never got to live in his dream house, however, as it was destroyed by a fire started by spontaneous combustion.



If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit to the park (http://jacklondonpark.com/index.html). Maybe I'll even join you!