Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Random pictures...

Jeff and I are incredibly busy at work with the cold weather, although this week is much easier than last week. Greetings to all of you, and Merry Christmas!
This hawk was sunning itself the other morning...

This is Brian, hard at work! He does not always get THIS dirty!

Our "green" tree... with only 20 or so ornaments so far...

My favorite nativity set ever... so sweet.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Carolyn's Birthday Doll & Crib!

Don't tell my mother-in-law, but this is her birthday present she's getting tomorrow! I made this doll, pillow, and quilt just for her. I got the baby doll crib at a yard sale, after first trying to get the girl to keep it for sentimental reasons. I know Carolyn will be thrilled, and I'm pretty excited about it, too. She had a similar crib that "went down with the Arizona" as Carolyn likes to say. (The house fire five years ago). Happy Birthday!
I Googled the crib and it seems that it was a sample used by traveling salesmen selling full sized cribs in the 50's. So cute!
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Survivor Winner...

I'm so happy that Bob, the physics teacher, has won Survivor Gabon. I really enjoyed this season and liked watching Bob very much. I'm a bit shocked he won... good for him. I really liked Sugar also, and thought she deserved the $100,000 fan vote money. Oh well. She claims she's famous now, so she'll do fine. News flash: MY DESK AT HOME IS CLEAN AND NOTHING IS HID UNDERNEATH! It takes so much time, but it is so refreshing to be done. No snow on the ground yet, but it sure is cold. Maybe I'll wake up to a blanket of white. I'm off to bed... it's LATE for me, but I napped a bit today and really wanted to finish the desk. Have a great week!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Moon, Venus, and Jupiter

Top two pictures were taken December 1st...

If you look closely, you'll be able to see all three. At times like this I want a better camera.

I took this last night as the clouds were scattering past the beautiful moon...

I finally realized the picure descriptions should be ABOVE each picture since we all scroll DOWN to see the pictures... it just took awhile.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I have such a crazy sore throat I can't go to Sacramento as planned. I will also miss Greg's choir concert (and I'm really sad). This throat virus is hideous! I am officially whining... Hope everyone else is well and will go to the concert tonight or tomorrow night.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

51 and I'm all done... NO MO' YARDSALES... EVER!

Greetings all... again, too tired to post a picture. I survived the sale and grossed around $400 (net about 150 after the cost of paying kids to help me, placing an ad, etc.) Even though I'm happy to make a little money, I'm the most happy because the stuff is GONE! I parked in our garage last night! WOO-HOO. Now comes the hard part... not getting more stuff. Hope you're all having a great weekend. I'm going to bed (yes, it's 5:45 p.m.) Good night...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Estate Sale Preparations...

I'm too tired to go get my camera and upload a picture or two... this Saturday I'm having my own Estate Sale... really I'm just going crazy and getting rid of the CLUTTER around this house. It is already so refreshing... and I'm only 1/5 of the way done at the most! I posted an ad on Craigslist for the first time ever tonight.. woo hoo! Hope everyone has a nice week with this crisp weather.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday morning Thanksgiving Survivors!

Roxi (the neighbors dog who lives at our house) looking at our early morning guests...
When I went outside the turkeys got a little nervous...
We are so blessed to look out and see this in our front yard!
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jeff, John, Jordan, Hillside, and Sunrise

Jeff relaxing in the tree at sunset...

Johnny and Brother Nub (two very hard workers)
This is the before picture of one part of the hill we are clearing for fire safety... it is CRAZY work... and the two friends above are doing a great job! They actually have to tie themselves to the trees at the top to go down the hill and clear the brush!
This morning the sunrise was so beautiful... this picture doesn't do it justice. When I went for the close up of the cool swirl near the bottom my camera chose the overhead wires to focus on instead of the cloud... irritating!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Unique Sunset and Leaf Blowing

I blew the leaves again yesterday (on my birthday) .... and beat the rain (again). Above are before and after pictures in the back yard. Below are two pictures of the sunset today that lasted only 8 minutes or so... I took these pictures while driving.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Uncle Rich blowing bubbles for Janet

We were at Shen Hua and Rich blew bubbles. FUN! This was a couple of weeks ago, but I don't have anything new to blog. Once again, the top picture did not work as a video, but the one below IS a video clip.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Greg... or should I say George?!?

This video did NOT upload... it's just a picture. I'm trying again below. Anyone who has not seen this play MUST attend. Greg is AMAZING!!! Truly AMAZING! That kid has talent! Can't wait until he's a famous actor with his own series of movies written by his big sister... It was nice to visit a bit with Greg and Iris and Gay before the show and during the break.

One question... why no brill cream to slick that hair down??? YOU WERE FANTASTIC GREG! I'm very impressed!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

One evening at our house...

A wild turkey high up in the tree we have named (rather un-orignally)... the Turkey Tree! It's about 80 feet away and the vultures and turkeys "fight" their way to the top branches of this tree and sleep in it. Very odd...

Jeff took a spin on his dirt bike... which is for sale!

This is actually the MOON rising during the sunset. This picture is looking out from the front yard to the east, and doesn't really show how amazing this looked.

A close up of the moon...
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Paula & Gary's House in Redding

Our friends have moved to Redding... they love it and I love their new house! The weeping willow tree is watered from an underground spring... this picture of the back yard doesn't really do it justice. However, the picture from the front yard shows the HUGE weeping willow towering over the house... amazing! My thanks for their hospitality!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yosemite for Jeff's Birthday

Noah and Julie at the top of Vernal Falls.

Jeff and Julie at the bottom of Vernal Falls... this was where he stopped hiking!

Shellie and Jeff with the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir... note the waterfall in the far right lower corner... it was beautiful.

I went up to Mirror Lake while everyone else went on the hike... it was beautiful.
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Monday, November 10, 2008

too tired to blog...

I just tried to post some pictures from our weekend in Yosemite with Julie and Noah. It didn't work... and I'm too tired to keep trying. Soon....

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rainbow closeup...

This was a "blop" in the sky in Eureka Saturday afternoon... and when I cropped it the pale blue sky around the "blop" looked like this. It was really amazing. Chris... when are you going to start your own blog???
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Gorgeous rain kissed flower and MY weird cloud dark sky picture

We stopped at Benbow Inn for a pecan sticky bun and a cup of coffee the other day... and this flower was calling to me. (I only took two pictures, Rich). The picture below was one of many taken of the crazy sky... but my brother beat me to the punch with HIS picture! We are so amazing...
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Saturday, November 1, 2008