Mother’s Day

To this guy who made me a mother.

We visited our local Botanical Garden that has a nice view over the Conejo Valley. There were lots of flowers in bloom and it was a lovely day.

I love our Thousand Oaks oak trees.

On the way home we introduced Barbara to our local Larry the Llama. When we pulled up, all the chickens came running over. But Larry didn’t smell food so he didn’t get too close.

Socially Distanced Dinner Time!

I was in the mood for a Seafood Extravaganza so we had lobster, shrimp, and Maryland crab cakes with a big salad.

Quinn has an extra credit assignment due where he needs to tell a story with a picture and then write something about it. We thought that today would be a good day to tell a story.

Chess: Last Time and First Time

Quinn has always loved chess but it kinda comes and goes. He recently discovered an on-line chess game and started challenging all his friends and his dad. Don suggested they take the chess boards to La Jolla and I suggested they play on the beach for a photo opp. I think I posted the pic in my last post, but here it is again.

Today an image popped up in Don’s Facebook Memories. It was their first game of chess 8 years ago today, April 17. Here’s the original picture.

I found another image that I took. All the serious thinking happens with these two when their tongues are out.

La Jolla Spring Break

We decided to repeat last years Spring Break since it was so much fun and within easy driving distance. I found a condo on the same street we stayed last time but it had a better ocean view and was just nicer inside. It was nice to stay in the same general location since we were already familiar with it.

First day we had a slow morning then lunch at Duke’s which overlooks La Jolla Coves. Must have Hula Pie at Duke’s!

There’s a nice walking path along the coast where you can see the seals, sea lions, and nesting birds. There were tons of cormorants nesting.

We were looking for some new things to do in La Jolla and I found this GliderPort that we thought could be nice at sunset. And it was.

The sky was just amazing that night before the sunset.

Love this sea meets sky.

The next morning we checked out this gift store. You walk in the front door, down some stairs, and out through a cave. It was used by bootleggers back in the day. Pretty Cool!

Then we spent the afternoon at La Jolla Shores Beach. It’s so beautiful and flat and goes on for miles.

Um, who’s taller?

We went to dinner at a favorite from last time and we loved our own little heated cabana.

Last time we were in La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Park was not open so we spent the morning there with some short hikes.

There are all these “secret swings” in La Jolla. This one was a short hike from the Birch Aquarium parking lot. How cool is this?

Most late afternoons Don and I would leave Quinn in the condo and take a stroll down to the beach.

Sunset dinner. The wide angle lens on the phone distorts the trees.

And our last day at Windnsea Beach.

Yeah, he’s taller. We measured and he is 5’7 1/2″. So 1/2″ taller than me now.

Oceanfront chess.

And one last dinner at Duke’s before we head home in the morning. What a lovely trip.

Trail Mail

 I have become quite the Sled Dog/Mushing geek.  I know, weird.  I found musher Blair Braverman a couple of years ago on Twitter (@BlairBraverman) and she tells the most fascinating stories about her dogs.  She is also a published author.    Blair and her husband Quince Mountain run Braver Mountain Mushing.  

Every year, Blair and Quince offer to carry holidays cards by dog sled to their local post office.  But before they do that, they stamp and sticker each card.  They do this for free, you just cover the postage.  

Here\’s a quick, 2 minute interview with NPR and Quince talking about Trail Mail.

In addition, they have a large fan base called #uglydogs (long story).  Each year the #uglydogs exchange cards with each other.    This year I decided to go all in and participate in Trail Mail and the card exchange.  Best.Decision.Ever.

So, if you received a Christmas Card with the stamp, there\’s your explanation.  And here are the #uglydogs cards that I received.  

Goodbye 2020

 Many reasons to say goodbye to 2020, although 2021 isn\’t shaping up so great either.  

Winter sunsets in SoCal can be really spectacular and we\’ve had some great ones lately.  So on the last day of the year, I drove down to Point Dume beach to see the last sunset of this pretty bad year.  I think the rest of LA had the same idea because it was pretty crowded.  But worth the effort.  Never enough sunset pics.