Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Week 45

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  We're getting excited about Thanksgiving break coming up and Tyler coming home.  Good thing this is a busy and full week to make it feel like the days will go by fast.  There is so much happening this week that having the following week off to decompress with family sound perfect and will help get me through.

Here's a peek at highlights from last week:

Day 309- Sunday, 11/5/17
He earned his lunch driving around Davis practicing where he'll be taking his behind-the-wheel test soon.

Day 310- Monday, 11/6/17
Our evening walks are now completely in the dark.  I can't wait for some holiday lights to help brighten things up.

Day 311- Tuesday, 11/7/17
Homework now happens in the dark as well.  This is normal for Justin but not so much for Brandon.  At least he still gets to color some ;0)

Day 312- Wednesday, 11/8/17
At work on Wednesday early in the morning of this super busy week.  It's the calm before the storm.  Today was insane but at least it ended with a rainbow.

Day 313- Thursday, 11//9/17
Typical teenager.  He's got a lot more time on his hands now that cross country is over.  Enjoy it buddy because tennis condition starts after the holidays.

Day 314- Friday, 11/10/17
I was super happy to receive a surprise, totally unsolicited, picture from Tyler today.  He's happy it's a 3-day weekend and had fun exchanging gifts with his big brother during a fraternity meeting this week.  There's that smile I miss.  At home we had the day off too so in the afternoon we took the dog on a long walk up the levee and down past the wetlands in our area.  Thank you to all veteran's for serving to protect our beautiful country.

Day 315- Saturday, 11/11/17
John made us a nice tri-tip dinner with all the fixings.  Love our weekend time and family meals.

That's it!  Can't wait to finish this current week and start prepping for the big feast.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Week 44

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  Boy that time change is rough and especially messes with the pets' schedules.  I don't like the early dark evenings either but we'll all adjust. November is super packed with things to be done and I just know Thanksgiving is going to creep up on us fast.  At least we'll get to have Tyler home for a long weekend then.

Here's a look at how we wrapped up October and kicked off this new month:

Day 302-  Sunday, 10/29/17
Today was a fun family day full of enjoying fall treats and carving pumpkins.  Everyone did a fabulous job with their creations.

Day 303- Monday, 10/30/17
Rusty, our orange kitty, is ready for the big day and very curious about all the decorative pumpkins in our house.

Day 304- Tuesday, 10/31/17
Happy Halloween!  Brandon dressed as an alien and looks pretty creepy in that mask.  Justin wore his pumpkin head from last year to help pass out candy, and our pumpkins looked great all lit up outside.  It was a fun night as we watched the Shinning in between tending to the door.

Day 305- Wednesday, 11/1/17
A new day, a new month.  Bring on November.  Brandon collected these fall leaves around the neighborhood to hold in my monthly marker picture, and I'm loving those rich fall colors.

Day 306- Thursday, 11/2/17
Pick your music well and study hard--test tomorrow.  Me, I'm off to bed.  Gone are the days for my late night studying.

Day 307- Friday, 11/3/17
Time for a Warren Miller ski movie at the Crest to get us prepped for a new ski season.  It's even snowing in the mountains right now.  Yep November brings in the rain and snow.  We had dinner at Pizza Rock and then walked across the street for our show.

Day 308- Saturday, 11/4/17
Look at us out 2 nights in a row!  We drove to the Santa Rosa area for a birthday dinner with friends and got there a little early so we had a couple drinks on our own before joining the group.  Happy Birthday Loren!

Ok!  That's it.  See you next week.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Week 43

Welcome back, happy Tuesday, and happy Halloween!  Can you believe it's November tomorrow? We have that cold chill in the air which is normal for us right around Halloween.  This may be the end of shorts and flip-flops and the start of sweaters and boots.  Where has the year gone?

Before we leave fall for winter take a look at last week's pictures:

Day 295- Sunday, 10/22/17
A day to relax and just chill.  He looks so comfy and content.  Now get back to your chores son!

Day 296- Monday, 10/23/17
This tree in our yard changes colors in an interesting way.  The leaves turn yellow but also get this brown veining effect.  It's different but in a cool way.

Day 297- Tuesday, 10/24/17
She wants something from me.  Oh yeah--her evening walk.  It's getting dark earlier now so the walk tonight was highlighted by a beautiful fall dusk sky.

Day 298- Wednesday, 10/25/17
Finally my last post-op appointment and all is good.  I'm so glad to put this chapter of my life behind me and be free of that mess.

Day 299- Thursday, 10/26/17
Today I'm in Tahoe for a work event.  It's a beautiful fall day up here but sadly I only saw the great outdoors during lunch.  It was a good and interesting meeting though so I'm glad I had the opportunity to go and also reconnect with so many of my past colleagues.

Day 300- Friday, 10/27/17
TGIF!  Now it's time for Brandon to relax.  The first thing he did when he got home from school was crash on the couch with a warm blanket and his phone of course.

Day 301- Saturday, 10/28/17
Now John is in Tahoe with the guys so it's just me and boys going out for burgers. Yum!  Actually Justin went rogue and had ham and cheese.

Wait!  One more-

October's Family Photo

Sadly we're missing the oldest this month but he'll be around for Nov, Dec, and January's photo.  This one was taken just before carving our pumpkins.  Look how tall my other boys are getting.  It won't be long before I'm the shortest of them all.

Now that's it!  See you in November ;0)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Week 42

Hello and welcome back to Tuesday.  We had a nice overnight rain last week that really helped clear the air and dampen the fires.  The weather otherwise has been perfect for comfortable fall days which makes it nice to be outside.  We could use more rain but I'm not really ready for all that to start yet. The early-morning, low-sitting fog will do for now.  It seems more fitting for a spooky October.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 288- Sunday, 10/15/17
While John worked to make a large batch of chili verde for dinner I powered through the laundry that haunts me each weekend.

Day 289- Monday, 10/16/17
These two enjoy basking in the afternoon fall sun.  This is the only place Rusty will sit on Brandon's lap so it's become an after school thing for them. 

Day 290- Tuesday, 10/17/17
I'm loving our patch pumpkins in the entry way.  We picked some good ones with year.  It's also time for a batch of pumpkin bread.  I'll be sending two of the small loaves to Tyler in a care package even though his brothers strongly object with that idea.  They'd like it all for themselves.

Day 291- Wednesday, 10/18/17
It's double star day at Starbucks and a minimum day for Brandon so we went in for an afternoon treat on this warmer fall day.  It won't be long before we are switching to hot afternoon drinks.

Day 292- Thursday, 10/19/17
Both the pets quickly make their way to the sliding door when I open it for some fresh air.  They can't get enough and are even nice about sharing.

Day 293- Friday, 10/20/17
A perfect late dinner after a chilly ride home from practice is warm grilled cheese and ham.  He already ate the rest of his dinner while waiting for the sandwich to cook.  Poor starving teenage boy!

Day 294- Saturday, 10/21/17
I finally made it a cross-country meet to see Justin run and it was fun--a super chilly start but ended with a perfect fall afternoon.  There are only a few more meets left which is hard to believe.  Later John and I headed to the local wine country near the foothills for a tasting and then dinner with friends.  It was a full and beautiful weekend day.

That's it!  See you all next week.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Week 41

Welcome back!  It's Tuesday again and life keeps going on faster than you can imagine.  I'm deeming 2017 the year of disasters--political, natural, man-made, you name it.  How much more we can take? Thank goodness this year is almost over and maybe the next will bring nothing but good.  

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 281- Sunday, 10/8/17
It's cinnamon roll Sunday which is perfect for a cool fall morning.  I like to bake and have the oven on when it's cold out plus you can't beat the smell of cinnamon that fills the house.  Justin even thanked me 3 times for this warm comforting start to his day :0)  Sadly it's been awhile.

Day 282- Monday, 10/9/17
Our skies are filled with smoke as the sun sets behind our house from fires that took over Sonoma and Napa counties last night.  We are a good 100 miles away so safe, but our hearts break for those who lost so much.  Many of us here in the Sacramento area visit these places often and have family, friends, or colleagues who live there so it makes it a bit more personal.  We even vacationed in the Santa Rosa area just a couple months ago before school started so it was especially hard to see and hear about parts being destroyed.  I pulled the last 2 pictures from the internet.  Photo credits go to the Golden Gate CHP and LA Times respectively.  So much devastation and loss as the fires continue to burn--over 20 in our great state :0(

Day 283- Tuesday, 10/10/17
We're getting ready for Halloween around here.  Brandon picked out an Alien costume to wear on the big day and Justin has decided not to dress up this year and watch movies at a friend's house instead.  I continue to decorate and love seeing all my pumpkins out again.

Day 284- Wednesday, 10/11/17
It's Wednesday at work and me at the microscope.  We are testing literally thousands of sheep and goat samples for antibodies to one of our parasites so I'll be spending a lot of time on the scope.  I learned how to read slides with this scope over 20 years ago and it's still here with me as I make my way through reading many more.

Day 285- Thursday, 10/12/17
Finally Justin can relax.  Midterms are over and he has a 3-day weekend ahead with no school tomorrow and no homework or commitments.  Lucky guy!

Day 286- Friday, 10/13/17
It's a beautiful fall day and an unexpected day off for teacher development so we ran a couple errands, grabbed lunch, and then hit up the local pumpkin patch.  We may have even grubbed on some fresh made apple cider donuts.  Yum!

Day 287- Saturday, 10/14/17
John's turn to have some fun.  He's headed out for a nice fall ride up in the foothills today.

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week.