04-24-17: John's new campin' ukulele.
Here's John's new plastic Makala Waterman ukulele in a discontinued body color of Orange Swirl. Groovy! The photos were taken after
a couple days of ownership.
04-03-17: Shadow at the Balboa Park off-leash dog park.
He's wearing his new harness, which fits much better than the old one because, well, it's actually the proper size.
04-02-17: Desert wildflowers.
The winter rains brought some rare desert flowers out of their long dormancy. We arrived too late for peak bloom, but the desert was still abuzz with life
and ablaze with color.
03-26-17: Jasmine and Girl's Day!
Here's Jasmine with the Girl's Day display Grammy set up. Also, Roy and Leo and Jasmine, parallel play! That's Roy on the left with the bag o'
Lincoln Logs and Amanda on the right. Then, Jasmine and Grammy. The last photo shows Grammy, Jasmine, Leo in the back with the blocks, and Ondine.
03-25-17: Magic Mountain!
We went to Magic Mountain, where the boys rode Twisted Colossus, Scream, Goliath, Viper, and New Revolution, most several times. Ondine rode
Twisted Colossus once and that was about enough for her. John sat and read Thinking Shakespeare. Here are Leo and Roy and us after lunch
(they're heading off to ride Viper for a few rounds). Then Leo and Roy after over an hour in line for the New Revolution; they're to the right.
Note the most excellent photo bomb by the two young men just left of center! The last photo is all of us closing down the park.
03-20-17: Nikon 55-200 4-5.6G ED VR II test shot.
Just a quick photo of a garden event to test a new camera lens. It seems to work.
03-19-17: The Little Mermaid at the new Patrick Henry Performing Arts Center.
The paloverde in front of the building were in bloom, a novel sight in the city. And, here are two views up toward the lighting booth.
You can see Roy in there at the lighting board and wearing a headset.
03-02-17: The waterfall on Cowles Mountain.
This is a phone photo showing the view from our front windows. At night we can hear the rushing water and frogs croaking in Polliwog Pond.
It lasts only a couple days, and then it's over, so it's really precious when it occurs.
02-20-17: Leo and Roy in Multi Relax mode.
Like the t-shirts? Desiree gave them to the boys in Berlin. Her boyfriend designed them. Cool!
02-19-17: Ondine and Shadow on the mountain after the rains.
The water was flowing and the wildflowers were blooming. Note the slight misting on Shadow's fur. The last photo shows them near
Bill and Buddy.
02-12-17: Ondine cleared and planted the back garden bed.
She removed a lot of overgrown stuff, turned the soil, and planted four lavenders. You can see the two types, and the two additional
lavender plants we bought.
02-05-17: Anita and family are back in town!
We visited Ondine's cousin Anita and Rennolds and family at their new home in San Clemente. The wall behind us reveals that they're
in the midst of renovations. The back row shows, left to right, John, Roy, Case, and Rennolds. And in the front are Leo, Anita, Ondine,
and Katrina. Reid is away at college.
01-29-17: Bears in the kitchen!
Leo wanted French toast. Roy wanted pancakes. The kitchen may recover in time for Oshogatsu 2018.
01-24-17: A double rainbow!
After the rains, this is what greeted us in our front yard, soaring over the mountain.
01-07-17: Our front vegetable beds.
Ondine did some planting, putting in two variety packs of lettuces and spinach.
Here's our traditional Japanese New Year's Day feast. We had ozoni (soup with mochi) in the morning and this was lunch. The idea
is to make enough that you don't have to cook for seveal days.
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