09-17-17: Sea World!
Roy didn't join us, but the rest of us went to Sea World, where we pet the friendly bat rays.
09-09-17: Leo is promoted!
At judo, Leo was promoted to junior sixth degree.
The light was amazing this morning. Later, it rained for a few minutes, and you can tell the dog is a reluctant participant
in our habitual rain hootenanny. He'd really rather be indoors! Later we went to celebrate Roy's sankyu
promotion with dinner at Marieta's, after which Barbara brought her home-grown dragonfruit over to share! Yum!
08-28-17: BACK TO SCHOOL!
Here are Roy and Leo with their schultuete filled with school goodies. Like pencils. And Haribos. This is Roy's last schultuete.
For the record, here's his first schultuete from his first day
at Kindergarten at Gage Elementary, dug up from the archive for 2005. And, in the interests of equal bandwidth, here's
Leo's first schultuete, with Roy, from 2007. Leo was entering Kindergarten and Roy, second grade. Now Roy is a senior and Leo a sophomore!
08-16-17: Sand Pond camping trip!
This year we stayed at Salmon Creek Campground instead of Sardine Lake, and we liked it better. Here are samples, but you can see
all 80+ photos and read all about it by visiting our 2017 Sand Pond journal. Like that first photo?
It's a re-enactment of this one, taken almost exactly ten years before.
07-30-17: Much Ado About Nothing at the Coronado Playhouse!
The Coronado Playhouse puts on an annual free performance, this time a high-energy dancin' romantic Shakespearean romp.
07-29-17: Roy is promoted to brown belt!
Roy's junior blue belt translates into a senior brown belt now that he's over 17. Still, Sensei Mark made him demonstrate the entire
sankyu test in front of the whole class!
07-22-17: Photos from Roy's host family!
Here are a photo of Roy with the Iuchis and their inu, and a photo of Roy in a yukata having fun with fireworks. Want to see more photos?
Click on Roy's Japan trip 2017!
07-15-17: Roy arrives in Japan!
Thanks to United Airlines, Roy reached Japan a day late and at the wrong airport, but all worked out well thanks to his host family in
Yokohama, the Iuchis. That's Roy on arrival at the airport with Naoya and Homma Sensei, who is in charge of the exchange program at
Yokohama International School. The next photo shows the two teens having lunch, and that's Mrs. Iuchi.
07-14-17: Meanwhile, at home ...
Here we are!
07-13-17: Roy sets off to Japan!
Here we are at the airport sending Roy off on his own to Japan! Delays caused his getting there to become more of an adventure than we'd
like, but it's a story he'll be telling for the rest of his life!
07-09-17: Date night!
As an early birthday treat for John, we got tickets to see Richard II at The Old Globe. Here are two photos of us sans kints in
Balboa Park, and a bunny.
07-02-17: Pizza party!
For Roy's birthday (almost a month afterwards), he and his buddies saw Despicable Me 3, which they then roasted over
dinner at Mountain Mike's. Clockwise around the table starting with Roy on the far left, are Alex, Stephen, Vincent, and Michael.
06-09-17: Harvest time!
The first tomatoes of the season, and they're yellow pears!
06-06-17: Wedding roses!
Our rose tree is in bloom again!
06-05-17: Letting a sleeping dog lie in the flower bed.
Shadow likes to bask in the soft soil of the flower bed.
06-04-17: Roy's at-home birthday celebration!
It was a busy weekend, but we managed to get together for kaffeetrinken and ice cream cake. Here's a group selfie!
05-28-17: Memorial Day weekend.
John took the boys to visit Grammy. They saw a play (Annie Get Your Gun), visited Grandpa Mas and Mike at Rose Hills,
and went to the Barnharts for bocce, bbq, and Triple Yahtzee.
05-19-17: The Taming of the Shrew at Grossmont College.
Here we are, a fuzzy, raccoon-eyed selfie from our seats near the stage, set up as a friendly brew pub that served as a
05-09-17: Roy dressed to run lights at a formal event.
Like the look? He's in blackout, as befits a lighting tech, but dressed for the occasion.
04-29-17: Shadow in the shade-o.
Shadow is more willing to be photographed than Roy or Leo.
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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