Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Pictures

These are pictures that my Mom took over thanksgiving weekend..

Here are some pictures from that Thanksgiving weekend - I don't seem to have any with my cousins though...

What a beautiful weekend..


My dad holding his dog Sophie and my uncle Don


My mom Carol and her sister (aunt)Vickii


Don wondering how he can get my ATV in his Nissan (behind him)


Dad, Sophie (back turned to camera) Mom


Vickii, Dad, Don and Nick


The morning after the night from hell when Casey woke me up every hour. I am trying to smile but just staying awake was a chore. Why do they look so happy?


Vickii, Don and some big Amazon that showed up for dinner. We tried to use the play house to keep Sophie in but Dad had a problem with that...

Wow! we are a pale bunch... and when did I get that fat?


Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11th... has it been that long?

I have been so busy since my last post on Thanksgiving day so let's see if I can get you up to date....

That saturday of Thanksgiving weekend I had some of my family up at the house. It was a blast! I had spent the day before priming the whole kitchen and it looks better even with just the primer. I was so proud of myself for getting that done. And I fixed the gasket on the wood stove so I can use it again. At the dinner on Sat was my mom and dad (and their dog Sophie), my aunt vickii and uncle don from Oregon and my cousin Larry with his wife Kerri and son Noah. Oh and Nick too! My family is what you might call rambunctious.. a little loud, love to eat and lots of fun. I really enjoyed having Vickii and Larry there since I hadn't seen them since Cindy's funeral. It was nice to be able to do things with them without it being incredibly sad.
We ate a lot, drank some, rode the atv around and generally just had a good time. They all loved the view from the deck and shook their heads at the funny addition the previous owners did. No one can make any sense of it either.
Mom and Dad and Vickii and Don all spent the night. Unfortunately, Casey was very sick all night and I had to keep taking her outside. She was up about every hour and it just wore me out... Nick drove us both home in the morning and we left the truck up there. Mom and Dad stayed for a bit and helped clean up.. what troopers! Casey was fine by Monday but man.. that was ruff! (a bad bit of humor there)
When I got home to Moraga, things were not good. Remember the call from my neighbor on Thanksgiving day about the transformer that blew out? Well.. I got home and I had no heat, no hot water (I have a tankless water heater, all computerized), no washer or dryer and no range. They all had their chips melted down and were not working.  So for the last week and a half I have been getting things repaired or replaced. It has not been fun I can tell you. I am so busy at work right now too! But today I got my dryer which is the last remaining appliance and I am happy.....

On Monday Dec 7th, we got hit with a big cold storm and we got snow here in Moraga. Nick wanted to go up to Mokehill to see the snow but I wouldn't let him.. here are some pictures of that:


out in front of my house


my snow covered rose


snow covered dwarf orange tree


view from my balcony

Julie