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Houseboat Life

24 Aug

Hi!  I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blog this week, it’s been quite the challenging week with work and things so I’ve had my focus other places.  I cannot wait to share with you my house boating experience with all my friends last weekend.  It was such an amazing weekend and the weather was really great.  I have many more photos to share and a bunch of great photo projects over the weekend and also a new project I’ll be working on that I cannot wait to announce soon :D!

Sunset swimming was my favorite!

Shannon and me checking out the islands as we drove by them.  There are all these awesome beaches and private islands all along the Delta.

We were surrounded by farm land at points, it was crazy to see the view from the roof of the house boat because it’s not what you would expect.

Mt. Diablo!

Evening BBQ’s with this view.

Morning showers and amazing skies.

There was a fishing tournament going on the weekend we were on the Delta.

Calm morning water.

Rain drops.

Sunrise.

One of the coves we found for swimming and BBQ’ing.

It was such a great weekend for relaxation and having some good downtime with friends.  I will share more photos soon!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Clark, Betsy and their love for tennis balls

20 Sep

I am such a huge animal lover and I make no exception when it comes to my friend’s pets.  One of my closest friends Emily and her husband, Matt, have the most adorable Boston Terriers you will ever see.  They were down in the San Francisco area this weekend visiting so of course Ian and I had to go visit with them and see the pups.  I used to live with Emily and Matt in Lake Tahoe right before they got married.  At that point in time they only had Lord Clark Hamilton the third…. Or just Clark 🙂 (top left photo).  Before I would leave for the day to go snowboarding and after Em and Matt would head to work, little Clark would crawl under the covers with me and put his head on the pillow right next to mine.  It made my mornings, every morning.  Then when it was time to wake up, his little snorting breaths would increase as he’d hop up and jump rambunctiously around waiting for me to hopefully throw his beloved… tennis ball.  The only snuggle time you get with Clark is before you fall asleep or right before you get up for the morning.  Besides for those times his focus is strictly on the tennis ball.  I knew dogs loved these things but Boston Terriers take love a little over the line to obsession.  After I moved back to the San Francisco area, they got another Boston Terrier named Betsy to keep Clark company while Em and Matt were at work.  Betsy is so adorable but has joined Clark in his obsession with tennis balls.  Now they fight over the tennis ball and like energizer bunnies, chase each other endlessly in search of the ultimate “find” of the tennis ball.

This is how they look at the tennis ball when you hold it just out of reach.  Their attention span lasts for hours, I swear.  Once, we tied a tennis ball to the top of the stairs just out of reach and when we came back later that day Clark was still sitting right beneath it staring at it waiting for it to magically fall into his mouth.

This is where it gets good…  They also are avid swimmers.  Well at least Clark is and Betsy waits for him to bring the tennis balls back so she can love fight with Clark for the prize.

Here you can see it in his eyes… HA!  Since the tennis ball is almost as big as his jaws, he has quite the tough time actually wrapping his jaws around the tennis ball.  He bobs it a few times before locking it in to bring home to Betsy.

If Clark doesn’t reach it the first time, he launches back in to try again.

His extension is really remarkable.  Eye on the prize.  He is committed to getting that tennis ball 🙂

Finally Clark gets the ball and heads back to his girl Betsy.

She appreciates is but after all Clark’s work, Betsy is getting tired.  The two of them don’t easily tire but when they do, they are ready for a nap.

(This is Em’s photo)

Finally, at some point they do forget about the tennis ball and remember what’s most important to them.  Each other 🙂

Is it possible that summer might actually be here??

25 Jul

This weekend the weather forecast didn’t look too promising going into it but it ended up being absolutely beautiful!  It didn’t hurt that I had some very important visitors either to enjoy it with.  Saturday consisted of family brunch, followed but dinner in SF with Ian, and then Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the most beautiful venue ever…. Mountain Winery in Saratoga with Kimmie, Ian, Shannon and Lacey.   I have some more photos from the weekend that I will post when I upload them to my computer.

Sunday was perfect.  The sun was out and the pool was calling our names.  Ian and I went over to my parents for pool time and cheeseburgers.  I haven’t had a “summer day” like this yet.  I’ve been on the go so much and the weather has been pretty unpredictable so it was nice to finally just relax.  Here’s a few photos and I have more from my nice camera of the boys lounging that I’ll upload when I get a moment.

Love eating all of the in-season fruit during the summer.  My favorites are peaches, plums and pears.  Costco recently had some EXCELLENT cartons of peaches.

I’ve been trying to work on my floating skills while wearing a sunhat hahah NOT easy but oh so relaxing.

Doing some more floating before Ian jumped on me in the pool!  This is also obviously just an illusion, I had two kick-boards under my back 🙂  I used to have all sorts of great pool floats and such but my parents have two dogs that love floatation devices as well…

I think it’s safe to say… summer is finally here or at least for the time being.