Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boilermakers and Colts

A few weeks ago, Dave and I went out to visit Lauren and we were so happy that Dan arranged for us to see the Colts game in his family's box seats.  It was....amazing!

Being a California girl, Lauren decided to wear Andrew Luck's college red Stanford jersey, while Dan wore Luck's blue Colt's jersey.  Needless to say, in a sea of blue jerseys in the crowd, people were looking closely at Lauren, wondering what the heck she was wearing! But, they were both rooting for the same guy!

Lauren and Dave.  Two peas in a pod

My girl and me

Lauren and Dan

Lauren and Dan...again!

My Honey and me

An amazing thing happened in the ceremonies before the game...the stadium is incredible to begin with ...but then, in the open doors on the side of the stadium, a U.S. Military helicopter appeared and hovered for everyone to see while the American flag was flowing on the field.  It was AWESOME. Lots of cheering and good will.  If you ever read my link to Sgt. Jason Ross, there's plenty there to think about.

We had front row seats to the game - thank you to Jan and Craig!
Dave loved it!
One of the most unusual parts of the trip was that we got to see Dave actually using his birthday present.  He was forced into it by a very long layover :)

Good Times had by all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Wedding Video Is In!

The Wedding Highlights video of Kevin's and Lauren's wedding is in and we were all so excited to watch it!  I struggled repeatedly to upload it here but the best I can do is to include the link, below.  It has to be copied and pasted in your address bar in order to watch it.  I just couldn't do it any other way... I think it may have to do with the fact that it's probably on in the videographer's album. 

                                               If anyone would like to see it, here it is:


Friday, October 12, 2012

Jamestown...Copper and Gold Country

I don't think I've ever posted pictures of our town at the lake.  Most people on Lake Tulloch are in the town of Copperopolis.  No kidding - that's the name of the town.  Locals call it "Copper" and it was, as you might have guessed, a major mining town for copper.  Prior to World War I, it was a boom-town and one of the largest (if not the largest) copper mining producers in the country.  After the war, the demand for copper plummeted and the town went into a decline until the Stanislaus River was dammed, creating Lake Tulloch, and in the 1970's major home-building began for all the lake enthusiasts. 

However... we do not live in Copperopolis.  Our town is across the county line, into Tuolumne County so we officially live in ... Jamestown
Jamestown is largely intact from its gold mining days so here are a few pictures of the old place:  

Wooden sidewalks just like the old cowboy days

It's a pretty sleepy place - just one block long

I think this must have been the General Store at one time

And here is The Willow - the oldest bar in California, they say.  The bar, itself, is original and the locals still show up here as 'regulars'.  Well, that's not cool - in fact, some of them look like old-time gold miners with long, scraggly beards...kind of spooky... and  when you walk in, they stare at you because you don't belong.
But...the restaurant section is fine - nothing odd there.  

So, here we are doing more projects.  This one has been on my list for a while.  The cabinets in the laundry room had no knobs or drawer pulls so Dave decided to make me happy and install them. 


 Now all we have to do is paint the room but that's a rainy-weather, winter job.  
See the paint color patches on the wall?  I think I'm going to go really bold and go with the really dark gray color - if I don't chicken out first.

This little device was amazing for getting the knob placement consistent.

The next project is to replace the moulding along the counter/backsplash.  It's not bad in this part of the kitchen but it looks really grungy by the sink.  We figured the easiest thing to do was just get new moulding for the beadboard, paint it white and be done with it. Someday, I'll probably put in a stone backsplash but, for now, this will do.  And it probably will cost us about $25.  Oh- and some labor on Dave's part...

I think the white looks better - cleaner, anyway...

Believe it or not, this silly little project has been going on for quite a while.  It's hard to work indoors when the weather is good.

Here's my guilty pleasure - reading in the lounge chair.  I could honestly do that ll day but my conscience won't let me.  (That's a good book, by the way.)  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lake Tahoe Vacation

It's been a while since we've been on the blog and it's a combination of being away a lot, being busy and just plain laziness (I'm working on that last reason, as I have been my whole life).  But, at any rate, we went to visit some friends who have retired to Lake Tahoe. Our group 'plan' is to vacation at each others' homes because it's cheaper than vacationing in Hawaii, Mexico or anywhere else. It seems to be working so far!
We went on a hike along the Truckee River.  You can float down the river too!
There are a bunch of pictures here for anyone who might be thinking of a vacation in Tahoe.  It definitely is one of the places to visit if you happen to be in Northern California for some reason.  But - unless you're skiing, the best time to go is in the summer.  It is just so beautiful!  The weather is absolutely perfect.  We went with our friends Michele and Doug to visit Kathy and Bob at their really nice home outside of the Alpine Ski Resort. Bob is on the ski patrol - at his age it's amazing but he has always been an expert skier...and I might add, that's why they have us up to visit in the summer - because, while Dave can ski, he doesn't particularly like the cold and I never got off the bunny slope so I am definitely not welcome at their place in the winter!

The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley.  
From what I hear, they are trying to bid for the games again for 2022.

The village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort...
so quiet and serene in the summer.
In the winter, you can hardly make your way through the crowded streets - hoards of skiers
awkwardly tramping along the snow covered streets in their bulky boots with unwieldy skis slung over their shoulders.  There is scarcely  room to move around.  My favorite part of those outings was sitting and people-watching with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate.  Oh - and a book ;)

The cables for the tram that takes skiers up the mountain are clearly visible here.  With the beginner slope up at the top of the mountain and the weather up often horrendous, I found out the hard way that it might not be a fun trip. 
Now,  I absolutely refuse to get on that tram ever again - I was stuck on it twice...swinging in the wind for 20 minutes while a snowstorm swirled around us!  Never again.  Fool me once, well, OK.  Fool me twice ...and I'm done. 
The intermediate and expert runs have a gondola ride and it's not as bad as the tram.  
The ultimate Johnny Jump Up!  I had to send this picture to Drew because he was a crazy man on the Johnny Jump Up when he was a baby. This one will take up to 250 lbs so it looks like the fun isn't over for him.

Kathy's and Bob's lovely alpine home.  One of their daughters lives in Tahoe too so they even have grandchildren around.  In the winter, the view is all white because the mountains are covered in snow.  You can hardly see the trees in winter.  The last time we visited was in the Spring and the snow was still on the mountains.
So beautiful.

Nice breakfast spot :)

We all went out for a dinner cruise on the "Tahoe Gal".  

Cocktails on the upper deck. 

Of course, we had to squeeze in a game of Bocce!

And we got our exercise with a hike.  Kathy does this several times a week so you may notice that Michele and I needed walking sticks while Kathy didn't...

My pal, Michele.  

A wine tasting event in the village at Squaw.

We wrapped up the weekend with dinner at the Squaw Valley Resort.  

There was a kayak ride too but I didn't want to take my camera with me so I couldn't take any pictures of the water.   This one will have to suffice. 

It was so beautiful that I even heard Dave mumble once that maybe we should consider retiring in Tahoe.  Well, maybe not - that silly thought went out the window after the long drive back to the Bay Area.  Then we started to recall all those snowy, endless drives we made for ski trips when the kids were small.  I don't think we could do that again. So...our Tahoe time will have to be reserved for visiting and we're lucky that Kathy and Bob are willing to take us in!