Sunday, April 28, 2013

Away She Goes!

We're getting set for Lauren's graduation in few weeks and sending her on her way into the world.  It's kind of sad, in a way, to have the last one fly out of the nest but we've at least had some time getting used to it since she's been so far away at school.  But....we are definitely looking forward and very excited to have her back here for her first job in San Francisco!  So we'll actually get to see her more!  Especially the first few months when she's going to hang out here with us and save some money.  The city is humming with activity in technology start-ups and she managed to nab a job at one of them and is relieved and happy that it all worked out.  There are so many young people in San Francisco!  Kevin and (wife) Lauren are living and working up there along with tons of people in their 20s - some of them are people they knew from college and even elementary school.  It's definitely a buzzing place for the younger crowd - the work hard / play hard set.

Here's a pic of Lauren and her boyfriend, Dan, on their way to a Charity event in Indianapolis.  Looking pretty spiffy!  And all grown up!  This past week I went through my huge memorabilia box that had all of the cards, drawings, notes etc. that I saved over the years.  I decided to sort it all into 3 boxes for each of them and I found some really cute stuff that I included below.  In the meantime...

 Lauren and Dan each went for a spin in a (street-legal) Indy race car.  Here's Lauren being strapped in.  Thanks to Dan for sending me these!

Going through the memorabilia box was a little tough and I knew it would be, so I tried to steel myself and be very business-like about the whole thing because I was afraid it would be nostalgic and sad to go through all the little kids' rememberances.  I hung in there pretty well - no sniffles - but I did allow myself to laugh pretty hard at some of the funnier stuff.  Apparently, as a child, Lauren sometimes had second thoughts about toughing it out in our family because I found 3 "running away" notes!  It most likely arose out her not getting her way with something but I can say she never actually followed through.  I followed my Mom's method of offering to help her pack and telling her how much I'd miss her - I can remember my Mom doing that with me and I made it half way down the block with my suitcase and my dog who bit me on the ankle and gave me a reason to come home.  Mom was so happy to see me - big hugs etc. so I don't recall trying it again.  I don't think Lauren ever left the house but she must have been torn because her plans always involved a departure sometime in the future.

I love this one!  Ever organized, she put it on the calendar for the 16th!

Well, now, away she goes into the world.


                    Congratulations, Lauren!  We love you! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cowboys Are Still Around!!

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Cowboy.

When Dave and I moved to California 30+ years ago, (remember, I was a New York girl!), I saw so many pick-up trucks being driven by guys with cowboy hats!  Honestly, half of me was amazed and the other half thought it was funny but...definitely odd.  After all the time that's gone by in the past 30 years, you would think that those cowboy hats and the cowboys would have disappered.  Well...not so much.  At the lake in the Sierra Foothills, seeing a cowboy is something I don't even think twice about.  And, think about this...the lake is less than a 2 hour drive from San Francisco! So we're not talking about Montana here.

Not that I personally know any cowboys.


Our new neighbor at the lake is...for lack of giving away names, I'll say.. Rancher Matt.  And, yes, he is a real cowboy.  And also a real gentleman, and a savvy businessman.  Matt bought the ranch next to ours so that he could graze his horses in the winter.  In the summer, he runs a dude ranch in the High Sierras but he has to get the horses out of there in Winter because the weather is severe and the roads are closed all season due to snow and there's no feed for the horses.
(Little did we know that the grass on our land is perfect for grazing!)

When Matt told us that he took the Governor (California Governor Brown) out on a horseback pack-ride last week, I didn't know whether to be more impressed with the ranch he runs or with the Governor who is in his 70s!  Holy Cow!  Very impressive when Matt said the Governor is in "pretty good shape".  Certainly, no one would never say that about me :/

At any rate, cowboy Matt is a businessman and a dedicated family man.  Nevertheless, my neighbor's wife whispered to me; " Somebody really married a Cowboy".  Hmmmm.  My thoughts exactly.

Dave and Matt 

The horses from Kennedy Meadows
Matt says they are very gentle so we'll have to get Lauren out for a ride.  Dave, on the other hand, knows how to handle a horse and he would like a quick one...not sure Matt has any of those.

 I thought I would take a video of the horses but I started laughing in the middle of it because I knew I looked like a tourist.  The ranch hands must have thought I was the oddity here.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Fever

Spring has sprung,
The grass is rizz
I wonder where 
The flowers is!

That was Grandma Bayly's little Spring poem and I don't think a Spring has ever gone by that Dave and I haven't recited it and laughed.  It came to mind on my last walk.  Actually this was about 3 weeks ago but I have been pretty lazy about blogging so...  Anyway, I love these pictures of Spring.  There's something about looking through the lens of a camera and framing and saving an image that makes me realize how amazing life is. 

Just a field along the freeway.

The gorgeous tulips Lauren (Kevin's wife) brought us for our Easter dinner!
A surprise show of color on the lake.

Wildflowers are bursting even through rocky ground in the Sierra foothills.  I think I love this the best!  All that's good and beautiful blooms in the toughest terrain. 

More smashing color!  These lovely wildflowers are practically growing on rocks!

Bloom where you're planted, I guess.

Lupine wildflowers along the golf course where Dave Dave regularly swears he's giving up the game ;)
Copperopolis, California in bloom.

I'm going to try to be better about blogging now that my Spring Fever is subsiding.  But we have Lauren's graduation coming up and then a trip that the two of us are taking so it may be slow-going.  I need to keep up with it, though, because when I sit down and look at images captured by my camera lens, everything comes into perspective in a way that I would have otherwise glossed over. I actually wish I could have done this all my life.  I think all the young moms who do blogs now are able to appreciate how beautiful life is even with the daily struggles that arise.