Humbug Mountain OR


Got Shot

 I have received my second covid shot. 

We ventured out to the local park yesterday
There was a good breeze for the girls to fly their kits on.

Then a little soccer. Dad and Emma against Mom and Rachel.
The winner was ... Dad and Emma


A Very Boring Post

 I guess the best thing is my family is safe and healthy. My terminal case of hitch itch is allay by my delight in spending time with family. I did get my first covid shot. 

Girls just having fun

Just what she asked Santa to bing

Rachel trying out her new roller blades.

A house full of gamers helps pass the time. 

Four months since last hair cut.

Here we go

The goal was manageability, success 


December Remembrances

San Luis Potosi


Dolores Hidalgo

Good friends, good food

Copper Canyon


Kevin Costner and I 

Parque Natural Mexiquillo

The Vortex

Bob is feeling it.


Turkey Day

 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My son created a delicious green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and salmon. Grandma brought one of her delectible  apple pies.

Mashed potatoes

And the star of the meal....
Environmentally friendly, farm raised salmon from Ora King in New Zealand. 
It was delicious.

It was great to be with at least part of my family. Maybe next year everyone can come.
I hope that you and your family had a lovely Turkey Day


Schmaltzy Granddaughter Post

There is not a lot going on. School all week and then TGIF. Kick back on the weekend and play games with the girls and watch TV.  Oh, and dream about being back on the road.

Emma's favorite activity, Makerspace challenge.
Today it is to build a bridge to support the ball.

Version two, a stronger bridge

Halloween costumes and bingo today.

The girls created a fort between the garage and the fence. 
Their secret hide out.

The neighbor kids were peering though the cracks in the fence to see what was happening.
Their dad called and asked if he could cut a window in the fence. Sure, go ahead.
The opening in covered with Plexiglas and the kids have a great time visiting.

If I could only bottle a that energy... 

I hope that you and your family are well.


More of This and That

We hiked to Summit Rock. 

In by gone days the boys and I used to come up here to play laser tag

Rachel conquering Summit Rock

The view, the view - Silicon Valley. 
You can see the circular Apple headquarters.

Most days smoke from the surrounding fires creates "orangie" ugly gray skies.

One really appreciates the rare blue sky day 

The electrical side of my water heater has not worked for quite a while. It was no big deal since I mostly boondock. Here at the house I am plugged in, so I took a look at it.

The first thing I checked was the thermostat. 
Melted wire could be a problem.

Then I checked the resistance of the heating element.
It should be around 10 ohms, mine was 30 ohms.
Got a new heating element.  Got hot water now.

The tomato plants were taking over the yard.

An hour of bush whacking did the trick

The girls made their own water slide.

At the doctors office. 
This man is serious about protection

Eight weeks in and Emma is crushing 2nd grade
School begins at 8:25.  I have to be up at 8, ready or not. A couple of phrases have reentered my lexicon after a 9 year absence. It is hump day and the all time favorite TGIF.  I can't wait to return to EVERY DAY IS SATURDAY
Do I need to say what Emma's favorite color is?

Emma dancing with her doll.

Rachel's online ballet lesson

I am enjoying family time and life is good. I hope that you are safe.

P.S.  I am still in a steep blogg learning curve. For years comments would not show up on my blog. Then last year they started appearing, why or how I don't know. Then I set it up so that post would show up in my email for approval. Next big aha, TodayI clicked on comments in the lay out/design section and there were 8 comments that has never shown up in my email. I do enjoy hearing from you and apologize for not getting your posts up earlier.