Category: Friends


Guest Blog – Photos from Amy

Amy and I were sharing photos of hobbies, and I thought you would all be interested to see these butterfly photos. Amy has been raising butterflies for years, and releasing them when they are ready. What a fun hobby!

These shots are from several years ago – she said she set free over 650 butterflies! Don’t forget to click for full size photos.

A look at a couple of swallowtails – these are rare to raise:

Here are some monarchs – Amy says these are much easier to raise, and she generally releases several hundred each year:

A few more photos:

So interesting to see what our friends and family are up to. Amy shared a few more interesting photos.

The story about this little guy, from Amy:

“This was my excitement last weekend…a fledgling hawk fell out of the nest that I monitor all the time at the bottom of my driveway. I have followed this pair of parents for years. They mate for life and have a life span of 50 years so we are friends. This little one, not so little, is about a foot and half tall and has a wing span of over 2 feet. So I picked it up and got in my SUV with it and drove down to the base of the tree with their nest, climbed on top of the car, all the while holding the hawk and was able to get it back in the tree…BUT it kept falling out so after about 6 times and just hoping it would survive, it came up to my front door…so I picked it up again and put it in one of my butterfly cages to keep it safe. It never tried to hurt me though it’s talons are over 2 inches. Fed it chicken livers and after a few days of it still not flying, I found a woman who does this. She came and picked it up and when it is ready to fly, she will bring it up here to release it.

What I won’t do for a good time…I would rather stick to my butterflies…”

Never a dull moment, it seems. Amy also shared this photo of Kelly, the love of her life. Amy is the last person you would expect to fall for a small dog, she has always had large dogs that I remember – an Irish Setter in college, many Golden Retrievers (including the parents of our first goldens), and then German Shepherds. Kelly is a heart-stealer.

A few more from her garden:

The last photo brings back memories of many afternoons and evenings, sitting on the patio sipping wine and making up stories. This sometimes lead to Amy and Lou singing while Amy played the piano. This home is located in the Box Springs Mountains in Riverside County. I think it is the only home in the Reserve. From here, we could look down on our house in Riverside – that is a long time ago!

Thanks for sharing, Amy. Glad to see you are keeping busy. We will have to go on another adventure before we all get too old!

Amy and sister Claudia, from our adventure in the Galapagos.

He is Hitting the Slopes!

All is good here. We had a quiet day, and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. No wild 4th of July festivities for us.

Lou passed another milestone last night, entertaining visitors at Happy Hour. Donna and Pat stopped over to check out the patient progress, and verify I had not starved him to death. Donna even brought a wonderful spaghetti dinner, which I successfully heated up. She brought fixin’s for salad, and even baby drumsticks for dessert. Thank you, Donna.

Lou decided to take his first outdoor walk today … He started walking up the driveway.

And, he kept going. I was trying to tell him not to go up the hill, because he would be sliding back down! He decided to ski down, traversing from side to side:

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

National Best Friends Day

Just wanted to give a shout out to my best friend growing up, Lynette (Root) Scott. We were BFFs all through grade school, and still keep in touch. These photos crack me up, and I can’t believe these were taken over 50 (or 60) years ago!

Stay Safe!

Just a Dusting

Snow was forecast for Saturday. We didn’t see any until after 6pm. We did get a nice dusting that looks pretty without causing any complications.

On Friday night, we had a very special social event. Our Pizza Pod reunited for a nice evening of conversation and pizza. It was good to catch up with Pat and Donna. The pizza was a little crisp, but it was easy and makes for a no fuss dinner. I did send some leftovers home with the gals.

A Great Meal

Catching up on the blog posts. I will pick up on Wednesday. This was the last full day of the Faul’s visit, and our plan was to go to the Coplin Dinner House. We had an early reservation – 5pm. This is early for us, but it is a 10 mile journey to the restaurant, and we like to get there before dark.

Fortunately, our meal was just as good as it was when we were there last week. In fact, because we so enjoyed last week’s dinner, Lou and I ordered the exact same items: tuna, lobster bisque, and rack of lamb for Lou, and salad and Atlantic Halibut for me. Kathy also chose the fish. Steve started with calamari and picked scallops carbonara for his main. No one was disappointed, and we were all very happy with our meals. Lou and Kathy had saved room for a little dessert – a fried donut with ice cream, and a lemon/goat cheese cheesecake.

Steve is explaining something, and Kathy is listening carefully 😉

After thoroughly enjoying our meal, we made it home safely. We did see one SUV in the ditch. It must have just happened since they were all standing out waving flashlights to warn others of ice on the road ahead.

Kathy was determined to finish the puzzle she had started in the afternoon. She did it! It would take me a month to do this puzzle.

Kathy and Steve got an early start on Thursday. They had shopping to do along the way (of course!), and wanted to beat the storm that was scheduled to arrive on Thursday night. More on that storm in the upcoming post.

Visitors at the Cabin

We are enjoying a nice visit from Kathy and Steve. We were hoping for some nice snow today, but got rain instead. At least it washed the ice off of the driveway! I am feeling much better after three days – just a sore tailbone – I really do sympathize with Lou now! Kathy, Steve and I took the dogs out for a little fresh air this afternoon, and no one fell down!

Chef Louie cooked up a comfort dinner last night: pork chops, scalloped potatoes and spinach soufflé. Ice cream for dessert. Kathy is in charge of dinner tonight. I am in charge tomorrow (of making reservations).

We had a squirrel visitor in the backyard today. You can see there is still lots of snow.

Stay Safe !!!