Oh so busy

May 21, 2006

I have done much in the last month. My family from Sweden came to see us and we spent our free time showing them around. The sun finally came out and gave us all sunburns only to hide behind the clouds again this weekend. More rain to continue the allergic reaction in all of us to the plants and trees who obviously have way too much pollen and dust on their hands. So really, I have been sick since mid April. That’s around the time that the daily high temperatures went from 60 to 80 over night, and heading up into the high 90’s.

But my cactus have been thriving. I learned from my neighbour that there was to be a cactus and Succulent show and sale that I could enter some cactus in. That night I potted a few plants and put them in the show the next day after work. I went down to San Francisco for a few days and came back to this…


First Place


First Place


Second Place ribbon?

I have no idea what the stickers Vs. the ribbons mean, but cool all the same.


So I got a little sun in the last two days. In fact it got pretty hot on Thursday. Well not HOT hot, but it still was hot enough to shock me when I got into my car after work. If I had AC in my car that worked, I might have turned it on. So, hot enough. Then today it started off warm. It was nice to sit outside with the children and feel the sun warm my back in no time at all. I could see a large amount of blue sky and very few little fluffy clouds.

Then when I was on my way home it got colder…darker and finally wetter. It’s raining again. Yay.


Another view of the American River. I used to park near those trees, ten feet or more under the water. The call box is up on the hill above the parking lot.


The sidewalk that used to lead to your car from the bathrooms on the hill.

This is the second time this year that the river water has gotten this high. I had never seen it this high before this year so I just had to take a few pictures. Yes, this used to be a parking lot.


The American River


The flood waters rise and just a few feet from the water line, a California Poppy tries to bloom. Good luck.

Giants in the Rain

April 4, 2006

So on Sunday, Patrick and I drove down to see the Giants play the A’s…in the rain. Is there any other type of weather? I’m forgetting what the sun looks like.

The baseball players looked just as jazzed about the weather as we did, therefore they did not try too hard and the A’s won. It was fun though, Bonds even played. I don’t care to comment on the whole scandal revolving around him, but the billboard near the park said in big letters “Trade Berry!” It was funny and mean all in one. That’s about as much thought as I will put into it.

We drove around for a few hours after the game. Half to look around at things we have not seen before and half because we needed to find a bathroom. Something that’s very hard to find and you just might have to pay for it when you do. Or go in a Port-A-Potty and those are just not me anymore. I’ll hold it, thanks.

But sometimes in the rain, some colors come out that you just don’t see every sunny day. I love how everything is shiny and clean. Did I say sometimes? Because I really mean that. Here are the pictures anyway…


Spring Training?


The Golden Gate.


Pond at Palace of Fine Arts.


Lady at the Palace.

SA5002371.jpgNope, not fog. Just low rain clouds.


And the car picture…my MX-6 this time.

Tommy, our only male cat (he is not complaining, what tom cat would refuse to be lord over two female felines?) loves the laundry fresh out of the dryer. And when I mean fresh out of the dryer, I really mean that he will go into the dryer to get at the softener coated clothes. New sheets on the bed? He is all over them, literally. White sweaters on your body? You will take a piece of him where ever you go. But on rainy days like this morning I understood his obsession and let him take a four hour nap in the heavy blanket we were getting ready to fold…only to wake him up with the flash of the camera.


He looks so pissed cute!

I was so upset to hear that the business trip that Patrick was going on would be during the week.  I grew up in Santa Cruz and wanted to be able to go with him down to Monterey and show him around.  It’s a trip we have always wanted to take,  but something else always comes up.  So he was going it alone and he was going to bring back pictures.  He was even going to go to the aquarium in Monterey.  I was excited that one of us was going down there and maybe this would be the start of a new trip in the works.

That’s one thing about Patrick,  he’s a pack rat when it comes to information about the places he visits.  I am still sifting through packets and post cards from two years ago.  The pictures are worse.  I had to miss a trip to Florida with him and all I got back was a bunch of pictures of clouds.  The year before,  I had the cam in my hand, so thank god we got some pictures of the area and family.

No matter where we go,  Patrick will always take pictures of the clouds in the sky and sunsets.  When we were in Finland two or three summers ago,  he went down to the river by my families house at the same time every night to get the 11:30pm sunset.  But most of that trip was spent snapping large bodies of water.  When we went camping in Salt Point,  CA the cam was pointed towards the birds, never mind the baby skunk that I totally wanted to catch on the memory card.  But this trip,  not only did he bring back three post cards of Otters,  but he took four pictures of fish at the aquarium and over TWENTY-FIVE pictures of Otters.  Plus the picture of his car.  That’s another picture that keeps showing up in the file after road trips.

But this story has a sweet side and not just a shit load of Otter pictures.  The night before he went to the aquarium,  Patrick called me from his hotel room to check in.  He shared that he had seen an Otter eating while he was having dinner.  I reminisced about my love for seeing Otters in the wild and went into my encyclopedia state of mind,  spouting facts about Otters including them hitting their food with rocks…with sound effects.  I guess this stuck with him as he tried to catch those fast buggers in a pose.  The action shots are amazing,  though a bit fuzzy.

Sometimes life gets busy and I forget the smallest things he does.  He told me when he got home that he loved the sharks the best,  but I saw no pictures of sharks.  Enjoy the pictures.


Relaxing after a large meal


Clean Otter next to Godliness?


The Kelp Forest, my favorite place as a kid


Patrick’s Mazda MX-6

The Four Days They Flew.

March 24, 2006

The first day was a shock.  No one knew they were coming and some even called the TV news channels to report fighter jets flying low and fast.  Something was happening,  they were starting to circle.  Flying side by side and following the same paths and after awhile,  doing flips.


The Blue angels came to town and all of Sacramento got a free two day show as they practiced all over the valley.  The Air show was that weekend and It was beyond words.


Oh, so close!