Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

this is what happens at gramz house

This is what we do at Gramz house; we eat...

we play ball....

we gather rocks

we let dad nap

and stop letting dad nap, then we laugh.

Good times!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Last of the monthly photoshoots

"It's time for ANOTHER monthly photo shoot?" asks the Bambina.

"What am I this month?  I'm TWELVE?!"


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lessons from Granddad

Granddad teaches the kiddo how to change a tire.

This is a much better instruction than in my playbook - which would have been showing the kiddo how to call AAA.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monthly images of Bambina

This is a journey of Bambina's monthly photo shoots. They show us not only changes in her physical appearance and wardrobe, but also her developing personality and new communication skills through various facial expressions.

She is quite a character and becomes even more interesting each day.

Bambina turns ONE

The kiddo made it to her first birthday, celebrating in red, white, and blue, just like she did soon after she was born.

So happy b-day, little one! We're thrilled you are a part of the fam!

Crow b-day party

I received this new type of singing telegram from the Crow's.

I found it rather remarkable.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Another California Driver

The kiddo is already learning the proper driving hand signals for California, like "USE YOUR BLINKER you idiot!"

Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Bambina will soon have her first birthday and lovely Sylvia kicked off the festivities with some great b-day presents. The princess responds with one of her favorite new words - WOW!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

There goes the neighborhood?

I'm often singing the praises of beautiful California to anyone who will listen, but when the guys at work let me know there was some funny stuff happening in my own city I declared, "Well, it's not in MY neighborhood!"

But then I saw the news about someone being caught in a sting operation for prostitution and human trafficking, I thought,"Hmmmm. That home looks an awful lot like one in MY neighborhood..."

and then when they showed the van that was being used as a pimp mobile, I thought, "Hmmm. I've SEEN that van before...."

and THEN when they identified the address, I finally caved in and said, "OMG, it IS my neighborhood and that is my neighbor!"

Crime drama. Right here in my own little world.

First, we had the Head of Vice and four other policemen running a prostitution ring at a massage parlor in this town, but now it's just my neighbor. In a kind of twisted way, you could say this is an improvement. This guy was not a police officer. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Double Protection

It is easy to forget sometimes that you already put your shoes on, and then put on another pair.

I mean, we all have done this, right?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cowboy G

The kiddo had his first pony ride.

With luck he won't tease for one (like some of us did with promises we would feed it, groom it, ride it, and never grow out of it...but I digress). There is something about riding a horse (even if it is a tiny horse) that does make a person grin.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Allure of Blue

The male satin bower bird in Australia creates a work of art as his way to attract a female to come by and get to know him. It is a special marketing process the bower bird uses to help lure the female to come check him out. Once the female stops by to review his art work, the male bird then does a little dance, and with luck, there may be some mating nookie going on after the dance.

These bower birds have been decorating with blue hues around a grass bower as part of their luring process for 50 million years. I find this absolutely fascinating that these birds have an inner compulsion to not only decorate, but to decorate with a specific color - BLUE! They use anything blue - flowers, blue shells, blue feathers, blue trash. Sometimes they even paint object with blue pigment they grind up from fruit pulp with their beaks.

What this tells me is that some species may have some built-in sensitivities to certain types of subtle energies, like colors. In Qigong medical treatments we use different energy frequencies, such as colors, sounds, intention, to create the right energy frequency needed for different organs, so seeing how this bird uses the color of blue (which is the energy frequency of communication) to create a specific desired outcome, too, was an unexpected delight.

If you are interested in things like this, you may want to check out "Survival of the Beautiful - Art, Science, and Evolution" by David Rothenberg.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tooele Family Home

My dad was one of those hard working guys who seemed to be able to do anything. When he was 20, he built a basement home in Tooele, UT. Then, WWII broke out, so he joined the navy and left his bride and baby behind, serving in the pacific. When he returned from the war, there was a shortage of supplies, but there were some old military barracks not far away, and the government was allowing people to bid on them, tear them down and use that resource. So my dad bid on a few of the dilapidated barracks and won the opportunity to tear them down. He painstakingly disassembled them, pulling out the nails and preserving them along with the wood. Eventually this was used and helped become part of the family home, which was built above the former basement home he built.

This photo is the home he built in Tooele, UT.

I'm rather amazed of his skills and abilities. I mean, I have a difficult time building homes from legos with the grandkids, so am rather in awe of what my dad did.