Friday, July 13, 2012

Go West, Young Man

We've been contemplating a family vacation out west. The classic fussy kids in the back seat, hours of endless driving, truck stop food and those moments of "wow" scenery. But now we can check out the view from the luxury of our own coach. Google Street View has released a series of panoramic drives through some of the great California parks and scenic areas. Read more about it:

Monday, July 09, 2012

Sweet Dreams, Kevin

Our house is less one resident tonight. Kevin the African frog has passed on. My daughter doesn't know yet as she's spending the week away, but will certainly be heartbroken. Kevin was with us for at least three years. He went to school several times and would eat out of her hand.
I love how the girl in the family is always collecting bugs, turtles and frogs. It's not unusual to find a bag of live crickets in the house, waiting to be fed to some amphibian. Kevin was the first and the longest.
We've seen others die and some we've convinced her to release back into the wild. Each parting brings another wave of emotion. This one is particularly difficult.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Railing Away

I removed the old rickety iron railing from the front steps.A couple of the nuts sheered off but none were hard to remove. The last step will be to hacksaw the screws down to step level. It seems weird, not having the visual barrier to the south flower beds. But it does give the front of the house a less divided look.

Monday, September 06, 2010

There's Only One Way

Pulling onto our road this afternoon I noticed a new sign posted: One Way. Just like that I was heading the wrong direction. The jury at our house is still out on this new develeopment. My biggest concern would be any rescue vehicles that would travel around the block. Maybe they could just stay out on the highway and block traffic there.
Since noticing the new sign, it's amazing to see how many other driver's fail to see the changes. Just to be safe, I'll still look both ways pulling out of my drive.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Flood Rant

Ever since the federal government allowed mortgage companies to set their own flood insurance minimum coverage, our rates have skyrocketed. Just got a notice from Chase that we need to increase our coverage by $5,720! Makes buying with cash all that more attractive.