Monday, July 11, 2011

Weaver's Delight

 You are invited to an open house Saturday, July 11, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring coffee and snacks, for all San Diego area weavers who are interested in free stuff.  Yes, free stuff, and it's wonderful stuff too.  Primarily, there is Verda Elliott's huge trove of books.  There are weaving books, craft books, art books, and just plain inspiration books, I would guess 500 of them!  In addition, there are extensive collections of the magazines Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, and Threads, as well as some weaving items, some pottery and basketry, and furniture.  All free.  There are also two sewing machines, a Viking Husqvarna 1+ embroidery/sewing machine, with all accessories, manual, and many associated embroidery design books; and a Singer serger.  These we will sell, but the prices will be reasonable.

We hope to see you Saturday!  Please contact Jan Elliott, Barb Elliott, or Deanna Johnson if you need directions to Verda's.

Now, here are pictures of a few things...

But wait, there's more!

Some of the other things that need re-homing include two nice tub chairs, six bentwood chairs, king headboard, dressers, lamps, pottery, folding bookshelves, dining set (table, 4 chairs, 2 stools), and area rugs.  And probably other stuff I've forgotten!

See you Saturday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three years of Juno

Just remembering her puppy days.
Reign (Dad) at the ranch in Warner Springs where Juno was born.
And later at Anna Guthrie's for training.
Getting to know Duncan and Daisy.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

It was a very adult Christmas for Duncan and me.  We drove around town looking for somewhere to go out to dinner and discovered a fantastic new Thai restaurant, the Chedi Thai Bistro, where a shlumpy old school Thai restaurant had formerly been.  The dogs got two major off-leash walks, wearing their Christmas red and white jingle bell collars, of course.  Today they are tired pups!

Naturally we were very lazy, hanging around to watch TV and read.  We watched the Mythbusters Marathon on the Discovery Channel.  The Bull in the China Shop episode was the best!  We also watched the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice.  As a connoiseur of Jane Austen adaptations, I rate that one at least an 8 of 10.  I like the cast of this version a lot.  Keira is a very fine Elizabeth; Judy Dench is an absolutely terrifying Lady Catherine De Bourgh, the best ever; Donald Sutherland is perfect as the feckless father; Brenda Blethyn is an ideal Mrs. Bennet.  Matthew McFayden did grow on me as Mr. Darcy, but for me Mr. Darcy will always be Colin Firth.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010!

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season, rich in friends and family.  For us, 2010 had some very special highlights. In September, Vivian and Billy Sheffield were married.  The event took place at a gloriously beautiful site along the Colorado River in Moab, Utah. 
This is us!
Beautiful sisters!

Vivian, Nicki and Erin.  So nice to have a really good friend and a beloved niece helping out!

The Goldbar Campground couldn't have been more beautiful or perfect for the occasion.

Tundra was the ringbearer.

The bride and groom certainly knew how to create a really fun time for everyone.
Billy & Vivian  Sheffield
Viv and Billy are living in Brighton, Utah, where both work at the Brighton Ski Resort. During summer, Vivian works as a guide for river rafting trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Viv and Billy working Thanksgiving Day.
Lillian completed her PhD and returned from Malawi to Chapel Hill for her thesis defense and where she is now involved in the clinical rotations of 3rd year medical school.
Lillian looking sharp at her PhD thesis defense:  HIV Partner Notification in Malawi
Duncan and I carried on as usual, much travel, summer in Astoria, Oregon, and lots of shenanigans with our border collies Daisy and Juno.
Couldn't beat the view from the back deck of our rental!
It got to be a joke to see how many different places we could get pictures of Duncan talking on his cellphone.
But we caught Erin a time or two as well!

Daisy and Juno couldn't care less though.  Oregon?  It's all good!
Nobody loves Oregon more than Juno and Daisy!

Of course, they are always in the game.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What do you have to do to escape the beach crowds?

Start by driving to Oregon! Go to Fort Stevens State Park. Walk through a bit of woods. Hurry up!
Now, climb over some sand dunes.
Look, no crowds!
Hey wait a minute, where did this crowd come from!?
I love pelicans!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New in our driveway...

It's not easy to talk Duncan into buying a new car. It's REALLY not easy! And when Lillian left her Subaru Outback with us while she was in Africa, there really wasn't space for a third car, so it was easy to avoid a purchase. But now she's driven her Outback back out to North Carolina, and sharing a car is not a graceful process for us. But unfortunately, we have fundamentally different car philosophies. Duncan has deeply mourned the departure of his former 1992 Previa, which, with 180,000 miles on its odometer, lives with Vivian. I, on the other hand, wanted a new minivan. I came home on Tuesday to discover this wonderful new Sienna in the driveway!
Juno and Daisy love it!
But wait. Look what was in the street:
A 1996 Previa with only 74,000 miles on it! All Previa afficionados will now be drooling with envy! The Previa was one of Toyota's most beloved vehicles. Score!!

Hmmm, now we need a new house with a bigger driveway....