Thursday, February 12, 2009

12 of 12 February 2009

Welcome to this month's rendition of 12 of 12, the most wonderfulist idea of Chad Darnell. Happy Birthday, Abe. The day started out dark, cold, wet and windy. And like any other Thursday, before my Friday off, it was busy hectic and the photos are from the beginning and the end of the day. Enjoy! and join us next month.

The morning commute. Very light. It is a state holiday: Lincoln's Birthday.
Yolo Causeway between West Sacramento and Davis 6:45am

The thermostat in the office. At least the heater is working today. Hopefully, it will get to the designated 68 degrees soon.
Vacaville, CA 7:15am

Two days of mail. Boss is out of town and this is his mail from home.
Vacaville, CA 8:20am

I found a new Old Time Radio listening site. They have 63 Philip Marlowe stories. Listening on the Mac iBook G4 and the club wireless.
My office, Vacaville, CA 2:15pm

My office computer desktop. Dare to you find a file. Hide 'em in plain sight, that's my motto.
My office, Vacaville, CA 2:20pm

The view out my office window. There are blue skies out there. If only for a moment.
Vacaville, CA 3:20pm

Brandt's new OTTB. The sun came out just long enough to get two photos. Then came the hail and the rain.
Elverta CA 5:05 pm

So, we are off to the Cash for College seminar. Received lots of information, but not sure how I feel about the presentation of the information. I may pontificate about that later in the application process.
Rio Linda CA 6:20pm

People at the Seminar. Rio Linda Senior High School
6:23 pm

College Banners in the Library at Rio Linda Senior High School

Found two pennies on the ground. One Lincoln heads up, One Lincoln tails up.
Thanks, Dads.
Rio Linda, CA 7:15 pm

Here's to a good Friday the 13th, part one. See you next month on the eve of Friday the 13th, part two.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Highlands High School Class of 1976

This is another FACEBOOK item that I am just now getting caught up. Thanks, Chad. And tomorrow is 12 of 12.

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!! REPOST with name of high school and graduating year in the subject box. Send this to all your friends, but don't forget to send it back to me.

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes

2. Did you marry someone from your high school? HELL NO!

3. Did you car pool to school? Yes

4. What kind of car did you have? My Grandmother's 1962 two-door Rambler.

5. What kind of car do you have now? 1989 Chevy Crew Cab, but I drive a 2005 Escape Hybrid daily.

6. It's Friday night...where were you? At a sporting event of some kind and then to Shakey's Pizza Parlor.

7. What clubs were you in? Spirit Club and on Newspaper Staff.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school? I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for the local private swim club.

9. What kind of job do you do now? Executive Assistant to the President of a multi-million dollar corporation.

11. Were you considered a flirt? To some. Bitchy to others.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Have you heard me sing? Or try and keep any kind of rhythm?

13. Were you a nerd? By some.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? Yes. Third period the entire second semester was spent in the Principal’s office. It was a matter of Freedom of Speech and a difference of opinion.

15. Can you sing the fight song? PLEASE. Did you NOT read question 12? But yes, I know most words.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)? Ms. Ebersole, who introduced me to Cary Grant and Arsenic and Old Lace. I played Abbey Brewster. Mr. Riddel, the swim coach.

17. Did you have a secret crush at this school? Yes, and it’s still a secret.

18. What was your school's full name? Highlands High School

19. When did you graduate? 1976

20. What was your school mascot? Scotsman

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you? HELL NO!

22. Did you have fun at Prom? Nope. Hated every minute of it.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? HELL NO.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Reunion, what reunion? My classmates couldn’t organize a reunion to save their lives. And if they ever did, I would go only if I were a fly on the wall.

25. Do you still talk to people from school? Only one. And he is the bestest friend a girl could have, besides her husband, of course.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Taxes and other items

Anyone out there expecting a refund from the state of California. I have a proposition for you; wonder if the FTB will agree to this arrangement.

We have to pay, AGAIN this year, and will wait until April 15th to do so. But here's my proposition:

Who out there is expecting $110 refund? Step right up. How about I pay you directly? That way the state can mark me as paid and you as paid. And they don't have to handle the transaction.

Yea, I know. They'd manage to mess it up too. It was a random thought.

Photos of the new equine addition will be posted shortly.

Our half a road trip was very successful. It was great to finally meet Jimmie's family and we are looking forward to having them visit this summer.

Next on the agenda, to catch up on all the Facebook tags that people keep sending me.


Sunday, January 25, 2009


Author's note: Due to technical difficulties, this entry was delayed.

Well, half a road trip.

About ten days ago, we found out that Amanda needs to be in AZ on Tuesday and I wanted to go too. Having become accustomed to flying when I want to get somewhere farther than four hours away, I decide we should fly. I check airfares. OUCH! $210 each way for each of us. OK, I can drive, pay for gas and pay myself a salary for that amount of moola. So, we decide we are going to drive.

I talk with my boss about taking a week off. Guess what! He has a car in California and a closet full of "stuff" that he needs to get to AZ. He was going to take it in March. Would I like to take the car down and fly back? Uh, let's see. Drive the boss' car; stay at the boss' house; not have to take three days of vacation and fly on his miles that are going to expire. Yep!! Win, Win for both parties.

I went and picked up the car today and packed an entire closet into the back of a Ford Freestyle. Hubby and Boss both think I should have taped it and sent it to Ford. They have never seen so much stuff put in a car and still have room for people to travel safely. (Thanks for handing down that talent, Dad.)

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Monday, January 12, 2009

January 12

To my family:

Thinking of you, fondly and introspectively, on this anniversary. We have changed and grown in numbers and strength and I know Dad is proud of all of us.

Keep up the good work. I know I am.


12 of 12 January 2009

The day started out like the usual Monday. Me over sleeping. There is something about the winter months and arising before the sun that gets the brain into the sleep more mode. So, I decided to wait for the sun to rise.

If you are new to 12 of 12, it is a great photo essay-type of project started by Chad Darnell, the most amazing person I have become acquainted with through cyberspace.

You take 12 photos of your day on the 12th of each month. Then you post them. Simple. And Fun. Enjoy this month's set of photos.

Good Morning, Boy. 6:10am Elverta CA. The strange look is because we were over an hour late for feeding the horses. We "messed" up Boy's routine. And, he still won't come in the house.

The sun, trying to overcome the clouds, some fog and get above the trees. Elverta CA 7am

Another view of the sun rise, Elverta CA

I just could not resist the colors. They just kept changing from moment to moment. Elverta CA.

These two are of the moon. 7:20am. From our front pasture gate as I was leaving for work.

The entryway at work with photos of our locations on the walls. 4:15pm Vacaville CA
The US Post Office in West Sacramento CA. Time to mail 2008 estimated-tax payments. 5:10pm.

The new wireless weather station that the puppies bought Brandt for Christmas. The top one is the wind gauge and rain gauge still sitting in the the box. Bottom photo is the temperature/humidity gauge out side.

Indie and Precious. Elverta CA 8pm

Thanks for viewing.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Random thoughts

Here it is already the sixth of the month and I have yet to finishing uploading the 2008 review in photos. Fortunately, the 12 is on a Monday, so at least I know I will get those photos up more timely this month.

No other real news. Haven't had a lesson in weeks, between the cold, Heather going to Las Vegas because Megan was the top rider in our region, and oh, yea, the truck died. Don't know what is wrong with it, but for the first time in my driving lifetime, I was not behind the wheel when the vehicle died. I can recall at least a dozen vehicle malfunctions and ALWAYS, always, I was driving. Yea, I know that doesn't make me responsible; just feel snake bit. Glad I wasn't in route to or from the barn. So, 2009 will be getting off to a bit of slow start riding wise, but other than that it is going to be a good year. I command it to be so; therefore, it will.

The 21st Century Green Acres ranch is settling in nicely with its newest residents. Now, if I could just get Boy to not bark when Amanda gets home at 11pm each night (she's coming home from work), then all will be good for sleeping.



Friday, January 02, 2009


Twenty-one years ago this day, my lovely spouse decided to accept me into his family for better or worse.

I believe there has been many more betters than worses and so does he.

Here's to at least twenty-one more.