Friday, November 16, 2018

Mall walk with Lola

AQI 277

And this is what we've come to.

It's seriously surreal here in SF (and most of CA, for that matter). We are on Day Nine of unhealthy air quality. The AQI is 277 (that's the Purple, Very Unhealthy level). The smoke is so thick, and everyone is wearing masks outside (if you're lucky enough to have found them. Most stores are sold out.). Mind you, we're about 165 miles from the wildfires in Butte County. I know the AQI is much worse as you get closer.

Stay safe, CA friends, and stay indoors as much as possible.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Morning Mall Walk

Wallace and I met Carol, Mike and Kayak at the Stonestown Mall this morning. The air quality is still so bad now (RED/Unhealthy) that we can't take the pups outside for exercise. I saw a few posts from dog friends on Instagram of dogs walking around the mall. Thought it was a good option!

It worked out great! Both dogs seemed to enjoy the stimulating environment.

Lunch with the Alffs!!

What a wonderful, last-minute surprise! Terri's family was in town for a quick visit, and Derek contacted me around Noon to see if I was available to meet them for a quick lunch before they fly back to Burbank.

It has been five years since I last spent quality time with them, so it was really amazing to visit with them today! The kids are both in high school now.

I also got the bonus of meeting their very close family friend, Molly, who I have been hearing about for many, many years.

Their visit made me so happy.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Wallace’s Spa Day

Before and After!

I finally got into a good habit of brushing out Wallace's ears and tail nearly every day. This has prevented any mats between his last grooming appointment, 10 weeks ago. I may try to go a bit longer next time, as I really love the Shaggy DA look on him. (Although, I equally love the fresh haircut on him, too!)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Portrait Mode!

After almost three years, I finally but the bullet and invested in a new iPhone! It's the first time that I've had a phone with Portrait Mode as a feature. I've been looking forward to this!

My first two subjects were very cooperative, and I'm very pleased with their portraits!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Everyone is home again!!

Happy Animals.
Happy Humans.

Fitbit Stats

I'm guessing this may be the largest amount of steps I'll have over a 7-Day period for a while.

We just flew home from Maui (more pics to come!). One of my favorite things that Dick and I try to do when we travel to Hawaii is to stay on West Coast time (3-Hour difference), and wake up early to take long walks in the morning, before it gets too hot, and while the sun rises.

Dan has a routine of taking early morning walks (starting at 5:30am) , usually 7 or 8 miles, so we joined him every morning of our entire stay!! We did the full 7-miles three times, then did 4-5 on other mornings when we needed to finish earlier. I also often took a long afternoon walk to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and great location. Yesterday morning, we had to skip the walk to go out on a sunrise snorkel trip instead, but we still got in 5 miles in the afternoon.

Anyhow, each day, I walked 5-11 miles. I'm really happy that we stuck to it all week, and am especially proud of Dick for walking with us each early morning!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!!

I was feeling a little bad that Wallace didn't get a Halloween Costume this year since we are away for the week. I was delighted when his Auntie Jackie at Camp JJ sent these photos to me!!

Wallace is a Viking!
Now he needs to find a dragon to train.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Aloha from Maui

We are having a great time visiting Dan and Nicole at their new home on Maui!

Photobomb at the Aquarium

Getting photobombed by the underbelly of a stingray!

Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent  autocorrect typos. :)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Happy National Cat Day!

Happy National Cat Day from Olive! ❤️😺🍸.

(She likes to sleep in Wallace's crate when he's not in there.)

Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent  autocorrect typos. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tales of the City

Wallace and I are thrilled that we had a chance to watch some of the filming for the new “Tales of the City” series in our neighborhood!!

Monday, October 22, 2018


New Mouse Ears sold at Disneyland specifically for dogs!!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

9-Mile Walk

We had a great 9-Mile Walk this morning, finishing with the last Off the Grid of the year after.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Happy 1st Barkday, Momo and Kleo!!

Wallace had a great time at a special Doodle Romp celebrating Momo and Kleo's first Birthdays!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Mrs Knott’s Fried Chicken Dinner Restaurant

I don't think I've been here since 1991. The restaurant is much larger and remodeled (several times over, probably) since then, but the menu seems largely the same!

Peanut’s Headquarters

Good Grief!! We went to the Peanuts Headquarters Store adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm!! We had plans to go to Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant for dinner, and I remembered that there used to be a Peanuts Store here. I wasn't sure if it was still here or not, but sure enough!!

Super cute and rather large store! Such a fun way to start our trip!

Road Trip!!

My Dad is away in India for a few weeks, so my Mom invited my Sis and I on a Girls' Road Trip while Dad's away. We drove down to Southern CA today and will return to the Bay Area on Friday.

We don't think that the three of us have ever taken a road trip together, and we don't think that any combination of us have done a road trip together in over 20 years!

First stop: Harris' Ranch on I-5 for a quick lunch. We made it to Anaheim in pretty good time, and didn't hit much traffic until the last hour or so.

Wallace’s Pack

I'm out of town for a few days, and Dick is still going to work, so Wallace is spending the next three days with Jeff. Wallace adored Jeff, and hasn't had a chance to spend much time with him lately.

This morning, Jeff came to pick up Wallace and we were surprised to see that all the other dogs he had with him today were all Doodles!

Wallace was pretty excited to go out with this gang, so he didn't even wait to give me a smile before he took off.

I think he's going to have a good and fun week.