Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wallace and Filbert

The two Doppelgängers had a great time playing together yesterday.

Back to School!!

It's Back to School Week!!! Wallace went back to Canine Circus School and started Level 2! He was so excited to be back and is looking forward to learning new tricks.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lands End

Dick and I did a nice little hike on the Land's End Trail today. He had never been to the Lands End Labyrinth before, and loved it. It was pretty foggy today, but it was actually a really nice day for a hike!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Peter & Anna in town

Peter and Anna are back in town for a quick visit!! Yesterday I took them to Arsicault for the most amazing Chocolate Almond Croissants, then we walked up the Mosaic Stairs. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the Castro. We had dim sum at Mama Ji's then Wallace took them in a tour around the Castro.

Today, Dick is taking Peter and Anna sailing!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


One of my Soul-Sisters in Life. We have been friends since the 6th grade. That's over 25 years of giggles and note passing. (We used to pass notes in class. Now we use Social Media and other means of technology) Love you, Bear. ❤️

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

Monday, August 06, 2018

Goodbye to my MINI Cooper

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my beloved 2004 MINI Cooper this morning. This was a hard one. I know it's just a car, but I was pretty attached to it. I've had it for over 14-1/5 years, which is a great amount of time, but I'm so sad that her life with me was cut short because of a hit-and-run that happened when she was parked in front of our house.

I heard from my insurance company Friday afternoon. The total estimate to repair my car would have been over $10,000 - well exceeding the actual value of the car. It didn't make any sense to put that kind of money into it, especially given the age.

My little MINI was such a great car - over 14-1/2 years, and just over 70,000 miles. I did routine maintenance on it, but never had to put any money into it beyond that. This little car was everything I hoped it would be when I first bought it.

The guy at the Auto Body shop this morning said that they haven't had any first-generation MINI Coopers in their shop for several years, and that they were pretty amazed when they saw mine.

Here's the thing: I've been obsessed with this car the entire time I had it, and even months before it was ever built! I first decided that I wanted a MINI Cooper back in 2003 - they were fairly new at the time, and weren't available to buy straight from the dealerships. Actually, most dealerships were charging a $2,500 markup just to put in an order for one. I ordered my MINI through East Bay MINI in Pleasanton, who didn't charge a markup, but had a long wait list. I first placed my order in September. Everything about it was built to spec - not just the color, but the color and type of seats (beige/black leather, sports seats), the color of the dash, the color of the interior roof (and exterior roof, for that matter), all of the options, down to the chrome trim on the bumpers.

At the time, MINI had a website that you could sign in and see the timeline of your car being built. My car was built on December 18, 2003. (See, this is how obsessed I was!). I watched online and followed it's progress as it was shipped to Southern CA via the Panama Canal. I took ownership of it on January 31, 2014.

I'm not exaggerating by saying that I've always been thrilled with my MINI the entire time I had it. It was always so much fun to drive, especially in San Francisco. It was the perfect City car, fitting into small parking spots that most other cars wouldn't fit it.

*sigh*. I'm so very bummed that I will no longer have my MINI. (her formal name was MINI Driver, by the way).

RIP MINI Driver. You were a great little car, and I'll miss you.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Clean bath Wallace

Dirty Beach Wallace

August SF Doodle Romp

It was a beautiful day for a Doodle Romp at Crissy Field!!! This may have been one of the largest turn outs we've had! It was also the first time we had a real photographer taking a group photo, so he posed us, and stood far enough away to get everyone in the shot! Can you find us?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018