Alameda County Fair 2014

It’s been awhile since we could post a new adventure on our blog since Dan has been recovering from cancer surgery. But I had two tickets to the Alameda County Fair which I got for entering my vintage piggy bank collection at the fair. So, though Dan still can’t walk too far, we made a relatively short trip to the fair with him in his wheelchair and me steering. It was nice to get out of the house and do something fun!

At the fair we watched a high dive show, visited the barnyard animals and their new babies, looked at the sample gardens, walked through the displays in the building housing my piggy banks, and treated ourselves to some ice cream.

This was my first year ever entering an exhibit, and though I didn’t win anything the judges thought my display was “darling.” Hopefully my display informed and inspired some fairgoers. I plan to enter a different display next year, and try for one of those ribbons!

We hope you enjoy our pictures below.

Summer Haircuts

Oliver and Turtle were visited by the Woof Waggin’ Mobile Dog Spa today for their summer haircuts!  They look and smell great and the groomer told me what well behaved boys they were during their spa day!

Doggy haircuts June 2014

Carolyn Publishes Her Debut Novel

Carolyn has a novel out that combines chick lit with a dash of supernatural mystery.  Her debut novel is called The Debt Collectors: A Lucy Vaughn Mystery.  She also just launched her new author website which has more information about the book:  Hope you can check it out!


A California Visit

Carolyn’s mom and stepdad came to visit from Virginia the first week of April, so we got to play tourist as we showed them some of our favorite places, and had some new adventures as well.  The highlights of their visit included a trip up Mount Diablo with stunning views from the top; Ardenwood Historic Farm where we walked the grounds to see the animals and toured a Victorian house; a trip into San Francisco where we visited the Contemporary Jewish Museum and spent some time on Pier 39 to shop and visit the sea lions; and a stroll through the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.  In addition, we had a chance to have lunch with Dan’s mom and to walk at Sycamore Grove Park.  Below are some of the pictures from their visit.

Shadow Cliffs

A few weeks ago we participated in a group walk at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton. It was a wonderful opportunity to see all sorts of birds including rookeries for the Double-crested Cormorant and Great Blue Heron, and a soaring osprey on the hunt for food.  During our walk we spotted Canada Geese, Mallards, White-tailed Kites, a Red-shouldered Hawk, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Tree Swallow, and Great-tailed Grackle.  We also saw a group of turtles sunning themselves on a log.  The walk was also peppered with interesting historical facts about Shadow Cliffs, a former gravel quarry and brick-making operation site.  You can check out our pictures below!

Sycamore Grove

Three weeks ago we went to Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore, CA, and we hope to return again next week for our second visit because it is a lovely place.  The park is located on 775 acres and home to lots of wildlife.  When we were out there, we were mainly bird watching, but we also ran into a hive of wild bees on one of the hiking trails, and managed to get some pictures without being stung!  You can check out our pictures below!

Yappy Hour

On Sunday, February 23, we took the doggies to Blackhawk Plaza in Danville to attend a Yappy Hour.  This doggy social event included live music, food and coffee for the humans along with treats for the dogs, raffles, and an artist to draw your furry friends, and gift bags full of treats and toys to take home.  Below is a picture of Carolyn with Oliver and Turtle enjoying Yappy Hour.


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