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Floating staircase

Floating staircase

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Wee Ones

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Wee Ones

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Tide's Out - Oscar the gull

Tide's Out - Oscar the gull

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This site is so sweet!  Put in a command and click submit!

I did: sit, speak, roll-over, give me your paw.

http://www.idodogtricks.com/index_flash.html

Now all I have to do is teach Miss Molly to let go of her teddy bear she drags around everywhere, and we can get to work teaching her some tricks too! 🙂

Molly & Jackson

Molly & Jackson

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Tootsie's Garden

Tootsie's Garden

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On the way to Montepulciano

On the way to Montepulciano

Not the golden arches we are accustomed to..

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I fell in love with this cutie pie on a farm we rented in Tuscany.. Mona Lisa..  doesn’t she just make you want to smile?

Mona Lisa - Bolognese pup

Mona Lisa - Bolognese pup

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San Gimignano--Tuscany

San Gimignano--Tuscany

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Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon 2009

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon 2009

Congratulations to our children Nancy & Bill who got their tickets punched to compete in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on June 14th in San Francisco.

Nan’s 2:12:07 scored in the Boston Marathon running third in the 45-49 age division and a roll-down spot to ‘the rock’.  Bill who went 2:10:45, lucked out in the local lottery. We’re so proud of you kids!!

For 29 years the federal government was smug enough in the knowledge that Alcatraz Island had not allowed a single prisoner to successfully escape.  The reason for the prison’s record had less to do with the proficiency of the law officers and more to do with the prison’s location.  “The Rock”, as the island is often dubbed sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay with the nearest point of land being 1.5 miles in the often foggy distance.

The length seems eternally expansive, the water temperatures are frigid–55 degrees on the average, and there are the currents to deal with and are said to be so strong that they can take even the strongest swimmers to an early death, if not timed properly.  Add to that the hungry sharks and frisky sea lions.. well,  even the most hardened criminal thought twice before trying to break free–with only 36 making the attempt during the entire time the prison was in operation.

These days, triathletes are clamoring to Escape from Alcatraz!  Since 1980, the race has provided bragging rights to those who have qualified for the event and survived the finish line.  The race will begin with an icy plunge off a ferry where more than 1000 competitors swim towards the beach.  Once there, they have to run a mile just to warm up their bodies before starting an 18-mile ride through the steep hills and sharp turns of San Francisco.  After having completed this portion, they are then challenged with an eight mile run course which offers a tromp through the deep sands of Baker beach before a climb up the 400 stairs of a sand ladder!  Whoa I’m exhausted already!

Not only do people pay to do this race, but most have to qualify to get in.  For this years race, six qualifiers were offered including races in France,  Bermuda, England, New York, California and Florida.. and our Nan was one of them!  You rock girl!!!  or you will in June :+)  Congratulations sweetheart! xoxo




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This charming perennial pops up in early Spring every year. Such a beautiful plant with such a sad name. There are many stories that surround the bleeding heart plant (Dicendra) including Princess Dicendra being lost in the woods and thus having her heart broken and bleeding. Not sure just how true this is, but the folklore intrigues me. Even moreso, when I see this lovely perennial in bloom I’m just warmed by her lovely flower and grace in my garden.. like an old friend visiting.Happy Spring!
Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts

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