Sunday, December 15, 2013

Visiting Ron and Mary in Chico in November

 We made a trip up to Chico to see Ron and Mary last month.  We had a great time - it is a fantastic time of year to visit.
 We rented a minivan to take me, my wife, my son, and our two grandkids up there - a 10 hour drive.  On the way, we stopped and Apple Annie's for lunch in Tulare.  As luck would have it, they had a lot of riding machines in the lobby - Teo was thrilled!
 The next morning at the hotel in Chico,  here is Troy waiting for breakfast to be served.  Doing a little drawing with crayons.
 Teo is ecstatic - the food finally arrived!
 We had to stop by a drug store for something, and Troy took the opportunity to ride the elephant out front.
 At the Chico mall, we once again discovered a kid area that the boys thoroughly enjoyed.

 We visited the spot where Ron and Mary are going to be married next summer.  Here is Troy taking a look around.
 Mary's brother-in-law, Drew.
 Mary and David.
 Mary's sister Sarah.
 Troy and Teo taking Cooper for a walk.
 Mary and Ron.
 My beautiful wife.
 Sarah and Drew.
 Troy and Cooper
 Then, as my wife walked back to the car to retrieve jackets, Teo discovered that leaves can be fun!  There aren't too many leaves on the ground where we are from (San Diego).
 Wait Grandma, let me run through them again!
 A better look at where the wedding will be performed.
 A beautiful, quiet, serene spot about a minute's walk from Chico Creek.
 It is called Bear's Lair.
 Teo introducing Troy to the leaves.

 Now they've got the hang of it!

 Cooper - a beautiful pup.

 Teo attacking his Dad with leaves - with the help from his Uncle Ron.
 Troy attacking Uncle Ron with leaves.
 David and Teo reading back at Ron and Mary's place.
 Where's Waldo?
Overall, a very enjoyable visit.  Can't wait to go back next summer!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Salt Lake City Airport

Beautiful today.

Wine Nyet List

It seems that when I'm out shopping for wine, I run across so many that I've had before that I sometimes forget if I liked it or not.

I apparently am drawn to the label of this particular wine, sold at Total Wine along the east coast.  I've bought it twice now - the second time because I remembered having it before but not remembering if it was good or bad to my palate.

Turns out I do indeed like the taste, but the alcohol content appears to be lacking.  After the second glass, I remembered what happened the first time:  I don't feel the effect of it at all.

Usually after the second glass, I am nice and relaxed and am done for the night.  But with this wine,  I might as well have been drinking water.

So I am starting this post to remind myself next time which wines I'm not fond of and why.  I'll also start a post of wines we ARE fond of and why - but that'll have to wait until some other day.

Sunday, December 1, 2013