Hot Lava

The first week we moved up to our house there was a heat wave… and boy was it hot.  We were baking.  Suffocating.  Sweating amidst our moving boxes and our PODS.  I admit, we were worried.  Had we just moved somewhere with an unbearable climate?  Would it be like this…

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Cobra Kai

When my brother was little he was obsessed with wanting to learn karate.  For the record, I was not in favor of him attaining any additional ways of physically attacking me… his cowboy boots were weapon enough.  And after some interminable level of whining and begging, we dropped him off at his…

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Lake Lowpez

I married a cowboy hat-wearing pick-up truck driver from the Central Valley.  And James married an environmentally conscious tree-hugger from Santa Cruz.  So of course this has led to many years of friendly ribbing, especially when it comes to Papa and me.  Fortunately, Papa can dish it out, but he…

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Wildlife

During the last weekend of August we ventured out to the campground at Lopez Lake for a two-day, fun-filled outdoor cousin adventure.  “Lake” Lopez is a bit of a misnomer.  The drought has reduced it down to a brush-filled canyon.  Jake and Nate know quite a bit about droughts and…

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Miss America

Bizarrely, I remember every pair of teachers I had in elementary school: Mrs. Kinney/Mrs. Cahill, Mr. McGuire/Mrs. Crowell, Ms. Mizell/Mrs. Jones, Mr. Shepherd/Mrs. C. and Mr. Post/Mrs. Crowell.  Crazy right?  I think Jake might have had that many teachers just in first grade.  Of course I’m exaggerating… but it was…

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