This plant was once a bare root plant sitting at Home Depot. It is a Raspberry plant! I bought it a couple of months ago. It really was just a tiny stick. I am shocked that it looks like a real plant already! We'll see if we get any raspberries this summer.
Now that I've got your attention. I have downloaded 125 pictures from and about our 3 new graduates! Hmm...it would take me 3 days just to get them up on this blog. I will try to put them up somewhere else. Sadly, I think Picasa is full; I would have to make another account. I will see what I can do. They are GREAT pictures!
1. At Red Box, your time begins the MINUTE you reserve your DVD. It does not work to wait until after 9:00pm to pick up your reservation. Glad I can share this.
2. Whether the curb is painted RED or not, you CANNOT park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant! EVEN if the curb is painted red, then stops before the 15 feet are up; you can still get a ticket. NOW, before you jump to conclusions, I did NOT get a ticket; I just witnessed this tragedy happening to someone else. I quizzed the police officer relentlessly. He was gracious.
We are driving today with GREAT regret at missing the NFL draft which starts at 4:30pm CA time today. Zak would VERY much appreciate ANY updates ANY of you would/could provide. Please text me with any news. That will make for happy people in the car.
run 3.4 miles (all running, no walking, NO knee pain!!) take boys (Q & Z) to school take Christopher's server to by recycled (it served its purpose) swim 1 mile in 40 minutes! recycle $7.43 worth of cans and plastic get a new Pasadena library card
I STILL MUST: clean out car figure out what's for dinner!
For your PICTURE delight: here are my "swimming coins"
So, before I began, I remembered we had received a coupon magazine in the mail and often there are some good deals. So, I looked through the book for some motivational coupons. I found some! Several were from frozen yogurt places. The one I picked was in Sierra Madre. It was for 3 oz FREE! Just my price.
I did some fantastic cleaning (hopefully someone will notice; I'll bet Griffin does, he always does, what a good boy!). I got my coupon and went.
(But first I drove over to our neighbor's house, Maxine Birch. We (us and other neighbors) haven't seen her for awhile. I saw her son's, Peter, truck there, so I knew he was home. I rang the doorbell. Waited for a very long time. No answer. I am guessing no good news for Maxine. But I can't make Peter talk. More investigation needed. Now, back to the real story:
I drive out to Sierra Madre and SHOCKING! I found that the yogurt place was the old Cold Stones!! hmm...interesting. I find a parking spot. Walk in, find out that they have been there for 2 months. I ask the (seemingly) nice Asian girl/woman for SOME taster cups so I would know what flavors I liked. She handed over ONE! (Points taken away!!) I don't let that stop me, I tried every single one of those flavors!! I ended up getting Vanilla and Strawberry. Both VERY delicious.
Yogurt: very good Ambiance: ok People skills of the server: very poor Will I return: if I get another 3 oz free coupon
On Saturday we went down to the Elementary school and had the Pitching Competition!
Zak WAS better than I thought he would be....just not as good as he thought he would be.
In the end he walked 10 and struck out 1 or 2...I think 2 Zak thinks only 1. Dad was the official umpire.
It turned out to be a very fun activity. We played baseball for about 1 1/2 hours. We were all sweaty and in need of a shower. The only camera I had was my cell phone and it has NO zoom!! So, sadly, these are the best pictures I could get. We all (except Dad) got a chance to bat the ball, we had fielders. Dad was a great pitcher. We played a drill where Dad pitched, Kylie batted, I was first and Zak was the fielder. It was the goal to get her out at first. Sometimes we did, sometimes she got herself a home run.
Zak feels that he can go out in our backyard and consistently throw strikes.
He just needs a little time to practice. At first he thought he needed 12 hours, but now, in his confidence, he feels that he only needs a little time. (What exactly is a "little time"...less than 12 hours I guess.)
We are going to measure off the exact distance between the major league pitcher and home plate. Measure out exactly how big home plate is. I will be the "batter".
Zak will have to strike me out 3 times without "walking" me for his hypothesis to be correct.
At the end of every lap, I just moved one coin over to another tile. I used a nickle for my 5th lap, a dime for my 10th lap.
I think I should patent my idea.
I really thought I would only be able to swim 6 laps. I was shocked when I felt just fine.
At the end of 16 laps I felt so good, I thought I would swim one more victory lap. Then I just swam another, then another. Then I thought I would just swim 24 laps - so I would just return 8 of my coins back to the original pile. After 8 more laps, I thought of the conversation with Christopher where he told me as a boy scout he did the mile swim in 40 minutes. If Christopher could swim a mile, I might as well! So, I just kept swimming. Shockingly, I did the whole mile.
Dad thinks I will be very sore tomorrow, and almost unable to walk by Sunday. I'll let you know. Currently, I feel it a little in my shoulders and my hip flexors.
Just so you all know how great CALIFORNIA IS: I can buy this 5 quart container of ice cream for $5.99 normally, but today, it was on sale for $4.77. In UTAH, I saw a 4 quart container for sale for $7.?? SHOCKING! I saw that price in a couple of different grocery stores!! I guess I can't keep myself out of grocery stores no matter what state I'm in.
It's a good thing I can buy it cheap, because we go through it..... braces and all....