Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Palm Springs

Our hotel room was very nice and pool side. I loved being able to open our sliding glass door and be right by the pool. Out of safety concerns I've never done this before.
This was the view out of our room. You can just see the hotel roof in the photo.
The sun beat down all day long.
There were very few guests and as the day went on we figured out why.
I stayed under our patio, in the shade.
Even birds try to stay in the shade.
Amie and Mick did spend a bit of time under the sun.
Mick got the idea to lay in the grass since it was cooler and wet from overnight watering.
It was 114 degrees our first day and 118 degrees our second. Basically it was so hot you couldn't even sit outside in the shade. Amie and I went out at 10pm for a walk, thinking it had cooled down, it was 92. Still to hot for us to go very far. Palm Springs in the summer is not a good thing. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Amie has a dog, his name is Poppins Pawprints. He was rescued by a woman who watched him for several weeks run the streets of downtown Los Angeles. The woman already had three dogs and couldn't take another so she listed him on Craigslist. Poppins was the first dog Amie saw listed and knew right away he was the one.  
Poppins is well behaved and never barks. I guess when you spend several weeks as a puppy running the streets of downtown Los Angeles you behave for fear you may be sent back.
 Amie has a basket with clothes for Poppins. I watched her dress him & he actually seemed to like it. Amie bought his outfit thinking Eric would really like it.
I took about 100 photos of Poppins this one is my favorite.
Poppins enjoys going to the dog park and loves being able to run free.
You can friend Poppins Pawprints on facebook. Yes, he has his own facebook page. I'm sure he Amie would love to hear from you.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Can you tell where we were on Friday just by reading this sign?

We were in Canada visiting a parent of one of Eric's Junior A teammates. I have not seen Tony since Eric & his son Vince played against each other in college, over five years ago. Mick has stopped in to see Tony twice since our last hockey game. Tony owns a restaurant, Capone's, for 28 years. If you are in Ottawa the food at Capones is wonderful. Make sure you tell Tony we sent you there.

Our Canadian friends are the best part of all our connections to Canada.

Friday, July 22, 2011

iPad Training

I bought my iPad in Palm Desert and three days later I took a basic training class in Los Angeles. It was a bit to basic for me and for the others in the class, expect maybe three people out of twenty. Although, we stayed after the hour class & asked a couple questions.

Me taking a self portrait while taking my class.

Amie watching over me.

I guess I need to get used to looking into the camera and not the iPad screen.

I made this photo collage with a free app that I found, PicCollage.

As of today I have 20 apps.
Oh, now I need have to get an iPhone.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

4th of July

We spent the 4th of July at a house party in Los Angeles. There were lots of fireworks, $3,000 worth to be exact. Several trips were made to the state of Nevada to purchase the fireworks. They were fantastic!!

I think I figured out when this one went off and I really liked it.

The American flag on the front of the house.

We were told to wear red, white & blue.

Amie's $1.00 patriotic sun glasses from Michaels Crafts. I'm working on going to a Michaels in every state. I'm also working on Anthropologie. At least Anthropolgie aren't in that many states, in fact I may have already done this.

David & Amie.
I've been uploading photos from my iPad and the quality has been terrible. I'm going to have to figure out why. It may to the ap that I use.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hair Cut

My first day in Los Angeles.

I got a haircut on my third day. Amie took the photo of my shadow on the side of her car.

My fourth day in California, we where in Palm Springs. Although, this photo was taken in Palm Dessert. On a 118 degree day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Working for a Living

I was able to spend a day at Amie's office watching her work.

Her work day starts at eight a.m., after an hour of driving through city traffic.

She has a beautiful office. I really liked the wallpaper on the back wall.

A few of the pillows available for sale in the nursery section.

A crib all decked out with the fabrics designed by Amie.

It was wonderful to see where she spends her Mondays through Fridays, meet her co-workers and boss.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Professional Photographer

We spent our visit in Toronto touring the city on foot. During our walk on our second day, we turned a corner and I spotted a wall of a building painted a beautiful yellow.  Apparently I'm not the only one liking the wall, when we got closer there was a photographer there talking a photograph of a sports car.
I asked the photographer if he would use my camera and take a picture of Mick & I, with instruction to not take our entire bodies but a close up of our heads. The above photo is my cropped version. Below is straight out of the camera. What the heck???
He told me he also had a Canon camera just like mine. Oh boy, I wonder how the car photos turned out?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hockey Hall of Fame

During our June visit to Toronto we saw the outside only of the Hockey Hall of Fame. We toured the hall in the 1980's and once was enough.
Mick thought the player with his leg over the board ready to go into a game looked like Eric. I bet every parent of a hockey player thinks the same thing.
We were in Toronto the night Boston won the Stanley Cup. I went into the gift shop the next morning & asked if they had any Boston Championship tees in. I wanted to do it just because it was a Canada vs US series. I was so hoping I wouldn't have to buy a shirt. They didn't have any and didn't know when they would. 
The building is quite nice and was within walking distance of our hotel.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Last month Marie, Kristen and I toured two wineries. We arrived at the first winery right at opening, drinking at 10:00AM seems strange.The father of the owner was our guide and he told lots of interesting stories concerning the wine business.

The winery is small and most wine is on the sweet side, just the kind of winery and wine I like.

Our second winery had a wine named after the owners wife, Marie.

Our Marie with "Marie's Selection." I bought a bottle to have with our dinner of Naan pizza. The owner tried to talk me out of buying it. Only his wife likes the wine?? (If you haven't tried Naan pizza you must.) I'll have to do a post on Naan.