Monday, September 15, 2014

September In So. Cal

Here in Southern California where I live, September doesn't mean the arrival of Fall.  It means triple digits, wind, fires and about 4 more weeks of BLEH!!!  Here is a bit of what we have been up to.
Some after school swimming with the cousins.

The little ones started Fall soccer.  It was a triple digit day, with high humidity.  Gennifer had a conflict, with both of the girls having their first game at the same time at different locations.  So we took Hannah to her game.  You can see by her smiling red face, that she was HOT!
I got to go to Grandparents day with the two youngest kiddos.  First with Noah.
Then with Claire.
While out on the playground with Claire, a fire began to burn South of us in the Santiago Canyon.
As if the triple digits weren't enough, now we had smoke to go along with it.  No one even wanted to step outside their door!!!  That evening, Eri hosted the family over to celebrate Greg's birthday.  We all stayed in the nice air conditioned house, and had a good time!
We got home about 9:00 and discovered that our AC had been shut off.  We had signed up for an energy savings program with Edison, whereby, we agree to allow them to shut off our AC in the event of extremely high use.  For doing so, we received a nice big credit to our summer bill.  But oh my, when it is 90 at 9:00 at night, you really want your AC!!!!
We got up Saturday and did some chores around the house, and then headed on up to the lake.  We packed up the pups, and away we went, to escape this awful heat.  It was 111 at the base of the mountain, and a beautiful 83 degrees when we arrived at about 2 that afternoon.  We went straight to the lake!!!
Since it was just Greg and I this time, we took the dogs along with us on the boat.  It was Dusty's first time.  He loved it!!  We were a little bit afraid he might jump into the water, as he loves to swim.  But he didn't, luckily.  Greg had me drive the boat while he got the rods all set up for fishing.  He had lines in the water within minutes....trolling for his "Walter."
After about 15 minutes, I said, 
"HEY, is that why you wanted me to come, to drive the boat while you fish?"  He laughed and said, "YES...this is great!!!!!"  But once he was set up, I got to climb back to my favorite spot on the boat, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake.
Dusty was a little bit unsure at first, but it didn't take him long to relax.
Isn't he handsome?  I love my Marley like, Chocolate Lab.  Ducey has been on the boat several times before, and he made himself right at home.
We stayed on the lake until the sun began to set.  We got some rain, but it didn't last, and no thunder or lightening to scare us off the water.
We drove through El Pollo Loco and ate our burritos at the cabin, took a shower, and promptly fell asleep watching a movie.  Sunday morning, Greg went fishing with our friend Mike.  I got up early, and it was so delightfully chilly, I zipped myself up into my sweatshirt, and snuggled up with my blanket and coffee on the sofa.
When Greg got back, he made us some breakfast, while the dogs waited patiently for him to drop a piece or two.
Then we packed ups some drinks and snacks, and headed back out onto the lake for the day.
There were more clouds on Sunday, and it was a bit cooler.  SO, SO beautiful!  The clouds blew past, making silly shapes in the sky against the cerulean mountain sky.  The fishing was good too, which is always a bright spot for my husband!
Ducey was quite the First Mate.
Ever so helpful in keeping a keen eye on the catch.
We enjoyed a simple lunch of apples with peanut butter, crackers, almonds, and cheezits, while working the crossword puzzle to the The Grizzly Newspaper.
I worked on my growing stack of dish cloths.
We got a little bit of rain again.  Just a light mountain rain.  Enough to make you need to pull something up over your legs, but then it passed.
We went to the Dam and hooked on to one of the buoys, and watched the world go by.  We saw the Pirate Ship.....and the Big Bear Queen swish past.

Our friend Mike found us on the lake, we side tied awhile to visit.  I always get such a kick out of watching these two talk about fishing!  They trade lures and hooks, bobbers and bait, secret fishing holes and lies about how big their fish were, like little boys trade baseball cards.  Here they are, making a deal.
We sat and visited for quite awhile.  The rain began to fall again, and it got chilly.  Mike said goodbye, and we continued to bob along out there on the lake, with only a couple of boats left.  Suddenly something very beautiful began to happen.  The sky was scattered with clouds.  Some were fluffy and white, and some were black and threatening.  There was a large black cloud directly over us, and then all of a sudden, like a spotlight from the heavens, there was a beacon of light that hung directly over the rocks in front of us.  It was just beautiful.  We were mesmerized, and watched it for the longest time.

Those two above were taken looking towards the dam, and then to the East, the beacon of light shone on jumping rock, like a thespian taking her final bow.
Each minute that went by, revealed a different awe inspiring moment to try to capture on film.
The wind began to come up, just enough to create these beautiful sparkling ripples on the water, only adding to the beauty.

Mother Nature put on quite a show, and we stayed for the final curtain call.  We unclipped and I drove back, while Greg pulled the bimini top down, and got his gear all put away and stowed.  But last catch, and it looked like it was a big one!  "Walter" perhaps?
We heard that Pzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz of the line, as the fish peeled off with it.  The rod was BENDO, as my husband calls it.  It did seem like a big one!  He reeled, and called out directions to me on which way to steer to avoid hitting the line he was reeling in, and the other one that was still out.
Finally he got it to the boat, and with eager anticipation, the fish broke the surface, and we saw it.  It was not Walter.  No, not this time.  But instead a big fat carp.  Oh darn!!!!
Greg carefully removed his lure from the dorsal fin, and plopped him back into the water.  Oh well, maybe next time we will get Walter.
I continued in towards our dock, while Greg got the boat ready to be battened up.
Greg took over to dock her, and I snapped a few more photos.  Good night Big Bear Lake.
The sun slipped down behind the mountain, out of view, casting a majestic purple hue over the water and mountain side.  It was truly a breathtakingly, beautiful day to be on the lake!  We were thrilled to have gotten to enjoy every minute of it!!!
We stopped by the cabin to pick up our gear, close her down, and then piled the doggins, and ourselves into the car and headed down the mountain.  It was 8:30, and 63 degrees.
I snapped this at about Running Springs.  It is blurry, but it was oh so pretty looking down onto the city lights.
Just as we had watched the temperature fall on our way up the hill, we watched as the temperature rose, coming down the hill.
We reached the flatlands, and it was 97 degrees!   At 9:00 PM!!!  GAH!!!!!!
We had a wonderful time.  Sort of bittersweet.  Mom has sold the cabin.  I am glad for her, as she just wasn't getting to use it like she had hoped.  But sad for us, as we love it so much there.  We will have to figure something else out, because Big Bear holds a very special place in our hearts.  We plan to retire there, but that is a ways away yet.  We have a few more weeks.  And the boat will stay til the end of October. So we will still go every weekend til then.
I forgot my camera this weekend.  First time ever!  All of these shots were taken with my trusty iphone 4S.
Stay cool out there!!!!
I will be back soon with the beginnings of my Fall decor.  It is still way too hot to drag out my Fall boxes from the rafters of our garage.  But I have begun to change out some pillows and put some quilts out to try to
hasten the cooler days of Fall to our area.
Til then.....Be Sweet!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Labor Day In Big Bear

I meant to do this post early last week, but time got away from me.  Whoever said that after your kids were raised you would have nothing but time, was nuts!!!!  Maybe nobody ever said that, but I used to think that. Now that I am in that season of my life, I am finding this to be very far from the truth.  But that's okay.  Life has been filled with good things!  Great things!  Happy things!  BUSY things!
Our oldest daughter Gennifer and her family went up to the cabin first, on Friday.  We joined them on Saturday morning.  We all got on the boat, and spent the entire day on the lake!  The girls were so excited to fish!!!  But first Geeps had to do a little work on the motor to get her purring just right.  The girls supervised.
We got out on the water, and it was beautiful!  Probably the best weather we had experienced all summer long.  Warm sun, gentle breezes, and boats everywhere!  Lots of boats!!!!
The girls got busy fishing after Geeps and Jake got their poles all set up.
Claire was so happy with her fish!
Hannah was so certain she wanted to go swimming.  So she began to go down the ladder off of the back of boat.....
They discussed it for a while, and then down she went.
Then straight back up, she came!  That water is COLD in Big Bear Lake!  She decided to get wrapped up in my sweatshirt instead.
We had such a good day.  
Gennifer and her family went home that night, and the following morning, our middle daughter Erika, and her family arrived to spend the day on the boat.
Friends of ours recently bought a beautiful home on the lake, and were not using their place over Labor Day.  Mike told Greg to use his dock, so we just walked down to get on the boat that morning.  You can see how low the lake water is!  That area where we are walking is usually all under water.
Noah loves to help Geeps drive!
Geeps told Noah how to read the fish finder, and he was fascinated with that all day!  He would tell us just how many fish were beneath us, and where they were.
Erika and her fiance, Neal.
Neal has a little girl named Linkyn.  She is one year younger than Noah.  The kids get along really well.  And Neal is a great guy!  The more we get to know him, the more we like him!  Here are Linkyn and Noah waiting for their first hook up.
I think the first fish of the day was caught by Neal!  He wound up catching about 3, I think.
Then Linkyn caught her fish, on her pink princess fishing pole!  She was scared of it, and wanted nothing to do with it.  Can you see her hiding her face into Daddy?
I loved watching Neal with his little girl.  I put this picture on Insta Gram with the caption, " She thinks we're just fishin'"
He is very good to Noah too, and of course to Erika!  
Finally, Noah caught his fish.  He was thrilled!
And so were we, that they all caught fish!!
We store them in a bait tank to revive them, and then put them back into the lake.
Bye bye fishie.  We will catch you again when you are bigger!!!
We stayed on the lake til the sun was nearly setting.  We had such a great time!
We brought the boat in and went back to the cabin to clean up.  It was our 35th Anniversary, and we had dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant in Big Bear, The Sweet Basil.  Erika and Neal and the kids went into town for dinner, and then headed back down the mountain.
We had two perfect days with our daughters and their families.  Our son and his girlfriend couldn't come up this time.  Greg and I enjoyed a fabulous meal, and then got up the next morning and went to our favorite place for breakfast.
Greg went fishing.  I went into town to do a little thrifiting.  Came home empty handed.  A first for me!  Stopped at the yarn shop that I like in Big Bear City to pick up some more of the yarn I love using to make dishcloths.  It is made by Lion, and it is half cotton and half acrylic.  It feels so nice in your hands while working with it, and it makes such nice cloths that dry really fast!
I can't find it down the hill, so I get a few skeins when I am in Big Bear.
We walked down to Boulder Bay Park and took a couple pictures of how low the water is.
We are sure hoping for a wet winter!  We had a perfect weekend at our "Happy Place."  Greg is actually up there right now, fishing.  He left about 5 this morning, but I didn't feel like getting out of bed to join him this time.  The weather is UGLY here!  HOT, and muggy!!!  Awful!  I am sitting in the house watching old movies.  I just saw Karate Kid.  I had never seen it!  Good movie!  Now I am watching Karate Kid 2.
Have yourself a good day!  I  have another busy week coming up.  A lunch date with a good friend tomorrow, and Grandparents day at the kids schools, and lots of fun things.  I am also getting my house ready for Fall.  Even though it is still very much summer outside!
Be happy!
XO Kris