Saturday, July 05, 2008

A little trip across the pond is in order...

This will be my last post for a least on this blog. As you can tell from the title, I'm taking a little journey across the Atlantic to England, Ireland, and Wales... for 3 weeks ... with 39 high school students - great high school students, I might add!I do plan on posting to this blog:

So... come on over and read about our adventures.

The party's over...

After the chicken chased my mom and I down Gabe and Emily's driveway, I got the feeling it was time for the party to end. The chicken wanted normal chicken life to return.

I left SFO after Mom boarded the plane...sniff, sniff...and took off for home.
It was a quiet drive ... no one to talk to ... so I listened to my iPod and thought about how much I had enjoyed the past two weeks ... having all the kids and mom here.
I kept checking out the sun... it was so red from all the smoke in the air. California is definitely on fire.
It's not a good thing that all the fires are burning...but I think it was beautiful to see the mountains in varying colors because of all the smoke.
It started getting dark (I didn't get home until 10:30 p.m.) and as the sun was going down, I had to snap one more picture....

July 1st, a new law started that you can't drive and talk on your cell phone unless it's with a 'hands-free' device...but nothing says you can't drive and take pictures with your digital camera!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Saddie leaves the chickens alone

Gabe's chickens took one look at Saddie and clucked, "DON'T even THINK about messing with us!"
The white one...not sure of her name... was getting close to a new phase of her life, even though no one knew it...but she was in what we humans might call PMS...not sure what it is with chickens... anyway... she was ready to stand her ground against the notorious 'Sadster.'
So Saddie just turned her back on the chickens and proceeded to roam around Gabe and Emily's farm and check things out... including the smoky sky and the red sun. Fires are burning in California.
Saddie approved of the 'farm' and was proud to say that Gabe & Emily's was the first grandchild's home she's ever spent the night in! Ahhhh....
Smores was bored with the whole thing...and didn't even give Saddie the time of day.

A little addendum: Back to the chickens... as we were leaving, backing up down the driveway - the Sadster and I - to head to the San Francisco airport, one of the brown chickens started to CHASE THE CAR! No exaggeration... She was running, squawking, flapping her wings and literally running after the car! Funniest thing I have seen in a while - well, at least for that day.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Barking at the Barker

In the Bible, God sometimes would change people's names to reflect who they would become.

Now, I needed to say that...and if you know my mom, you'll understand the title of this post...and may even understand that first line about God...

See, my mom wasn't always a barker...she use to be a king ... God had his hand in her life and changed her to a barker... even though being KingBarker would probably have been nice too!
My sweet mother... she'll aggravate an animal until it wants to bite anything in it's path... until it begins to nip or try to bite her... and then we'll hear:

"That dog/cat just doesn't like me."
Um? I'm thinking that Biscuit is looking at me to say, "Would you make her leave me alone?"

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Pictures with the family

Last was time to say good-bye, adios, see ya the kids. Mom was still going to be here, but the kids all were heading home.

Before they could start their engines, it was picture time at the Johnston Chronicles headquarters...Oh geez...come on boys! Let's get a good picture...

Ok, that's better!

Getting everyone to the backyard was a bit difficult... Once we were all assembled, I think it was Josh, that asked if Blu could get in the picture. "NO DOGS!" was my answer...only because 10 humans was hard enough.

It was well worth the photo!
Yep, we had a great time together. There's nothing that makes me happier than when I have my family around me.

So, you might say this was a 'picture of happiness'!