Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Our annual Christmas sojourn to the beach took place on Sunday.  As you can see it was windy and rainy...but we love the beach.  Even a bad beach day is a good one!  Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pirates Ye Be Warned

So on Sunday Thing 2 and I went sailing on The Lady Washington a 2 masted Brig who was featured in The Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl as the HMS Interceptor,  What an AMAZING experience!!  A 3 hour tour and you are more than welcome to help the crew sweat the lines and rig the sails.  The ship is based out of Aberdeen WA and sails up and down the west coast doing hands on educational programs.  Crewed mostly by volunteers...Thing 2 thinks he might want to give their program a try.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rain & Cold Make Greysen a Sad Boy........but he Q'd

San Luis Obispo Kennel Club @ Paso Robles.  Cold, wet and rainy...and I had my "princess" with me who just does not like the wet.  Anyways as you can see he was reluctant to sit and get his toushie wet.  But he did the moving down the first time I asked!  Good Boy!  We qualified with an 88 (I am sure that Finish Left Forward was a minus 10 & the rest of the points were probably due to tight leads).

Actually there was another Cairn at the show doing Utility.  His name is Thomas and was really cute.  Looked like Greysen but taller with an Izze attitude.  They must show to the south 'cause we have not run into him and his person before.  Now I know to keep my eyes open for them and hope we run into them again.

Greysen actually already has his Rally Novice title....but I entered the show to support my students.  Yes you heard right students.  I have been teaching an Intro to Rally class and we just finished up.  I had a few of my students enter this show...so I entered to support them.  The class went well and we might do another one in the spring.  Maybe a  Beyond Rally Novice ....we'll see what the club has to say.  But we had a good time and the class filled up right away as soon as it was announced.

We had a great time and I might have purchased a new leash......just what I need I know....I was looking at one...but it had a huge clip on it...so I got to order one and they made it for me...My friend picked it up for me on Sunday and she will give to me next week.  I think I may have to wrap it up and open it for Christmas.

Anyway...it was a busy weekend....more later about what I did on Sunday.....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

New Bling!

Hedgehogs for Izze.  Badgers for Greysen.

Miss Kitty is Badass!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Jamie Oliver's Milk Braised Chicken

Chicken as it goes in the oven

Chicken out of the oven
Hmmmm was this Yummy!!!  Easy...lovely comfort food.  Next time I would use less sage.  But Thing 2 and even my Mother just loved it.   I served it with roasted red potatoes and broccolini.

Recipe found here:  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/chicken-in-milk

Dessert was cupcakes from The Buttery in Santa Cruz.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Thing 2 and I went to the pumpkin patch in search of the Great Pumpkin

Our Booty!

Children of the Corn

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cairns go Psycho!!!! Hitchcock style!

Old McCray Hotel...now Sunshine  Villa
On Saturday we went to Sunshine Villa with MBDTC to give a training demo to the residents.  Sunshine Villa is a retirement home.....but originally belonged to the Kittredge Family and then latter became the McCray Hotel...which stood abandoned and derelict for many years.  Used as a drug house and rumored to have been used by Satanists for their rituals...it supposedly was an inspiration for the Bates Family home in the movie Psycho.  Can't say if this is true..but it sure looks the part.  Also Hitchcock's family had a home in nearby Scots Valley and he lived in Carmel...so it is possible he saw the house.  In the 1980's it was restored to a B&B and the proprietors son says he saw ghosts there.  The staff at the retirement home also say they have experienced  unexplained phenomena and cold spots.  No ghosties for us though!  Just a fun demo!

Very much alive Sunshine Villa residents!

Psycho Cairns on the "Bates" front porch

Mrs. Bates is that you?

Just a bit of trivia....Alfred Hitchcock was a terrier man himself.  Although his favored breed was the Sealyham Terrier.  Guess he couldn't get them all right.   You can see Hitchcock's Sealyhams in his cameo in "The Birds", which was also inspired by an event that occurred in Santa Cruz.  

PS Maybe we did see a Ghost.  My friend thinks she see's a women looking out at the Cairns on the porch....Hmmm  Creepy!