Rose Valley Falls

by Amy, May 24, 2020
We needed to get out of the house.

We needed an adventure.  

So off we went.

Our destination was Rose Valley Falls outside of Ojai.  The scenery on the way up was breathtaking.  




These yellow flowers dotted the hillside all the way up.  And they smelled like honeysuckle.  Divine.  



We got to our destination and purple lupins dotted the hillside.  


Our hike in crossing a couple of small streams.  


The destination.  


The guys climbed over rocks and checked out the falls on all sides.  



There were more people than we would have expected and Quinn takes his mask wearing and social distancing very seriously.  





Don showing how it's done.  




A glorious day.  It was nice to get out of the house for 5 hours and go on an adventure.  


Sunset at Zuma Beach

by Amy, May 20, 2020
After dinner on Monday night we drove down to Zuma Beach.  Right now there is a 'red tide' that causes bioluminescence at night -- it looks like the waves are glowing blue.  We weren't at the right place at the right time but it was still nice to be out, breathe some ocean air, and catch the end of the sunset.  




May Musings

by Amy, May 16, 2020
Quinn loves a Tofu Scramble.  It's just cut up tofu sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with Nutritional Yeast which has a cheesy flavor.  Before the lockdown I bought a bunch of the tofu that he likes and froze it.  But when you freeze it the texture changes and Q is very particular about his tofu.  He didn't appreciate the new texture.  So I ordered some more with my grocery order but they didn't have the brand that he likes and the new brand failed the Q tofu test.  When I asked him how he liked it, he said "It wasn't great".  


Getting out after lunch and all the school work is completed.  But it's starting to get hot here!



I caught this grasshopper with my new zoomy lens.


Doing a virtual meeting with his Odyssey team.  They still meet every Monday during lunch.


A special delivery makes us very happy.  I got a tip from a friend that Walmart online was stocked up!
















Mother's Day and 20 Years!

by Amy, May 15, 2020
We had a quiet day at home for Mother's Day.  We ordered PF Chang's for dinner.  A good day with my guys.






And then 3 days later Don and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  I never would have imagined celebrating in quarantine but we made the best of it.  Don had a busy work day on Wednesday but we finished off the day with a little champagne, dinner from a fancy restaurant, and a float in the pool.  Love my guy.


Don took off work on Thursday.  We had a good day with a hike, float in the pool, and Super Mario Brothers.  




We went on a flat hikea since it was warm out and I think everyone else had the same idea.  About a mile in you can take a trail down to a stream which Sonic always enjoys.  But there were so many people down there.  We had our masks in our pockets just in case and Quinn put his on.  





Around the Yard

by Amy, May 03, 2020
I bought a new-to-me zoom camera lens.  It's a used lens but seems to be perfect.  I tried it out in and around the house.





Crow Bath

by Amy, May 03, 2020
There are lots of crows in our area.  Every morning they fly from Simi Valley over our neighborhood to the west -- not sure where.  At sunset they fly back to Simi Valley.  Sometimes they stop and they can be really annoying and loud.  

The other day a crow pulled a drowned mouse or rat out of our pool.  Ugh.  And then this guy stopped by for a bath.




Heavy Metal

by Amy, May 01, 2020

The middle school band has their own yearbook but they never got around to taking the pictures before the quarantine.  So the band director asked the mamarazzi to take pictures and submit them.  Quinn's looking good!   His hair is getting so long and he loves it. 
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