Week 01A: Bridge over the Sweetwater River, Descanso. Steve and I hiking with the dogs on NY day. We've taken to hiking on this day each year, but as we age, they are much smaller hikes.
Week 01B: Awoke on Sunday morning, Jan. 2, to the SDUT paper, and found my momma's obituary there. Not a surprise, as I placed it, but it was strange to see it in the paper. It made it more real, but still, during this first week of her death, everything seemed surreal. Loved you, Momma.
Week 04: Our street finally gets an official street sign. We're movin' on up. Now, if we could get super high speed internet.
Week 05: Sunrise in Descanso, 6:15 am
Week 06: The Penny siblings at Momma's garage sale, Feb. 5. I could swear we were inside the garage when this was taken, so the sun spots are rather strange. Perhaps they aren't sun spots but mom and dad showing their presence?
Week 07: Sarah's eye has it. Taken at Momma's Celebration of Life on 2-12-11.
Week 08: Fiona enjoys the first snow day of the year, on 2-20-11.
Week 09: Sharon and Wyatt: his first trip to the snow. 2-27-11.
Week 10: A day at the zoo. I love my monkey relatives. And it was Lisa's birthday -- Happy Birthday Bebe Sister!
Week 11: the "For Sale" sign goes up at mom's house on Sat. 3/12; the online listing goes live on Mon. 3/14; we have an offer by that night. Goes into a 10-day escrow that Wednesday. A whirlwind. The family home since 1956.
Week 12A: Steve and I took Devan to Explore SDSU on 3/19; here Devan and Steve pose at the 100 Stones Sculpture on campus. We later had lunch at a Thai restaurant near campus.
Week 12B: On March 21, our mom's twin, Adelaide died unexpectedly at age 90. It was exactly 12 weeks after mom's passing. The twins are back together again. I took this photo in 2005, and it was the last time the twins saw each other.
Week 13: Roger saying goodbye to the family home, in his old bedroom, at 1149 Evilo.
Week 14: a bird. at the zoo.
Week 15: My new bathroom. We had a very old, sad and tiny bathroom. Now we have a new, happy, but still small bathroom. I'm very happy with it.
Week 16: a basket of dried fish heads in Chinatown, San Francisco. Had a fun conference and good times with Lisa and Julie (and Spike). There were more scenic shots, but I thought this was was more interesting, from a cultural perspective. What, exactly, do you do with dried fish heads?
Week 17: Major goal for 2011 is pay down our debt so I can seriously consider retiring in 2013. So what do we do? Buy the guy a new truck. But he needed it for his business. I think we'll always have a car payment, at least until we both retire and don't have to spend weekdays driving forever.
Week 18: May Day, Beltaine - the day halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Our mountain lilacs in bloom -- they only last three weeks each year, but make the home/yard so fragrant during that short time. I love the month of May - it gives me hope.
Week 19: Mother's Day. One mom left, and we all enjoyed celebrating Shirley. Here she is with great-granddaughter, Alyx Nicole.
Week 20: This wasn't actually taken in Week 20 of 2011, but in July of 1976. I took this photo of my Bebe sister Lisa in Bryce Canyon, with a slightly phallic looking rock formation over her head. I just found these slides when cleaning out the garage, so it was fitting for Week 20.
Week 21: The SDSU War Memorial, taken on the Friday before Memorial Day, 5-27-11. I actually didn't take this photo (but would have had I had my camera), but MarComm did. I walked by it and thought "damn, why don't I have my camera with me?" It was really inspiring see the flag on it for the first time.
Week 22: Travis and Jill on their first engagement session photo shoot. Had a new lighting technician, Mr. Stephen Palmore. This is my favorite of the images; Steve got the lighting down just perfect. I love these two, and am so happy for them.
Week 23: Working on creating a fairy garden this year, thanks to Julie's inspiration. Never, ever step inside a fairy ring. A warning to humans, and little dogs, too. But does Pedro listen? No.
Week 24A: Best part of our trip, and there were many, was seeing Uncle Kikie doing so well. And of all the things he hung on to, it was Trav's baseball. His "grandson." Love that so much.
Week 24B: Mr. Beauregard Creekmore.
Week 24C: Another fantastic part of our Virginia trip was connecting with our cousin Patti Schact. She showed us so much of our ancestry. And she's a hoot. We all loved her immediately.
Week 25: Only in America. Heart attacks waiting to happen. At the San Diego County Fair, July 1, 2011.
Week 27A: During Descanso Days 7-09, our great friend Julie pointed out a clown who not only looked like her late dad, Rusty, but had his mannerisms. I said we have to go over there and get a photo of you with him. Eerie part is when I was focusing the camera on them, I saw his name badge, then stopped and said to Julie, you have to see his name. "Uncle Rusty"...how weird was that? Julie said her dad Rusty was a collector of Emmett Kelley Jr. clowns - this guy looked like one of those.
Week 27B: My birthday week. I took the day of my birthday (7-12) as a vacation day and went to my fantastic niece, Sarah Rose McCleary at Paul Mitchell, the School. She did a great job on a haircut and color. Love that baby girl!
Week 28: Finally, a harvest from the garden. Due to unusual weather, it's been later than normal, but looks like we're going to have zucchini coming out of our ears. Still waiting on the wide varieties of tomatoes, the yellow squash, the eggplant, and peppers. The herbs are all doing well. We never planted the green beans, sadly.
Week 29: Jen's going away party at South Mission Beach. Our sweet and beautiful niece will be heading to Russia for two years to teach English. I love this girl - her spirit, he sense of adventure, and her great big heart. Lisa, Jen and I on July 24, 2011.
Week 30: I was playing around on a hot summer Saturday with camera settings. I caught this photo of Fiona, after emerging from her pool. She loves to wet her face, then she shakes it off with a vengeance. I happen to have had the camera at a low shutter speed when she shook the water off. It's kind of a freaky portrait, and technically much of it is out of focus, but I like the hurricane effect of her face, her one blue eye in the middle of the storm, and how the water plays off her face. Ironically, the streaming water has the most clarity in this photo. I couldn't have ever planned this - it just happened with luck.
Week 31A: The Santa Barbara Harbor reflected in Steve's sunglasses.
Week 32: Full moon on August 13; peering through the Cuyamaca Cypress tree.
Week 33: My sister Lisa has officially become a crazy cat lady. She has a feral momma who is now on about her fourth litter. Good news: Travis and Jill are adopting their first child from this litter: Raji. A real cutie pie.
Week 34: This is a photo of my Vice President, Dr. Jim Kitchen (right), along with Brian Sipe, former Aztec and NFL football star and now SDSU coach. Taken at the Aztec Bash on 8-30-11.
Week 35 A: My cousin Gloria Blair Gaddis, who recently published her first novel. Here she is signing my copy at the Descanso Catholic BBQ on 09-04-11. I love this woman.
Week 35 B: Bebe Sister Lisa with Julie, BFFs since they were 4 and 3, about 1965. Taken at the Descanso Catholic BBQ on 09-04-11.
Week 36: Dulce de leche cheesecake with Sarah Rose at The Cheesecake Factory, Sep. 14. I attended a CalPers retirement seminar near Fashion Valley in the morning, so we met for lunch. She ordered a low-carb cheesecake. After taking a bite of the dulce de leche I ordered, she couldn't eat the low-carb version.
Week 37: this might seem like a weird photo, and it is, but it signifies the fall equinox. Fall organizing and cleaning is more important to me than spring cleaning. I started with the pantry, to make sure everything in there was up to date and organized. Part of it is living in a high fire area, and I want to be able to quickly grab food items if we need to evacuate. Next: finish painting the sunroom.
Week 38A: We have several new babies coming into the family. On Sep. 24, we celebrated a baby shower for cousins Daniel and Amina Wilson. Here's Lisa with the very excited couple.
Week 38B: Also from the baby shower, showing Gloria's grand daughter Aleia (mother of 2-year old Chase); grand daugher-in-law Bridgette (mother of 2-year-old Bella); grand daugther-in-law Amina (soon to be mom we celebrated); and grand daughter-in-law Jen, mom of 3-year-old Aeden. Gloria has a gaggle of great-grandchildren now.
Week 39: 10-01-2011, Jill's bridal shower in Anaheim. So happy for Travis and Jill; they are such a special couple. Love them.
Week 40: Conference held at the Catamaran Resort at Mission Blvd/Pacific Beach Drive. At the northwest end of Mission Bay. Beautiful October weather in San Diego.