September 20, 2015

What a wonderful day, today has been. We woke up late, it was nearly 07:30, and we decided that today we were going to just stay home and not go anywhere. We needed a break and today was going to be that break. Yesterday was Stacy's party, and it was lots of fun, as well as doing a very good job of wearing out the girls (and us). They were both still asleep and so we decided to take advantage of the quiet and just relaxed in bed for a little while. We did manage to get up, a little after 08:00 and we went in and checked on Jason. That's where we found out the girls got up a little while after we had gotten back in bed, and they were in the room with Jason. They were watching cartoons and having a very good time.

 I decided to start breakfast and Linda started laundry (I think mine was more fun). By the time she was ready to sit down, breakfast was done. I scrambled some chorizo with egg and potatoes for Jason and I; I also made some French Toast for Stacy; and, Linda and Jackie were happy with some Wheat Chex cereal. The kitchen was probably a little messier than it would normally be for breakfast, but that was okay, it all tasted very good.

Linda wanted to get started on putting some things away, because we were going to be seeing the Pickettes, a little later in the afternoon (early evening). They were bringing Candy and Pumpkin back to us! Anne and Glenn have been caring for the cats, for over a year now, through the program, Dogs on Deployment (DoD). DoD is a non-profit (501c3) that helps military families locate "foster" homes for their pets, and we were grateful that the service was available to us. It has been rough on the cats, with all the moves, and now that they were really getting comfortable with the Pickettes, we moved them again - but at least this time they are back with us. Anne and Glenn have been wonderful with them, and they have been treated very well. We could not have asked for a better place for them to spend that year and a half.

Glenn and Anne brought the cats this evening, and then stayed for dinner. Both Stacy and Jackie were more excited about the cats coming than we were. When we went over to Anne and Glenn's place, to visit with them and the cats, we would sometimes take Stacy and Jackie with us. This allowed them to become more familiar with them, and I hope it allows the cats to become a little more acclimated to this "new" home, a little easier. Anyway, dinner was nice and relaxed, and they got to spend some time with Jason, discussing all kinds of things, just the way Jason likes it. He has an amazingly broad range of knowledge and enjoys talking about all sorts of different things.

One of the exciting things that Glenn showed us was a new app that is available for my phone. It's called the ISS Tracker (that's International Space Station). It allows you to see it, if it should pass overhead, and there was an iridium flair while we all stood outside. The app helps to let you know when they are going to happen. It was also nice just being able to go outside. Today it got up to about 105 degrees and there was a power outage. From what I understand there were many many people without power, and it lasted for a few hours. Fortunately, we have a generator and it worked just like it was supposed to. In fact, it was so smooth, I wasn't even aware of an outage until Jason told me about it. Everything is back to normal again, and the house has continued to be cool.

I'm not sure about tomorrow, as it is supposed to be another hot day, and yet it is also possible that it is going to rain. I used to think that weather in the SF Bay Area was a little strange, and now sometimes it gets very strange around here. Whatever happens, I'm going to enjoy it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Whatever happens in this life, this is not our Home! Praying!
    Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


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