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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Is it really spring??

Wow, 3 amazing days in a row. It's so beautiful out, my Jenna Dog has felt the need to"escape" all 3 days, romping happily thru the neighbors woods with me running behind waiving peanut butter laden cookies, sometimes in my PJ's, trying to entice her back (she's suicidal you know. runs right in front of snow plows and fed ex trucks). I'm sure the neighbors are quite entertained. This morning I was at Anna Rees house making lemon curd (she makes the best) when I got the phone call. Phil, "YOUR dog's out." Me: "why is she MY dog when she's running amok, and YOUR dog when she's snuggled on the couch?" Phil: "Better get her. Mail lady is on the way" (Jenna will follow the mail truck for blocks trying to stop it. After all, it has the dog bones inside). So off I ran, cookies in my PJ pockets, sliding in oversized bedroom slippers, always 50 feet behind her. I finally gave up the pointless exercise, and went back to Anna's, leaving a cookie crumb trail right up to her kitchen door. BINGO. 30 seconds after I went inside, Jenna was at the door, I assume looking for the source of the cookie crumbs. It's so satisfying knowing I am at least occasionally smarter than an animal that has a brain the size of a WALNUT.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Amazing Deer sighting

Went to Bridgeport with Sue, hiked the Buttermilk Trail, which takes you about 100 ft above the Yuba River. It was so hot we decided to take a trail down to the river to cool off and let Jasper the dog have a drink. While we were basking on boulders, we sighted a very young deer jump right into the river about 200 yds up stream. The water is COLD AND FAST, and we watched in dread as the young doe approached the rapids. I could not imagine she could survive the wicked white ice water. Low and behold, when she got to the drop off, she tucked in and rode it out, disappearing below the water for about 5 seconds, then popping up just in time to swim sideways to a beach area. She then jumped out, shook off, and leaped up the steep hillside. It was AMAZING. What a pro. I don't think she had any doubt, but we were holding our breath the whole time. When we hiked back to the main trail, a group of concerned hikers asked what happened to her, as they had seen her enter the water to avoid them on the trail, but couldn't make her out in the water. We were happy to report she made it safely back to solid ground. Whew!
The wildflowers are just starting to show at Bridgeport. Couple of more weeks. Did you notice that the daffodils are in bloom on Hwy 49. You know, my friend Lynn Donald of Indian Hills Flower Farm started that daffodil planting program many years ago. Every year when I see them pop their sunny heads up I think of her. Thank you Lynn!

I know it's still officially winter, but

spring is literally in the air. Walked out into the yard at 7pm 2nite, and definitely smelled bloomin flowers coming from somewhere around the neighborhood. I'm off to Bridgeport tomorrow to hike the Buttermilk trail, where I am hoping at least some of the wildflowers are showing their face.
Went to the Google rally Sunday with Dixie (her wearing the cook GOLD lady ga-ga wig, so easy to spot). Had lots of time to see who/what's new in Nevada City. Cheese shop on commercial shop gone, used kids clothing coming in. Tortilla Grill gone, Kabob's taking it's place. Fresh fish shop opening on Pine St (across from Pine St. Cafe). The owner is a guy I went thru grammer, jr, high and high school in El Cerrito with, Eric Juell. This is his 2nd store. The other is off Whispering Pines in GV.
Still no word on when the Cascade Shores Store will re-open, but the word I got from the realtor is they will hire "local."
Caroline and Mike Inglis are planning a trip to Israel end of month. They are taking their grandkids, Ash and Isabel to see their Dad, who is living there for the time being. Have a great trip Inglis family! Charlotte and Larry Starns survived their trip to South America. Apparently they landed on the day of the quake in one of the heavily affected areas, and had to be bussed out, as the runways were wrecked by the quake. Scary stuff.