Monday, February 17, 2014

Family Events and Travels

Family Birthday Gathering and San Francisco Audition

Happy Valentine and President's Days everyone.  Reise and Sophie are enjoying the day off from school by playing with K Nexs and their X Box.

Chris turned 47 on February 9th and the family gathered for cake and singing. 

iPhoto by Lori Kohl
Chris is shown with Jillian, Sophie, Jordan, Caitlyn, Leah, Tawnie, baby Logan, Lance and Reise

iPhoto by Michelle Herd
Ashlyn, Ivan, and Rhianna in Chinatown

Michelle, Ashlyn, Ivan, and Rhianna traveled to San Francisco for Ashlyn's latest out of town audition at the San Francisco Music Conservatory.  They also visited Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Cable Cars, and the Redwood Forest.

iPhoto by Rhianna or Michelle Herd

Other photos from the San Francisco trip sent to me by iPhone...

Rhianna at Chinatown

And, of course, San Francisco Cable Car...

Ashlyn also sang with the Colorado All State Mixed Choir so we have all been busy attending her events.  

Enjoying the talents of Colorado singers chosen for All State Choirs
Anne, Ivan, Ashlyn, George, Rhianna, and Michelle.  What an amazing group of high school students chosen to attend the 3 day event, stay at the Hyatt Hotel, and perform at the 
Denver Convention Center.

I am still waiting for Supernatural, Season 9, episode 14 to return from their latest hiatus...
In case you are counting down with me it is currently 8 days, 7 hours, 42 minutes and 5 seconds.

You may have seen the photo below on Facebook:

And Supernatural has officially been picked up for their 10th season!

In the meantime GRIMM is a fun TV series in which Nick, the GRIMM, faces off with all manner of ancient evils.  Try it - you might like it and it could help pass the time until Dean and Sam reappear on Tuesday, February 25th.  Season 3 of GRIMM returns on February 28th.  Seasons 1 and 2 of GRIMM are available on iTunes. Seasons 1 thru 8 of Supernatural are also available on iTunes or Netflix.

Retirement is weird! Truth to tell I have become a TV addict like my mother.  My mother was always glued to her TV and was not available to visit during the Soap Operas and game shows she watched everyday.  I never thought I would share this trait but with Netflix and iTunes it is possible to watch (and re-watch)any show of your liking at any time day or night and they are commercial free!  WHEEEEE

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Coldest February Ever

For the first time in the 12 years I've lived in this house the kitchen water pipes have frozen.  The temperature has been as low as 15 below zero with some days that never got above zero.  Thanks to Chris we were able to thaw the pipes without them bursting by opening cupboard under the sink and running a shop heater and hair dryer along with dripping water from the hot water tank for about 24 hours.  Luckily no pipes burst.

Ahh to be in sunny California where Hannah is having the opening day of her softball team, the Red Hots, and her name is Pepper.  Goooo Red Hots!

Just look at all that sunshine, green grass, trees with leaves and kids wearing short sleeves! 

Ashlyn performed in Opera Scenes at Denver School of the Arts.  She was Professor Sprout and is shown with wings at bottom right below.  It was a delightful performance in which various Fairy God Mothers were taking therapy (fairapy) from Professor Sprout for having failed their charges such as Romeo and Juliet who ended up dead because their Fairy Godmother decided to visit sights rather than protect them - we all know how that ended for them.

Amazing singers!

Ashlyn looked fantastic with wings! This week she is singing at the Denver Conference Center with All State choirs  Next weekend she will travel with the family to San Francisco where she will do another college audition!  Good Times!

BRONCOS are down but not out!

The Superbowl last week reminded all of Denver of those losing Super bowls of yore.  Remember we are the AFC champions and we did all spend lots of $$$$ on shirts and stuff.  As Peyton Manning says we will be back!

There was "No Joy in Mudville" - and rumor has it that even staunch Bronco fans turned off the TV before or by the half!  I dare not enter the final score!

SUPERNATURAL:  Sam and Dean visited the Spa and looked really different in their spa-wear.  The show is on hiatus until February 25th due to Olympic coverage. I am counting down until the next episode which will have Dean and Sam in a haunted Bunker.  Should be interesting.  Meanwhile I am trying out alternate shows such as Green Arrow, Blacklist, The Following... but I miss Supernatural!  Luckily there are 8 seasons prior to this 9th season to fall back on.  Love Dean singing "Eye of the Tiger: in the Yellow Fever episode. The music used in Supernatural episodes is another bonus to watching the show.  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Styx, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan... to name a few artists featured on the episodes. 

As of right now we need to wait 17 days, 4 hours, 54 minutes and 15 seconds to watch "Captives."  Unless you're in California then it will be 17 days, 6 hours... YIKES!!