Steve Zahn & Me...

Those who know me, know I am a "star" magnet. Last night, while watching television, I saw someone I had met before... Steve Zahn.

Now he's on Modern Family in a key sixth season role as The Dunphys’ horrible new neighbor. I fell in love with Mr. Zahn in the film, That Thing You Do, and this new part of “Ronnie" is a different kind of guy, the head of an annoying family that moves in next door. The part is described as a recurring guest-star role which makes us Zahn fans so very, very happy.

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Fall Colors on 395...

There is not much I have to say about the profusion of colors that accompanied us on our way to Southern California.

It made the journey exceptional. Wow.

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My John Hindmarsh Day...

John is an author, a friend and an Australian. So when I have the opportunity to hear him speak, I'm there.

Acting as John's agent, if you will, I got him an interview on "Howie's Morning Rush" on KRLT Radio station. We were there at 8 AM for over an hour of fun.

Later, John spoke as the Friends of the Library presentation. He told of his interesting personal history, shared how to self-publish and then read from his newest book. It was a fantastic evening of camaraderie with other writers and devout bibliophiles.

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Ursus americanus is among us!

Here we are, last chance to see a bear for the season and we see four of them- Score!

And the best way to see a bear is as it dines on Kokanee salmon in Taylor Creek.

Bob and the bear have a 'moment'.

The second bear was very focused on dinner.
Until this third one came down the path and encouraged him to move along.

Our last bear was the most timid and stayed the least amount of time, but was still a marvel to watch.
We are a die hard bear brigade.
We ended our exciting night celebrating Bob's birthday. What a night!

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Petaluma for Seeds & Beer...

We headed south on Highway 101 for two stops in the darling town of Petaluma.

I have been wanting to stop here forever, but we normally visit Petaluma on Saturdays, when the store is closed. Today was our lucky day. The Sonoma County Bank building, constructed in 1926, is home to the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company's west coast location.

The “Seed Bank” store is a beacon for gardeners, foodies, shoppers, and tourists alike. Offering over 1,500 varieties of heirloom seeds, garlic, tools, books, and hundreds of local hand-made gifts and food items.
Bacon Magazine? Awesome!

There was a very special feeling that came over me when I entered this magnificent building. Maybe it's the history or more likely the promise of new life and the hope for beauty and nourishment. I really can't explain it.

Lunch was a truly unique experience.

The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary ‘foundling’ as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. It is good to have friends!
Dining was an outdoor community experience.

BananaGrams® and Corgies... It doesn't get much better than that!
“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip,
but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”
-Czech Proverb

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A Santa Rosa Sojourn...

A weekend in Santa Rosa with the kids, means new scenery and great fun.

Lunch was in Davis but not here. I had to laugh at this restaurant. It took me forever to get over the psychological horrors of "The Shining" and now they're promoting it as a place to dine. Hmm.
Breakfast was C's famous homemade coffeecake. Yum!

While the girls thrift store shopped, the boys did some chores.

Our evening ended with a complete game of Monopoly and then a movie. Simple family fun- just what we needed.

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SUP to SoUP...

Winter is coming! Here's a great indicator...

The owners of SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Tahoe realized that they needed a winter business.
So they added an 'O' to SUP and are going to open a SoUP restaurant. I can't wait. I love clever!

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No Bears in Sight...

Our 2nd Annual pilgrimage to Taylor Creek with Gene and Joanne resulted in no bear sightings but it was a lovely, warm Fall day... perfect for an explore.

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