Monday, July 25, 2005


Our new landscaping has been installed. Due to severe drought conditions in Southern Nevada we have converted the front lawn into xeriscape. Takes hardly any water and very little maintenance. I need a new picture because the plants are much bigger now and it doesn't look so much like a rock garden.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Sam's Hard Head

Soon after (within hours) of my last post, Sam took a little sleep walking stroll. Normally this wouldn't be a problem except that Sam sleeps on a loft 7 feet above the ground. Sam went sailing off that loft with the biggest THUNK I've ever heard in my life. Sam and I spent several hours in the Emergency Room. If ever Sam pretends to be dumb, I'm not falling for it. He had to have a CT Scan so now I've seen photos of his brain so I know he has one! It is very wrinkly! All this for the low, low price of $3022!! Thank God Mike has a good job that provides good health insurance!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Karate Convention

The weekend of July 15-17, 2005 I attended the Chun Kuk Do International Conference and World Championships. I had several classes to help me improve my karate in preparation for my test for black belt. (I'm scheduled to test in June of 2006.) I also competed in kata (a pretend choreographed fight) and fighting. I got 4th place in both events. As you'll see in the pictures there were only 4 competitors in my division (old women over 35 who have managed to obtain the rank of red belt (me) or red/black belt (one test short of black belt - the other three.) Considering that I've had my red belt for less than three months I was pretty impressed with myself!

My mom, Julie, attended as a spectator. So did my daughter, Ana.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

My Travelling World

Okay, here I go again. Now I'm going to try to add a map to my blog of all the states I've visited. I'm not including states where I've only seen the airport or the list would be longer.

create your own personalized map of the USA

How about the world? Looks like I need to go SOUTH!!!

create your own visited country map

My First Blog

This is my first blog. I'm testing it out to see if it's something I want to do on a regular basis. I'll try uploading a picture, too, just to see if I can.

I guess I can!! This is the picture of Mike and me at my parent's Fiftieth Anniversary party in Oregon in August of 2004.