Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day in South Carolina

Monday was a good day to stay home.

Monday, November 15, 2010 A Place for Plants

Lisa is working on a new website:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Party at the Grille

Cleo's Pumpkin

Friday, April 9, 2010

At the Masters

Lisa and Steve went to the Masters practice round on Tuesday.

More Pictures

Saturday, February 13, 2010


We posted some pictures on our main web site.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Savannah River Site tour

Lisa and I took a tour of the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC. The facility was started in 1950 to produce nuclear materials for weapons during the Cold War. The SRS complex covers 310 square miles. Six small towns, with 6000 people, were taken over to built the site.

See Steve's blog for a longer report.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Newsletter 2009

We wish you all a Merry Christmas. Our major event for 2009 was moving into the new house at Mount Vintage in June. It was a lot of work, but we're very happy with the results. Once the few remaining punch list items are completed, we hope to start entertaining again.

Lisa enjoyed the pool during the summer, floating, reading and swimming. We had chosen to do all the landscaping ourselves so she worked on the garden in her free time. On the weekends, Steve dug holes as instructed and carried heavy items. If you'd like to see pictures of the house and garden, please visit "Construction Central" on the web.

Summertime in the pool allowed Lisa to finish all her book clubs' books for the next year and she continued to be involved with several local organizations including the Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta, the Cherokee Rose Garden Club and the Pawprints Foundation.

Cleo immediately loved the new house because she is able to run free on the empty lots all around us. She enjoys chasing deer and any other wildlife she can find. We don't enjoy chasing after her through dense woods, but Lisa doesn't like to let her out of her sight so she plunges along behind. Heidi enjoys a couple of short walks a day, also relishing her freedom. Her arthritis seems to be under control and she's a very happy old dog, still enjoying the occasional tug of war with Cleo, who sometimes lets her win.

Steve is writing software from home four days a week, and petro-commuting on Mondays. He finds that working at home on his trusty Mac is not much different from being in the office, except the commute is noticeably shorter and the dress code is somewhat relaxed.

Steve is now attending church at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Edgefield, about ten miles north of our house. The granite church was constructed by Irish stone masons around 1860. It's a small parish of about 150 friendly people. We share our priest and a deacon with another parish in a neighboring county. Edgefield is a quaint old town, the home of ten governors and a turkey museum.

In October, Steve attended his 25-year reunion at Stanford. He had a great time reconnecting with old friends. While he was in town, he also saw schoolmates from Bellarmine and St. Christopher's. His parents are doing well in San Jose. His sister and her family live nearby. His brother came down to visit from Davis. It was a wonderful trip.

We're looking forward to settling into the new house in the coming year and becoming a part of the community.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Steve and Lisa

Friday, November 27, 2009


We had Thanksgiving lunch at the Grille, early, so Steve could get 9 holes of golf in afterwards. It wasn't busy - a bit too cold to be busy - so I walked around with him. He played the Vintage Nine so I was able to take pictures and see parts of Mt Vintage from the golf course rather than the road. It was a good afternoon and hopefully we have started a new tradition.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brain Fruit Tree

Steve and I took Cleo for a walk in the woods - on one of the trails at the third roundabout in Mt Vintage. We (Cleo with us in tow) chased deer and waded through 4' high weeds and finally had to make a path through the woods to get back to a road - fortunately it was a road in Mt Vintage. We found some fruit that looked like brains so we Googled it and found Maclura pomifera.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

We're out in the boonies so we didn't expect any trick-or-treaters. We went to a Halloween party at the Mount Vintage Grille. The picture is one of our jack-o'-lanterns.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stanford Reunion

I attended my 25-year reunion at Stanford and had a great time. It was fun to reconnect with my old college friends, including Bill and Dianne (pictured here, I'm almost in the picture on left).

If you're interested, I posted my Stanford classbook page for the Class of '84 reunion. Todd got me a ticket for the game so I was able to sit with him in the new stadium -- this was my first time back since it was built a couple of years ago. Stanford played a fantastic game and beat Arizona State. Toby Gerhart definitely deserves Heisman consideration.

While I was in town, I also got to see other friends and family. I had lunch at Bellarmine with an old teacher, Tom Alessandri, who knew Mike well. I also got together with a few Bellarmine friends and got caught up a bit with what's happening with my St. Chris buddies.

I got to see my niece, Ashley, playing field hockey. Presentation has one of the top teams this year. My nephew, Michael, is in eighth grade at St. Chris and is planning to attend Bellarmine next year. It was nice to see them again in person. Mom and Dad are looking good. It's hard to believe their son is getting so old.

And I should mention that the weather was perfect. I wore shorts to a night game in October. Really, a great trip.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spent the Summer floating

This is the good life. Working on the garden in the mornings and floating in the pool for the afternoon. What could be better? I've read some good books and done lots of thinking while swimming and floating. Cleo watches from the side. She fell in once - and jumped right out again. Looks like my last swim of the year will have been September 27th.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labor Day weekend project

Who knew that Steve could turn out to be a master carpenter. Progress was slow but we got it done. Lisa handled the mitre saw with skill!

Cleo takes over Bertie's sofa

The picture says it all.