Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Day In The Life.....

...of my family! Kinder Bear reporting in today. Since my family is on vacation, we decided to make the day special with things that didn't cost too much as Christmas has pretty much put us on a very long-term, very tight budget!

We decided to take Chloe the Dog along and she said I could ride in her harness!

Our first stop was Chik-fil-A.

Now many of you know that my mom Molly is a vegetarian so why stop at Chik-fil-A? Well for the cow calendar of course! Mom LOVES cows and each year Chik-fil-A puts out a wonderful cow calendar - this year the subject is "Great Works of Cow Literature". Miss Molly used to only be able to get a calendar at the Chik-fil-A in Lansdale, PA when she would visit Mr. Ryan's parents. But since they have opened a location here in San Diego, she just has to swing by the one at the Sports Arena. While there, my family decided to have some lunch.

Mr. Ryan got a chocolate shake. It's almost as big as me!

Miss Molly got french fries.....

....and cole slaw too. :-) Miss Sarah feasted on the chicken sandwich and their legendary lemonade. Mmm....good!

Next stop was Petsmart......

...to get the kitties their food (I think my family's food looks a lot more tasty but....)

Our next stop was beautiful Balboa Park. The trees are all so wonderful and perfect for climbing and lounging...

There were some gorgeous clouds, but no sign of rain, unfortunately.

Look at this cool tree - it's bent at a 90 degree angle!

This tree will be filled with leaves as soon as Spring arrives.

And this ficus has the most wonderful, gnarly root system.

We took Miss Chloe to "Nate's Dog Park" which is just West of the big Cabrillo Bridge.

Chloe wasn't quite sure what to do first but she soon figured out her plan.

When we were walking back to the car, Miss Sarah took these pictures of Miss Molly and Mr. Ryan - still in love after 16 years of marriage!

This is a wonderful view of the Museum of Man.

And it's even a prettier view with Miss Sarah in the picture!

The sun was blocked by the clouds and trees.

We decided to take the scenic route back home so we could go looking for trains. We saw this engine from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe parked in front of Petco Park.

We drove further south and saw this BNSF waiting to be dispatched.

On the way back, we had to wait for the Coaster to cross our path.

Bye Mr. Coaster and bye for now everyone!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Mail From The U.K.!

"Special Delivery from the U.K.!" our letter carrier called out! Kinder was so excited that he ran out the door and jumped up to the mailbox.

I think I can get it mom!

Oh my goodness! Royal mail! We've never received royal mail before!

Kinder ran in and asked Lancelot if he could help him open and read the letter (Lancelot, being a bear with glasses, is often thought to be most intelligent.) Young Elmo bear, who was just spending the day rocking in his chair, was happy that he had a seat for the "Great Envelope Opening"! It seemed most appropriate to sit under the Christmas tree for this task.

Why it's not one but TWO beautiful cards from our friends on Flickr! It's from Five and all his friends and Gary and Vince too!! And what gorgeous hand made cards!! Elmo just loved the glittery poinsettias on the front of this one!

Someone is so very talented (we think perhaps it is Five - we must look for golden glitter all over him in his next picture on Flickr!)

Lancelot and Kinder read the sweet note inside: "To Molly and Family, Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Gary and Vince" Oh how thoughtful of these two wonderful friends! To take time out of their busy lives to send cards all the way from England to us! We're so very, very touched!

Look at this second card! Why it's Five and all of his friends on the front!

And inside it has all their names too!

Gary, Vince, Five, Jeremy and all the gang - on behalf of all the bears at Molly's house here in San Diego, we thank you so much for thinking of us and doing such a thoughtful thing! We shall keep the cards and think of you fondly!

Oh and after reading the cards, Elmo climbed the very tall ladder...

....and sat amongst the ornaments and thought of all his blessings! Thank you again!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Meet Lily Mousie!!!

Well, it all started out rather innocently. I asked Mom if we could buy a hat from Miss Christy at the Craggy Moor Store. I was rather concerned about the warmth of my head on those cold San Diego nights! We looked at her Web site....

...and I decided that the stocking cap with the jingle bell would be perfect! So as my mom was taking care of this purchase, she happened to see Miss Christy's beautiful Mousies that were up for adoption.

So....I got my stocking cap. Doesn't it look warm and toasty? And....

Miss Lily Mousie came to live with us! Isn't she the cutest darn thing????

Well, instantly we had a "Craggy Moor" reunion. Miss Betsy, Lily and I talked about how WONDERFUL it was to live in Ohio with Miss Christy and her family. We miss them all so very, very much but we also are happy to be living in sunny San Diego with Miss Molly and her family!

p.s. If you click on this picture, you can see how much Miss Norah Cat LOVES Miss Betsy! They sit next to each other all of the time and so Betsy has a bit more "fur" than usual! Guess Mom should have checked that out before taking this fun picture today! ;-)