Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Is She EVER Going to Blog Again???

Yes, I am.

I've probably lost some of you, my friends and readers, but things got busy around Boston Manor and I was just too doggone tired to think about blog fodder.

Besides I was busy recovering from a busy holiday season which included a visit from my brother, Mr. Conno,r to you faithful TBL readers.  He joined us for about ten days after spending Christmas with these two cuties in Wyoming.

One of my awesome Christmas presents from them.

I cannot imagine why he has that hat on?!?

I took some time off from....

My main canine squeezes, after the BTs, of course.


Teaching Assistant Darcy oversees my English/Japanese class.
Thank you Miss D.

...while Mr. Connor was here so we could goof off and do some fun stuff.

We played tourist and took a tour of the Newport Harbor.

Author, Dean Koontz, little place

Nicolas Cage's former abode

Gilligan's Island was partly filmed in this little cove.

Lots of expensive real estate and playthings.

John Wayne's old yacht on the left. The family still uses it.

The seals have the right idea, just take over and lie wherever you want.

We enjoyed a day at the Richard M. Nixon library in Yorba Linda:

Mr. Connor next to the Presidential Helicopter.

and took another day to tour the U.S.S. IOWA which is on permanent display in Long Beach.

We did a lot of this on this really great self-guided tour!

We also returned to The Will Rogers State park and were lucky to see these deer on our way out nibbling on the hay put out for the horses.

Mr. Connor INSISTED we go for a tour in Hollywood that drove through the Rodeo Drive area and into Beverly Hills where we saw lots of homes belonging to the rich and famous!

(Okay, he didn't insist, I'm a total fan-girl and love that kind of thing
 and I think he did it so I could have a thrill. )

Tour guide took us past these locations once she found out I was a Real Housewives fan.
 (Yes, I admit it)

Other than looking like total gawkers and stalkers in our topless tour van, it was great fun and I recommend it - if you like that kind of stuff.

The animal crowd held their own during the last month or so.
Don't even know what to say about this picture:

And look what the Bostons got for Christmas!!!

It's coming... wait for it!

Yes, we have gone totally California-crazy and now our dogs will be able to explore by bike with us.
I've been on the lookout for a used one of these ever since we moved here and I struck gold at a little consignment shop down the road.

Don't they look like cool canines?

Speaking of which, Mr. Connor surely misses those dinners we had at "The Dog" while he was here!

 The perfect restaurant for the Boston Household to frequent.  Lucky for us it is reasonable and right across from the movie theater.
Yep, saw a few of those too in preparation for this year's Oscars!

All in all a very busy month or so.

I'm back at work with my doggies and my Japanese students.  In fact I've been asked to do some special one-on-one classes with my Japanese students, so that venture will be expanding and I will be spending less time in the dog walking biz.

So, tell me my friends, what did I miss with you?
What? Read your blogs?
 Why of course I will.
I promise!
And I promise to resurrect my blogging habits and post more frequently.

Thank you to all those who were so kind as to ask when I would be back and checked in to make sure everything is going okay for us here at Boston Manor.  We are entering 2014 with renewed positive energy and look forward to a year of good health, gainful employment, new experiences and happy days.  We wish all the same to all of you and your families.

TBL, out!


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

My goodness a busy month in-deed!
Looks like a lot of sight seeing...and gawking going on out there.
The John Wayne yacht looks like it would tump over in a big wave! LOL.
Glad to hear it is still in use though.
The time with Mr. Connor sounds like such fun and so memorable! Cute calendar...don't you just love getting things like that? I do.
That pull cart for the Bostons... I absolutely LOVE! I like the Red color too. The only thing I could see it needing of those really tall safety ORANGE flags. You know what I'm talking about?
We have to keep you and the bostons all safe out there on the roads. :)

Did I ever think you were going to return to blogging? YOU KNOW IT!
Glad to read this post...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Time never stands still and you are living life to the fullest! Love seeing photos of what you've been doing. How I would love to come and play the tourist and see famous places. LOVE the dogs new ride! How cool is that! Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes my friend! I've missed you! Sweet hugs!

rottrover said...

OMD you've been busy having fun!! So nice to see you back!

The Country Mouse said...

Welcome back, TBL! You have been missed! Wonderful pictures - you sure have been exploring your new locale. I am definitely going to get out there and witness some of it first hand! Lovely to read all about it and know that 2014 will surely be your best year ever!

Olive said...

Hi Ann, you have been busy. I know it was lovely to see your brother. I love the dog carriage. I have been barely blogging myself. I get very busy with my booths and that is distracting me. So good to hear from you, olive

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you on blogger; I just cannot get into facebook as much as blogger!
Love the cool Bostons bike wagon!! I enjoyed the photos of what has been keeping you busy. Blessings to you and yours in this new year.

Mr. Connor said...

Wow ! A good time was had by all. Mr. Tennis really liked the tour of Hollywood ~ area as he did not have to drive. ( Hard to see things when you are supposed to be driving ) Think "bike ride" has taken on a whole new meaning for the " Bostons " You can propably add " Tour Guide " to your list of jobs , right ? Thank you very much

the cape on the corner said...

I've been taking a blog break too. looks like you're having lots of fun on yours! I love that the bostons can now bike with you-I always want that for my cats, but I think that's just what I want...not necessarily them.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What great adventures you had! You visited so many awesome places. Glad you had such a great time with Mr. Connor. I love the Boston's new ride, that is so cool! Glad to see you back.....Debby

Chatty Crone said...

I think you made up for not blogging. I am so jealous! THere were so extremely cook things to see there. I missed yah. sandie

Erika Christine said...

It looks like you have been very busy! I need to update as well. Should I mention that I am now on an email basis with your nephew? Not sure when I'm going to be able to criss cross the country to visit but hopefully!

Edilma Weissmueller said...

It is great to have you back on line/ My goodness THE Bostons have gone CALIFORNIA for sure what a cute contraption, way to go.
You did have a busy and fun month. Welcome back.

Sue said...

It was nice to read your blog. Although being born and raised out here, you have done things I never had done! I think it's time I get busy! Glad you are enjoying life here in sunny SoCal!!

Take care,

Susan Norris said...

Loved that you finally returned!
I missed hearing about your adventures.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You look like you have been enjoying life, Ann...lots of fun times! Seriously...your pups are so darn cute!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

It does look like you made good use of your time away from work. :)
I love the dog buggy, and it is a great way for them to get out with you on your adventures.
The new pictures of the pets are lovely.
Happy 2014!