When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
We adopted this guy - a five year old German Shepherd known as Lobo. Awesome dog!
Just fit right in and very protective - especially when it comes the the kids.
His registered name is One Lucky Bet aka: Reno. He is registered Paint with a spunky personality but goes complete;y docile around kids. A perfect fit!
What could be better for the grands than wildlife appearing at the picyure window?
Every project is an opportunity to learn, to figure out problems and challenges, to invent and reinvent.
|ID||Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Project Status||Project Detail|
|3||Garage Patch & Paint||3/10/2019||3/10/2019||Completed|
Garage Patch & Paint
General repair or fascia and full paint of trim and panels. This project is due for completion on or before Sunday, March 10, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|6||Patch, Repair & Paint||4/1/2019||4/4/2019||75% Complete|
Patch, Repair & Paint
The sheathing has been fully exposed to the elements for - well - forever. We need to quickly replace damaged sheathing, seal and paint . It will be beautiful - honest!. This project is due for completion on or before Thursday, April 4, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|5||Pond Redux||6/10/2019||6/18/2019||25% Complete|
There is a small, seasonal pond on the property that fills during rainy season here in the foothills of San Diego. The plan is to line a substantial portion of the pond and filter the water to serve as a swimming/recreational pool fed but a separate will to be dug. Ambitious to say the least - but very doable.. This project is due for completion on or before Tuesday, June 18, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|8||Front Gate & Security||6/27/2019||7/3/2019||25% Complete|
Front Gate & Security
At present, the ranch entrance is open and unsecured. The plan is to add a driveway gate with electronic and remote control access as well as a video surveillance solution that should mitigate any immediate vulnerabilities.. This project is due for completion on or before Wednesday, July 3, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|7||Fix Our Wagon||7/23/2019||7/23/2019||Not Started|
Fix Our Wagon
A symbol of ranch history, the wagon sits at the driveway crossroad between the South-West and North-East sections of the property. Elements have done their work and this icon needs some TLC. It is not our intent to restore or improve the current condition; rather we just need to stabilize and preserve.. This project is due for completion on or before Tuesday, July 23, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|1||Driveway Repair||8/17/2019||8/20/2019||Not Started|
Weather damage includes potholes and large portions of missing asphalt. Our eventual plan includes replacing the entire driveway; but for now we the budget only allows us to patch and reseal.. This project is due for completion on or before Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
|4||Expand & Rebuild Barn||9/15/2019||9/22/2019||25% Complete|
Expand & Rebuild Barn
Our small barn is about to benefit from substantial facelift to create a family gathering venue complete with facilities and a fabulous fireplace and view.. This project is due for completion on or before Sunday, September 22, 2019 with the team rating the overall progress as indicated.
Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
The rain continues - almost daily - and all this rain has left behind nearly one-million gallons in the pond. While it is pretty dirty right now, we can imagine processing this gift into viable crop irrigation, fire protection, and maybe even a swimming place with some aggressive filtration and attention.
Not much to see, but just listen to the frogs. They are everywhere and can be heard for every corner of the place every night, all night.
We have had a flurry or two including a light dusting Christmas Eve, but this is the first real snowfall of the season.
The river marks our Southern property border and - until recent storms and rain - has been almost bone dry. Seems it is flowing again and that is a good thing!
Santa Ana winds and dry conditions bring fire danger and power outages that have delayed progress for a few days at least. Today we managed to chase down two generators (about 12,000 Watts) just before a significant percentage of the 11,000 other homeowners affected by a power shutdown were out there looking for the same.
Amazingly this is what we found as we opened the kid's room walls to add insulation. The hive was obviously well established and measures the full width and height of a piece of drywall - 4x8 feet. As a side note, check out our daughter! She is rough, ready and all-in even with the ugly, difficult or disgusting like this - definitely the team MVP.
One video just would not do. Here is another concerning the surprising find behind the walls.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
The community's name was suggested by a resident in the 1880s who said that the environment reminded her of her native
country of Switzerland. The small commercial district along Alpine Blvd. has seen some suburban development
in recent decades, and it is surrounded by large stretches of less densely populated rural areas that began in the
late 19th and early 20th century. Horse ranches and small farms are still common, along with open chaparral hillsides
and riparian canyons. Before its modern settlement, the area was part of the home of the Kumeyaay Indians, whose ancestors had lived here
possibly as long as 12,000 years.
The slogan, "Best Climate in the U. S. A. by Government Report" was adopted by all early in the 20th century and gained traction during World War I when a government survey determined that the Alpine climate was very well suited for the convalescence of soldiers with respiratory diseases, sometimes due to the poison gasses used in the war. Dr. Lischner converted the Los Robles Hotel to a modern sanatorium which offered complete care for service men sent here from all over the country to recover. After the sanatorium burned down, in 1923, Dr. Lischner's associate, Dr. Barkema, built the Alpine Sanatorium and General Hospital on Tavern Road. This facility closed in 1942. In 1963, a new and modern convalescent center opened for business on the hill on Alpine Boulevard.
Resorts were the leading businesses in the area from the late 1890's through the 1930's and into the 1940's. Early in the 1920's, a list of resorts included Los Terrenitos,Wildwood Glen Ranch,The Willows,Viejas Vista, The Oaks and Ye Alpine Tavern.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.