Sunday, January 27, 2008

Beautiful Weather Weekend

The Bakers enjoyed a terrific weekend. The weather was in the 50's and 60's and just too nice not to take a walk. We traveled to the east side to walk the Galloway trail. The path was packed with people and dogs. William behaved very much like William by straining at the leash and eagerly trying to bite every dog in sight. He is such a Sealyham. Still no news from Austin, TX ... everyone is in a holding pattern.

Tomorrow Jennifer is starting on a new radio station, Alice 95.5 (it's rock), and Paul is spending the week preparing for his big superbowl party. More later . . .

Sunday, January 20, 2008

War Weekend

We had a great winter weekend with the highs in the 20's and the lows in the single digits. Thus we decided to plow through our Netflix movies and saw Iow Jima followed by Flags of Our Fathers. Both of these deal with the same battle from the two different perspectives. Clint Eastwood directed both movies. This afternoon we moved ahead in time to see Charlie Wilson's War to end our "war focus" on a lighter note. We were glad to see the three movies and to reflect both on the folly and sometimes the need of war. Hope your weekend was a pleasant one for you. MLKing Day will add one more day to our weekend, but I think the movie watching is over for now.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Summer Reunion Bower/Baker

The photos below are from our scouting trip this afternoon to prepare for the Baker/ Bower reunion this summer.

The closest accommodations are here at the Crystal Cove Bed & Breakfast. Although you can't see it from the photo, this location has a spectacular view of the lake. It is within walking distance of the house we will be renting.

Slightly further away, probably necessitating driving--unless you want to walk for 1/2 a mile to a mile, is the Old Southern Inn and the Bradford Inn. Old Southern appears to be modest, but nice. The Bradford Inn appears to be a top notch establishment--very nice. Either way, both are within a mile of the house we're renting.

Although many of the extended family will be staying in accommodations nearby, we expect many meals, card games and much conversation to take place at the house we'll be renting for the week. When you look at the photos, remember that they were taken on January 13.

Here is Paul enjoying the afternoon on the deck at our lake home for a week. Notice the hot tub in the background.

Here you can see Jennifer gazing out across one of the many coves on Tablerock Lake. This is just down the hill from the deck of the house. The beach is rocky, but there is easy access to the water.

Anyone want to bring a boat? A canoe maybe?

The friendly chocolate lab in the photos appears to belong to the neighbors. We can't say if he'll be attending or not.

Look back up toward the house from the beach and this is what you'll see. Notice both an upper and lower deck. There will be ample room for lots of fun with family.

Monday, January 7, 2008

January 7 Tornadoes

What a night! Storms rolling through our area one after another. Sirens going off again and again. Our dear neighbors, the Mark Ellis family, who lack a basement level, came to visit and their twin sons were a great source of entertainment.
We all hung out in the basement talking and playing with legos. What a great community event to spend some time together. Lots of lighting but no damage done. Marsha brought a delicious buttermilk chocolate cake for dessert.