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March 18, 2018


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Scrapbooking Through the Years

March 18, 2018

Once upon a time, in 2003, my friend Deborah called me and said, "Get in your car and come up to Bodega Bay and join a bunch of girls for scrapbooking this weekend."

"I don't scrap."

"It doesn't matter. Just tell your Little Honey Bunch you're coming up for the weekend and get up here. Food and everything is taken care of."

So, I threw my computer in a bag and I went.

I remember getting very emotional on my way up. Here I was, driving in the beautiful countryside, in my convertible Mercedes, going to hang out with a bunch of girls while my lovely Little Honey Bunch took care of our little ones. I am the epitome of the American Dream. A hard working immigrant who wouldn't let anything stand in the way of achieving it. It was a tough road at times, but I made it.

Anyway, I digress. So, just having returned from our Spring Scrapbooking trip, I got a bee in my bonnet to figure out how many times I'd been and with who (whom?).

Here's what I came up with. I have been on a scrapbooking trip THIRTY times! 5 times at the first 'moldy' house; 1 time at Straka Springs; 1 time at the Bodega house where Evelyn spilled a soda all over the entry; 10 times at the Discovery Bay house until they sold it out from under us; 5 times at Susie's house that we almost set on fire a couple of times; 4 times at A View to a Kill with a killer setup for services but with killer stairs for scrappers; and 4 times at our current Dolphin House.

And here's a list of attendees each time with a picture of each time.

October 4, 2003 - Bodega Bay Moldy

Alison
Angela
Carrie
Deborah
Doris
Jackie
Lisa A
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly
Trisha

This is the first time I went when Deborah called me and told me to come up. That's Alison and Shelly. Here are more pics took (click here).

October 4, 2003

March 6, 2004 - Straka Springs Glasscutters

Ann Kinney
Deborah
Evelyn
Lisa A
Mary D
Marcie
Patty D
Rosy
Sharon
Susan Lawlor

I don't remember why we did this at my house. Probably because Deborah said to. LOL My lovely Little Honey Bunch even took the kids camping to Bodega Bay so the girls could have this weekend at my house. I remember Mary D bought 'The Notebook' and we all cried out eyes out. We watched it while Marcie was gone because, you know, her mom's Alzheimer's. Here's a link to my 'scrapbook' page (click here). And some more pics on Dropbox (click here).

March 6, 2004

September 23, 2004 - Bodega Bay Moldy

Carrie
Deborah
Doris
Evelyn
Kate
Leslie
Lisa A
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly
Trisha

Debbi
Paula

This must be when we started having Debbi and Paula (RIP) come up and do services. Massages, facials, pedicures. We fit a lot of people into that little house! Before selfie sticks. I probably took this picture with an actual camera. Must be Ev's hand in the lower left. Here's a link to my scrapped page of this trip (click here).

September 23, 2004

April 28, 2005 - Bodega Bay Moldy

Audrey
Carrie
Deborah
Doris
Evelyn
Jackie
Kate
Leslie
Lisa A
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Trisha

Debbi
Paula

Looks like this was Marcie's first trip to the Bodega houses and Evelyn's sister, Audrey, joined us. I didn't see Shelly, Angela or Alison in any of the pics. I actually scrapped and posted this on my original site (click here). The Dropbox (click here).

April 28, 2005

October 2005 - Bodega Bay Moldy

Angela
Carrie
Deborah
Doris
Evelyn
Jackie
Kate
Leslie
Lisa A
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly
Trisha

I think this was actually the end of September where we had a bridal shower for Carrie. I have a link. My flash is out of date. Not sure what's on it. (Click here). Dropbox (click here).

October 1, 2005

February 24, 2006 - Bodega Bay Moldy

Audrey
Carrie
Deborah
Doris
Evelyn
Jackie
Leslie
Lisa A
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Trisha

This would be the last time at this house. I also 'scrapped' this. Here's a link (click here). Dropbox (click here).

February 24, 2006

September 28, 2006 - Bodega Bay Coke Spillage New House

Angela
Audrey
Deborah
Doris
Evelyn
Jackie
Kate
Leslie
Marcie
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly
Trisha

So, we tried a new house. Either we didn't like it or they didn't like us because Evelyn busted a soda all over the nice, white entrance. At this point, I was keeping photos on Phanfare but since the defunct, I have more photos on Dropbox (click here).

September 28,  2006

November 2, 2006 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Deborah
Julie
Karen O
Kathy V
Lisa A
Marcie
Patti
Rosy

Grace Bradley

At this point, we decided to look in other areas. Patty found a house in Discovery Bay, we went to look at it and booked it. Alison had not been back for the last several Bodega trips but she rejoined us here! Also, Kathy Verderame took a stab at sitting around all day long. Didn't go so well. She didn't return. I don't know why we went in November when we had just been to Bodega in September. It was also a first that Sharon didn't join us. As I recall, she was in China. Here's my Dropbox link to a bunch of photos including mouse poop (click here).

November 2, 2006

February 22, 2007 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Deborah
Evelyn
Julie
Karen O
Lisa A
Marcie
Patti
Rosy

Even though there was the mice issue, we loved this house. It fit us perfectly and, the views of the water were beautiful! Photos on my Dropbox (click here).

February 22, 2007

November 1, 2007 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Deborah
Elisa
Evelyn
Julie
Karen O
Marcie
Patti
Rosy

Karen Nuich (one dinner visit)

Dropbox photos (click here).

November 1, 2007\

March 6, 2008 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Elisa
Julie
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

I can't believe Deborah did not go but I don't have her in any pictures. Anyone remember who else was here? Dropbox photos (click here).

March 6, 2008

November 8, 2008 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Deborah
Elisa
Julie
Katie
Karen O
Marcie (?)
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Katie's first time? Only a couple of pics. Was Marcie here? Dropbox (click here).

November 8, 2008

March 5, 2009 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Brooke
Deborah
Elisa
Julie
Karen O
Katie
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Dropbox pictures (click here).

March 5, 2009

November 2009 - Discovery Bay

Alison
Deborah
Elisa
Joanne
Julie
Karen O
Katie
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Marcie made lambchops. Dropbox pics (click here).

November 2009

February 25, 2010 - Discovery Bay

Deborah
Elisa
Joanne
Karen O
Katie
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Marcia's first time. Not one, but TWO cars got stuck in the mud. Deborah removed her muddy clothes outside, in front of the unsuspecting grounds keeper, Bert. Dropbox pictures (click here).

February 2010

November 3, 2010 - Discovery Bay

Deborah
Elisa
Joanne
Karen O
Katie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Was Julie there? Here's my Dropbox link (click here).

November 2010

March 2, 2011 - Discovery Bay

Deborah
Elisa
Joanne
Rosy
Sharon

Who else was there? I didn't take many pics! It was when we went on an undercover mission with Deborah. I also started Nerd in the Burb in 2011 and blogged the trip (click here for blogpost on Nerd), but I still didn't write who all was there. Dropbox pictures (click here).

This would be the last time at the Discovery Bay house. When we went to book it for the next trip, they said, "Oh, we sold that house." WHAT?

March 2011

November 2, 2011 - Bodega Bay Susie's House

Deborah
Elisa
Jenn
Joanne
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

Am I missing anyone? So after they sold the Discovery Bay house out from under our noses, we decided to give Bodega Bay a try again.

And, we almost burned it down. Twice. We used to watch movies on a sheet, hanging from the loft. Um. Don't turn on the kitchen lights when doing this. Then, one of us, didn't know how to turn on the gas stove and well...Marcie and I apparently were almost toast, up in the loft.

I did blog this trip on Nerd (click here for blogpost). And I took a billion pictures that are now on Dropbox (click here).

November 2011

February 29, 2012 - Bodega Bay Susie's House

Deborah
Elisa
Jenn
Joanne
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon

I did blog this on Nerd (click here for blogpost). No pics on Phanfare but there are a bunch on Dropbox (click here).

February 2012

October 31, 2012 - Bodega Bay Susie's House (Whales!)

Deborah
Elisa
Joanne
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

Wow. I didn't blog this. And it was the time we saw the whales! I did, however, take a million pictures (click here for Dropbox pics).

October 31, 2012

February 28, 2013 - Bodega Bay A View to a Kill

Deborah
Jenn
Joanne
Julie
Katie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

So, even though Susie's house, By The Sea, was lovely and a five minute walk to the beach, it was just too small for 10 people. So we checked out a few houses and decided on A View to a Kill. The setup was great for services. There was a separate entrance to a game room that we used for that. Unfortunately for the paper scrappers, there were a lot of stairs.

This was the year Deborah almost got killed by a tree in the storm, guzzled a bottle of gin upon arrival. Also, Shelly drank her wine with a straw while simultaneously pouring wine so her glass would never be empty.

I did blog this one on Nerd (click here for blogpost). Plus a million (OK, only 283) pictures on Dropbox (click here).

February 2013

November 6, 2013 - Bodega Bay A View to a Kill

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Jenn
Julie
Katie
Marcia
Marcie
Rosy
Patti
Sharon
Shelly

There was a mention of this trip on Nerd (click here for post). And a billion pictures on Dropbox (click here). There was no mention that Coco, the dog, started coming. But she did.

November 2013

February 27, 2014 - Bodega Bay A View to a Kill

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Jenn
Julie
Rosy
Sharon

That's all I have in pictures! Who else was here? I did blog it on Nerd (click here for post). Here's a link to the Dropbox photos (click here).

February 2014

November 14, 2014 - Bodega Bay Susie's House

Elisa
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Shelly

I do not have any scrapbooking pictures from Spring 2015. I think because of Nat's competitions. Did you guys go without me? I think we decided to go back to Susie's house because we didn't have 10 going. But did we only have 7? I didn't get around to blogging the trip. But I did take a bunch of pictures. It looks like Lina met us for lunch at Zazu. Did Deborah and Sharon really not come? Here's the link to the Dropbox photos (click here).

November 2014

October 1, 2015 - Bodega Bay Susie's House (Moscow Mules)

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Katie
Marcia
Marcie
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

It doesn't look like I went scrapping in the Spring of 2015. Can't find any evidence (pics). There were Natalie's recital and competitions, though, so that's probably why I didn't go. Did you guys go without me? Looks like there were only 8 of us so back at Susie's house. I did blog it (click here for Nerd post). And here for the billion pictures I took that are on my Dropbox (click here).

October 2015

February 24, 2016 - Bodega Bay A View to a Kill (Found Dolphin House, visit from Pam and Sherry.)

Coco
Elisa
Julie
Marcia
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

Only people pics I have. Who else was there? This is why I insist on group pics! I did blog it (click here for Nerd post). There must have been more than what I listed. That would be the only reason to go back to A View to a Kill.

We decided the house had gotten to ratty and Susie had sold her house (why do they keep selling our houses out from under us?) so...we looked for a new house. We visited a few while we were there and settled on Dolphin House for the next trip.

I blogged this trip on Nerd (click here for post). AND, yup, a bunch of pictures on my Dropbox (click here).

February 2016

October 5, 2016 - Bodega Bay Dolphin House

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Julie
Katie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

So Dolphin House turned out to be a gem! We love it! This porch overlooks the ocean and it's about a 20 minute beautiful hike to the ocean. I blogged it a little in this Nerd post (click here). And pictures (click here).

October 2016

March 1, 2017 - Bodega Bay Dolphin House

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Katie
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

The ten present and accounted for! Blogpost on Nerd (click here). This was our second time here and they had added a hot tub! Another billion pictures (click here).

March 2017

October 4, 2017 - Bodega Bay Dolphin House

Coco
Deborah
Elisa
Katie
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly

The ten (and Coco)! I didn't blog this one. But yes, I took a bunch of pictures. Only about 150 this time. This trip, we baked about 50 loaves of homemade bread. OK, really only about 6. Dropbox photos (click here).

October 2017

March 7, 2018 - Bodega Bay Dolphin House

Coco
Beth
Elisa
Julie
Marcia
Marcie
Patti
Rosy
Sharon
Shelly
Stacey

No Deborah or Katie but Stacey and Beth joined us for a bit. The only group pic. So, this one I guess I'm blogging as we speak. I'm not actually going to blog it but I will post all the pictures I took on Dropbox (click here).

March 2018

I did come across some stunning sunset from over the years. This one is from the beach by Susie's house, Salmon Creek, Bodega Bay.

Sunset

This ethereal beauty is at Discovery Bay. The non water side of the house.

Sunset Discovery Bay

This is the water side of the Discovery Bay house, looking back at Mt. Diablo. That is not a fire.

Sunset Discovery Bay

And just to make this post even longer and because I came across this photo from 2005....

Charlie's Angels

....and my hair reminded me of Charlie's Angels.

Charlie's Angels

So here you have 15 years of scrapbooking. Even though I don't scrap.


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