2015 Portola Valley House

(we moved in 5/21/2015)



We moved into our Portola Valley house (rented it) starting on 5/21/2015.  We came from the Pacifica Beach Cottage where we had lived on the beach for 5 years.  Now it is time to try some country living.  :-)

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Some history on our house from a neighbor (Michelle): This house was built by Wally and his wife Lee Davis along with what was then a Mother-in Law cottage to the southwest of your pool. Their first house in the neighborhood was actually the one on your right looking out from the front door of this property, which they also built. Wally had a small engineering firm in Palo Alto. The Davis' eventually built yet a third home on Corte Madera Road - where their daughter and her family now live. The houses across the street on the left were all built at the same time and the one on the corner (Canyon/Cresent) was once an actual logging cabin (or so we believed as children) and was converted to a full house by the Bells who still reside there.  To my count 7 families have lived in your house (including a family that rented for the summer a couple of years) since it was built - you are the lucky 7 folks!

Katherine on the left the first time we went to look at the house.  That is the property manager agent by the front door (Connie Ahern with California Property Services).


A view from one end of the swimming pool area.


A view from the other end of the swimming pool area.


Me sitting enjoying the pool.  I had JUST bought and installed that swimming pool cover to retain more heat (make the pool warmer).


The view of the backyard from the upstairs "guest bedroom" balcony.  You can barely see the end of the pool at the opposite end of the property.


The main living room, looking out over the pool (to the right) and the back garden filled with Oak trees straight ahead. 


The view of the living room facing more to the right (towards the front of of the house).  The blue pen is for Chou Chou, who has a back strain and not allowed to run around or hop on furniture.  We have one pen in each room so he can always be with us, but is prevented from hopping up and down off furniture which we NORMALLY allow but right now his back needs to heal.


Looking up in the living room to the vaulted ceiling in that living room.  The dark wood sucks a little too much light out of the room.


A view of the kitchen from the living room.  The appliances are brand new, the stove is off to the right across from the refrigerator.  Notice Chou Chou's blue pen for when we are in the kitchen.


The dining room (still a few boxes left to unpack).  The white shoji screen blocks one of the two entrances to our master bedroom.


The master bedroom is seen below.  And there is the blue pen is for Chou Chou.



As I was driving home in the first week of living in Portola Valley, I saw this deer in the front yard of the house across the street.


Actually it was two deer.


A huge family of turkeys seen in our front yard on 7/31/2017:


A movie is here.  Click here for highest quality original.





On July 2nd, 2015 Debbi Echt visisted with her daughter Molly and niece Hannah, and also in the room are Katherine Chung and Ari Echt-Wilson.


Sun 7/12/2015 - Ari Echt-Wilson - got sick, emergency room visit
Mon 7/13/2015 - Ari - doc appointment, then another late night emergency room visit (home at 4am)
Tue 7/14/2015 - Ari - Randy flew in to take care of her locally at our Portola Valley home
Wed 7/15/2015 - Ari & Randy
Thu 7/16/2015 - Ari & Randy
Fri 7/17/2015 - flew home to Albuquerque

Sun 7/19/2015 - Brian Beach - came in 11pm at night
Mon 7/20/2015 - Brian Beach
Tue 7/21/2015 - Brian Beach
Wed 7/22/2015 - Brian Beach
Thu 7/23/2015 - Brian Beach
Fri 7/24/2015 - Brian Beach flew home in the morning.


Sat 8/15/2015 - Katherine's parents Ki () and Yong (용)
Sun 8/16/2015 - Ki and Yong


Sat 9/12/2015 - Ramey bringing Eli out to Stanford
Sun 9/13/2015 - Ramey
Mon 9/14/2015 - Ramey
Tue 9/15/2015 - Ramey
Wed  9/16/2015 -Ramey flies out this day


Sat 9/26/2015 - Michael Enslow and Jenny Fong for lunch - they brought Zachary's Pizza!  Pool party.


Mon 10/5/2015 - Randy Wilson -  visiting Ari for her 21st birthday, see below for her first legal drink in Paxti's pizza
Wed 10/6/2015 - Randy Wilson
Thu 10/7/2015 - Randy Wilson


Sat 10/10/2015 - Ramey Echt
Sun 10/11/2015 - Ramey Echt


Sat, 11/21/2015 - (Big) Ari Echt & Amy


Wed, 11/25/2015 - Will Chung (Katherine's brother)
Thur, 11/26/2015 - Will Chung (very small Thanksgiving)


Tue 12/8/2015 - Brian Beach
Wed 12/9/2015 - Brian Beach
Thu 12/10/2015 - Brian Beach
Fri 12/11/2015 - Brian Beach
Sat 12/12/2015 - Brian Beach

Mon 12/21/2015 - Will Chung
Tue 12/22/2015 - Will Chung
Wed 12/23/2015 - Will Chung
Thu 12/24/2015 - Will Chung
Fri 12/25/2015 - Will Chung
Sat 12/26/2015 - Will Chung
Sun 12/27/2015 - Will Chung
Mon 12/28/2015 - Will Chung
Tue 12/29/2015 - Will Chung
Wed 12/30/2015 - Will Chung
Thu 12/31/2015 - Will Chung


Fri 2/26/2016 - Ramey and Randy - parents weekend at Stanford.

Mon March 14, 2016 - Friday March 18th, 2016 - Jessica Wilson came while interviewing for internships

Tue, May 17th - Alison 
Wed, May 18th - Alison
Thu, May 19th - Alison
Fr, May 20th - Alison
Sat, May 21th - Alison
Sun, May 22th - Alison
Mon, May 23rd - Alison
Tue, May 24th - Alison  


Sat, July 2 - Luke McDougald and father Dave stay in guest room few days
Sun, July 3 - same
Mon, July 4th - Dave drive back home, Luke stays until July 17th 
Tue, July 5th - Luke starts internship at Backblaze
Wed, July 6th - Luke
Thu, July 7th - Luke
Fr, July 8th - Luke
Sat, July 9th - Luke
Sun, July 10th - Luke
Mon, July 11th - Luke
Tue, July 12th - Luke
Wed, July 13th - Luke
Thu, July 14th - Luke
Fri, July 15th - Luke
Sat, July 16th - Luke
Sun, July 17 - Luke moves to his grand parent's 5th wheel in Pacifica or Half Moon Bay

Tue  8/2/2016 - Randy

Mon  8/8/2016 - Ari
Tue  8/9/2016 - Ari
Wed  8/10/2016 - Ari
Thu 8/11/2016 - Ari
Fri 8/12/2016 - Ari & Eli - go to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with Brian and Katherine

Sun 8/14/2016 - Ari
Mon  8/15/2016 - Ari
Tue  8/16/2016 - Ari
Wed  8/17/2016 - Ari
Thu 8/18/2016 - Ari
Fri 8/19/2016 - Ari

9/10/2016 - Luke flies out and stops internship at Backblaze


This is a random movie of a stoned baboon painting white lane markings on Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto.  Highest Quality Original Here.


Sept 9, 2016 - playing Spy Hunter on Highway 280 near Edgewood Road at 8:34am in the morning.  Highest quality "original" here.


On 11/10/2016 - Thursday, Katherine and Brian had "first Thursday" of the month (ok, this was a "make up" because we skipped the real first thursday).  We went to "Walia Ethiopian" at 2208 Business Circle, San Jose, CA.  Below is a picture of a happy Katherine eating Injera (spongy Ethiopian bread you dip in the other sauces).


Wed  10/12/2016 - Ari & Madde
Thu 10/13/2016 - Madde
Fri 10/14/2016 - Madde
Sat 10/15/2016 - Madde
Sun 10/16/2016 - Madde

Random April Rainbow that ends in Portola Valley as I drive home from work:


Mon 4/3/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls
Tue  4/4/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls
Wed 4/5/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls
Thu 4/6/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls
Fri 4/7/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls
Sat 4/8/2017 - Douglas & Mariliz & three girls

Greg and Lori did not stay, but dropped by for an afternoon on 8/15/2017.  From left to right: Casey Wilson, Bradley Wilson, Greg Wilson (sunglasses), Paige Wilson, Lori Wilson, and Katherine Chung (in hat at far right).


Greg, Paige, Lori, and Katherine in white hat:



Wed 6/14/2017 - Ari Graduation (Howard & Cheryl & Randy's family)
Thu 6/15/2017 - Howard arrives into SFO at 2:50pm - we can get oxygen from "Lincare" (Corvallis: 541-928-0333, Maybe Phone: (800) 284-2006) - they provide Dad's in Corvallis
Fri 6/16/2017 - Ari Graduation (Howard & Cheryl & Randy's family)
Sat 6/17/2017 - Outdoor gathering at Strata in afternoon - 10pm (93 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, California 94040)
Sun 6/18/2017 - CEREMONY AT 9:30am and 12:30 - Ari Graduation - Probably no party/gathering (?) at 333 Canyon 2pm - midnight?
Mon 6/19/2017 - Ari Graduation (Howard & Cheryl & Randy's family) - Ari & Randy stay at 333 Canyon this night!
Tues 6/20/2017 - Howard departs out of SFO at 10:45am, Ari flies to Europe in the evening.
Wed 6/21/2017 - Randy stays
Thu 6/22/2017 - Randy has a "summit" in Moutain View, then drives home Thursday night.


Fri 9/29/2017 - Ari flew in for Eli's 21st birthday - and Randy and Ramey also came in
Sat 9/30/2017 - Eli's birthday!
Sun 10/1/2017 - Everybody left!


A movie about the moment Eli was surprised.  Click here for the highest quality "original".


Halloween 2017 (10/31/2017) - We gave away 80 "sugar daddies" for halloween, each was one pound:


MOVIE of giving away 80 one pound sugar daddy candies:



Lia MacDonald in our swimming pool with "Angus the dog" on 8/13/2019:


That's it!


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