Apr 17, 2018
Yard update
We are getting a landscaping makeover. We are revamping all of the flower beds and also replacing the lawns with new sod. Not trying to go drought tolerant or anything, just basically doing a "nuke and pave" approach. We are trying to get everything cleaned up and looking nice while we are still pulling in a paycheck. Below are the "before" pics. I'll add "after" pics in a few weeks when it is done.



Mar 21, 2018
The road to retirement
Well today’s the day that I met with my boss and told him I was planning on retiring at the end of June. He was sad and said that he wished I could continue on even on a part time basis. I told him that I decided I want to retire completely and start traveling with my wife who is also retiring at the end of June. If I were to have stayed another week I would have been in the industry for 40 years and that is a very long time. Just a few more months and the adventure begins!



Mar 09, 2018
House painted
Well the outside of our house got painted. The guys we hired (Evans Painting) did a fantastic job. We went with a darker color brown called Tree Branch with an even darker trim color, Turkish Coffee.I'll post a picture tomorrow when there is enough light.



Mar 05, 2018
I hate colds
I have been down with a cold for over a week. I hate colds. They always seem to turn into bronchitis with me. And of course there is no appointments available with my doctor, and if I go to urgent care, I am likely to catch something even worse and still not get any help.



Mar 03, 2018
Added RSS feed for blog
I added an RSS feed to the blog to see if I could do it. It seems to be working ok, but I'm not sure yet that I have gotten everything correct. The feed can be gotten by going to https://www.edtobias.com/rss.php.



Mar 02, 2018
My cat took down our website
Our new cat Tori loves to play with wires. I do believe that will be her undoing one day, but without me knowing, she unplugged the ssd drive that was connected to my Raspberry pi web server. I don't know how long the site was down, but I'm going to have to "cat-proof" my system.



Feb 24, 2018
Tori’s Tower of Terror
Our new kitten Tori likes her new kitty tower. As you can see, we had to get a tall one for a reason. Our dog Tess likes to climb!



Feb 09, 2018
I’ve made fire !!!
I wanted to move my website from my home Macintosh to a web server on a raspberry pi. And I actually did that. I got my raspberry pi and I installed Apache and PHP and MySQL and got it up and running. You are viewing this from my Web server being run by my $35 raspberry pi. I have now made fire !!!



Jan 31, 2018
Watching the Super Blue Blood moon with Sara and Brandon
This morning I got up real early and Sara and Brandon and I went to Hilltop Park in Signal Hill to look at the Super Blue Blood moon. I took the picture below with my iPhone, but I also took some pretty good pictures with my DSLR - I just haven’t processed them yet.



Jan 07, 2018
Our Baby is Engaged!!!
Our baby girl Sara just got engaged!!!! Her fiancé, Brandon, proposed at Crystal Cove this afternoon. We met them for dinner at George's Mediterranean in Long Beach to celebrate. We are so happy for her and so proud to have Brandon as a son-in-law




Dec 24, 2017
Merry Christmas
We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and we hope you and yours are safe, blessed and happy this holiday season.



Nov 22, 2017
Cool toys
I just found a cool toy at Bed Bath & Beyond (the store does have some cool stuff). What I found was an attachment for your sink faucet that lights up using three colored LEDs. The cool thing about it is that it requires NO BATTERIES !!! It has a miniature hydroelectric generator inside the housing that powers the LEDs. The LEDs are also connected via a temperature sensor and change color as the water gets hotter. Is that cool or what? I recorded a video below so you could see it in action

Hydroelectric Powered LEDs



Oct 12, 2017
Knee trouble
I took Jan to the Torrance Orthopedic and Sports Medice group this morning. I got my thumb joint worked on there a month ago. She may have a torn meniscus and a inflamed bursa. She got a X-ray and a cortisone shot in her knee (lots of pain!). She is scheduled to get a MRI on Monday. We are going to the SanAntonio winery to celebrate their 100th year tomorrow. The Dr. said to drink plenty of wine and eat lots of cheese - Doctor's orders!



Oct 12, 2017
Jan's Birthday!!!
Today is Jan's birthday, but her age is classified and you don't have clearance. We both had to work today, and her friends from work (and Sara) took her to Martha's in Hermosa Beach for lunch. She had a great time and got a few nice gifts to boot. We had dinner at Stacked restaurant and waited forever for our food - they we very short staffed. On top of that, Jan had injured her knee and she could barely walk she was in so much pain. She used some crutches that she had from a previous injury to help her get around.
We finally made it home and Jan opened her gifts. She had a great birthday, but we are headed to the doctor's office in the morning for her knee.



Sep 27, 2017
Sam made me breakfast!!
I woke up this morning to find my daughter Sam cooking in the kitchen. She made me banana macadamia nut pancakes FROM SCRATCH for my birthday!!!! I love that kid.



Sep 11, 2017
Never forget
As long as I am alive, I will never forget. God bless our country and keep us free.



Aug 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Day!!!
Today was the solar eclipse. I had purchased a set of five pairs of special glasses from B&H photo so everyone in the family could watch. Everyone also shared with their coworkers since the eclipse occurred at 10:21am on a Monday. Below is a picture captured by Sam, and a screenshot of our solar panel power reading showing the lack of sunshine during the eclipse.



Aug 06, 2017
OC Fair butterflies
Here we are in the butterfly tent at the OC Fair.



Jul 07, 2017
Our condo in Maui
While the dog sitters are staying at our house and keeping the doggies at bay, we are enjoying Maui in our condo we are renting



Jul 04, 2017
Happy July 4th
I want to wish everyone a very happy fourth of July. We live in a wonderful country made up of the strongest most caring people. I feel honored and proud to celebrate our heritage



Jun 15, 2017
New iMac
I just got a brand-new 27 inch retina iMac. The old 2007 iMac finally bit the dust. It lasted a good long time and served me well. The new shiny is very fast and very cool looking and I am very happy



May 29, 2017
Remember the fallen
Remember today those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live free



May 25, 2017
Working at Raytheon
Well, I have started my first week at Raytheon. It was nice having a two month break from work. It kind of simulated what retirement would be like. I used to worry that I wouldn't be able to handle retirement, but it is not has hard as it looks.



May 06, 2017
Sam's home
Well we finally made it home with Sam and all of her belongings. She is here to stay and she is done with ASU. And she made it back in time for Sara's 25th birthday 



Apr 29, 2017
My brindled dog
Tucker has such a beautiful brindled fur coat.



Apr 26, 2017
Butterfly Breakfast
It looks like the butterflies will have a good breakfast today. The milkweed is looking very tasty.



Apr 22, 2017
Wine tasting
We visited The Avensole winery in Temecula and had a winetasting there as well. This place was absolutely beautiful. Jan and I shared a winetasting between us which involves six different tastes of wine. A taste is about an ounce of wine. We ended up buying a bottle of their red that goes well with just about everything.



Apr 22, 2017
Temecula
Jan and I had a wonderful three day weekend away in Temecula. We went to Lake Skinner which was ok but not a must see. We did have a relaxing few minutes under a shade tree next to the lake. Jan read while I took pictures. I saw an interesting tree nearby. This tree was not happy



Mar 24, 2017
Last Day at Boeing
Well, this is it. My last day of work at Boeing. I have been with Boeing / Hughes for almost 39 years. I find it very hard to believe that it is done. I still plan to work a little longer at Raytheon after taking a few days to practice retirement



Jan 08, 2017
Holidays are over
Well, the holidays are over. They go by so quick. We take Sam to the airport today to go back to Tempe for her spring semester at ASU. It sure was nice having her home over the break. Sara and Ed spent the last week sick in bed with a horrible virus - not a great way to start the new year. We hope all of you have a happy and healthy 2017.



Jan 02, 2017
Rose Parade 2017
We got seats for the Rose Parade this year from a friend. This was our first time in person, and it was amazing.



Dec 26, 2016
Christmas 2016
We had a good Christmas this year. Cousin Bobby came over with masks and head decorations for us to take our picture



Nov 24, 2016
Thanksgiving in Arizona
We drove to Tempe to see Sam for Thanksgiving. Here we are at CrackerBarrel waiting for a table (1hr wait). Hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for.



Nov 14, 2016
Super moon
I got up early today to photograph the super moon over looking the lighthouse. I also took some time-lapse photos of a bike with flashing rear lights. This is fun, but I need a lot more practice



Oct 09, 2016
Lazy Sunday
Sam is out for fall break and all of us are having a relaxing time in the back yard. Tess is chasing butterflies and Tucker is resting on the couch



Sep 27, 2016
Lunch with Sara
Sara and I went to much for my birthday. We went to the Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach. I had a really good time and she paid - which felt kind of weird. I'm the dad, I'm suppose to pay. Sara is very thoughtful that way, and I really enjoy going to lunch with her. I want to start doing it more often. These times are special and are so precious to me.



Sep 25, 2016
Resting at the park
Jan and I found a nice park near a lake where we are sitting and resting while we're waiting for Sara and Sam to finish getting their nails done



Sep 24, 2016
ASU vs Cal
At the Family weekend football game. The ASU Sun Devils won over California Bears 51 to 41. It was a thrilling game all the way to the end.



Sep 11, 2016
The Two of Us
I found this picture of Jan and I when I was looking for something to put in a family photo frame for our living room. This photo was taken of us in our back yard just before going to the Luke Bryan concert at the Hollywood Bowl. This was a sad time for us. We had just lost Jan's brother Jim the week before.



Sep 10, 2016
Labor Day visit with Sam
We had a wonderful time visiting Sam over the long weekend. We will be heading back again on the 23rd for family weekend.




Aug 10, 2016
Moving Sam to ASU
Well we are moving Sam to ASU to start her college education!



Jul 23, 2016
Sam's teeth
Sam had all four wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. She has been on the couch all day. Her jaw is still pretty sore.



Jul 03, 2016
Forging the river
This is Jan forging a river on horseback in Montana. I don't know about you, but I am impressed!!!



Jun 28, 2016
Schwabacher Landing and Mormon Barn
Sara and I got up real early to get some sunrise photos. The one of Schwabacher Landing was taken with my iPhone. The one of the barn with my Canon 60D. It is so beautiful here.



Jun 26, 2016
Rodeo Time!
Heading out to the stampede rodeo in Cody Wyoming



Jun 19, 2016
Father's Day
I have been having a wonderful Father's Day so far. We went to Schooner or Later for breakfast (2hr wait!!!) we then came home and I opened my gifts (lots of great clothes for our upcoming trip to Montana). And later we plan to go to the movies and dinner.



Jun 04, 2016
Tracy's wedding
We had a really good time at Jan's boss' daughter's wedding in Solvang this last weekend. We finished off our stay with a tour and wine tasting at Firestone Vineyards. The landscapes are very pretty there. I captured this with my iPhone.



Apr 22, 2016
Sam's prom
Sam had a wonderful time at her senior prom. She looks so pretty - I'm sure she was the prettiest girl there, but I'm her dad and I'm a little biased. (one could say Too biased)



Apr 03, 2016
Back in LA
We are back from our college roundup in Arizona. So far it's looking like Arizona State might be the winner with Sam. I think it is too cold for her in Flagstaff. ☃



Apr 01, 2016
Adam and Tucker
We are having Adam stay at the house and watch the dogs while we go to Arizona to look at colleges for Sam. We are looking at both Arizona State in Phoenix and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. One choice is really really hot and the other choice is really really cold



Apr 01, 2016
German dining at Alpine Village
We are at the Steinhaus restaurant in Alpine Village. I'm having bratwurst - yum! We went to the village market and bought a bunch of German food for Sam to do a report on Germany at school.



Mar 27, 2016
Happy Easter!!
I hope everyone is having a very happy Easter. I hope you are spending your day with loved ones and enjoying a good meal and good times. 🐰



Mar 11, 2016
Finished stage 1
I finally finished the CRUD pages (Create, Read, Update, Delete). Now I can more easily update the blog.



Mar 09, 2016
We be database driven!
Well, I have gotten the blog page to be driven by a mysql database. I'm still inputing the posts using the db admin tool until I can create a proper post page. This is fun - I must be a nerd.



Mar 04, 2016
Programming
I've been listening to a podcast by Allison Sheridan and Bart Busschots which is called "Programming By Stealth (PBS)". So far it has been teaching CSS and I have learned quite a bit. On my own I have taught myself PHP web programming. I have since revamped my website (where you are now) using PHP and the CSS I've learned from the PBS tutorials. But I've implemented this in a way that I think is kind of unique and I like to describe it. I wanted to be able to update the site from anywhere, using my iPhone. So I figured if I could edit text files on dropbox and then have the Hazel app look for any changes and update the website by moving the file over, thus I could update my site on the fly. I also update the images directory in dropbox and that is synced to the images directory on my website. So I can use HTML in the text file to reference the images and then move the images over using hazel. The text file with the HTML code is read into the webpage using PHP include calls. Actually I have created everything on this page using my iPhone.



Mar 03, 2016
My Photography
I am considering documenting my progress toward getting better at photography. I'm trying to do it in an organized way by focusing on specific areas of photography, one at a time. It's a little nerdy but I created a mind map identifying the various areas of photography that I would like to improve. Some of these include blue hour photography, slow motion photography, depth of field, flash photography, portrait photography, etc.



Feb 01, 2016
First Contact
This is going to be a compilation of my meanderings. As well as the meanderings of the rest of my family.