Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mother Nature at work!

Last night we had a couple of earthquakes, not huge ones, but still they made our fifth wheel rock and roll!
Today we've had some nice rain that we Californians, with our drought, especially appreciate. And that culminated in a beautiful full rainbow. I couldn't get the entire arch in my photo-darn!

And naturally I didn't get a photo of the earthshakers!
Mother Nature keeps us on our toes!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good Sunday morning…

What a beautiful sunrise this morning at Laguna Seca here in Monterey, California!  Since I am definitely NOT a morning person I was not up to photo (or even see it) but Gary was and captured it on his IPhone camera.  The race track is in the lower third of the photo and turn 7 (referred to as the backside of the course) is the top of the dark hill.  Turn 7 is the corner that precedes the famous corkscrew which twists steeply down the course.

Nov 16-Sunrise Laguna Seca

This is the view at the time I was up and about this morning!


Wishing you a wonderful Sunday in your neck of the woods!

Friday, September 26, 2014

From my hospital bed...

My two close friends Nook HD and the TV on the wall VERY early this morning after a "blood draw" and morning "meds."
I continue to heal and hear lots of terms like quads and hamstring and old and new scar tissue. Yesterday I'm quite sure my PTs tried to kill me but also I continue to make great healing progress!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

From my hospital bed today...

Yes, they wake you early in the hospital! It's still dark outside!!  All for the good of recovery of this knee replacement.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From my hospital bed...

Happy first day of Fall! I took this photo this morning from my bed at the Rehabilitation center where I am recovering from knee replacement surgery last Friday.

The morning sun filtering through the blinds was so pretty on the pumpkin that Vivian had  brought by for me.

(I think it would look very pretty as a pumpkin pie too!)

Monday, September 08, 2014


There’s something about sunflowers that bring a smile.


I’ve been recovering from knee surgery for a month or so…just got rid of that pesky walker so a cane is my best friend right now.  I was cheered up when my friend Doff came by the other day and brought me these sunflowers

(her real purpose was to go over the all-important football pool with GET )happy face football

The crystal pitcher is a retirement gift from PacBell when I took early retirement several years ago.  I like to collect clear crystal and glass.  The little blue pot is  vintage Bauer.

I have a couple of reasons for loving sunflowers:

  • my home state of North Dakota is a huge sunflower grower so they remind me of my roots
  • my nephew Michael who passed away in a motorcycle accident had a connection to sunflowers
  • and, simply, they are just happy and cheerful looking!

sunflower sunglasses





Hope your day is as full of cheer as a sunflower!

If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.

Author: Pam Stewart

Monday, April 28, 2014

“There’s (still) gold in them thar hills!”

Yes, there is!  I had no idea…the California Gold Rush began in 1849 for heavens sake! After one hundred-sixty plus years I thought for sure the gold had all been taken from California Gold Country.

“The blacksmith dropped his hammer, the carpenter his plane, the mason his trowel, the farmer his sickle, the baker his loaf, and the tapster his bottle. All were off for the mines, some on horses, some on carts, and some on crutches, and one went in a litter.”  (On the reaction in California to the discovery of gold at Coloma, January 1848)

Our younger son Gary has been a gold panning enthusiast for awhile so when the opportunity presented itself to actually run a gold panning operation California Gold Panning he and his Vivian jumped at it.  He said sayonara to his job in Monterey and they moved lock, stock and barrel up to gold country. . .and they are having a ball.


GET and I stopped for a couple of days in Jackson on the way back from Lake Tahoe and were soon learning new terms like sluicing and classifiers.

Getting “booted up” is the first order of business.  Even with boots on, mucking around in the running creek, you will most likely end up with wet feet!DSCN0230

GET contemplating whether or not he is going to get “booted up” and start panning.  (This day he was content to observe.)


Because of the rain the creek was running pretty fast.


First comes classifying which is digging from the bottom or edge of the creek and “straining off” the big stuff.  Then pouring the excess water out of the bucket:  (looks like a colander to me)


Then the remaining stuff in the bucket which looks like a bunch of dirt is fed into the sluicer which is set up in the running creek, in this case Woods Creek.


Finally what remains in the sluicer gets panned! Hopefully there is gold in the pan and at Woods Creek you most likely will be successful. . .no not that big nugget but real gold!  Lots of hard work but fun.DSCN0245

Disclaimer:  This is a very elementary description of the process and not to be taken as gospel or complete since I wasn’t paying real close attention.  I was wandering around in the rain taking pictures!!

Can’t get enough of our Spring California Poppies!


In the rain the boulders and moss were shiny.


Tried to get a clear photo of the rain dripping from the twigs but wasn’t too successful.


Gnarly tree trunk!


Pretty cool retaining wall.  I wonder how long it has been there?  Maybe since gold rush days?


I wonder if these boulders are as distinctive when they’re dry.


The grass seems to like growing in the running water.


Enough wandering around by Woods Creek and back to the subject of gold panning!  Grubstake Gary (he really prefers just plain ol’ Gary) thinks EVERYONE should come up and take panning lessons at California Gold Panning. . .not a tourist attraction of panning in a trough like this:

gold panning in trough

Gold Panning. . .a good thing!DSCN0223

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blessings and Happy Easter

Today I am trying something new (for me anyway.) I am not at my computer so thought I would attempt to do a post from my Samsung Galaxy Mini phone. I downloaded the Blogger app from Play Store and here I go. . .I hope.
I took these photos here at Laguna Seca Recreation Area. The orange flowers are California's state flower, the California Poppy. They are a special treat when they bloom each Spring.
Some of you will say that the blue flowers are Texas Bluebonnets but they are Lupine out here in California.  They do grow in huge areas like their relative the Texas Bluebonnet.
Hope you are having a HAPPY EASTER. . . BLESSINGS TOO.

P.S. I'm curious to view this Blog entry on my laptop!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Livin’ and lovin’ the life…

We became lasting friends with fellow full time RVers Gina and Harold whom we met, interestingly enough, in our home base Monterey, California.  We are all Californians and throughout our full timing years the four of us have regularly returned to host at Laguna Seca in Monterey.  And, while on the road, we’ve even met up for a meal or so as our paths crossed as we crisscrossed the country.

When Harold posted this on Facebook a few days ago he struck a nerve with us about how their love of full time RVing parallels ours so closely. None of us can imagine not having a home that moves. And I’m guessing that there are many of you who feel the same about this lifestyle.  So I asked him if I could share his post as a “guest blogger” on Journeyin’. . .living & traveling in a RV.”


My comment on Facebook: “You’re ahead of us by five months and 28 days!  And we agree with everything you said…and you said it beautifully.  We are so fortunate to count you as good friends!  (BUT, we have you beat in the states-we’ve done all 50, 49 in our rig-hard to drive a RV to Hawaii!)”  

In return Harold said:  ”Our book when we write it is going to be called, “No, we haven’t done Alaska yet.”

Gina and Harold are avid cyclists and also hikers.  GET and I are not!  The bikes we toted on the back of our fifth wheel finally rusted from so little use.Harold Gina bikesThey live and travel in a motorhome with a little red car in tow while our home is a fifth wheel which we tow with a 3/4 ton diesel truck. Harold Gina mhHere, we are set up in a RV park in Simsboro, Louisiana. We even had a deck!DSCN2031

Is one better than the other?  No, I don’t think so, just a matter of personal choice. We chose a fifth wheel because we only have one engine to content with and maybe a little more living space but could have just as easily chose a motorhome.  Coincidentally, their motorhome is a 2007 model as is our 5th wheel!

They have seen their family grow during their 20 years on the road with the birth of two beautiful granddaughters.

Harold and Gina granddaughters

While we have welcomed a granddaughter, Mary and two grandsons, Stanley and Will whom we call the Little Ones. Grandson Jorden was born not too long before we took to the road.DSCN9932

No, we will be not be one of those epitaph states “Wish I could have worked longer!”

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” Lucille Ball

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I live in a small space so…

I decided to try to make a small little planter project I found, both in a magazine (maybe Sunset or Good Housekeeping?) and on Pinterest.  Yes, they are corks…the left is a wine cork and the right a cork from a Barefoot Champagne bottle.


I ripped the idea out of the magazine awhile ago and put it up on the refrigerator.


Then assembled everything I needed for the project.  I actually used the little clamps I buy at Harbor Freight as clamps!  (I use them as chip bag clips.)  The magnetic strip comes with a sticky backing but I also white-glued the strip on the cork after I had shaved one side flat.  Then clamped the strips until the glue was dry.  GET used his big construction type drill to make a hole in one end of the cork…overkill of use for the drill he said but it worked!  I used the old spoon to place a tiny amount of potting soil into the hole and the brown chopstick to pack the soil around the plant.


I snuck--SHHH!--over to the neighbors to steal two teeny cuttings of a succulent.  I have dozens of succulents on the deck back at Laguna Seca but I am still staying in my sister’s home while it is for sale and she has no succulents in her yard.


These tiny little plants will take just a tiny bit of space in my 5th wheel RV home when we are back home.  I think I like the champagne cork planter the best!  I will try and find some with unique graphics.  And I won’t mind the search one bit!


Cheers!  Here’s to more teeny planter pots!