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.

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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.)

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Because of the rain the creek was running pretty fast.

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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)

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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.

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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!

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In the rain the boulders and moss were shiny.

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

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Gnarly tree trunk!

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

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

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The grass seems to like growing in the running water.

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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:

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Cheers!  Here’s to more teeny planter pots!

Monday, February 03, 2014

I’m not there but…

Judy has been watering my plants while we are taking care of my sister Micki’s home sale and affairs...  She sent me this photo of my daffodils in bloom.  I missed them this year!

I planted the bulbs with my jade so the pot looks good year-round.  The daffodils in this pot almost always bloom in January. daffodils in bloom

The fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter doesn’t apply much here in California.groundhog day shadow 

Happy Monday everyone

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Life. . .

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Here I am “re-running a Blog I did in 2009.  I came across it when I was checking back to see if I’d already written about another subject. (I still don’t know because I got distracted with sharing it again.) 
I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions but this seems to be all of the resolutions for a life in one list…except for the big one: “I’m going to lose weight.”
It was written By Regina Brett 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.
A few of my favorites are high-lighted.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
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3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
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8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
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13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
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18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ?In five years, will this matter??
27. Always choose life.
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28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
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36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
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45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friday, January 03, 2014

OH DEAR OH DEAR!

All of my photos have disappeared from my Blog!  I wonder what has happened with Blogger?  Is anyone else having this issue?

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SO FRUSTRATING!

Monday, December 23, 2013

WHAATT? A name change for prunes!

I’m a big fan of The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and recently re-read her Ten Important Things I’ve Learned about Blogging.  Number 5 has a sentence: “I’ve found, over time, that I tend to blog about the same things I’d talk to my sister about.”

While I am not longer able to actually talk to my sister Micki;  we, including our sister-in-law Lee did have quite a talk about prunes and dried plums before Micki passed away last month.  She was taking very strong pain medications, which, if you didn’t know, cause constipation so we were buying prunes in large sized containers/bags.  And they seemed to help her!

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I happened to look at the large bag one day and noticed that one of the bags did not say Prunes.DSCN9398

It was labeled (in very small print dried) Plums! PLUMS? Ah, are they trying to change the image of prunes?  Yes, of course!  I even found a website dedicated to dried plums with nary a mention to prunes: http://www.californiadriedplums.org/.  It does have a section which states “California Dried Plums are one of the best natural constipation remedies.”

Well, ok then, dried Plums it is!  (As for me, no matter what they call them I still don’t like ‘em.)

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Mom, my sister and I.  Man oh man, do I miss both of them!

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I will continue writing about subjects which she and I (and yes, Lee too) would talk about.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Walkie Talkie Thoughts by a friend…

My friend Sal wrote this and I like it so much I got permission from him to share it with you.  I wish I had written it!

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This is not a story about hand held radios. It is a story of an observation I've made over the past four days. I have been...
working turn two at Laguna Seca for a five day motorcycle event. Each day after lunch I've notice two woman walking briskly around the lake bed area. The entire time they are involved in rapid conversation. At one point in their chosen course they pass close enough to turn two for me to hear them but not really understand what they are saying.
This got me to wondering as I have many times in the past. Where do people find so much to talk about?


These two women were either good old friends with a lot of catching up to do. Or co-workers gossiping about co-workers. Whatever the subject they seemed to enjoy sharing their thoughts with each other.

Note from me:  I don’t think I could EVER talk that long!
It's about a mile around the lake bed area and they do about eight laps. Imagine walking eight miles and talking the whole time.

Note from me:  I particularly can relate to this next paragraph, especially about those with a gift for gab that GET has!
Those of you who know me know I am not much of a talker. This doesn't mean there is nothing going on in my head. On the contrary there is a lot, maybe too much to consolidate into a sentence. When I was a child my family would always ask,"How come you don't talk?" And my father would reply "Oh he's just shy." This was not the case. I was and continue to be an observer of mankind. Also I have learned that if I open my mouth I only create a larger space to insert my foot. So I choose to keep my mouth closed before the sarcasm comes flowing out. Which it usually does. And I have learned that not everyone is a fan of sarcasm. But I envy those who are blessed with the gift of gab. It creates good public relations and can get you far in life.

Note from me:  Sal has this picture of him posted on Facebook.  Sarcastic expression at this age?

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So tomorrow when I see those two women walking an talking, I will smile to myself and think, they must be good friends who haven't driven each other crazy. Yet.

Note from me: This has nothing to do with the thoughts Sal shared here but all of us that know him love to see photos of him during his younger years!  A hippie at Disneyland?  Sure appears so!

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Note from me:  I guess even very good friends drive each other crazy sometimes but its almost always a temporary crazy!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pinterest, I love it BUT. . .

I just spent the last hour (or so) browsing, “liking” and Pinning on Pinterest.  I love Pinterest but what is the point? I have a bunch of Boards and lots of items pinned on them.   I “follow” 44 other Pinners and have 29 who follow Me, most of whom I don’t personally know.

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Why do I need to collect pictures of “All kinds of critters?”

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I know why I started this Board.  GET and I used to follow “love is…” in the newspaper because we related to this little loving couple.

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I love to read, love libraries and search out Carnegie Libraries as we travel the country.  Other than really liking the libraries I’ve posted I’m not sure why I spend time collecting and posting them on Pinterest!

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I’ve always saved quotes and “words to live by” in a little book.  Now I post my favorites on a board.  DSCN9395

The main board on Pinterest.  All kinds of intriguing pictures and subjects to browse through and “Pin It” to my boards!

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I do enjoy it and will continue to Pinterest even though I don’t know why!  Come see me on Travelerlady if you also like to spend time doing something of dubious value!  Who needs a reason!

Not Me. . .Happy Pinning!