Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 17. Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beautiful and cool again today.  In the 80's.  Oh, I said I was going to post the rest of the families - the dogs.  The first one is Jeana's dog Tessa.  The second is Jackie's dog Carley. She is joining me for hot water on the porch.  And the 3rd is one of Scott's dog watching TV.  He had been telling us about his dogs watching TV with him and when he got home this is what he found!! :-)

My morning hot water on the porch. 

A view of an almond orchard and the hills behind it looking west.  My sister and her 2 granddaughters and I went to lunch at Pete's in Woodland and then spent a little time shopping before Kaia had to go to volleyball practice.  Teagan got to stay at home while Kaia had practice. 
We had a delicious lunch and great family time. Great fries and burger!! 

We ALL had burgers! 
Going to leave tomorrow for home. Will head to Elko, NV to stay tomorrow night. It's been a great trip.  Didn't see everyone I had planned to but will just have to make another trip out here.  I have travel funds with Southwest that have to be used so will be good excuse to visit again.  
Until tomorrow...........Have a good night!  Hugs. 

Day 16. Monday, August 14, 2017
****Updated Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to include picture of Jamison!
Enjoyed the day today with Jackie after sleeping under the quilt I made for her 13 years ago.  Was nice.

Spent the afternoon by the pool while she swam and I knitted a scrubby and we visited.  It was in the low 80's today, first day in 48 days that it wasn't over 90 degrees in the Sacramento valley.  Supposed to warm up some but not back to 100's in the near future.  Purple flower is potato bush.  Beautiful flowers.  With a huge black bumble bee!. Couldn't get his picture - too fast.

Jack brought me some Kubota figs, fresh picked from his tree.  They are sooooo good!!  Could have eaten the whole bowl but was a little afraid of the possible consequences! :-)

Today we could hear the almond harvesters going around us.  Orchards all around.  Then on the way into Woodland to have dinner with Jackie's kids, Jeana and Scott and their families, at Jeana's house, we passed an almond sweeper.  It sweeps the almonds into rows after they have been knocked off of the tree.  He was really slow! That's why Californians say "ammonds" - because we knock the "L" out of them.  :-). They are harvesting field tomatoes also so it's a frequent sight to see tomatoes on the side of the road, especially on the on and off ramps of the freeway.

Group picture of the family gathering. During this visit we were able to FaceTime with Tina and her family, so the cousins, etc. could meet.  Was fun.  Everyone sure enjoyed the "tele-visit".

Everyone relaxing on the couch after a wonderful dinner of chicken picatta, fresh corn, rice, melon, salad, and a delicious ice cream cake.  Wonderful memories made seeing all the family.
Once again, it's late.  Headed for bed.  Going to town for lunch tomorrow.
Good night.  Hugs <3

*****Tuesday am.  Just realized that Jamison wasn't visible in the above picture.  So am including one with  everyone except Julie (Scott's wife) who is taking the picture.

Tonight I will post pictures of the rest of the families - the dogs!!!   cl

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and August 13, 2017

Missed posting yesterday, so posting for 2 days today.  I decided to leave Almanor 1 day early and come down to the valley.  I wasn't feeling great. Foot hurting,  feet swollen and a bit unsteady on the uneven ground.  I closed up the trailer and drove down Hwy 32 ( a beautiful drive along the Deer Creek).  Stopped in Chico to visit with Lon's mother and sister and her husband.  Had a nice visit. And then drove to Jackie's in Zamora, CA arriving about 10pm.  So we sat up until 11:30 visiting!  Here are pictures of the lake as I was leaving. It was a little hazy this am.  There was a gorgeous speed boat that was my color - purple and blue.  It was FAST!!  Very unusual - the steering wheel was on the left side.  Don't remember seeing a boat with that set up. Made me want to be on the lake!!

This was my home for several days.  It was wonderful and I'm very thankful to my sister for letting me use her trailer.

Just had to take a picture of the gas prices in Chester. Not the most expensive that I've paid on the trip but close!  Look at the diesel price.  I think it's higher than regular in TN.  or at least it used to be when we had a diesel pickup.

This is a quick drive by photo of the outpatient department I worked at when I retired and moved to Tennessee.

Today - Sunday - pictures of my sister's backyard.  It's picture perfect.

Solar panels......                                                            Jack's garden - Eucalyptus trees in back.

A peaceful corner of the yard.                 Lemon tree with 2nd crop on.

When I was in Chester at the grocery store, I bought some cherries that looked really good.  They are delicious, sweet not like some cherries that are tart!  Was looking at receipt later and realized I paid $12 for them. So, it's a good thing they taste good!!  Every last one of them will be eaten :-)

That's all for now.  Hope to have more pictures tomorrow.  Going to have dinner with Jeana and family and Scott and family and Jackie and Jack. So hope I remember to take pictures.  Totally forgot to get any pictures at Dee's house until I was 45 miles down the road!  Oh well, hope the mind isn't going yet :-) ?Overload?  Until tomorrow........Hugs.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day 13. Friday, August 11, 2017

This morning I awoke to another gorgeous day on the lake.  Was cold and turned on the heat for a short time.  Sweatshirt weather.  But warmed up nicely during the day for another perfect day. These really are different pictures!! Taken today.

When I was growing up we had a cabin at the lake at Prattville.  It was across from a cemetery that had been moved up there from the meadow below when the lake was built.  One time when I had a friend from high school up for the weekend, my sister, she and I went into the cemetery at night and took some old plastic flowers from an old gravesite and took them back home.  Oh man, did we get in trouble!!!  Never even thought about doing that again  :-)  This is a picture of the cemetery.

These pictures of Plumas Pines is where we would get our mail and some grocery items that we needed without driving 10 miles into Chester.

Northshore Campground is where I am staying.  A new sign since we used to camp here.  Last time in 2001 before moving to Tennessee

Dinner tonight. Not as fancy!  I forgot to buy the salad when in town.  Oh well, was plenty.

My movie entertainment for the night.  Just the kind of movies I like.  Hope I can stay awake to finish it.

Good night all.  Hope all is well.  Hugs.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 12. Thursday, August 10, 2017

I was really lazy this morning and slept in.  Normally we can hear boats going out fishing and trailers coming and going, and kids playing but it was really quiet today.  It was chilly and the propane tank ran out during the night while trying to heat the water, so I had to put on a sweatshirt!  Someone had turned off the power to the trailer so the refrigerator/freezer had automatically switched over to gas.  It has been a while since Jackie has been to the trailer so hard to tell how long it was off.  Anyway, there was enough to heat the water when I got there, but during I could hear the water heater trying to light.  Anyway, another gorgeous day! This tree has been well documented!!! :-)

In the afternoon I drove out on a backroad out of Chester to a camp where we used to take our tent trailer to dry camp.  It's so pretty and remote out there.

Back to town to do my laundry.  11 days of not washing clothes, I was out of clean clothes.  No choice but to visit the laundromat.  Haven't done that in years.  They also had a pay shower there and a dog washing place in back!! Here are a couple of pictures of buildings in Chester. - Peterson Glass and The Pine Shack Frosty.  (There is a note in the window that says it's for sale :-(

Another dinner - this time outside on the veranda looking at the lake! I've hit the big time :-)

And once again another gorgeous sunset

That's all folks for tonight!!  Goodnight.  Hugs.