Beautiful Clearlake in California

Beautiful Clearlake in California
Mt Shasta in January 2015
My blog is positive, uplifting and informative about our life with family & friends. I love to cook, so you will also be blessed to have some of my secrets of cooking as well. And like our title we are full of Adventures (camping, fishing, boating, atv'in, traveling, etc..), Cuisinier (French, cook or chef) I love to cook! Concoctions (something created, could be food or most anything). Being that I am creative, you will find that throughout my life and blogging. We hope you enjoy reading about our rich and full life! Thank you and feel free to comment or just read.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Russian Easter with Mike & Mary Ann

We have been invited several times to celebrate Russian Easter with the Mohoff’s and I do believe this was the first time we were able to make it..
We arrived on Saturday the 11th of April mid-afternoon.. No sooner did we get there and Mary Ann’s daughter Tracy and grandson Lyndon arrived! Let the festivities begin..
Both Mike & Mary Ann had been preparing for this celebration for a couple of days.. They had already prepared food by the “plenty”.
We had a casual dinner the 6 of us on Saturday evening.. And watched some TV and retired early.
Sunday morning was busy.. The 5 of them took a nice 5 mile walk while I stayed and took my time getting ready for the day.. Smile Takes me longer these days to get things done..
Wasn’t long and they were all back from their walk.. Soon dishes were in crock pots, pressure cookers, ovens, etc.. All the delightful aroma’s were so inviting..
Soon people started arriving.. Family and Friends most of Russian decent of some type.. all except us and a few other friends..
What a fun day it was!! There was lots of VODKA going around.. home made VODKA with different flavors.. and of course you just drank them as a straight shot and down the hatch! I personally had over the course of the day about 6 or so shots.. However Everett I think had slightly more.. Because I saw him looking at people with one eye open and one eye closed.. guess if he had both eyes open he saw double.. Smile 
It was a fun fun time! Thanks guys for having us!!

Russian-Orthodox Easter

Easter (russ.: Пасха [Paskha]) is in Russia the major religious celebration of the year. It is even more important than Christmas. Faithful and atheists, kids and adults, city dwellers and country folk go to church to attend the Easter Mass. Easter in Russia is a lot more than a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a long and powerful tradition that could not be eliminated even by the communists. Easter cleanses our souls and thoughts. It brings peace, joy and hope. And, of course, the Russians are looking forward to a happy family feast with lots of special Easter food like Easter bread, traditional cheese cake Paskha, Easter eggs and other tasty treats.

In Russia Easter is usually celebrated later than in the West. This happens because Easter dates are determined by different calendars. The Russian-Orthodox church uses the old Julian calendar, whereas the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches switched to the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Family Easter

On Saturday evening we celebrated Easter at Mike & Julia’s home in Petaluma..We also celebrated Lindsy and Mike’s birthdays.
The evening started with an Easter Egg Hunt at the house..Our grand kids were all in attendance, Colin, Gianna, Gillian and Gemma..  All the neighborhood kids were invited as well. I do believe Julia did about 300 plastic eggs for the kids to hunt for..
Mike & Julia fixed a wonder Easter dinner.. nice ham, ribs, scalloped potatoes, shrimp salad! And a lovely fruit basket cake that Jamie provided.
What a great Easter it was..

Celebrating Lindsy’s Birthday

Easter weekend! Here for the weekend festivities!
Lindsy’s birthday was actually Thursday April 2nd..
So we planned a Saturday, of wine tasting and lunch.
We left Lindsy & Chris’ house about 930am and headed over to
Viansa Winery, arrived there about 1015am or so.. Lindsy’s co-worker Omar was our server at the winery.. He was so nice and so informative about the wines!! We had so much fun with him!
This was Lindsy’s first time wine tasting..
After the winery we headed over to the
Rutherford Grill in Napa County at the community of Rutherford…We had made arrangement for Jim & Shirley to meet us at the grill..
We had a wonderful lunch! I think we all had the French dips.. They are so good!!



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Colin’s game on Friday Night Lights

Colin our grandson played under the lights on Friday night at Major Field at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma. This was the first time Colin has played baseball under the lights! Colin is 8 1/2 yrs old, plays 1st base or 3rd base.. Unfortunately his team “Unique Insurance” lost, 13-9.. They were so fun to watch!! Lots of family and friends out to watch..


Friday, April 3, 2015

Sicily’s for Dinner at Hidden Valley

Jim & Shirley’s daughter Pam is visiting here from Alaska..
We all got together for dinner at Sicily’s.. It was great to see Pam.. hadn’t seen Jim jr for awhile, so it was a nice visit.
We hadn’t seen Robbie the bartender for a year! Since the last time Pam was here! Robbie did work at the Boars Breath in Middletown previously.
It was great to see him! He is so fun! Pam was happy to see him as well as the rest of us..
We had a delicious dinner! Seemed like everyone had something different..
Poor Pam was so sick with a cold/flu.. she hung in there like a trooper!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Camp Smith at Indian Flats

Great idea Rudy & Faith came up with.. They invited us to a campout in the middle of their vineyard on a beautiful grassy knoll.
There were 5 of us rigs.. Rudy & Faith, Milt & Priscilla, Jim & Shirley, Jim & Jan and us.. We even had a couple of delightful guests!! Phil & Toni..
What a great time we had!
March 29th, 30th, came home on the 31st.. Great time..
You guys are so much fun!! All of you!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shirley’s Vasheresse 60th a the Keys Club

Ernie had planned a “surprise” for Shirley’s 60th.. However? Something happened.. so Shirley was not surprised! In spite of the “cat being out the bag”, Shirley enjoyed her “surprise 60th birthday”..
They had quite a group! All great family and friends!
Food was wonderful! Great job Andrea!! clap-animated-animation-clap-smiley



Friday, March 27, 2015

Police Officer of the Year 2014

So proud of our son in law Chris..
He was awarded Police Officer of the Year at a intimate celebration at the Elks lodge in Novato..

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dinner with Scott & Carla, Ben & Julie

Carla is great at throwing a last minute dinner party!
Weather was? a little showers, a little sun.. and lots of fun!
Everyone did their part to help with food..
After dinner we played the dice game! All I know is the house won!! Came from behind and WON!
Thanks guys had a great time!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness with Chuck & Judy

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Usually Ev goes to the March Madness (basket ball lottery) at Chuck & Judy’s. This year was the first time I attended. I had a great time! Now I know what I was missing!
Chuck and Judy were so gracious! They made us feel so comfortable. Had our room all ready for us.. Smile comfy bed..
Judy made a traditional St Patrick's Day dinner, corn beef and cabbage.. yummy yummy! Some people brought some desserts to add to the dinner. We brought some awesome cheesecake.. Smile
It was great to see Kevin and Dj (Daniel) and we got to meet Dj’s girlfriend Michelle..
It was amazing how the process of the lottery/auction for the basket ball went. I kind of teased Chuck while he was auctioning off the different teams.. Smile Had a great time!
Had a good nights sleep.. Sat on the veranda in the morning and had coffee visited for a couple of hours. We then went to Mel’s and had breakfast/lunch.. Great fun!!  Thank you both for a great experience!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Moose Fashion Show March 14, 2015

The newest fashion show seem to go off without a hitch. Barbara Higman was in charge of the actual fashions from Lisa's Size’s 3-60. Barbara had everything so well organized had all the girls hair and make up all done just perfect. She had music and male escorts for the ladies.
Or lunch consisted of gourmet turkey rollup's spring salad with Apple and craisins with cranberry dressing and some fantastic cheesecake. My help in the kitchen was GREAT! Thank you to Laura Weldy, Pam Rowland, Gayle Christian, Ann, Beth Truman.. Our waiters, Rooster, Rob & Ev. Thanks to all of you!!
Eric Austin did a great job with the Music for the Models.
We raffled off a couple of really nice baskets. We also had a gently used purse raffle that went off very nicely.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Doc & Pam’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

Doc & Pam’s 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated on March 7 at the Moose Lodge. They had a great band called “Gunzie”. Food was awesome! Family & Friends of from all over came to this event.
As soon as the music started, it was Let the Party Begin! The party started about five and went till midnight everybody had a great time thank you Doc and Pam we had a fun fun time!!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

4 Weeks Post Op (4 Disks replaced in my neck)

It’s been 4 weeks since my surgery. I feel my neck is doing GREAT!.. Scaring is minimal.. soon you won’t even see the incision in the front of my neck! I do believe the disks they replaced in my neck are doing great too! Very rarely do I feel discomfort from them.. Riding in the car 2 days in a row, is NOT good! But other than that, doing good..
The big problem is still my paralyzed arm (from shoulder to wrist on left arm). I will say after 33 days of excruciating pain has gone away..Smile Now just have constant achy feeling in my arm.. Some days are worse than others.. Of course the lack of being able to use it is very FRUSTRATING! Sleeping is also a challenge.. Some nights are better than others.
I still don’t have much energy.. Sit in the house a lot. Don’t like it much, but as I said my energy is not what I would like for it to be.
My spirits are much better. However, I do have my days..
Due to my health issues we had to cancel our 3 month road trip! That in itself is depressing.. Both Ev and I were soooooooooo looking forward to it! We were going to visit family and friends alll along the way.. And we were going to go Epcot (Ev has never been there and wanted to go). Maybe another time..??
I see the surgeon on the 23rd.. I am sure he will be pleased with the surgery..
I am doing PT (physical therapy).. At this point I am thinking it is a waste of time and money.. I can’t really do anything..other than use the pulley to straighten my left arm out.. otherwise there isn’t any exercises that I can do with my left arm till the use comes back.. Today is my 3rd time of going.. totally a waste of time..
I am pretty sure this is going to be my last one, at least till some use comes back..
Today we are also going to lunch at Happy Garden with our friends Jim & Shirley.. Smile Looking forward to it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two Weeks post op..

Had my doctors appt with Dr Consiglieri yesterday the 19th of February. Also our 10th wedding anniversary.
Short visit with the doctor.  Good News the surgery was successful.. no pain or discomfort from incision area and the neck feels great.
However, the bad news is that I have
C-5 Palsy in my left arm. I have use of wrist and fingers.. however limited motions with fingers and wrist,, can type.. Smile
As for motor type movements lifting the arm, reaching nothing..There is considerable pain along with this.. NOT much in known about this type of palsy… If you find anything about it would like it if you could forward it to me.
C-5 Palsy >> <<this is about as much info that is out there..
I will start PT next week..
I am still pretty upset knowing that my arm is paralyzed! And pain.. Imagine how difficult my world is right now.. Oh yes and I am feeling sorry for myself right now.. Everything is still so fresh..
Give me sometime and I am sure things will improve (positive you see Smile)..  I will try and keep up dates and progress..
Our road trip that we were going to do is now on “hold”, but if things improve?? Smile Keep you fingers crossed and lots of prayers.. I will do the work.. Smile

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nightmare at Lake County Hospitals!


I found out I have degenerative disk disease.. and have NOT ever had any problems..However, I probably should have figured it out as 2 of my brothers and my youngest daughter have had the same/similar surgery.
This is what happened:
Fluke got that horrible cold going around that comes with a awful cough.. I coughed so hard blew out 3 ribs and it was so painful.. so went to Chiropractor and he did adjustments to back and neck.. put ribs back..felt great for about one hour and then holly hell broke loose! Excruciating pain down the left side of my neck, shoulder and arm.. For all I knew I was having a heart attack! Went to Clearlake (St Helena of Clearlake) hospital.. told me it was going to be a 4 hour wait!!! Left there and headed to Lakeport Sutter.. I had to wait 2 hours pacing the halls with excruciating pain.. finally saw triage,, they panicked and put me on an EKG.. if I was having a heart attack I would have been dead by this time! Another hour goes by and “Dr. Isis” (should have guessed this one!!) gives a shot of 5mg valium.. and 1000mg of Motrin.. This wouldn’t kill the pain in your broken toe! In the meantime my blood pressure was sky high! High number was well over 240!!! Due to the pain level.. next time she came in she ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE PAIN!!!!!!!!?????????? OMG horrible.. I said “morphine”? 2 more hours go by and I got a 4mg of morphine.. again not enough to do anything, least of all this excruciating pain.. about 10 minutes later she comes in and she is releasing me cause there is nothing they can do for me! My blood pressure is off the charts and I am in horrible pain! And now the hospitals can not give you meds to take home!! So I went home in so much pain and was unable to take a pain pill till the  next day at 11am when Ev got them at the pharmacy..I could have stroked out during the night! I had no pain meds or blood pressure meds to bring down blood pressure!
Then go to my primary doc on Tuesday and what does he do?? Another neck adjustment!!!!!!!!! REALLY?? OMG.. he should have ordered and MRI or something to figure something out besides adjusting me again! So on Thursday I notice my left arm isn’t working very well and pretty much not at all.. well now I am scared to death I am having a stroke on top of whatever else is going on.. I call Lindsy she says MOM GET TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM NOW! An come to Santa Rosa ER at Memorial..They were waiting for me when I got there… took me in and treated me with respect and I felt like a Queen.. no problem gave me some great pain meds, did an ekg and had me scheduled for MRI.. Disks severely ruptured in my neck were 3&4 and 5&6.. no wonder I was in so much pain.. still not sure why my arm isn't working.. but first things first..It was a week later before I finally got into the neurosurgeon. However the morning I came in I think if he could have he would have done my surgery then!! As it was I went in the next morning at 930am.. Emergency surgery..I couldn’t believe it.. I can’t believe how much had to suffer before getting the care I should have gotten from the start.. When I woke up from the surgery, pain was pretty well gone, and so was my left arm.. have feeling in it all the way down, can’t lift it?? I do have the use of my fingers and hand, but if you can move your arm your hand isn’t much use either.. however I do have my wrist propped up on the ledge by the keyboard so I can type..
I do believe yesterday(Feb 9th) being it was the 3rd after surgery was my worse day.. horrible day really.. Today, feeling much better, in comparison.. hopefully now on the road to recovery.. neck seems to be doing pretty good.. pain is minimal..
I am in the process of writing a letter to both the hospitals up here and the insurance commissioner of CA and anyone else that I can think of.. providing them with the information on HOW I WAS TREATED in our local hospitals..
praying I get the use of my arm back soon..
Today is almost a week since surgery.. Left arm is improving, but very slowly, not much more movement, but there is at least hope!
I am still taking pain pills about every 4 to 5 hours for pain.. some muscle relaxers and a nerve pill (??) anyway, life is NOT back to normal by any means!
Check out my doctor and his wife whom is also a neurosurgeon! Love these people!! Smile There was another Doctor “Guy” can’t find him the directory, cant remember his last name (it was one of these really long ones). Guy was so nice..he came in everyday to see me and just lots of beautiful smiles and encouragement!! Great “Guy”!! Smile Found his name!! >> Guy Delorefice, M.D.
Guy Delorefice, M.D. <<link to click..

Me post op on Sunday coming home..


Social Media “Facebook” is a great way to keep family & friends up to date on issues you maybe having!
Thank you all my FB peeps.. You are all so amazing.. Smile

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eureka Crab Feed at the Elks

We caravanned up with Phil & Toni to Eureka where we stayed at the Moose Lodge.. even though the “Weekend in the Redwoods” was hosted by the Elks lodge of Eureka. There were quite of few people camping between the Elks and the Moose. Rudy & Faith were at the Elks. Some were at the local hotel (Red Lion), Lynn & Larry and Rich & Judy..
We saw our new friend Dave that we had met at Lewiston Lodge at Thanksgiving! Dave is a riot! He really loves to have fun! So that is why we love him and he love us! Nice to have new friends!
Gayle & Rob at the Moose along with some of their friends.. Really had a nice group again this year!!
Every day was an adventure.. Of course Toni & I could have felt better.. Toni and I had a dam cold that kicked our butts pretty good.. Enjoyed the evenings mostly.. However we did do a couple of day excursions.. Thrift store shopping one day.. another day we went to Ferndale and went breakfast
Mike & Maryann stayed with us in the trailer. They arrived on Thursday and we all (Phil & Toni, Mike & Maryann and us) stayed till Monday.. What a great time we had!
Weather was?? wet for a couple of days.. but we made the best of it..

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day with the Rick Boyd’s Kids!

High light of the week and the last big day we have here while visiting in WA.. I gotta say these “Boyd’s” can do most anything in all kinds of weather!! It was drizzly and cold.. burrr..
Phil & Kristy just bought a house with nearly 5 acres.. I think they went halves with her parents??.. GREAT property! Two homes lots of out buildings barns, garages, etc.. Great property for raising a family! Phil & Kristy hosted this evenings events.. All the kids and their kids were invited.. I made up a big pot of spaghetti sauce and noodles along with pre-baked ribs, some avocado dip, etc.. Not that there wasn’t a ton of food! Margee, Kristy’s mom is a wonderful cook too! She made some shrimp pizza (to die for!) along with some other dishes (can’t remember).. So much wonderful food.. This family will never go hungry, guaranteed!!
Phil/Kristy and their two boys, Margee/Larry, Jess/Teresa and their 2 little ones, Janelle and Caddy, Ron/Suzie, Rick/Lynn and Maddi and of course us, it was so great seeing all of them!.. of course there wasn't enough food!! OMG! We should have invited the neighborhood!!
Phil got a bon fire going out back.. Papa Rick went to the store and bought stuff for s’mores.. Smile Great PaPa
What a wonderful night to end the weeks events.. Sunday is planned to be a quite movie day as we will leave to come home on Monday..

Sunday morning woke up with a sore throat and cold.. good day for couch and movies..
Monday we would leave to come home..

Packed up and left for home on Monday,, Got home Tuesday 1/6/15

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dinner with friends Dieter & Gayla

Really Dieter & Gayla are so wonderful to work with our schedule when we come for a visit.. Seems like I changed our dinner date a couple of times then went back to the original date.. Smile Thanks guys for being so patient!!
Dieter & Gayla love to entertain, kind of like me.. Smile
Gayla’s table was lovely..kisssm kisssm

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Earlier in the day Rick, Ev, Jess and Dieter had gone golfing.. however it started raining ice cycles so they only played 9 wholes..

Both Dieter & Gayla were cooking madly when we arrived.. Everything looked yummy and tasted even better! We had cocktails and champagne and wine.. It was a delightful evening..
Dieter cooked up his infamous bacon wrapped scallops!! My fav!
We had some delicious country ribs with potatoes and some of Gayla’s home grown and canned green beans!! A nice salad great company, great evening!! Thanks Guys for a wonderful night! kisssm[23]

Right after we arrived Gayla wanted to advertise her new lip gloss from Mary Kay so she gave the boys all a little kiss on the check and left her mark.. cute.. kisssmkisssmkisssm

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Next bunch of photos are Girls just wanna have fun.. They guys were sleeping on the couch in the living room (watching foot ball, oh yeah right)..too much golf earlier I guess..

One more thing I need to share.. Dieter built this little bridge over their pond in the back yard from a tree on their property.. isn’t it cool??
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Love you guys!! kisssmkisssmkisssm