Beautiful Clearlake in California

Beautiful Clearlake in California
Beautiful Clear Lake, California
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 22, 2014

Day at the Beach, Ft. Bragg, CA



We didn’t decide to go out to the coast till after we went out for Breakfast. Today here at Clearlake is windy and cold. Lake is upside down! Actually lake looked like the ocean!!
We came home from breakfast packed up a cooler with drinks, put some coats for ‘just in case’ we needed them, etc.. grabbed the dogs and we were on the road..
By the time we reached Ft Bragg, CA it was so beautiful!! not much wind and pretty warm!
We went walking on the beach with the dogs.. Low tide today..  Dogs were having a ball! Run run run! And we loved watching them!!

After the beach area, we drove up to MacKerricher State Park in Cleone.
We walked along the boardwalk..We saw lots of seals and some babies too..
Soon we were on our way to Silvers at the Wharf on the Noyo Harbor.
We had a yummy lunch, crab melt and a cocktail.. Really nice day..

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend April 18-20

For months now we have planned on brother Rick to come and spend time with us here at Clearlake. He loves to fish, play golf, visit friends, etc.. and eat really good while he is here! I guess the key word would be “PLAY”. Seems he doesn’t take time at home to play, so he comes here!! Smile
I talked to Rick on Thursday evening to see what time he would leave on Friday morning early. He told me he would be leaving about the time Lynn (his wife) goes off to work. When I got up in the morning (Friday), I texted him to see how far he’d gotten? He said he was as far as Salem.. So I did my calculations of what time he would probably arrive that afternoon. Figuring about around 5ish or so.. Probably about the time Cheryl & Dee (from Moose International) would arrive..
I went about getting this together for the day.. It wasn’t even a half hour after I had texted Rick and he walked in the door!! OMG he drove all night! Sneaky little devil!! He was wired to the hilt! Way too much coffee!! Both Ev and I were thrilled! The dogs loved it he was here!! Wasn't long and we were all sitting down to breakfast.. Talking about this and that, conversation just buzzing! Before Rick was to go and take a nap? Oh well is there anything I can do? (he is a general contractor). Of course there was something he could do for us.. Smile He went out and fixed the pipe to where it had froze from the bad freeze we had back in early December. It was sprinkler pipe, so it wasn’t one we used frequently.. aww so now that one project is finished..  He soon went to sit in the chair and rest..
I started cooking. I made up a huge pot of clam chowder and made some croutons ahead because I was also having Easter dinner, so needed them for the dressing I would be making.. It was a very busy day.. Soon we heard from Scott & Carla. I invited them up for some cocktails and thought it would be nice if they could meet brother Rick. We had a nice afternoon with some snacks and cocktails.. I sent them home with a container of Clam Chowder.. Soon Cheryl and Dee (from Moose International) came in. Scott & Carla were just leaving..
We got to sit down with Cheryl & Dee for a short visit. Everyone was tired, so we all headed to bed.

Next day I knew I was going to be plenty busy cooking.. I was up early on Saturday as were Cheryl & Dee. They had an early day as they had the class at the moose for Tina..
I soon got breakfast going. I needed to get the fixings for tacos going, also some chicken fajitas. I also prepared the turkey dressing, sweet potatoes ready for Sunday’s Easter dinner. Thankfully I had got the table all set earlier in the week for our Easter dinner.
When Cheryl & Dee returned from the Moose we took them out to Brassfields for a bit of wine tasting.. I also invited Scott & Carla back up for Tacos.. It was nice to have everyone! However I could tell it was wearing on me, I was running down and could feel it. But figured I would get plenty of rest and be ready for Sunday morning at the Moose.
We partied into early evening, had our tacos and enjoyed one another’s company out of the deck. Not many days we can enjoy time on the deck, This time of the year is great..A little warm and cool evenings.. Nice..

Easter morning Cheryl & Dee were on their way back home early, about 730am. they arrived safely at home later that day. Cheryl called to let us know they arrived home safely!! Smile
Ev and I were ready to go to the Moose by about 815am.. Ev had his Easter Bunny costume and I had everything for photo taking.. Camera, lap top and printer.. Smile
Moose was already buzzing when we arrived.. Pam & Doc, Tommy bartending, Eric in the kitchen, Lorraine getting the eggs organized, etc.. Now we just needed the crowd.. We had some that trickled in.. Not a big crowd, but it was a start.. We had a few for breakfast and over all about 50 to 60 kids.. Next year will be much better!!
Ev was cute.. he went down on the hwy to try and lure people in by waving while he was in the bunny costume. He had the kids as well as adults posing with him for photos. I was busy taking photos and printing them out. I had a helper Destiny, Tommy’s granddaughter.. It was a very nice morning actually.. Soon it was noon and time to pack up and get home so I could get the rest of the dinner cooking.


Now and am pretty close to being exhausted.. Thankfully had a couple of hours to rest before I needed to really get up and work again.. I was so looking forward to this afternoon and wanted to enjoy it without being so tired.. I did rest for a couple of hours, just enough to rejuvenate me to get the rest of what I needed to do done.. Ev peeled the potatoes, I had most everything else ready to go into the oven.. Had started the turkey about 1230pm.. it was cooking nicely..
About 330 people started arriving and I was ready!! First Charles.. then Bea & Pete and soon Jim & Shirley were here! And so the evening was in full swing! It is wonderful to have family and such good friends to surround you. The only thing missing was I would have loved to have had Lindsy, Chris and Colin.. but they had plans already and weren’t able to make it.
What a wonderful dinner! We topped it off with some Strawberry short cake and some more delicious wine.. Happy Easter!

Visit from Moose International

A few weeks ago while in Reno for Moose conference I met Cheryl Volden whom is always the computer person in charge of the videos for the conference. I am sure her job entails many other aspects as well. As I was talking with her I mentioned to her that one of my officers, specifically my recorder was unable to make one of the classes for her position and now wasn’t eligible for her “STAR”, personal honors. Cheryl was very generous to offer her services  to come up to Clearlake Oaks from Oxnard (down by LA) the weekend of Easter to teach the class to Tina so that she could get her honors!
Cheryl and I arranged to have her and her travel companion/friend “Dee” to stay with us for the weekend.
Cheryl & Dee didn’t arrive until late on the Friday the 18th, about 330pm. They went straight to the Moose and met Tina. For the next several hours the class began. It would end about noon on Saturday when the class would be finished and now Tina would get her personal honors!! Smile
When the class finished on Saturday, we took Cheryl & Dee out for a little fun..

Dee & Cheryl at Brassfields on Saturday!! Thank you so much ladies! It was wonderful having you!! See you in Vegas!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bear Valley 4-Wheeler Ride w/Doc & Pam

What a terrific ride we had on Tuesday!! Pam asked last week if we would have time to do a quad ride on Tuesday.. woo hoo I said I am sure we can, checked with Evee and we had a date!
We didn’t take our usual ride from home here to Indian Valley Res.. We put the quads on the trailer and drove down to Bear Creek, right at Hwy 16/Hwy 20.
We started our ride about 11am.. Weather was perfect! We rode through Bear Valley, gorgeous! Probably HOT in the summer! Great day for a ride..
We went to go by Wilbur Springs.. heard that it had burned a few weeks ago, so the gate was closed and there was a no trespassing sign.. sooo? oh well we were on our way toward Indian Valley Res from a different side.
Great day! We had a nice picnic over looking the mountains! Scoped out some campgrounds, that are closed due to the drought..
Indian Valley Res is way down.. by the end of summer probably won’t be any water left in it.. Sad smile
In spite of no water in the lake, the day was wonderful! We rode for hours! We rode about 70 miles round trip.. Took us about 6 hours.
After we loaded the quads, we headed to the Moose for a “wet one”.. Smile

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Philosophical Society

Each month (second Sunday) there are a group of us from here at Lake County that we call the Philosophical Society that met for Brunch at the Riviera Hills Golf & Country Club.
We don’t do much philosophical-ling but we tell great jokes and have lots of mimosa and a great brunch! And on occasion we will get invited to a friends house to continue the party.
This particular day Jim & Jan Perry invited us to their place for wine on the patio over looking the lake! Another Great party! And a beautiful day to boot!
Thank you Jim & Jan great times were had by all!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friend Eric Bechler turns 50 Party!



One hell of a party at the Moose lodge April 12, 2014!!
Woo Hoo Eric! Nice party! Twice as Nice band played some pretty nice jazz music. Friends barb-q’ed to die for Tri-Tip and chicken and with lots of sides! Great time was had by all!
HaPpY 50th!!! Eric & Ev are doing the “Petaluma Salute”.. Smile Please don’t take offense…

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mid-week dinner with Friends..

After our terrific boat ride on Tuesday, we were up for having friends up for dinner on Wednesday evening.. Made the calls and wala! We had a nice dinner party!
We invited Scott & Carla and Ben & Julie..
We had a very nice visit and great dinner..
We had originally planned this dinner back about the first of January.. But due to a horrible cold sickness I had to call it off. It was a horrible sickness..
So finally had some terrific friends up and a very nice visit! Thanks Guys for being so patient!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


woo hooo we are back on the water once again! Long time in coming, almost a year. The old girl has her spunk back!! With lots of team work from friends! Thank you to everyone that made this old girl feel young once again! Our 1995 Dynasty open bow ski boat is once again running smooth!
Thanks to brother Rick, his friend Brandon.. Phil & Toni and their friend Jared.. Yahoo!
We took her out today (Tuesday).. We got out on the lake about 11am.. Ran the boat out across the lake, runs so smooth! Wonderful! Took a ride across over by Konocti, by the lake house and then wen to friends Scott & Carla.. Visited for a bit and then took them out for a run around the lake.. We all enjoyed it.. We toured over to the Lake house, over by Konocti and over to Buckingham.. nice..
Scott & Carla helped us load the boat up to bring her home.. aww it is nice to have her back!! Smile

Great day on the lake!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Celebrating my daughter Lindsy’s 37th Birthday

Ev & I arrived just about 4pm at Lindsy & Chris’ house. Giving us time to get settled in and change clothes before going to dinner with the whole group!
Earlier today we had district meeting at the Moose.. Thankfully it didn’t go ever time, giving us plenty of time get to Petaluma for the celebration of Lindsy’s birthday. We also celebrated her Dad’s birthday. Mike’s birthday was Sunday the 6th, Lindsy’s was the 2nd..
Good time was had by all as you can see by the photos.
After our dinner we went back to Lindsy’s and partied in the garage till the wee hours.. Making for somewhat of a long day. Sad smile But the party was fun!! Smile

On Sunday Lindsy got up and cooked us a nice breakfast. Kim spent the night. It was nice to have us “girls” all together.. Colin our grandson was thrilled his Mom made him his favorite! “PANCAKES’!
The night before I got a text message from Phil saying the boat was finished and running great!! woo hoo! So before we went home we went by Phil & Toni’s to retrieve our boat!! And thank God, Toni was back to her normal fun loving self!! It’s a Good day!
Phil is an amazing man. I don’t think there isn’t much that man doesn’t do. He straightened the fender on the boat trailer. Long story.. but now it is fixed.. His friend Jared, fixed the boat Smile all is good.. Hopefully tomorrow we will take the boat out and we will pray that all is well.. Smile 
While we at Phil & Toni’s I took a couple photos of this beautiful stove Phil is building.. wow just amazes me.. You will see it in the photos..

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Friday 4/4/2014

The day started out with Phil & Toni coming by after they looked at some homes here in the Oaks.. After for which they came by up here to see us.. Toni wasn’t feeling well, but she persevered until she just couldn’t. Poor Girl, she was on sick little gal.. We were heading to Robinsons and got as far as Lucerne and they decided they should just go on home so Toni could rest… Good Idea..
As we were coming back to the Oaks Ev and I decided to go to lunch ourselves at Happy Garden.. But we needed to kill a little time before going because “Happy Hour” at the Happy Garden started at 2pm. So we killed a few minutes walking through an antique shop..
We had a nice lunch and couple of drinks at the Happy Garden. On our way home we thought we needed to go the Brassfields and pick up our wine, we are wine club members. Bob the guy whom is our wine tender behind the bar was happy to see us. Probably a slow day, winter, some rain all day.. Yup he was happy to see us..
We had a nice time talking to Bob and tasting wine.. Nice afternoon..

After a couple of hours, we headed home. Ev kicked back in his chair.. me here at the computer.. Text comes in from Jim & Shirley, “would you guys like to join as at the Boars Breath in Middletown? Ev and I chatted about it for a few minutes and before you know we were on our way to the Boars Breath..
What a fun evening we had!! And it was also good that we went so we could also say our “good byes” to Pam, Jim & Shirley’s daughter, she was leaving early in the morning to go home to Alaska.. Love that girl!
Ended up that evening we were also joined by Rudy & Faith.. What a fun group of people!! Always cherish the fun time we have!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Walsh Family Dinner with the Swesey’s

This was going to be the first time we got to meet Pam, J & S oldest daughter. We invited them all here for dinner!!They arrived promptly at 4:30 here at house.
Pam is sooooooo cute! Adorable and fun! Just loved her! Pam lives in Alaska and is visiting.. We all enjoyed cocktails, horderves taking pictures, sharing stories, laughing and having just a wonderful get together! Our friends Jim & Shirley are so much fun! And now we have met almost all their kids! They have 4.
So far all of them are a riot and fun loving just as their parents! These people know how to have fun!!


Wasn’t long and we were all sitting down at dinner. We had such a special time with everyone! Dinner was delicious.. twice baked potatoes/green salad/artichokes/tri tip.. Apple Crisp for dessert..
We probably sat down to dinner about 7 and don’t think we left the table till well after 10! So fun!! As you can see from the photos we were all a bit nuts! Fun fun!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mid Year Moose Convention Reno

Pam Rowland and I left here about 9:30 on Wednesday morning. We drove up Hwy 20 then caught I-80 above Nevada City.

On Monday this week we had 80 plus weather here at Clearlake. This Wednesday morning we took off was raining and snowing in the mountains.. go figure?
We were lucky there wasn’t any snow on the road, just snow flurries as we headed up to the summit at Donner. As we headed down from the summit, the road became dry.. Relief set in.. We decided to stop in Truckee at a little Mexican Restaurant there, of course can’t remember the name.. but had stopped there last year on a trip we took in January when going up to Reno.
Soon we were on our way to Reno. We got to the Atlantis and got our stuff all checked  in. Pam and I then went to do some shopping.. We shopped the afternoon and then came back to the hotel and had dinner. Pam did some gambling and won quite a little.. I didn’t play much, my money was going like water.. So I went up to the room..
In the morning we had a bit to eat in the room (we brought some breakfast food). From there we decided to do some more shopping. Found a few treasures and then back to the hotel. We registered for the convention and picked up our badges..
I called Mike & Maryann and they would have me over for dinner and a nice little visit. M & M looks the same, everything was good with them. I always enjoy spending time with them.


Mike was leaving for Vegas the next morning. He gets lots of FREE stuff from them so he likes to go.. Not sure it is exactly FREE? I am sure he spends plenty..

Got back to the hotel.. did a little gambling and then up to the room..
Friday was meetings all day in the convention rooms. We saw Jana and her husband Eddy and Mary Ferrera and her husband Mike.. Ran into Earl & Mary. Friday evening Mary (not Mary F) ate dinner with us and soon after I went back to my room.. After dinner we went to the room and cleaned up and headed out for the evening..

Pam and I found a few “hospitality” rooms that evening.. We partied into the evening. Met some fun people.. Got free drinks and food. JELLO-SHOTS! We were on a roll. Not sure what time we got in.. But the next day was a bit rough on Pam.. poor girl.. I lucked out, not sure why I didn’t feel bad.. oh but I was doing fine.. Meetings again all day Saturday.
Thought it would be nice to take a Hot Tub.. Well went down to the pool area and hot tub.. tooo many kids! So went back to the room.. Showered and met Pam for dinner.. She went on to gamble, me? I went up to the room and kicked back..
Sunday we had one last meeting and we would be off for home. Snowing once again.. No snow on the road.. again we were blessed.
We stopped in Nevada City at a nice place for late lunch “Bistro 221”. Had a wonderful hamburger.. and headed up. We arrive home about 5pm..
Fun time was had by all.. Smile

Monday, March 24, 2014

Impromptu Day with Friends



We talked with Jim & Shirley about coming and taking some photos of their boat as they are putting it up for sale. So we arrived about noon. J & S served up some of those delicious Bloody Mary’s. We walked out and I took some photos of the boat.. We were all talking and we weren’t hungry yet.. So we thought we would head to Guenoc/Langtry Winery to do some wine tasting..
At the Moose fashion show the day before ran into Faith & Jan.. We told them we would be at Jim & Shirley’s on Sunday and they said they may stop in and bring refreshments with them. Sounds good..
We arrived at the winery and the wisteria was in full bloom and so fragrant! Gorgeous! We went inside to the tasting room where we met Scott. What a great host he was! He was so knowledgeable about their wines and different processes that take place..
As were tasting wine.. who should walk in?? Faith & Rudy and Jim & Jan! You would have thought we hadn’t seen each other in decades! After the “hi’s” and “hugs” we got down to some serious wine tasting. Scotty telling us wonderful stories. He was so fun! He made our experience a real joy! I am sure we were there for sometime. Scotty also took us through the vats and barrels. He also served us a barrel tasting.. thought at was pretty special! Scotty was wonderful to joke around with, he had a wonderful sense of humor!
Here we are  in the room that had the vats and barrels..

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What a motely crew we are!! So fun!
From here we all went back to Jim & Shirleys and sat out on the deck. It was a beautiful day! Spring has sprung for sure!! We all settled in on the deck, continued to drink our wine, while Jim & Ev went to town to pick up pizza.
It was a great afternoon with our friends! We love you all! Great memories!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jim & Shirley’s 48th Wedding Anniversary

  We arrived at Jim &Shirley’s about 8am for Bloody Mary’s.
Wasn’t long and Charles came by to say “Hi” and have a bloody mary with us as well.


Wasn’t long and we were on our way.. We arrived in plenty of time for what was going to be a fun day at the Wine Train!!

We were fortunate we met up with Kats (our neighbor), he works for the wine train. He was happy to see us as we were to see him. Kats was working in the souvenir shop when we arrived. He was then going to be on the train as well serving at the wine tasting bar. Boarding the train was like stepping back in time.
Kats was amazing how he knows everything about the wine he served! We did get quite an education! It was so nice to have our own wine expert!


We met some really  nice/fun people! First we meet Nancy &Tom from Pennsylvania. Unfortunately we kind of lost each other on the train when it came time to eat..


We also met 3 ladies from Tahoe. Mother, Lanell, daughter Taylor, and friend Kelley. The more you scroll through the photos you will see how much fun we all had!


After leaving the wine train, Jim was driving. We toured Calistoga, hit a few happy hour places and then one last place in Middletown. We had such a great day! That last stop is a bit foggy.. GREENSMILESSS
if you ever take the a wine train adventure? Be fun enjoy the people around you! It is more fun to be outgoing and meeting lots of people!