Beautiful Clearlake in California

Beautiful Clearlake in California
Mt Shasta in January 2015
Earlier this year I went through some major surgery, I had 4 disks replaced in my neck due to the negligence of several professionals. As a result I have permanent damage to the C-5 nerve that operates my left arm. My left arm is paralyzed. I am trying to move forward, which is very difficult.. As you can well imagine.. I am grateful that I can at least enjoy all the beautiful scenery that I always have. I am extremely limited in how much actively I can do.. I just pray one day I will get it back..

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fun times with Jim & Shirley and more!

We are so blessed to know so many wonderful people whom we call our friends! Friends is a great word!
friend collage

This week we spent time with some very good friends, Jim & Shirley! OMG we love you both so very much! We always have such a fun time with you both! You are always so positive and uplifting and all we do is laugh!! Live, Love and always Laugh!
I got a text from Shirley on Monday. She wanted to know could be meet them for lunch this week?.. Jim then calls on Tuesday morning and said “lunch at Happy Garden” at 2pm today”? I said, we would see them there!!
We walked in and there they were just so excited to see us! And we were excited to see them too!! We were amazed that one of our other friends were also there having lunch! Milt & Priscilla.. Small world sometimes.. We all had a cocktail together, had a short visit with them and they were off....


After lunch we decided we should head to the “barn” and have one more and then go home.. so we did! Had fun.. Met up with “Rooster” and had some great laughs!

Jim & Shirley invited us to join them at Brassfields as there was going to be a bunch of old cars on the grounds for viewing.. And that Jim & Jan would also be there!! We packed up a picnic lunch and met them on Wednesday.. Saw other “friends” too.. Smile

Jim & Shirley kept us busy this week!! They again invited us to the Langtry Winery concerts under the stars! “Twang Ditty” entertained us with country music..This was going to the last one of the season. We met them at their home before hand so we could share in some appetizers before going to the winery.
Had a terrific time again!! Lots of laughing! Meeting new people! We met Karen (actress)  & Roger (retired deputy sheriff)! They just happened to be sitting right in front of us on the lawn in their chairs.. We all shared great stories and danced and just had a great time! Then after party at Jim & Shirley’s! Karen & Roger also joined us! Fun people! Jim & Shirley are just amazing friends! Love you both dearly!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Medicine Lake/Hat Creek August 2015

Good Friends, Good times! Weather was non-cooperative!
Wind and cool temps at Medicine.. Oh well.. we all made the best of it! The kayaks would stay on top of the truck as ornaments and the “minion” boat would stay tied on to the back of Phil & Toni’s motorhome.

Phil & Toni and Everett & I met up the Rolling Hills Casino on Sunday the 19th at the campground there. We had planned to eat in the restaurant/buffet in the casino. We went in and we all tried our luck.. I/We won $600!! woo hooo!!
(actually Phil was standing with me when I won this, then Everett came up and said look what “WE” won!! So these two “men” had a standing joke all week about what “WE” won.. comical really!)


We all proceeded over to the bar and had a drink then onto dinner on my/WE winning ticket.. Smile Fun fun time!!!
We pulled out in the morning to head to Medicine Lake. We made a “Pit” stop at the Olive Pit.. bought up so goodies and on our way..
We met Phil & Toni in McCloud for lunch and then proceeded to the lake. We were welcomed with lots of wind and cool temps. We had no idea that the wind would continue the whole time we were there.
On Monday morning we tried our luck fishing at the boat luanch and at Bullseye lake.. Phil was pretty lucky.. he did pretty good.... that afternoon after driving over to glass mountain when coming into the campground to our surprise Stan & Glorianne had pulled in.. They weren’t going to come till Wednesday.. Smile

They had to do a “commute” to Fall River on Tuesday for some previous commitments and then return to the lake on Tuesday evening..
We decided to take a drive to Fall River to see the museum where we met up with Glorianne. From there we went out to see Stan at home.. visited for a bit and then off to Burney to get fuel and a bit to eat.. We wanted to get away from the wind for the day.. Smile
About an hour and half drive from Burney to camp at Medicine.
We didn’t’ cook that night due to our late lunch..
Wednesday we were out fishing all of most of the day.. Wind was still a factor. Seemed everyone was catching fish except me!
Toni and he first fish!! EVER!




Naturally.. My arm still handicaps me in so many areas. But I was bound and determined.
Phil & Toni suggested we should go down to Hat Creek for a few days on the end of our trip to see if we could get out of the wind..
On Thursday everyone  packed up and headed to the Rancheria at Hat Creek. I was surprised that they weren’t booked. Glorianne & Stan had some work to get done at home for the up coming fair, so they headed home. It’s too bad the wind was so persistent the whole time we were at Medicine.
We got a nice spot next to the little lake at the Rancheria. Fortunately the temps were warmer and the wind wasn’t so bad..
We were barely checked in and set up when Kathy & John Becker came for a visit Smile.. (John & Kathy live at Hat Creek).
Phil & I went fishing on Friday morning at the bridge at Hat Creek and did pretty well. I finally caught some fish.. Limited out in 40 minutes. Phil had suggested that I should reverse the reel to the right hand so that it would work better for me!! dahhh! And it did!! Thank you Phil.. Smile 
On Saturday Ev & Phil went fishing and caught a couple. We all decided to go into town (Burney) and hit some garage sales, thrift stores, get fuel..
From there we went over to John & Kathy’s.. Great place they have!! Beautiful stream goes through their backyard.. Right out of a magazine.. While visiting out on the porch we discussed that we would meet up in the morning at JJ’s cafĂ© at Hat Creek for breakfast about 8:30am and then pack up and head out toward home.


We stayed one more night at the Rolling Hills Casino.. No big winners this time.. Sad smile
In spite of the wind it was wonderful to spend time with such wonderful friends! and get to know John & Kathy..

Here are a couple of videos..
First one is of Ev cleaning the fish with the help of Ripley & Kaylee.. <<click here

The second one is of Phil at Hat Creek catching a fish.. <<click here

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Philosophical Society at the Riv

Had an absolutely fun day with our fun friends at the Riviera this morning.. We meet once a month the second Sunday of the month at 11am at the Riviera Hills Restaurant..

Got a few shots off this morning.. hope you will enjoy..

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Langtry Winery with Friends

Talked with Jim & Shirley early Friday morning and Jim let us know that there was going to be band at Langtry winery close to them on that Friday evening.. We decided on appetizers for dinner.. Shirley made up some Shrimp and cocktail sauce.. I did some egg salad sandwiches..
We arrive at their place about 4:30ish.. had a couple of glasses of wine and at the snacks and then we were off to the winery..
To our surprise was Milton, Priscilla, Teresa (Priscilla’s daughter) and her husband Joe.. They had already gotten a table, so we were invited to sit with them.. Smile 
We had a fun day! Chatting, dancing, enjoying the company at hand.. Music was fabulous!!
After the music was done, we packed up the party and went to Jim & Shirley’s where we had dessert.. We brought a cheese cake that Charles had brought for Ev’s birthday.. home made by Cee Cee a dear friend of Charles.. Everyone scarfed it up.. soo good..
We met Scott & Colleen and Spenser at the winery and so they too joined us at Jim & Shirley’s.. Spenser played the piano for us.. it was delightful.. A fun day by all..
Thanks everyone! Had a fun fun day!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Gillian turning 6 years old

Impromptu birthday party for Gillian turning 6 (our granddaughter)! Gillian’s big sis, Gianna, was injured in a bicycle accident the week before and was in the hospital for nearly a week! Thankfully she is fine..
All the girls, Gianna, Gillian and Gemma were so excited about the party.. They were all so cute.. We got lots of hugs! We so enjoyed the festivities!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Celebration of Birthdays at the Riviera/ Rudy Smith/Jim Walsh/ Ev Swesey

All of us have been traveling all summer and this was our first get together after a couple of months of not seeing each other. We thought it would be a great excuse to celebrate the “guys” birthdays.. Rudy first with July 14, then Jim July 26, and my Evee August 6th.. We also met some new friends! Fun people Andi & Skip..
Saw some long time friends whom I had not seen in awhile.. That would be Louis & Anita.. Smile So sweet.. I worked with Anita back in the 80’s in the “pink tent” doing flowers.. She is still just as beautiful as ever.. Louis is very handsome too.. Great couple!

The ambiance at the Riv was so lovely last night.. We were sitting out on the patio drinking wine, eating dinner, catching up on each other travels, dancing.. just real fun! Lots of wine too about 6 or 7 bottles? Oh Lord.. no wonder I had a headache this morning!
Today is going to be completely “down” day, you know, “movie day”..  Smile 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Lake Davis 7/17-7/19/15

After leaving Twin Lakes we headed to Lake Davis for a couple of days..We were a bit nervous thinking we might not get a place to park/camp with it being the weekend. We arrived and there a quite a few spots still available.. but by dark most were filled.. good thing we got there early..
The weather here is perfect.. not to hot and not too cool.. we did some thrift store shopping and some groceries.. We all headed down to the shore of the lake to take in some relaxation/swimming/fishing and meeting new people..
Saturday evening we had quite the summer thunder/lightning/rain storm.. Thankfully it was pretty dry when packing up.. Smile
Had a really great week with everyone! Thanks for everything!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Reno/Twin Lakes/Bodie 7/11-7/17

We started out on Saturday morning to head to Reno to meet up with Rick & Lynn/Phil & Toni/Mike & Maryann..
Rick & Lynn arrived before us at the GSR (Grand Sierra Resort) in Reno.. Mike & Maryann couldn’t make it Saturday night..
We all hung out for awhile then went and had dinner at the buffet..
Fun time was had by all..

Sunday morning we went to Scheels sporting goods, its like a Cabella’s a bit cheaper maybe.. Smile Where Ev caught the big one at Scheels!


Horsed around Scheels for a  couple of hours then headed over to Mike & Maryann’s.. Rick & Lynn were on the road to Las Vegas and to other parts unknown.. Smile Phil & Toni followed us over to M & M for a brief visit then they were off to friends in Yerington. We would meet up with them on Monday at Twin Lakes.
We stayed at M & M’s on Sunday evening.. This is our own private bed & breakfast/dinner.. Smile They always wine and dine us..

Monday morning we hit the road about 9ish am, heading for Twin Lakes.. Phil & Toni were already at the campground when we got there.. We were all a bit disappointed in the camping arrangements here.. When we say ad for Twin Lakes RV resort we were under the impression it was a lot closer to the lake and we were packed in like ‘sardines’.. Oh well we decided to make the best of it.. And we did.. We got all set up (all spaces were back in and round like a wagon wheel). Then took a ride to actually see the lakes.. They were beautiful but difficult to get down to the lake.. As it turned out we spent no time on the lake at all while we were there for the 4 nights..
On Tuesday we hung at the creek across the road, Walker creek I think.. did some fishing.. Later that afternoon M & M came in and stayed with us in the trailer..

Wednesday we too a ride over to Bodie a ghost town just south east of Bridgeport..We also went down to Mono Lake and checked it out for about an hour..

Thursday M & M headed for home.. We on the other had decided to drive over to Buckeye Creek where we heard there was a Hot Springs..  Fun was had by all..

On Friday morning we packed up and decided to go over to Lake Davis at Portola, CA about an hour northwest of Reno..