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..

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Evening with Friends

Ev and I invited  friends up for dinner on Wednesday evening.. We had Scott & Carla and Ben & Julie up for Pork Chops and Scalloped potatoes, with veggies.. Had a nice visit with everyone.. Fun evening..



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Visit with Auntie Aleen

This was sort of an impromptu visit. Called her the day before and asked if she would like to go for lunch? And she said she would love to.
Ev and I left here mid morning on Wednesday.. Drove to Stockton and met Auntie at Applebeas for lunch.
She was sitting waiting for us.. She is so sweet.. Auntie Aleen is about 92ish? Birthday in December. My cousin, her daughter Reba and her husband Clay moved to Wisconsin about 18 months ago, due to work. Auntie is moving back to Wisconsin in Spring to live with Reba & Clay.
I haven’t been a very good great niece because the last time I saw Auntie was about 18 months ago. Life happens. I am going to try and go see her at least every other month.. Stockton is about 3 hour drive for us. So it is 6 hours round trip. However, she is totally worth it. I probably won’t get to see her once she moves east..
Auntie Aleen was married to my maternal grandmother’s (Eunice Williams Frazier) brother (Buckley Williams).
We had a lovely lunch then went to her cute condo and visited for a little bit..
It was a GREAT day..



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lunch with Chuck & Judy..

Seems as though Ev and I are impromptu people.. We called Ev’s brother Chuck and wife Judy to join us for lunch in Vacaville the night before we wanted to meet them at “Mel’s” for lunch.. They said “ok”.. so we are on.. Smile 
We were down there dropping the trailer off at Camping World for some “adjustments”.. uumm.. another wasted trip.. not a total waste.. We got to meet up with Chuck and Judy..
Always fun to have lunch and catch up..


Monday, October 12, 2015

Fun with Colin and family/friends!

A few weeks ago Lindsy asked me if I could come take care of Colin while her and Chris went to pick up their trailer that had been up at Lake Davis for the summer.
I arrived on Thursday and planned a dinner with Phil & Toni at Lindsy’s house. I made Fried Chicken with mashed taters etc..we had a nice evening.. Phil got creamed on the wii with Colin in bowling.. guess Phil needs to practice some.. Smile
Friday afternoon Colin and I went for a short visit to the Brooks place..

Friday night Colin had baseball practice and I had planned a get together with friends. Kim, Sharon, Traci, Jeff & Cesar..
Had a really nice evening.. fun times were had by all..



Colin had a game on Saturday at 3pm.. they don’t keep score, but I am sure Colin’s team won.. Smile


Lindsy & Chris got home late in the day.. I made a pot roast for dinner and enjoyed Chris & Lindsy’s company for the evening.. Smile

Monday, October 5, 2015

Collin’s Lake with Phil & Toni..

Arrived at Colin’s Lake late Saturday afternoon.. Can never seem to get going? Phil & Toni had invited us to come over to Colin’s Lake with them camping.. However, Ev stayed home with the dogs and I just went over by myself.. I slept on the couch bed in the motor home Smile Nice of them to have me.. And feed me fro 2 nights! I didn’t take many photos, not sure why?
Met some new people Larry & Trudy from Nevada, long time friends of Phil & Toni.
On Saturday night we had a wonderful “light show” with the lightening 7 thunder.. Loved it.. and some nice rain.. Smile
Phil cooked up some wonderful skirt steaks.. never had them before and they were delicious!
Toni made me a nice breakfast for fishing.. I am now calling it
the “Brooks B & B” on wheels!! Smile
I only fished on Sunday morning with Phil for a few hours.. nothing.. seems like I am getting skunked a lot this year!! Next year gotta be better!!!! The lake is so low.. it too is a reservoir.. OMG so low.. maybe about 40-50 feet down.. scary!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Canning with Lindsy

Lindsy came for the day so we could “can” some salsa. Smile Her first time to do canning.. Salsa was very good..
She arrived about 11am.. and got started! We had so much fun!
So happy she could come for the day..



Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Granddaughter Gemma turns 5!

The baby of the family, Gemma turns 5!!
Jamie invited some friends and lots of family for this celebration! Fun watching all of them having so much fun!
All the “G’s” (Gianna, Gillian & Gemma) were all excited about the birthday party!!
Gemma’s favorite movie is Frozen..favorite character “Elsa”..



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lake Davis with the Potter’s & Herman’s!

Lake Davis Reservoir  is only at approx. at 48% capacity, due to our 4 year drought.




This was a sort of impromptu trip, sort of. Planned in August tentatively to go in September, providing the weather would hold. About a week before we had a meeting at Keith & Mary’s to discuss the “plan” of action, food, times, etc.. But instead of going on the 23rd, Mary suggested we leave a couple of days earlier.. Worked out for all of us. New friends Mike & Candy whom also have a Rockwood Trailer like us. However theirs is newer than ours and don’t seem to have the “bugs” ours does! Thank God!
Keith & Mary hosted most of the dinners at their camp as well as breakfast.. Yummy cooks.. Smile 
We had dinners and couple of breakfasts together. We did fishing, hiking and lots of exploring. Our exploring trip proved to a bit of a challenge. Ev and I decided to take a drive up to the fire look out just west of the lake. It was challenging to say the least.. we were lost on those dirt roads for about 2 hours! Craziness!
But we made in back to camp in one piece..
We played corn hole a couple of days.. A lot of lazy afternoons.. Tony, Mary’s brother joined us on a couple of occasions. He lives in Portola..
Weather was delightful the whole week. We were only going to stay 4 nights, but decided to stay an extra night. that Friday night we tried the new Italian restaurant in town..
Mike & Julia were also up there while we were there. They were kind enough to come and share some of their fish they caught with us.. It was yummy too!! Thanks Guys! Everything was ‘fab”.. Smile
We really had a fun week!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Charles & Laura B-day celebrations

We had a lovely dinner with friends. We celebrated Charles 59th bday and Laura 79th bday.. We had friends Dave & Terry Mallow with us to celebrate!
I made a ham with some bacon scalloped potatoes cauliflower .. oh yummy yummy!! cheesecake for dessert!

We again did more celebrating of birthdays for these same great friends at the Boat House 9/26/15

Monday, September 14, 2015

Manchester with the Mohoffs/Brooks

Another great time at Manchester for the annual abalone weekend! Woo Hoo!!
Phil & Toni joined us this year.. Think they had a grand time too..
Our big dinner feed is always Saturday night. Of course we have wonderful meals every day!
Always great times with great friends!

On our way home on Sunday we could already see the effects of the Valley Fire that started on Saturday. Sunday morning at the coast we were socked in with both smoke and fog. We weren’t even aware of what the effects of this fire was until we got home late that afternoon. The lake was socked in with smoke. Cobb Mountain was destroyed, Middletown was on the brink of total destruction, Hidden Valley Lake was also devastated by the fire.
This fire would prove to be the one of the worst fires in CA!

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