Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

Russ and I left California on the 30th of July to be in Sun Valley and Fairfield, Idaho for my nephew’s wedding at an old fashioned, country ranch resort.  Along the way Russ found it difficult to breathe and Kaiser, CA said, go directly to St. Luke’s at Sun Valley.  He spent a night with unusual symptoms.  Blood pressure went sky high when he would walk and heart rate dropped rather low.  A wonderful doctor has walked us through all the hoops and connected us with Idaho Falls cardiologist so we could get back from the wedding to my sister Karole’s and where my dad is.

I could go on and on, but with God’s grace we have continued to be supported by all the right people and his heart test where they can view his heart from flipping him around and over shows he will need a pacemaker.  He is now back over at the hospital getting further tests.  The Sun Valley doctor is staying on as primary and co-ordinating everything.

The coolest thing has been that we could go to the wedding.  We stayed in Sun Valley in the RV at my bothers.  Did not try to move RV to the wedding site 40 miles away.  But on day of wedding doctor let me drive Russ over and he got to enjoy the whole day.  The wedding was terrific and family and friends should recognize people I hope.  I enjoyed grand nieces and nephews and and all my family as well as Lisa’s lovely family.  Nothing like a mountain wedding and casual outdoor eating.  Russ and I were in charge of the salad for 120 plus people and lots of people helped us as they new Russ should not be doing too much cause of the high blood pressure.

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Russ and I arrive at grove first and renewed our vows

Russ and I arrive at grove first and renewed our vows

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Recognize my niece Kassi with her boyfriend Tony.  Young love!

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Kay and I start shooting photos with a row of Greenawalts and Minks.

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The brides maids were all in similar colors but could pick their dresses.  Very cool.DSC07249

Kay and Todd    Russ    Kassi and Tony behindDSC07253

Karole cried thru it all, but had to read Corinthians on loveDSC07255

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Lisa’s son Jamison was part of the groomsmen and did a great job.DSC07267

Lisa and Kreighton read a list of what they love about each other-and they were very funny.DSC07269

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Such a beautiful family and we hope we can go to Denver before baby arrives.DSC07281

Karson and Alysia were so adorable-and he did the best job toasting them and she helped Kris with Bronson.  What a great family we have.

 

 

OMG!!  I have not blogged since February.  Not because I have nothing to share but because I have been just that busy.  Being retired can be a busy job.

We have been working on the condo here at Rossmoor.  Now we are getting ready to rent it out for two months so we can travel to Idaho wedding for Kreighton and Lisa (nephew) and Colorado where we will enjoy Denver area and support Kreighton’s big brother, Kristopher, and family during the arrival of their new baby.

The other day we drove to Sausalito, CA as a favor to my nephew, Zak.  Oh, he really had to beg me to do this favor.  When you see the photos you will know what a difficult job it was.  Of course it was absolutely a perfect  SF Bay area day.  We had Georgie Girl so we found a restaurant that would let her eat at their outside table.

We were right on the Bay looking at Tiberon, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, SF and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Across the street were two of our favorite restaurants.  If you do not know Scoma”s or Trident restaurants you are really missing something.  The Trident sold some years back and had a new name.  It was thrilling to see the old name back up.  Locals loved sharing our pleasure over it.

Our Methodist Church at Pt. Richmond continues to keep us very busy.  We are a jazz church.  Acoustics are incredible and jazz series run for 8 months and today was “Jazz on Father’s Day”.  We are talking professional concerts.  Our minister brought this to us and publishes jazz CD’s, writes songs for the Methodist Church and is published in the new Methodist Hymnal.  We put on a Junktique Sale and I worked with others getting ready for it.  In past years I only worked the day of.  This year I joined Betty, Diane, Jonathan, Bill, Julio, Fran getting ready for it.  Betty gave me a bad time, cause I practically give stuff away, but we did great and raised more money this year than any other.  These people are a real family to Russ and I and we have been active for over 20 years.

Those of you who do not live here really should come visit us.  The Murphy bed is finally put together in the guest room, office, and we are ready for you.  We will be back in September and as many of you know, fall in SF is the best weather of the year.

The Murphy Bed story:  It came in pieces and Russ planned to put it together himself.  First time it arrived after 3 weeks, the boxes were damaged and so it all went back to Canada.  The second time, another month, it all looked good but when Russ started to work with it, gouges appeared on a key piece so he sent that back.  In the meantime for two months we had huge pieces of the bed out in our entry, living room and office.  Russ kept working on parts, and let me tell you, it was difficult and not easy to follow directions.  His battery operated screw driver, fortunately, puts in screws and then takes them out. However the Murphy Bed  was just a taped on veneer and was not meant to have any mistakes.  When the end was near and before we nailed it to the wall, I painted the office.  I’ll have to send photos later on with the results.  Suddenly we had a place looking like home.

Photos include or Friday Farmer’s Market here in Rossmoor, doe and faun, (you cannot believe all the wildlife walking around our homes-turkeys, deer, geese, predator hawks, etc,)  and the Sausalito day.

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One of our pools

One of our pools

View of Sausalito

View of Sausalito

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Deer in our parking lot.

Deer in our parking lot.

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Our own Farmers Market at Rossmoor

Our own Farmers Market at Rossmoor

Quite a few people have cool cars.

Quite a few people have cool cars.

 

 

When your church is over 100 years old, you are responsible for the historic building lasting into the next 100 years.  For Pt. Richmond people, First Methodist is a labor of love supported by others in the community.  We hold a junktique sale, put on wonderful concerts,  make and sell Christmas cookies, hold tea parties and so on.  Each event is done with humor, fun sharing times and creativity as well as a lot of work.

One event that has been going on each February or March is the Sweetheart Dinner.  Someone wonderful from the Pt. is chosen and if they accept they ask their friends to come to our dinner. We Methodists are there both working it and enjoying it.  It is a roast.  The Methodists led by Fran Smith creator and organizer and the Pt. Richmond Yaught Club put on a wonderful dinner. But the speeches can be hysterical especially if the honoree is involved with the Masquers Theatre Group.  One such person became the new Sweetheart last Friday night.  Tamara acts and she designs clothes and sets and she organizes like nobody’s business.  And of course the Methodists love these skills as she shares them with us-most recently putting on the Christmas story at the Jazz Christmas Eve Service.  Her friends not only roasted her but shared the wonderful ways she has stood beside them.

I am so  happy to be back enjoying working with my Methodist Family and Friends and was glad to be here for Tamara’s  special nite.

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My friend Nancy who you have seen before as our RV host in Concord CA in the fall, threw an Oscar Party.  There was Oscar Bingo, Trivia and Popcorn and Theatre Candy in the big boxes.  We did  not care that some of had seen none of them, but guessed on the questions, selected the best movies and loved Ellen and the tweeted photos as well as the pizza guy.  I believe the crowd, big stars and all had fun and so did we.

Now you may not know, but teachers can’t stop talking.  Even with my voice, I could often not get into the conversations.  However, whenever Ellen came on we listened, laughed and loved the fun sweet humor.  Nancy was such a good hostess and Victor the Cat, came in and checked for food then sat at the door looking at it for 15 minutes expecting Nancy to let him out.  The on going power struggle between them keep us all laughing.

photo 3Nancy has some cool decorating going on, Art Decco and modern.  All creatively gathered into a Sears house kit mailed out in the 30’s or so.

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We completely stopped talking for “Somewhere over the Rainbow” sung by Pink.  We loved it and were touched.  We also were pretty cool about Whoopie’s red shoes.

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My friend Anita is in town.  So good to see her.
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So Victor moves through the room, checks us all out-very cool, then goes and waits.

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And waits.

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Yeah! Today we made it all the way to the Beach! Not the beach on the Mission Bay but on the Pacific Ocean.   We even met a fantastic guy that is an entertainer.  He is a hypnotist that does shows all over the world and will be at the (Lawrence) Welk Center February 5.  We visited for a long time with legs dangling over the beach from the board walk (if it was board and not cement). People were stopping to comment on Georgie in her purse.  And people, oh my, it’s Saturday and sunny and high 70’s.  On a week day the crowd would be 2/3s less.

We are booking Dominick’s show on our last night here.  He went to school at U of A in Tucson-me too.  He worked in special education-me too.  Very charismatic.  We had lots of things in common.  The thing I love most about travel is meeting strangers and feeling good exchanging stories.

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The bikes and the trails are becoming a real part of our daily life here at Mission Bay.  I often take Georgie for a walk, first, so she can run in the grass.  Then we three hop on bikes and Georgie barks at all the dogs in town.  But Russ and I are starting to ride up hills.  Every day we get stronger.  It makes us feel good, but sometimes we drag into the RV and have to watch a playback TV show before we can get out again.

Today we also stopped in a nearby RV park which has pools and exercise equipment.  It will be great for next January in 2015!

I loved Balboa Park and look forward to going back to some of the gorgeous museums.  Also music was happening all over the place and an outdoor organ concert was spectacular.

Am glad we followed up and came down to San Diego.  It is delightful.

One part of Old Town had display after display of succulents and cactus, got all kinds of ideas.

One part of Old Town had display after display of succulents and cactus, got all kinds of ideas.

Beautiful baby and grandmother enjoying Georgie.

Beautiful baby and grandmother enjoying Georgie.

Loved this shop keeper.

Loved this shop keeper.

This organ and its artist were great entertainment

This organ and its artist were great entertainment

Gotta go inside here soon.

Gotta go inside here soon.

Felt like we were in Europe

Felt like we were in Europe

These day of the dead statues were incredible.  This is for my friend Nancy

These day of the dead statues were incredible. This is for my friend Nancy

Great entertainment in our neighborhood.

Great entertainment in our neighborhood.

Couple of foggy days

Couple of foggy days

Would love to go to the theatre here.

Would love to go to the theatre here.

Our new neighbors in Walnut Creek asked us as we took our last load to the motor home if we just bought our condo for a weekend retreat.  We had reservations for San Diego before we bought, so decided to go ahead and come down here to Mission Bay RV.  OMG!  It is a wonderful place to camp and take walks and bike rides.  We are so close to Balboa Park and it’s wonderful museums, Old Town and everything we could want.  Drove back up Highway 1 to La Jolla and just enjoyed the views and the incredibly beautiful homes.

Today we decided to tackle a bike ride up some hills where Starbucks is-just under 2 miles.  We have sat here for two hours and I have enjoyed perfect weather, latte and then lunch.  Russ has read his book and nice young people are sitting nearby with one year and 5 month olds, entertaining us.  Does it sound like a perfect retired day?

Before we left northern CA I had my hair recut and colored the reddest color ever.  When I stopped by to see a long time friend, she said it was the preferred color of middle European women.  Does that make me more interesting?

On the way down we had a lovely stop at Russ’s sister’s RV spot in her back yard with plug ins and everything.  Since it is so close to Carmel we will probably spend many weekends there!  They live on a Strawberry farm in Watsonville close to Salinas.  Just beautiful.

My nice sister in law

My nice sister in law

Just done by Kay's hairdresser Martiza

Just done by Kay’s hairdresser Martiza

Freaked me out-color that dyed my hair

Freaked me out-color that dyed my hair

Georgie still loves bike rides and walks-I let her chase the ducks and stuff along the water.

Georgie still loves bike rides and walks-I let her chase the ducks and stuff along the water.

Stayed above the ocean at Ventura RV place that had heated pool

Stayed above the ocean at Ventura RV place that had heated pool

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