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.

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

HEY EVERYONE, HAPPY NEW YEAR

My sweetie pie who is so good to me and my family.

My sweetie pie who is so good to me and my family.

Well I really wanted to add short video and I do have some precious ones from Christmas in Idaho.  But I simply could not make them work. So for you who tried to see my last two posts, you could not.

I don’t know about you, but last  night a good movie was all we could take in.  And we drove into Walnut Creek for “Walter Mitty” which was absolutely delightful.  Many layers and some of the scenery in Iceland and Greenland was fantastic.

Russ was asleep by 11 and I made it to midnight with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffen.  Today my sister had us out for the Rose Bowl and she served venison stew and pheasant.  Now when it comes to wild meat I allow for it.  To get two incredible versions was sublime.  So much for my vegetarian  diet.  And you should have seen me in Idaho.  I was surrounded by meat eaters and by lots of good food.  So how many pounds did you all gain????

I am thinking thankful thoughts today.  I have so much and so many to be thankful for.  All my family make me so proud.   I see many of you on Facebook with your beautiful children and grandchildren.  I know you are loving it and proud too.

Russ and I are going ahead with our plans to spend January in San Diego at Mission Bay.  We still love being out there in the RV.  We almost have the new condo here in Walnut Creek, put together.  Boy is it eclectic!!  But it is a great place to live and it will be fun to have a place to come back to. We are thankful we can live in our home area and yet travel too.

I guess you can think of this as my Christmas New Year Letter sending you love light and blessings.

It took 5 days for Bronson to get on the horse himself.  He threw fits when his dad tried.

It took 5 days for Bronson to get on the horse himself. He threw fits when his dad tried.

Regean entertains us all.

Regean entertains us all.

My nephew Zak loving his girl Regean.

My nephew Zak loving his girl Regean.

Steph and Westyn surrounded by Karoles richly decorated home.

Steph and Westyn surrounded by Karoles richly decorated home.

Kristi and Charlotte enjoying the kids table which was mine and Scotts.

Kristi and Charlotte enjoying the kids table which was mine and Scotts.

My dad can't keep up with it all but he knows that he is the start of all this.

My dad can’t keep up with it all but he knows that he is the start of all this.

Dad and Scott

Dad and Scott

Scott and Kristi--we were the 60's kids.

Scott and Kristi–we were the 60’s kids.

We party and cook around Karole's island.  She is something.

We party and cook around Karole’s island. She is something.

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Bart to San Francisco Airport-Georgie and me.

Bart to San Francisco Airport-Georgie and me.

The beginning of our new home.

The beginning of our new home.

Best friends, Jenean and I.

Best friends, Jenean and I.

My sister has the cleverest country and western ways of decorating her home.

My sister has the cleverest country and western ways of decorating her home.

I did Halloween at Nancy’s House but I don’t think I have told you about Victor.  He is cat with so much love he must share it with an entire neighborhood.  The other day a young woman who works in San Francisco was moving into her first house in Nancy’s neighborhood.  I met her and her mother and as usual got into a lovely conversation.  I suggested she meet Nancy and Victor across the street.  “Victor?,”  That cat is in my house on the sofa we just moved in.  I thought maybe he came with the house and I was counting my good luck.”   Well I explained that he comes with the neighborhood, everyone thinks he spends most of his time with them.  Of course there are about 14 thems. Nancy figures his nine lives may be out there right now.

In the mornings Victor likes to show up at Nancy’s bedside after a nite of roaming.  He wants his food and he tells her loudly. She tells him how much trouble he is going to get into if he does not wait until 8.  She sleeps on a different schedule and they work it out.  But Victor loves to test her on it.  If you heard the conversations between them you would agree they have shared many lives together.

The funny part is everyone is just sure they must let Nancy know if Victor is out late at night.  So 2 AM calls and taps at her door to report that Victor is limping or has not been seen for several days occur all the time.  Regular walkers in the neighborhood carry treats for him.

Victor has taught our little Georgie Girl how to behave around him.  She has figured out he is Senior and very cool.  So she treats him with great respect.

Oh yes, when neighborhood children have birthday parties, Victor always attends.  He spends the full party entertaining and sharing love with their friends and families.

We are having a great time parked  at Nancy’s house here in the Bay Area.  She and I taught together many years.  She has been my retirement mentor and wonderful friend.  It is so cool being here and being back with friends and family.  Russ and I have been going to the YMCA, chiropractor, church and with close friends.  We have Brandon and Marisa here and Kay and Todd.  I get time with my closest girlfriends and we have even been to Watsonville to camp on the strawberry farm at Russ’s sister’s home.  I even ran into a former Crossroad’s Student.  How cool is that?

Just starting to catch up on the blog and calling other peoples we want to see.

A Day of the Dead theme

A Day of the Dead theme

Cool mailbox.  This cottage is so cute.

Cool mailbox. This cottage is so cute.

Georgie will no longer go into front yard.

Georgie will no longer go into front yard.

Dusk allows the lights to show a bit

Dusk allows the lights to show a bit

My favorite, Nancy has changed this one up a few times.

My favorite, Nancy has changed this one up a few times.

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I had the idea for this, but Nancy executed-the drink is eyeballs.

I had the idea for this, but Nancy executed-the drink is eyeballs.

The skeleton is drinking eyeballs.

The skeleton is drinking eyeballs.

Front porch was built some years ago by brother in law Ken Honas

Front porch was built some years ago by brother in law Ken Honas

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Spiders

Spiders

Our light that changes colors was bought at Blackfoot's East Idaho County Fair and Rodeo

Our light that changes colors was bought at Blackfoot’s East Idaho County Fair and Rodeo

Georgie is so much fun.  She has all that youth and just owns us.  We take walks and the tail just goes, everything fascinates her but at the same time she is overwhelmed by the Callifornia scene.  Last evening we went to a doggie park in Concord with Norma’s new puppy.  It was very busy at sunset and as the moon came up over Mt. Diablo lots of people were out.  Perfect fall weather of 70 degrees.  Well she pulled that tail down between her legs and did not move an inch.  Finally I just sat and held her.  We will move a step back and just play with Norma’s, Truffles.

Getting used to Karole's dogs in Idaho.

Getting used to Karole’s dogs in Idaho.

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Rainy in beautiful camping ground in Sisters, Oregon.

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Loves her chews and then sets them down for us to throw.  She is teaching us how to play.

DSC06305Motor home with a few changes made in Idaho while we were there.

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Georgie loves pillows and wants them set up just so.

DSC06367She has claimed the passenger seat.  Now she likes to have her bed up there.

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We loved taking her everywhere with us.  She just stops people who want to know her story.

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We shopped in Walnut Creek, CA then went to Stanfords, where they let us walk onto the patio and have dinner with us.  The waitresses shared their doggie photos with us and made a fuss.

We feel so lucky that she has come into our life!

So I am watching the 49ers and Seattle getting into it following the rain storm and trying to build this blog about the new addition to our family.  No, we did not wait months after the loss of our dear Shadow.  My brother-in-law insisted we meet his friends and see the dog they had to find a home for.  I did not expect Russ to follow through, but he did and we met a lovely family, who were looking for a lifetime home for a 5 pound Yorkie, Chahuahua who had a very bad start, but has been in their family-sort of being moved around and loved by all.  While Georgina was much loved, there was just not time enough in busy lives to give her what they thought she needed.

We sat in Diane’s lovely kitchen and her daughter Bonnie, arrived with Georgina, her wardrobe, her bed and blankets and towel along with food.  We could not believe how cute this little button of a dog was, but were concerned putting her through another move.  The family said we could just see how it went for a few days, but right away “Georgie” took to the safe haven of Russ’s arms.  Just like Izzy and Shadow!  This was after we were told she did not take well to men until some time had passed.  Russ the dog whisperer!

For 24 hours we did not see her personality but just kept her with us and gradually we are getting to know her.  Today she actually played with my sister’s dogs.  She is adorable and we are enjoying the process.  Keep in mind she loves to be carried in a purse and she’s Part Chihuahua.  Both are things I said I would not want in a dog.

She has the cutest waggy tail, a bouncy walk and attracts alot of oo’s and ah h h s.  We should have a lot of fun with a young dog traveling.

We are so thankful for this opportunity and the meeting we had with a lovely family who just wanted a good home for her.

When Jackie and Larry married after we graduated U of I in 1970, they spent a couple of summers at a Cow Camp in the Sawtooth.  I drove my little red Ford Maverick up to them, straddling huge washes in the dirt road and climbing using my gearshift car, preparing for SF I think.  Then the bath was a cold spring creek.  So when Jackie and Larry would talk about the cabin they built, Larry would set me up about it being better than the cow camp-it had a generator!

Instead a gorgeous lodge like home with huge high windows and natural rock and wood finishes was our weekend retreat.  If you are from Idaho you know how wonderful McCall is-the Payette Lake is big and blue and beautiful.  The town is little, personal, old Idaho with some wonderful new additions such as a huge indoor ice rink.

At any rate we went site seeing and were in some of the original small towns that put on events on the big Labor Day weekend.  Car shows delighted Russ, history and ice cream was fun for all and a tour of Tamarack Ski Resort open us to some dreams for the future.. Mostly we loved the time on the deck over the river.  Thrown in was the funeral of my Aunt and so we borrowed the Brown’s car.  Also Jackie and remembered our rides from northern Idaho to our homes in Gooding- a full day or night of winding roads where we usually washed our hair after our last final, put it up in rollers and slept most of the way home.  In fact we could only remember some of the stops because after days of finals we were just plain dead on our feet.  I remember Jack Varin our wonderful friend who was our main ride!  He was so good to us.  Then I remember waking up, taking the rollers out and combing my hair somewhere around Bliss.  Those of you who knew us back in the late 60’s probably recognize some of these memories.

Remember if you click on the photos you can follow the slides and read the titles and comments.  Go to McCall, Idaho images on Google- you will be amazed.

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