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.

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Joys of Living In SF Area

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.

 

 

A Perfect Day for Oakland and San Francisco

Saturday Russ’s daughter, Leslie, came from Sacramento and with the help of perfect weather and and a wheelchair for Russ, we had a marvelous day. Russ has not been able to do much with a cast on these many months, so I rented a wheelchair and we were off to the Port of Oakland.  As you can see in the pictures it was the Bay area at its best and the color in January is gorgeous.

When we got there we wheeled Russ to the wharf where the ferry boat would come in and saw that it did not come in for San Francisco for an hour.  The board walk along the water there is fantastic-not quite finished- but almost, and I pushed Russ to the Waterfront Resturant.  Some of you know that Russ and I met for the second time at Scott’s and I knew that night that I was more than interested this time.

Anyway, we hung out and enjoyed the view and joined other people back at the wharf for the ferry only to find out that there was no weekend ferry.  January and February.  We just pushed the wheel chair to the car, loaded up and drove to the bridge.  Would you believe that everyone in the East Bay had the same idea.  I cannot remember in all these years such a slow go.  But it was worth it and we ate at another favorite place, The Waterfront.  We sat out in the “plastic room” with great views.

I forgot my camera.  Yet I knew which shots I wanted and pointed Leslie to them.  We almost missed sunset at Crissy Field with the Golden Gate, but we did not do too badly, I think.

We were gone for 7 hours but the “girls” were waiting for us in the motor home and no accidents!  However, the next morning I got up and walked around the bed and Izzy had left a wet trail.  I cannot  figure her out!.  But she’s still going, so to speak.

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