Well life is going on here in  finally, sunny Cal…I am getting the better of my office sorted out and that feels good, can’t believe how much “crap” I have been carrying around, can’t give it away   LOL    We had some estate sellers in to give us some words of wisdom and it seems that the best way to make money off of your “crap” is wait to sell it in a huge estate sale, they would only give us $2 per piece….that’s nothing compared to what we think its worth  LOL  so we have put that behind us and are just starting to sort through it all….as I sat in my office and opened drawers full of this & that and then some more of that,  it was just over whelming…..so I grabbed a box and started at one corner working my way around the room….I got my desk out and all the old computers we were keeping, for what reason I have no idea, so that cleaned up a complete wall, and then the books, between my husbands late wife’s German cookbooks all in German of course and all the gardening books I had, that counted over 50 alone….estate sale, all boxed up and ready when we are…so will be back in there today and try to sort out the huge built in armoire, stuffed to the gills….LOL   so that’s what I been doing, besides running here and there looking at RV’s, we still haven’t heard back from the insurance yet, so that little ordeal still isn’t over….

Did have a wonderful weekend filled with family and friends…BBQ, laughter and love felt by all.  My eating could be better, I am trying rein it in…my cousin and I are not the best for each other, we come from the same gene pool, we like to eat, and eat we do!!  I woke up feeling the need to say no, no more..

Will add a few pictures of part of the yard….we have been doing some yard work, we had to put up a new siding around the bottom of the deck, so we dug up 2 huge aloe Vera’s and cleaned out the flower beds along the deck, replacing them with old fence boards to sit cactus pots on…so that was great exercise session…LOL  still having trouble sitting from the sore muscles in the back of my legs and again we filled the 2 big green yard waste containers…will it ever end….nope don’t think so….LOL

The colorful front of the house and some of the blooms on the her cactus….

hope everyone is having a great day…..

 

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So this is what a cement bridge will do to a RV doing 30mph, you can’t see the cracked mirror or broken out passenger window…..pretty sad….I am just so thankful that my husband wasn’t injured…..the fire department was amazed that the propane tank didn’t explode, it was completely moved back and all the knobs sheared off…  It has been a long week of coming to grips with the fact we no longer have our beloved RV, its like loosing a good friend, we have seem many states and logged almost 75 thousand miles with her.   She will be missed….We have heard from the insurance company and they are going to total her, now it will be interesting to see what they will offer us, we aren’t expecting a bank roll, we just hope they are fair.  Should know by tomorrow….fingers crossed….

 

My cousin and I went out toward Sonoma, the wine country is in full swing…we stopped at a few quaint shops and a good ole fashion rummage sale at one of the churches along the way…was a beautiful day and I was happy to accompany her for a nice ride out and about….

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Doing well in-regards to exercise….getting a lot of yard work done, we had some huge aloe plants growing along the deck that needed to go, we need to replace the bottom of the deck to keep the wild animals out from under the house, so it took 3 of us and several hours of work but we won…just a lot of sweating and my hands look like I have been fighting with a cactus….LOL  but a great at to exercise, trying to eat well, I have had to confess I have had pizza once, our favorite pizza place is here…Mary’s Pizza… yummmm

hope everyone is having some sun and fun…

Good Morning

Well its been one long week for us…..finally coming to terms with the situation….not happy,  could be better, but “it is what it is” !  the Adjuster has been here, now were waiting for the RV department to call us…..otherwise life is good…..after I wrote my last post, the old fridge of 9 years felt left out so it decided it was time to retire…so there is new fridge in kitchen full of food again…nice and cold this morning….nice not to have to chase my creamer for my coffee around…LOL we had food in a cooler (just lilke camping, LOL)  in the garage and we pluged in the RV and filled it too !!! we are waiting for a roofer to come out today to check the damage we have, the real reason we are in California to begin with ….LOL   life is good, just expensive….LOL

Eating is going okay…..I am loosing again and that feels good….no scales to weigh in on, but I can feel the difference in my body…..I will continue to fight the urge to binge, at least I have not stuffed my emotions this time with food…believe me I have wanted to…but really working hard to keep it reeled in…

Hope everyone is enjoying the sight of summer on the horizon…….

later

Good news first – then the bad…..

Well I will start with the good news….we are back in our home in sunny California…its beautiful out and my cousin has the house and yard looking great…lots of flowers blooming and color everywhere….really nice to be home….

I will share some pictures from the stay in Minden Nevada…we left early on Saturday morning and headed over the first pass…

18446974_10209058766926368_1671552572578755643_n  it was over 7000″ straight up….then on to South Lake Tahoe..

then over Echo summit (7380 elevation) down into Placerville…beautiful drive…

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Ok – so the bad news started in Lake Tahoe, the engine light comes on in the RV….so I call and find an open repair shop in Placerville that can do a computer diagnostic on it…we assumed it was the O2 sensor….which it was….big relief….just had the one side replaced and was waiting for the second one to go off….bingo…it did…no problem….at this point we were about 4 miles from Camp Lotus….right on the American River…which is running at full capacity with lots of white rapids…so we head off to the camp on the backroads, I was driving my car in front and hubby was bringing up the rear…country roads, small narrow bridges with cement barriors on the sides….it was a busy road, heavy traffic…I looked up and saw my husband all over the road….somehow the mirror on the passenger side hit a pole which caused it to slam into the passenger window and it exploded…my husband said he thought someone hit him…so he tried to correct what ever it was and in the meantime the right side of the RV made contact with the cement bridge, causing all sorts of nasty damage, including ripping the front and handles off the propane tank, causing it to leak.  We of-course travel with a full tank…my husband is a little dazed and confused at this point, I run over to turn off the gas, however the valves are missing….so after much coaxing I get my husband away from the rig, in the meantime I am on the phone with 911….trying to figure out where the heck I am…I didn’t even know the name of the road….so after much explaining where we were, the CHP showed up….I expressed my concern about all the traffic driving by the RV on the side of the road….anyone could throw a lit cigarette out the window and BOOM we would all go up in a big bang….so he closed down the road, and the fire department had arrived…they were unable to get the propane tank to stop leaking so we had to wait for it leach out on its own time….took 2 hours…they just kept spraying it down with water…no citations were given…no one else was involved,  just my husband…so we were free to go after the RV was considered safe, we had it towed back to our house in California, we were only 120 miles from here…thank goodness…as my kids said we could of been back east up on a mountain no where near anything….so we are in the process of getting an adjuster out to look at it and let us know what the next step is, fix or salvage it….not sure its going to be able to be repaired….the door looks like an accordion, the steps up into it are hanging down, the entire side looks like a can opener tried to open it….we are sad, however we are relieved that everyone is safe and no injury’s…..does this put a kink in our summer plans….yup!!!  Someone was watching over my husband Saturday for sure.

Nice to be back in California….heading out to meet my daughter at a pub called The Plow, they make there own beers and ales,   my son in law plays his guitar on Monday nights there for a couple hours…always nice to spend time with them..

Until later…..

 

Mum’s Day Weekend…

Well we landed in Minden Nevada,  its right on the border of California….one of many small towns in a row….we are about 50 miles south of Reno….and if you were to fly due east like a crow….you would almost land at our house…LOL  This is our second day here….not a bad spot, the Carson Valley Casino has a nice RV park, great wifi and amenities, plus its quiet at night….so we enjoyed just hanging out, since we have both the RV and my car, we did a couple little outings to the surrounding area….sure pretty, and cold here…LOL  it was 70′ yesterday, but didn’t get over 56 today and suppose to be in the 30’s tonight….Brrrrr……we stayed a little bump in the road (hwy  #395) on Thursday at a place called Olancha….we were just west of Death Valley….but huge mountains on both sides of us…..the Serra Nevada’s on the West and the Amargosa Range on the East…..lots of snow peaks on both….LOL

They had teepee’s they rented out at the place we stayed…

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These are the Sierra Nevada’s…breath taking….picture does not do them justice..

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Theres hubby following up behind…..I think I was wearing him out…he hasn’t been driving much as I love to drive…so we have been just going slow and steady….but sure nice to have all the comforts of home with us….

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We are headed to the American River in Gold Country, just on the other side of those mountains in California….we will be staying at a great place, Camp Lotus….our niece has been friends with the owners for 30 year….they do white river rafting from there….we will stay Saturday and Sunday, enjoy mum’s day with her and then head to Santa Rosa on Monday morning….excited to see my kids, family and friends and the house….

I will catch up with you all next week….have a great mum’s day…..

Hello along the way…

well we are on highway #395 on the east side of California….if we keep going east we would be in Death Valley to give you some perspective….we got away on Tuesday around 9a after a rainy night….lots of clouds to send us off

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Then we headed to the bottom of Joshua Tree National Park, its about a 50ish mile drive through the middle up to Twentynine Pines where we spent the night….

this is the Cholla fields….they went on forever….

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We were a little late to see the Joshua Trees in bloom, but this big daddy waited for us…18342194_10209012563331307_3545124776014641236_n

A huge pile of rocks, I think they look like Idaho Spuds…LOL18342172_10209012562691291_2538581278236669198_n18342065_10209012562411284_5759243250323282437_n

they have dry camping around the rocks, we did that the last time we came through and below is the what the road looked like most of the way through…sure pretty…we up at about 4000′ feet, still cool enough for bushes to bloom…18341830_10209012564891346_983393798787025503_n18342693_10209012559891221_810840842127353923_n

This was right at the north end….pretty spectacular sight for sure….

we got up and headed north….over to I-40/58 west towards Tehachapi pass, right before we got there we took #14 north to Red Rock Canyon State Park….

 

 

 

 

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18342272_10209019862913792_6403166791057503625_nAnother amazing place I will be back to see…it was pretty spendy for dry camping $25 + $6 for the car…we can get a full hook up for that up the road….so we spend some time amount mother nature and off we went…we are on 395 about 20 miles from Lone Pine….at a little, and I mean maybe 3 business, place called Olancha…..great Wi-Fi amazing…..so that’s it for now….

We are headed to Bishop tomorrow then on up to #88 West over the Serra Nevada’s to a place called Jackson…they have a huge RV park and a big Casino about 5 miles away…we can have dinner, swim and just kick back and watch the sun set…..then we will be in Coloma on Sunday at Camp Lotus on the American River….lots of rapids to watch and enjoy a mums day with our niece….then Monday on to the California home…..

Happy Early Mum’s Day to you all……

Happy Cinco de Mayo

A great day to stay home here….we went out for a great Mexican meal yesterday…I might have found a new Mexican restaurant…you would think since we live just 22 miles from the great country of Mexico we would have wonderful Mexican food here….nope!!!  I have been to 4 before this restaurant…incredible how bad the food can be….maybe I am just picky, I don’t think so…I am finding I cook better Mexican food than the restaurants…LOL  oh well….have a Margarita today in honor of there Independence….

We have started to fill the RV….we have chosen Tuesday morning right after the garbage truck picks up the can…LOL  we didn’t want to leave that for the neighborhood, heat garbage, not a great combo….LOL  guess we like our neighbors…LOL  but my excitement  is not containable that’s for sure…my husband sometimes can’t believe that I can act 12 at times…LOL  I keep reminding him he knew all this before he married me..LOL   I can’t wait to see my kids and friends…our house, green trees, dirt and plants that I can’t grow here….LOL   and just being out on the road….enjoying life, Mother Nature up close and personal….and seeing how the areas have changed since we were last there…so I will be absent for awhile after Tuesday….we plan on being back at our home in California by the 16th or so…

Life continues to be good in the Southwest…..I am eating healthy, well probably not the chips I had yesterday, but only shared a basket with hubby…but otherwise….healthy, fresh food…..my weight is slowly dropping….getting my exercise in running around like a mad women getting packed and the house put in order to close up for a while…LOL

I will be on here again before we leave…but everyone have a fantastic weekend….

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