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Hard to believe its already July…..where does the time go!! Hope everyone celebrating is having a wonderful weekend…..we are glad were home away from the mass crowds….

Happy Fourth Everyone……

Last day of our get-a-way

Sitting in San Diego, enjoying the fog and cool weather…its been a glorious 3 days…nothing but ocean, beaches, sun and fog….just what the doctor ordered for us…heading back in the morning before all the craziness starts for the big 4th of July weekend here…they are getting geared up so we want to be gone early…we are only 3 hours from home so not a lot to stress on…LOL

We are trying to get the hang of traveling in a car, hotel/motel hopping and learning about some meals out of the cooler….well we know we need a new cooler…not sure how old this one is, but the little plug that hold the ice water in, lets just say we can’t remove it or it will break into many pieces…LOL  but getting the kinks worked out before we go out for a couple weeks…

Here are a few pictures I have taken along the way….instead of staying on I-8 all the way, we took off over the hills, 78/79, beautiful drive….

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Spent the first night in Temecula, nothing exciting except it was in the low 60’s at night…felt great to have cool, fresh air….and cold water at the tap…LOL  then we headed over the next set of hills, up high enough to get a good look at the fog layer…..we come out at San Juan Capistrano, we were a few hours before it opened so we continued up the road to Costa Mesa….

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I found this huge cactus along the route….I have a start off one in Yuma…this must be over 100 years I bet…huge…in Costa Mesa we spent a lot of time just enjoying the ocean…lots of beaches but so full of people…we drove a short ways north and was able to find some parking along the side of the road and had it all to ourselves…

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This was Huntington Beach Pier…not able to find a spot to park but I did get a picture…LOL19554088_10209460232402754_3867706504634271223_n

That’s about all we did here….it was a beautiful 82′ out with a nice cool breeze…..we did drive around and enjoyed the beautiful homes there….

Then onto San Diego, we didn’t make it Coronado Island last time we were there….well I have fallen in love with that area…this is the famous  grand 1888 Victorian property on Coronado Island, I borrowed the picture off the internet…I wasn’t able to get a good picture….they kinda want you to pay to get on the grounds…so that wasn’t going to happen….but it is beautiful… I could only imagine what it was like back then, now its so developed around it that you can’t even see it hardly…this picture had to be taken off a boat out front….the colors are the same….

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We were on the beach this morning by 10a, before the fog burned off…this is on the island as well…very nice…lots of surfers…I walked in the water for about an hour….absolutely heaven!!!

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From another little area on the island….a small park with benches…we were lucky to be the only ones there…we came back in the afternoon and enjoyed just driving around and looking at all the homes and people of course…LOL19642258_10209469572876260_5052712702955581905_n

We also found a few hours to go to Balboa Park in San Diego…it dates back to the 1600’s…lots of beautiful gardens and grounds to walk…

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Bringing this little adventure to an end…didn’t get a sunset in, to foggy out tonight…but I told my husband he owed me 3 nights of sunsets…LOL

I will catch up in the next few days with you all…

ahhhhh – Home!!

Its true, there is no place like home!  Drove down the coast in fog and cool weather…I could of stayed there for days,  however the pull of home was tugging on our heart strings, then we crossed over and headed into the heat…we stayed at Tehachapi, about 6 hours from home, and we got up and left at 3a to try to beat the heat and be home before the temps were up…it was 105 at 10a when we got home… by 4p it was 115′ at our house..  we were gone for over 6 weeks and were really excited to see how the house, plants and everything did without us…I must say it did just fine…I just went out and watered and all my desert plants were happy as can be….how they can grow in this heat is beyond me…but they all looked happy and hot…LOL  just gave them all a little drink and had to fight off the  little tiny mosquitos…they were very happy to see breakfast out and about early…LOL  heading to the DMV to register our new ride…which by the way drives and rides a little like a being on a cloud…

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Well Tuesday was the hottest day of this little heat wave we are having….the weather channel clocked us in at 120′ and our weather station, which is out back on a very tall pole read 125′, we are about 5 miles from the weather stations thermometer, but they also have more wind than we did….regardless it was hot….

Today is Wednesday ant we are at about 112’…you may think that’s hot, but its not bad considering the 120’…we were out and about until noon and it was 105’….not bad….

Life is getting back to normal, being home, sleeping in our own beds….catching our breath from the whirlwind we have been on….we have to be back in Calif in August to deal with a couple jobs lined up on the house…

Diet is going along just fine…getting back at it ….still working at incorporating more protein daily…checking the time the pool opens in the morning as its the only time I can go when the UV rays are low….they close at 5p so that makes it hard to swim after sunset….

I hope this finds everyone having a wonderful summer or enjoying the winter on the other side of the world….until later….

Well back in California. after that little whirl trip north….but I am in heaven driving….I had switched to 4 cylinders years ago, saving on gas and emissions, doing better for mother nature and all….well let me tell you, having 6 cylinders under the hood is a lot of fun….LOL  and Subaru has an eye sight program, I drove for over 90 miles on the freeway and never touched the gas or breaks, she does it all…slows down gently when coming to close and you can set it 1,2,or 3 car lengths in front of you… very nice feature….of course you still have to be alert and focused the entire time, but we sure saved on gas….got our optimal gas mileage it offered…yay….very happy with our new purchase…

we are resting up here for a couple days and heading back to Arizona….its going to be 96′ here today so I think we might head to the beach…but we are ready to head home and settle in and regroup and head out again for a new adventure…..

Sure going to miss the greenery of Washington state….this was on the way to my sisters..

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along Hood Canal

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The Olympics off in in the distance, this was the most I saw of them the entire time, always covered in clouds….

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Sunset from my sisters deck…..the sky was beautiful….

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Good Ole Shasta on our way home…..she is always a beauty and showing off!!!

Well life is getting better, we are getting rested up and starting to feel better about our decision to leave the RV world behind, who knows what the future will bring, but for now we are going to hit road in our new ride and see where it takes us….

eating a lot of salads and soups…..need to get the car snacks better organized…make better choices…perhaps stop at a grocery store instead of the mini mart at the gas stations…that would be a good start…

So I will catch up with everyone when we get back to the desert home….xxxx

Ice%20Silver%20Metallic-ISM-188,192,196-640-en_US.jpg So instead of getting a new RV – we have decided to travel by car….pros and cons all weighed out, this little beauty won the draw, meet our new Subaru Outback   LOL   we are heading to Port Angeles Washington to pick it up, its on a truck heading in that direction should be there Monday or Tuesday. We are saving over 2 grand buying it there and get to see my sister and her husband too!!!  We are very excited to try something new, I think my husband is having more trouble understanding the entire concept of traveling in a car, but I have great faith I can change his mind —

Seems like we are dealing with one little crisis after another at this time – right now we are trying to out smart a huge, at least 40# raccoon that has taken up house under out bath tubs. I believe that we have won – he was unable to get through the massive door my husband built – will it never end !!!

only one more MD appointment tomorrow and that will conclude all doctors seen and great reviews for both myself and hubby….glad that’s over….

the only problem we have come across is with the roofers….the one real reason we are here…LOL  we have signed up for a maintenance plan with one of the local business but the man that does the job is out sick, so I am thinking that we will have to wait until we get back from up north—

Life is getting back to feeling more normal, the RV is gone so its not sitting out there reminding us of the accident…money is in the bank and all the i’s have been dotted and T’s crossed so I am thinking that bad experience is behind us…and on to making new memories—

Starting to get my eating under control, handling the stress better…working on a new beginning again, .so here we go!!!  Will I ever learn, I am hoping !!

planning to be back in Arizona in the next 2 weeks to regroup and plan a trip to the East coast—

Until later

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…