Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Boating on a hot day

Last week we had a couple days of 99 and 98, after 10 days of over 100. We are again, in triple digits. Yesterday it was 105, so we took the boat out. The first time since Dan's surgery, it was his idea.
I need to remember that the photos load backwards, so you are looking at the last to the first. Elizabeth on a single ski, before heading in.
Elizabeth and Cari in the tube.

After lunch we took off from the beach, you can see how low the water level is in the background. Actually not to bad for the end of July, considering the water is used for agriculture.

During lunch a ladybug decided it wanted a soft landing spot.

The beach where we swam and ate. It got really deep, real fast. Elizabeth invited a friend along and it was a nice relaxing day. I will admit I wasn't up to cooking dinner after we got home so we ordered some pizza.
Amazing, sometimes what you think of when you wake up in the mornings. It has been 11 years today since my dad had a fatal car accident. Miss you dad. ♥
Things change fast. Elizabeth is most likely leaving for Korea in a little less then 3 weeks. The date isn't confirmed yet. So much to do. She needs to get ready the things she wants to have sent over for their household. She's working on it.
In the meantime she leaves this Friday for her NY trip, she won.
I need to make hotel reservations today for our visit to Disneyland, and boarding for the dog.
I am NOT looking forward to another hot day.
Have a great day and God Bless........

Monday, July 20, 2009

A busy but good week.

It was a busy week getting ready for a visit with my sister. My niece just moved close to Colorado Springs, where her husband is stationed (Army). My sister (& 8 year old grandson) drove from OR. to help them move in. On the way home she was suppose to visit for a few days, however, since they would be going by Vegas, Elliase wanted to see his mom (he spends the summers with grandma) so they went there. They did come here, but only for one night, instead. It was a short but nice visit. The first thing she did was lock her keys in her car. That taken care of we then had time to visit. I believe the high that day was officially 108, so the pool was good for Elliase. They left Sunday morning for the long drive home, I think they made it in 10 hours. Of course not only was it the 2 of them, there were also 2 small dogs in the car (in cages) so they did have to make a few stops as necessary.
Earlier in the week Dan was going to help a friend of his paint a house, but it was to soon after surgery so he only could give about 4 hours. Kinda hard when you want to do something, but there is a reason the doctor said to wait 6 weeks.
Sat. Dan went up and picked up Eric, so he could take home his (new to him) truck, so Eric got to visit with his aunt, and swim later with Elliase and Elizabeth.
It has been hot! Sunday broke a 110 year old record of 111, it was 112. Today the official high was 108, tomorrow 107. The long term forecast has the weather mostly 105 give or take a couple degrees for the next 9 days.It is 10:20 PM right now and 89 outside, that is cooler then last night. The last time we has a long spell like this was the summer of 2006 when we has 12 days over 100, with several of them being 112/113. I'm ready to move back to the coast!
Up and coming we are going to Disneyland for Elizabeth's birthday. She gets in free and is taking a friend who has a pass. Me, well I have to pay and so does Dan. I will make a hotel reservation as we stay until the park closes at midnight but will not drive home then. We are also planning a road trip to Colorado, but may fly (that OK Rochelle?) as some airlines are slashing their prices between Aug. 18 - middle of Nov. We still have Eric's birthday in Aug. and are trying to find time to go to Santa Barbara to visit Keith. Dan's Grand Jury duty messes up some of the dates. We still have no date for when Elizabeth will be going to Korea to be with Ryan. Hoping that when he is done with his latest training he may find out some information.
I will be using Keith's room for a sewing room and set up a table to do some scrap booking. I don't want to put a bed in there and nothing else, except the toy boxes. When we need to I can put all away with ease and pull out some twin size air mattresses for sleeping on.
We hear that there is a deal with the CA. budget, and voting is on Thursday. They are still going to close some of the state parks, but don't know which ones yet. Also that if signed on Thurs. IOU's will be turned to real checks. Last time we got IOU's our credit union cashed them, but not all banks will do that. Dan is retired, so he shouldn't get an IOU. However, both our son's work for the parks and we don't know yet. They already have 3 furlough days a month or 14 o/o pay reduction. Both their parks were on the closure list, hopefully not now. Hoping, also, it doesn't cut the Cal Grant program either, as Elizabeth has a grant and really can't afford to lose it. At this point all we can do is pray for the best.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Awwwww , that's all I have to say!

Haven't done much blogging lately. Sooooooo, I am now doing some catch up. Haven't blogged much about Dan's surgery. Of course I have kept the kids updated with all that was going one. It is just a hard swallow when you hear the word 'cancer.' But all has gone well and everything looked good and clean after the surgery. Of course there will be more testing at a later date, that is just a precautionary procedure. As he has said, it is really nice to have so many God fearing friends and family who have been praying for him, and irregardless of how things may have turned out, it's OK when you have the Lord in your life. While waiting for him to go into surgery our pastor and 2 of the elders came by and sat with us and prayed with us. While he was in surgery anther couple we are good friends with came by and sat with me until the doctor came out. It is a real comfort having friends in Christ that can come and just be with you. It has been a little over 3 weeks and he is doing remarkably well. Still gets a little more tired then before, but that is because his body is still healing.
We have a good friend, (who will be 82 in Aug.) His wife had a stroke about a year and half ago, so she is not as strong as she used to be. Anyway, he has the flu (also diabetic) so Dan spent the night there last night to help out in case anything happened. God has a plan and He uses His own to help and comfort His own, also. Things were much better today and he was holding down his food and feeling better.

Had a nice 2 day visit with Rochelle and family. Kinda did nothing much the first day they were here. Would have taken the boat out or gone to the lake if it weren't for Dan's recent surgery. (Hopefully after his 6 week check up we can take the boat out again). But, to the enjoyment of the little one's, "Bob the Builder" was at the met, so we ladies packed up the kids and headed downtown to the museum. Needless to say Brandon & Caitlin had a fantastic time. They even got to meet "Bob". We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was fun to play there with the little ones.

We did get the kiddie pool out for them each day and they really enjoyed it, and of course we enjoyed watching them.

The day after Rochelle and Brian and kids left, Elizabeth and I headed to our place at the lake. My bother and his youngest were there. It was a nice visit. We headed to Lakeport for the fireworks display over the lake. It was nice, haven't been there for the 4th for a while.

There may be 10 1/2 years between them but they had fun "poking each other."

When Elizabeth and I headed home we went to St. Helena and some of the wineries. We stopped at Charles Krug first. The 2nd place we stopped was at the old Christian Brothers Winery, which since sometime in the 70's has been "The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone." We went inside to look around. Every since I was real young I can remember wanting to stop at this place and now I have. I got some real nice pictures inside, and it is remarkable inside. Of course I wanted to buy everything in the store but of course ~ I didn't!

The photo above shows the swallows nests on the building. It was built in the middle 1800's.

We stopped at Beringer Winery.This was his house, and it is just as amazing inside.
The stained glass windows are fantastic and the woodwork is amazing. Just beautiful.
Stopped at a couple other places, didn't taste everywhere we stopped, it can get pricey.

The last place we stopped was Robert Mondavi, and that was the favorite for the wine. I didn't have much as I was driving and still had a 4 1/2 hour drive ahead of me, but I did taste. R. M. has a desert wine that is really good. I should mention that wine can sit in my refrigerator for quite some time, as I am not much of a drinker, but I do like to cook with it.

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