I created another recipe: Barry’s Own Vanilla Cupcakes. I made them this weekend for our Daughter’s Drive By Baby Shower. You can read more and get the recipe on the “Cookin’ in the Hallway” page.
As we were rolling past the Yosemite Chapel yesterday morning I read “Curry Village” on a sign, but didn’t process anymore than that as I don’t need directions to anything in Yosemite. A few moments later I realized I was reading the original sign “Curry Village” not “Half Dome Village” which had been covering up the words “Curry Village” since February 2016. Excited that the name was back, we had to check out and see if the Ahwahnee was back, and it was….the name Majestic was removed that was hiding the name Ahwahnee.
Somehow we missed the news, but on Monday morning July 15th the naming rights lawsuit was settled with Delaware North Companies (DNC) . DNC was the parks concessionaire from 2001 to 2016, and they believed that they owed the name Curry Village that was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Curry in 1899, the Ahwahnee founded in 1927, Wawona founded in 1856 and Badger Pass Ski resort (oldest in California) founded in 1935. (You can read more about these wonderful spots in my posts on “Rollin’ Down the Hallway”, just click on Yosemite on the navigation links on the right side of the “Rollin’ Down the Hallway” page.
Three years ago Sandi and I along with millions of Americans sent letters to our Congressional Representatives to go after DNC and get back the parks names. As a result of the problems with DNC new concessionaire contracts for all National Park will include new language regarding intellectual property so this will never happens again.
Our visit to the park was a brief one as we were celebrating Sandi’s birthday. While there we noticed a LOT of changes throughout the park’s eateries…..I’ll be updating my blog “Yosemite Village and Visitor Center’ from the summer of 2014 with news about the changes. So look for the updates in eight weeks when we return to Yosemite for a long weekend with Family!
This coming Tuesday would have been my Dad’s 97th Birthday, and I thank him everyday for what he has taught me. Together Sandi and I completed her “Sunrise” deck!!! So now my brother, Rich, should be happy that Sandi has a new redwood deck to see the sunrise above the Sierras.
My Dad always tried to keep the scraps down to a minimum, I think he would be happy with my scrap pile.
Here are plans, lumber and hardware needed to build this 5’x6′ deck that is 32″ tall at the deck and against a wall.
For a year and a half we have been blessed with the most amazing sunrises, a full shot of the northern Sierras and Mount Shasta. I can seen them just fine from our bedroom and kitchen windows; Sandi can see our back wall. One day shortly after we moved in my brother, Rich, told me in his own way that I should build Sandi a deck. At first I was like it would never work, then I started doing some research. Here is the next part of the story, a work in progress…..
My Dad would be so proud of us, yes Sandi is my sole mate and helper! It is my plan to have it done by Saturday as we are not home on the 4th or 5th. Final photos to follow!!!
A year and a half ago we moved to Trilogy, not wanting to be in an “Active Adult 55+” or “HOA” again! Well let me tell you, I love living in Trilogy (Active Adult 55+ and HOA) with all it’s amenities. Yesterday after I finished my two 1/2 mile speed walks and a circuit on the weight machines (between the two walks) I got a Diet Coke from the Vista Cafe to enjoy while I waited for Sandi to finish her swim. This is the life, if you’re still young and working, this is what your working towards!!!
After 45 years of working for someone else, I now work for me!!!
Our “Last Thoughts” and things we forgot to tell you about our 2019 Spring Road Trip has been posted on “Rollin’ Down the Hallway”. This post has a LOT of pictures with a lot of color.
As we finish settling in back at home, we are excited about our next trips. The summer will see us traveling near home in North California; then this fall we will be visiting sixteen states four that are on the other side of the Mississippi or as Clark Griswold said “ the mighty Miss, the old miss, the old man…..Deep River”. We have done some of this route before, but wait we will be visiting some new sites along the way!!!
Our two puppies Franklyn (19 months) and Harriet (9 months) have only a few states under their collar so far, but they are still puppies. This is Harriet’s first road trip and she already has three states! How many states have you seen???
Two of our puppies (Daphney and Scoutie) in puppy heaven have been to 38 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Sandi and I can’t imagine going on a road trip without our puppies, yes it is challenging at times……but we always make it work.
Today we took the puppies to the beach Frankyln’s second time here (first time last fall), and this is the first time for Harriet. Harriet is something of a home body, her favorite place is under the covers on our bed at home or in the motor home. At home when she goes for a walk with Franklyn and I, she is carried at least 1/2 of our nearly two mile walk….she is not keen on walks. Today as we got to the path that leads to the beach from our campground something changed in Harriet and she took off running with Franklyn. We really believe that our puppies can sense the paths that our old puppies have gone, and believe me Scoutie and Daphney went down this path at least twice a day everyday we were here over the years (120 plus times). Harriet and Franklyn play with many of Scoutie and Daphney’s toys and sleep in their huge puppy bed, so she knows their scents.
Harriet REALLY loved the beach and truly became a new woman!!! We never knew Harriet could run as fast as Franklyn, but she can….even faster!!!
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Here are some great memory pictures of Daphney and Scoutie on their road trips.
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Today I posted my first post of our 2019 Spring Road Trip. This trip will be taking us to Lake of the Woods, Crater Lake, Bend Oregon and to Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.
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This has been the busiest winter and spring since I retired from Alameda County.
Some good some not so good, some fun and some not so fun, and some was just amazing!!!
Sorry this post is long, but I need to make up for some lost time……Check out the pictures if your in a hurry.
I lost one of two my Mother-In-Laws, Callie, on January 4th as God took her home and away from her suffering from Parkinson’s disease. God Blessed me with two great Mother-In-Laws which I see as the happy side of divorce. Though her Family is extremely sad, I know Callie is happy to be with my Father-In-Law Paul who passed away in the Fall of 2004.
A week later life was heading back to normal again as my Sister-In-Law Nicki and I celebrating our birthdays together with our Family, it was a fun day! Our birthdays are a day apart (11th and 12th). My Family let me bake the dessert for our Birthdays…..It was my first cake with flowers down the side and first six layer cake.
We received a wonderful call one January Saturday afternoon that our Daughter Elise was engaged, and they were heading our way to celebrate!!! We heard that a few friends were coming to our house for a her Mama’s Spaghetti Celebration Dinner……good thing her Mama and I can work quickly together!!!
My other Mother-In-Law, Betty, decided she wanted to see the Vacaville Kiaser Hospital some more and decided to visit the ER for a day, and be admitted overnight for observation. She is a trooper and I think she just looked it as an adventure; and she couldn’t say more nice things about how Kiaser’s staff treated her.
Sandi’s pain management doctor has been working on getting a spinal stimulator approved by her workers comp and to hopefully relieve some of her back and leg pain. After months of waiting, it was finally it was approved! The funny thing is that worker comp approved a surgical trail (battery and computer on the outside of the body) which went very well, but not the actual implant. We were told that only 30% of the actual implants get approved and it would take about two months to have it approved even though the trail went so well. Fortunately it was approved in just a few weeks so we headed home from a short trip to have the implant installed just a day later!!! Now months later and a lot of software adjustments there is some pain relief.
We visited the Vacaville Kaiser (for all three of us), Sandi’s pain management doctor and dentist (for two of us) so many times in the last four months…..I’ve lost track!!!
My other Sister-In-Law Janice, our Niece Leanne and her boyfriend Dan surprised us with a visit from NJ/PA for a long weekend!!! It was a fun visit!!! I was able to go in to tour mode taking Leanne and Dan to the City for the day!!! Not to brag, but my “City” tours are great!!! It was a great visit….finished off with Leanne and Dan making us a wonderful dinner!!!
February, March and April were full of wedding planning, dress fittings, and more wedding planning. It was a lot of work, but it was fun!!! The best part was seeing that our Daughter was finally and extremely happy, and that Brad (our soon to be Son-In-Law) is truly amazing!!! Our Sister-In-Law Nicki has told Elise and her Cousin Brittany “You want a guy that will walk through glass to get to you”……Brad has more than walked through glass for Elise.
This Easter was a little different than most as we had another visit from Janice, this time with our Brother-In-Law John. They were able to come during her spring break at school where she works as an instructional aide. We were able to squeeze in two day trips during their visit. One of the day trips was to Tahoe between the spring snow storms and the other to Bodega Bay and Fort Ross.
Besides the two day trips, we had fun just hanging together and showing Janice and John our new community.
Before we knew it May 4th was upon us and what a busy week that was to be!!! It seemed like everyday that week had an event, and every event was miles away from home. Though it was a busy time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
The wedding was an outside wedding, designed by our daughter who is used to putting on large events for her Ministries for the last ten years. Brad and Elise wanted to keep the focus on God, Friends and Family so kept the wedding simple and only 200 guests. I know Elise wanted to invite another 200…..but the number had to be kept low as she held herself to a strict budget. I kept telling all that were helping us setup the venue the morning of the wedding…..”she isn’t a bridezilla, these pictures and sample tables are just an example”….and believe me she wasn’t even close to a bridezilla.
As May winds up we have been enjoying some rest and planning our next adventures. In just a week we will be heading back to Central Oregon and the Washington Oregon Coast at the mouth of the Columbia River.
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