Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shasta Lake...

Lake Shasta with Mt Lassen in the distance

Love being on the water, especially early in the morning when the lake is like glass...
Yesterday, my BIL & SIL took me fishing on Shasta Lake.  All the years I spent time on that lake I never fished for bass. Have no idea why not. That has now been rectified and I'm hooked. What a good day!

We caught about fifty bass, only kept the legal limit, and returned the rest back to the lake.

the pros

I'm quite sure I would have caught diddlysquat without the tutoring of my BIL & SIL. 

one of the coves we fished
casting for my dinner

When we got back to their place, my BIL showed me how to fillet bass, and my SIL made the yummiest fish tacos I've ever eaten for dinner. I did the dinner dishes, which seemed a pretty poor thank you for all their effort, and a glorious day on the water.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Closer to being a Wanderer of the West...

Willie and I are starting our second week of staying in the travel trailer at my BIL & SIL in RB. We are getting a feel for living in one.  Though the travel trailer I hope to get, will be much smaller, I think we will do just fine.
First eye surgery went well, one more this coming Thursday, and then recovery time... After that I'm hopefully off to the river house on the Columbia in Oregon.  Going to get my travel trailer and pickup up there as no sales tax, YAY!  
Final paperwork on the estate has been sent to the judge and will be on his docket the 29th of May. After he signs, I can close out this chapter.  It has taken way longer than it should have, but will be behind me soon.
I love RB, and will miss it, friends, and family. Trying to get as many normal health care things taken care of as possible ahead of leaving. Squared away with voter registration for One more time to vote as a Californian.  Need to find another bank/credit union to use while on the road, and sort out how I will get mail.  
Will leave you with a few photos from my BIL & SIL place. My BIL is a retired co sheriff's detective, and my SIL (the Cowman's sister) is an attorney's admin assistant, who will be retiring this year. They are so talented, and such hard workers (neat nicks). I'm blessed that they have taken me in for the time I need to be here for the eye surgeries, and that they said I could use the spare bathroom in the main house anytime!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On the road again...

 Had dinner on the river with Marymine and all the grandkids last night. What a fun bunch. Colt has such a quick dry whit, he had us rolling with laughter.

Packed up and ready to hit the road for RB to spend a couple weeks with my SIL & BIL while I have the cataract surgeries. 
First eye surgery is a go for Thursday at 6:05 AM. Yeehaw!
Estate accountant called to let me know the tax filings are ready for me to sign and the final accounting has been given to the attorney to file with the court.  
My brother has thrown everything he can think of at all of us, demand on top of demand, and in the process cost the estate money, and ultimately him money.  In the process alienating those who are only trying to get us through this in a correct and legal manner.  I have to hold my piece, just a little longer, and do what Dad asked me to do.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Weather has been changeable, 80 one day, windy and wet and cold the next. The guys are really scrambling to get their crops in between storms. Tomatoes are being planted at a terrific pace. 

We've got some awesome girls in this family: 

Great niece, Finley, is fearless. 

As is my youngest GD Miss B!  She was at Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Portland to get measured for new kicks.

GD Jacey had to work yesterday, and she had a track meet. Went to work took her lunch to run the track meet, and then back to work.

GD Lauren has been working on her '72 pickup at night with her brother & dad.  They extended the cab, in order for her to have more room inside. 

Almost done.

Lauren's BFF & Lauren, the police cruiser was not there because of them, or so I was told...

 I went in last week to do the intake paper work for the eye surgery next week at the hospital in RB. Was feel'n good and a bit cocky, never a good thing. One would think I would learn from past experience. Nope.
Met with the nice young male RN, we got to talking and he was a Navy corpsman (like my grandson Cody) that went on to become a RN. Then when he asked where I was born, I found out that he was raised just down the road a piece, just a whole lot later.  Small world.
Answered all the questions, and he said "you are amazingly healthy". I was basking in all this praise for an ol cowgirl all the way back here. Woke up the next morning with the beginning of a head cold. Dammit! Feeling better today, but will call the doc tomorrow to see if I have to reschedule, sure hope not as I have people lined up to help me, and I hate to juggle their schedules anymore than I have to.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gone loopy...

Sunday another gal and I cowgirled up and went with a friend to the 1st memorial roping in honor of her husband who passed away recently.
She wasn't sure how many were going to make it to this team roping.  From the size of the crowd at his recent memorial service, I could'a told her that it was going to be a bunch. 
People came from far and near. They ended up with a little over 300 teams.
Weather always is a factor, when it's an outdoor arena. We had sunshine to start, and then the wind kicked up, clouds rolled over, sunshine, and more wind. Lots of wind, made it interesting and dusty. By the end of the day, we figured we were wearing a good portion of the arena. I'm still finding dirt in places that only the wind knows how it got there.