Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Catching up...

Wednesday already!  
Let's see,  Sunday morning at oh dark thirty cousin Jess and I went up to the range so he could participate in an Outlaw Handgun Shootout that my local shoot'n club was putting on. It was rather warm, but we had fun and Jess did well, considering the last ones he shot in were in Texas.  I just watched because I wanted to see what it was all about.  It was also a good opportunity to pick Jess's brain, meet other members of the Assn. and learn some new skills. 
Jess's last stage of the shootout:

Came home and worked all afternoon in the yard. Was pretty tuckered out, but that evening I got an invite to my SIL's new swim spa. Dang but that thing is sweet.  Swam against strong current, but didn't last very long before retreating to the corner with the message jets and a big glass of wine.  There isn't much that thing doesn't have... all kinds of lights, fountains, jets, etc.  

Going back out tonight to fix their DVD player, dinner, a swim, and to get all my orders as I'm going to be the spa girl while they are on vacation!  And suddenly I have friends, that want to help me take care of the spa... hmmm

We have had a few days were the weather was nice enough that I could spend most of the day working on getting this yard in shape to put the house on the market. Still hauling brush and mother's dang yard chachkies to the landfill.  
More time with the attorney, and paper work, and banks, and all the rest.  My brother is questioning every move I make as executor. I don't understand why he is taking that path, but I'm pretty sure Dad would not be happy about the attitude.  Can only do my best to settle the estate per Dad's wishes, get the house sold, and move on. 
Ok, break time is over, back to brush whacking, and the weed eater, and showing a friend how to make hollyhock dolls.  When my granddaughters were little little I showed them how to make them. They would spend hours playing with their hollyhock dollies.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

You've come a long way, baby...

He is one of the lights of my life, & the best son! Though he does seem to have forgotten that he constantly said, as a little guy, that he wanted to buy his mom a red sports car when he got big.

It has been an amazing journey, here's to many more adventures...

 Happy 47th Birthday, Sean
Love, mom  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


My granddaughter's wedding was wonderful. Only wish Dad & the Cowman could have been there. They would have had the best time, and they would have liked Tyler's family as much as the rest of us do.  
I got to meet Tyler's grandfather & grandmother, among many others that had flown out from Kansas for the wedding. Good people. Before the ceremony Tyler's grandfather and I were talking and he warned me, we better take good care of his boy, I said he best look out for my Ali, we sealed the deal with a handshake & a hug.
I promised pics so here you go:

waiting for Ali

Ali & her dad

the ceremony


on to the reception

Lauren & Ali

at the reception

and finally the part Dad would have really loved, the showering of the bride & groom with rice...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Getting Hotter...

Book club last night at my SIL's, her garden is going gang busters, so she served stuffed zucchini. You know how that goes, it's a finger size zuc one day and the next it's huge! Lots of discussion on the book, lots of wine, lots of stories told, and lots of laughter. Got to see her new swim spa! She tore up a shoulder beginning of last year, had surgery in the fall, and is still doing lots of PT to try to get as much back as possible. The swim spa is helping.

The wedding is tomorrow, the wedding isn't in RB, but still in N Calif. This is what both locations are looking at for weather thru next Friday...

Snap shot was taken this morning, we are at 100 degrees now.

With the fuel load we have, the heat, and the North wind that is blowing, fire danger is HIGH. Most fire lines are in around here, but not all, and with the North wind blowing... 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hump Day...

It's hump day, and there are only a thousand things that need to be taken care of...

talking with my attorney, and dealing with county bureaucrats, and the bank, and working on the place, and getting ready for the wedding. But sometimes you just need to set back and enjoy those little funny moments that happen.  
So to lighten things up I'm sharing this video of a dear friends grandson in the cutting at the CHSRA Finals in Bishop, CA.

Kinda starts out slow, but Riley proves that he's a hand...

and from Riley's dad, 
"He isn't big on Cutting, but when he rode out of the pen and the crowd was going wild, he had a smile on his face bigger than the state of Texas!"

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday evening with George...

Went shopping for The shoes to go with The dress for The wedding.  Started out online, well hell that isn't going to work, too close to the wedding, and I found out pretty darn quick that once again I can't afford my taste. 

 Who the heck would pay $585-1200 dollars for a pair of little strappy sandal shoes. Figured I could find something closer to home. Started in a shoe store up the road, nothing even close, went on up to Macy's.  Oh joy, waited on by one weird dude with a man bun. Ask him to bring me some strappy shoes to wear with my granny of the bride dress. (I showed him a picture of my dress and said "no gold lame' flats allowed")  He came back with five boxes, and then scurried off to wait on the ladies that obviously had Macy's preferred customer cards. I sat down, opened the first box, then the rest of the boxes, oh heck no! One pair were really ugly clunky navy & white gingham! One pair had more bling on them then ever should be put on a shoe, another pair were so frumpy even Maudie Fricket wouldn't have worn those suckers,  and on and on it went. Got up and walked out of the shoe department, when one of the Macy's preferred customers caught up to me and said, "you might want to try the little store down the mall, they have some nice shoes."  "Thanks, I will check them out." Walked down the mall and found the store she mentioned. The salesman comes out from behind a partition... and he's wearing a half ponytail, half man bun!  What the heck is with these damn man buns!  He didn't have anything like what I wanted either. Drove back to RB and went to home depot to get touch up paint, and give thanks to the gods of hardware that there was not a man bun in sight.

Now that the trauma/drama of the day is over I'm having a glass of wine, and spending Monday evening with George...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day at the fair...

It's that county fair time of year, so I went down to watch granddaughter, Lauren sell her FFA project steer. 
Weather was sunny, but cool, perfect for all the stock.

Got to see Marymine (she works the sale, so not much chat time with her), her crew, and visit with lots of friends.

Here are some random photos to give you an idea of the day: 

Helping each other make sure uniforms were just so,

4Hers and their lambs getting lined up,

FFA girl & her lamb waiting their turn to go in the sale ring, with a cage of Champion chickens behind her.

and this little cutie and her Grand Champion 4-H hog (wish I had gotten her name). Just wanted to give her a hug and a "you got this with that smile!"

Lauren waiting in the barn to be called to the sale ring. (It's been a long week for these kids)

Lauren and her steer outside the ring.

Lauren & her steer in the sale ring.


 It was a Good Day at the fair.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dragon butt...

Was seriously dragg'n butt this morning trying to make early mass and then the first Sunday of the month KoC pancake breakfast. An aside, there were no mimosas hidden in the orange juice pitchers this time. I might know this because I might have sampled a little out of each one.

You remember me telling you I keep tabs on Dad's GF, a couple posts back right, well Sat. night at 9:30 PM (she is a night owl) I called to check on her.  Bless her heart, I wasn't able to get a word in edgewise long enough to say good night until almost 1:30 AM. She doesn't know it, but she's a heck of a motivator... I got all the grout in the kitchen counters and tile floors scrubbed clean, the living room, den, & dining room dusted, the floors mopped, glass tables polished, and touch up painting in the master bedroom done during that time.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Way out West...

Only in the West are you sent home from your attorney's office with bumper stickers for Hank, Rav, & the frig that read...

No hint there that he's also a cowman...

No need to breakout the sewing machine. Got my dress for granddaughter, Ali's, wedding later this month. Marymine ordered two dresses for herself and both were the wrong color, she sent one back, but the other one, she said might work for me. Tried it on and it fits, so that is taken care of.

Navy blue, my favorite color. Now all I need are some kick ass heels to go with it.

 When I teasingly asked Ali if it was Ok to wear my cowboy boots with my dress, Marymine immediately piped up and said, "Ali, do not encourage her!"  

Granddaughter Ali
This is going to be such a fun wedding!

MySean is on a little 1,200 mile bike ride with his  fiance and a group of friends this weekend. Yes, she is little, but she's mighty, and we all love her. 
(Sean says I gave him those gray hairs, I can't believe that is true, can you?)

 The whole group took time to stop and visit the Cowman & Maxwell, the wonder cowdog.

The Cowman & Max's place.

I'm on the look out for a much more gun & tax friendly state in the West, for when Dad's estate is settled.  I love the immense natural beauty of Northern California, but I simply can't afford to live here any longer.   Thoughts on possibles?