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The mountains are calling and I must go...Got the t shirt in Georgia one year and this is our calling! We'll see y'all down the road!

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Prom time coming soon! Joe and Stacey are here and gone tomorrow :( Time sure flies...


Grandson Aaron and his sweetie, Kenna 💗
I'll be looking forward to the prom pictures!💖

Sunday we started with our usual Champagne Sunday in the outdoor kitchen.  It was actually warmer than the Sunday before. We got the fire ready to torch, but never did. I did some cooking and just enjoyed the morning with my sweetie. 

Since we had company coming, figured it'd be nice to have
the bacon and sausage cooked up ahead of time. 

Monday morning we got up early and headed to Reno to pick up Joe and Stacey at the airport at about 0900. Joe had a special request, so we headed for Carl's Jrs in Reno.  Their nearest one is about 6 hours away from them in Alaska. 😋

Saw this beautiful straight up and down rainbow
on our way to Reno..

After getting home we gave them the keys to the car and off Stacey went to the school to see friends and some of the littles she worked with when they lived here. Joe took a little nap. 😁 

Basically their time here has flown and we'll be heading for Reno sometime tomorrow to put them on a plane back home. We've really enjoyed them being here and glad they've gotten out to visit friends.

We've had some wild weather this week, winds and rain. Hoping it's better over the weekend as we're heading over on Sunday to Aaron's 18th birthday and I'll stay on Monday to go with Wendy to the financial person. 

Baby Phoenix turned a month old already 

Looking forward to meeting this little cutie soon!

Joe and Stacey are taking us out to dinner tonight to a Mexican Restaurant in town we haven't been to yet.  Looking forward to that! 

Have a wonderful evening! 💗

Friday, March 10, 2023

Champagne Sunday, couple of days in Carson City, Good news on ophthalmology appointments!

 Sunday morning the 5th of March Ken went out and started a fire in the outdoor kitchen. It was 34 degrees with a feels like 27. Well, this is where we live so might as well make the best of it. Honestly once the fire was going and the sun was shining it felt much warmer.  

Champagne Sunday in the outdoor kitchen 💙

So, we enjoyed our mimosas and cooking on the griddle. I love how fast and easy it cooks. Made a ton of bacon for bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. Yummy! While I had it heated made a concoction of sausage and hamburger from the Conder Ranch in Rio Linda, CA. Added a bunch of cooked veggies and it was a yummy mess! Enough for several nights of good eating. 

Yes, it's too much for 2 of us..but it'll freeze! 

A wonderful, warm fire! 

Yes, it's a lot of food, but will last for days or freezer!

Thank you Rylee Mae for the  special bracelet! Fit's perfect
as the pipe cleaner twists to the right size! 💗 What a 
nice surprise in the mail! 💖

Later in the day we visited with Karen for awhile. 

Monday was spent getting Grandson Adam taxes done and filed. He's a happy camper! Tuesday worked on getting our stuff together for our CPA in Winnemucca. Done! Now to wait for the bad news :(  

Wednesday late morning we headed towards Carson City and Days Inn there that we like to stay at when we have to. Ken had opthamologist appointments Thursday and Friday so we figured we'd stay and get some things done. 

Wednesday night our dinner was brought from home. I had a grilled chicken salad that Ken had cooked in the air fryer. He had grilled chicken thighs and a salad. 

Thursday morning we had hard boiled eggs and toast before leaving to be at his 0800 appointment. Everything was good in regards to his eye disease! See him in a year. Because they dilated his eyes means i got to drive OH YAY! I love driving in our neck of the woods but not in RENO! We left there and headed for Super Cuts in Carson City. I was in bad need of a hair cut.  Dakota did a great job following the picture I showed her. 

Then to Ross as I needed a new large fry pan, mine went out with the garbage last week. By the time i came out Ken could drive again. 😀

We headed to Mid Town Marketplace in the center of Carson City. We've been a few times and have never come out empty handed, it was no exception. Really can't believe the reasonable prices of all the vendors. We were looking for something for Karen as her birthday is the end of the month. We'll have to try elsewhere. LOL. 

Headed for Carson Valley Inn for linner. One of the only places I can get a turkey burger that is so yummy, no bread needed! Half a carafe of their house wine is only $4.00 and it's very good. 

By the time we finished, it was back to the motel. An early night was had by the 2 of us. 

This morning his appointment was at 0900 so we had our hard boiled egg breakfast, loaded the car and headed to Reno again. Another successful appointment for his glaucoma.  Six months ago the dr had him start putting his nightly drop in both eyes rather than just the one as the good eye's pressure had risen to 18 and the other was 24. Today the good one dropped to 12 and the bad one had dropped to 18! Success! He goes back in 6 months. 😁 They really keep a good eye on him! 

Once he was out, we headed for Total Wine to pick up an online order and then to Walmart. It was only a little after 1100 so we headed home just in time for lunch here at home. 

We put stuff away and then headed next door to spend some time with the furry kids before Karen got home from work. They were definitely happy to see  us. 💙

Quick dinner, finished a movie and now time for bed. Joe and Stacy are coming in from Alaska on Monday, so looking forward to seeing them! 💙

Our son Bryan, picked up Shawn's ashes yesterday and took him home to my sister 💗😪

A sweet picture of Tasha and Baby Phoenix 💙

Grand nephew Owen got to go to his first Kings game with 
his mom and dad! I think he enjoyed it!!

Bedtime! A busy cleaning day tomorrow for me! 

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Baby Phoenix is home, My sister Linda has a heart valve replacement surgery and is home now! Carson City for the day, A nice fire or two, Happy 24th Bryan and Cheryl! Life moves on..

 Can't believe it's Saturday already! Where does the time go? A month ago we were gettin ready to meet up with Jim and Barb for the Howling in Yuma! 

I love this picture of my sister Wendy and her grandson
Phoenix. First genuine smile I've seen since her husband 
Shawn passed away on Feb 17th. 💗

The winds were not kind to the propane heaters at Karen's
Lila just enjoying the snow covered deck and sunset. 

A winter wonderland between here and Carson City

Been working on Wendy's financials here at home. I have to say, know what's going on in the banking. So many we know, have no clue and then when something happens to the spouse that handles the bills, you are thrown for a loop! We're getting it done though! 

Tasha feeding the baby at home..

Baby Phoenix came home Wednesday. Thank you again  to Christina for taking  Tasha to pick him up and bring him home. Luckily schools were closed in her area, so she was available. 💗

He had an appointment on Thursday and had gained an ounce so he's an ounce over birth weight. Keep it up Baby! He was sent home with a terrible diaper rash, but keep using Desitin. Used that on our kids 50 years ago! 

Wednesday my baby sister, Linda went into the hospital for a heart valve replacement. She came through with flying colors and went home Friday evening! Thank you Lord and the skills of the doctors! 💗

We did spend a day going to Carson City to get groceries, but other than that we've been home which is nice!

Friday was such a beautiful day, I was able to get out on the front porch and clean it up from wind and desert debris.  Ken, of course is always outside no matter the weather. Firewood is his biggest concern these days! If were are gone, we don't need so much but we're home. 

I cleaned the outside kitchen so what else to do but have a fire. :) We started around 1400 and then got a call from Karen, so we headed there. After her being gone from the pups all day we don't want her coming over and leaving them any longer. I love the greetings I always get from them too! :) 

So, Saturday morning planned on working on Grandson Adam's taxes but while I'm making breakfast the hubby poured a mimosa for me...so...taxes will wait LOL..

Tomorrow we plan on making breakfast/brunch in the kitchen..so taxes may wait again LOL.. We'll see what the weather holds, as they're expecting snow. So?? LOL. 

Happy 24th Anniversary to our oldest son Bryan and his wife Cheryl! 

This picture is from their 13th Anniversary when we had property in Winnemucca,
but I still love it! 

Russell posted these pictures of Jacob and Allissa, had to steal them. 

Freshman year of high school...

This last year

Have a wonderful Saturday afternoon! 💙

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Over the hill for a few days.. Home now

 Got things ready to go over last weekend. Monday was a holiday, so banks weren't open. I headed over the hill to Citrus Heights, CA on Tuesday. I went directly to my sister Wendy's house about 1000.  After hugs we got started on things that needed to be done. I thought we'd have to go to her bank, but they were helpful over the phone. I found it interesting but the bank and most credit cards have a deceased or estate line that you talk too. 

I tried to help her out as much as I could, as Shawn handled all the bills and basically she didn't have a lot of knowledge. We were able to get into the bank account so we know what she has to work with and what bills are paid and when.  Social Security was called and that's good news for her. 

Russell stopped by Tuesday evening after work. Then I headed home with hime for Taco Tuesday at Russell's house. OH YUM! We had a good evening and called it a night pretty early. 

Wednesday morning, I made egg sandwiches for grandson Aaron, but he wasn't up yet when I left for Wendy's. LOL. Oh to be a teenager on home study, because of his knee surgery. 

I spent the day with Wendy and got more things figured out. Wednesday evening we headed for Round Table Clubhouse at Sunrise and Antelope for dinner with Russell, Lori, Aaron and his sweetie Kenna for dinner. OH YUM!

Thursday I headed to Wendy's after making Aaron his breakfast sandwiches. The baby is still not home, as he's having problems digesting the formula. 

Aaron texted me and asked if I'd mind making him and Kenna dinner. Of course not. Enchiladas for them. Russell and Lori were headed back to Round Table Clubhouse to meet with some friends. I told Russell , grandchild won out so I'd be staying home. Didn't surprise him a bit. LOL. 

Aaron and Kenna 💗 They made cupcakes after dinner. 
I stole one yesterday to have with my coffee in the car, and 
so delicious! 💙

We had a nice evening after they got home and way too much wine was drank. 

Friday morning I made french toast and bacon for Lori, Aaron and his sweetie Kenna. I left for Wendy's around 1100 or so. Clicking things off and paying bills. Our oldest son, Bryan stopped by along with younger sister, Linda, her hubby Bobby and their adorable grand daughter, Cassidy.

We headed to Old Town Pizza in Roseville on Friday evening. Eric, Christina and Mason met us all there! It was really nice, food was great, but really couldn't hear at the end of the table as it sounded like a high school cafeteria. Still nice to get together with the two sons and families. 💗

Lori, Christina, Eric, Mason, Aaron, Kenna, Russell 💗

Eric and family left and Lori was ready for another beer so we moved to the end of the bar. All I know is every time I turned around there was another glass of wine in front of me. LOL. After getting back home, I drank some more wine apparently. LOL. 

Saturday morning I woke close to 0800 and got my stuff to head home. I knew there was a short window over the summit and I wanted to make it. The only problem was CA had "chains required over summit" signs everywhere. Not a drop of snow to be had, but you had people putting on chains everywhere. Chain Check...uh no, but people were put into one lane. Sucked! 

I got home near one o'clock just in time to have lunch with my sweetie. After Karen got home we went next door and had Happy Hour with her and the furry kids. I think they missed me 😁

Today is Champagne Sunday of course! Watching Nascar and enjoying the day. Ken's going next door to make a fire in John's Hangout as the wind is too much to have an outdoor fire. 

Looks like they've finally found a formula that works on baby Phoenix so he should be coming home on Wednesday. 

Tasha and Baby Phoenix..

WE have an appointment with the financial people on the 20th so I know I'll be headed back to CA then, if not before. Of course, that day is special, grandson Aaron turns 18! 💖

Grateful to Brother in law Bobby for getting some things to sell on Marketplace for Wendy. Eric for changing out the filters for the heater along with other things, Christina for taking Tasha to spend some time with Phoenix.  Russell and Lori for stopping by again to check on Wendy. Allissa for coming and bringing another food donation! Chelsea and her babies for bringing flowers and hugs. Our family is so blessed! 

Have a wonderful Sunday. Remember to hug the ones you're blessed with! 

We have Nascar on today. We don't watch the NFL anymore. We like Nascar because of the patriotism, the prayers and the National Anthem. Could have been better today, as we are very picky as to the way it's sung.  but still, America! 😊😊


Monday, February 20, 2023

Our brother in law gets his wings...Headed to CA for a few days. Baby Phoenix isn't home yet :(

 We awoke to 10 degrees and a feels like -3 in Tonopah, NV on Thursday (February 16th). Frozen pipes, so no showers. Once we were done with coffee and blogs we headed to Tonopah Station for great breakfasts. A few hours later and we drove into our driveway. Always good to be home 💗

We both got to work and unloaded the Mansion. Got it done and Ken was able to winterize it again. After Karen got home she texted about Happy Hour. Yep, we went and got caught up on things. 

Friday morning I was texting with my two sisters about 0730. Our Brother in Law Shawn was in the hospital as he's been fighting liver cancer for the last two years. Honestly, the main reason we headed back home from Quartzite. It didn't sound good from my sister, so neither of us could have enjoyed the trip. Ken could have had his back looked at any urgent care anywhere from Q to Texas. 

Friday morning I was texting with both my sisters  and after texting with Wendy, I got the call that Shawn was gone 😭 Only about half an hour after we had been texting. We got our stuff together and headed out to California. By the time we got there, Wendy was home. Thankfully there was a lot of family to surround her with love already 💗

We spent a few hours and then headed for our hotel. Family was there for them and that was nice!

After dreams and waking up at 0200 and my mind going crazy, I fell asleep and didn't wake until 0645. We took our time getting ready and headed for Wendy's. Spent some time there and then we headed home. Spent the weekend at home, as there's nothing that can be done over the long weekend. 

Tonight we are in Carson at the Days Inn we like. Tomorrow I'm heading back to Wendy's and Ken will head home. Trying to get the financial end worked out for her. 

My sister is breaking my heart I have to say, but we'll get it figured out! 💗 Baby Phoenix is still in the hospital. His feeding continues to be a problem.  

He's as cute as he can be! 


Love the way he wraps his hand around his mom's 💗
                                Honestly, Chiristina ( our daughter in law)has been a Godsend. She's taken Tasha  over 
to see him and so many other things. 💙
One life goes, another comes along as a special friend and family have said. 💙

When we saw Patsy a few weeks ago, she gave me this sign!
Gotta love it as it so fits me! 💖💖

We went to Betsy's for an early dinner and are now back at the room. I hope to leave around 0700 for CA. I'll be staying at our youngest son's Russell and Lori's house. Day by day...it's all we can do! 💖

Have a great night! Bedtime for us!

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

An overnighter at Roadrunner BLM, Cal Nev Ari RV Park, Tonopah Station, Home tomorrow

We left our friends Tuesday at about noon.  We didn't want to leave as we were hoping to see more friends while we were in Quartzite but I felt we needed to.  Ken needs to have a follow up appointment on his back. It's healing nicely, but seems a bit hard to me surrounding the wound area. Texas will wait. 

Ken had Deb take a selfie of us all. Me, Deb and Deb..Ken, Doug and Tom..
Love this group! 💗

Hugs all around

The dust storm 

We had a nice drive, windy and dusty but still an easy drive. We ended up in Cal Nev Ari at the RV Park there.  We've stayed there a few times, it used to be Passport America, but no more. $33.15 for the night, so it's affordable.  Full hookups, and pull through sites, very nicely kept park.    Quiet for sure, other than the howling winds and cold temps. A lot of the park seems to be locals living there, but still ok. $450.00 a month I would assume is the draw. 

Wednesday morning we woke up around 0600 and started getting ready. We left around 1000 and had a nice drive through Vegas. Traffic yes, but not rush hour. Ken did a great job navigating through there! It was about 1230 when we were through most of it.  We stopped at Armagosa Valley and had lunch in the Mansion. Originally we thought we'd stop there for the night, but it was close to 1400 and we thought, let's move on. 

We are in Tonopah, NV at the Tonopah Station RV Park, basically a parking lot with hookups. Used to be $27.00 for the night but now it's $34.00. Can't get any tv stations but that's ok, Ken brought dvds. The most important thing is heat! So cold here! It was 21 feels like 8. Yes, there is wind! 26 at home..oh yay! Talked with Karen and it snowed Tuesday evening. We'll see her tonight for Happy Hour. 

Too bad it was such a short trip, but that's how the jello jiggled! We are blessed with our family and friends and that's all that matters. 

My sister Wendy with her new grandson 💗
He should be going home today. 

Waking up here in Tonopah, NV it's 13 degrees with a feels like -3. Yes, we have frozen pipes. No showers this morning. Thank goodness for the electric heater. 

Have a wonderful day! My sweetie is taking me to breakfast across the parking lot 😋 We'll be home in a few hours. 😀


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Quick catch up, Spending time with friends, Homeward bound

Well this has been a week of hardly any internet, so no posts or comments on fellow bloggers either.  We were able to read most posts, but when it came time to comment I couldn't. 😞

Last Friday morning we were at NextCare in Yuma for Ken's 0940 appointment that actually happened about 1050. The doctor came in, looked at Ken's wound and said "Oh there's more I can get out" Oh yay (not).  LOL.  Gave him another shot and said he wanted to see him in a week. We're not going to be here, didn't know where we would be, so decided to head for home and see our Dr. Danny there. We can always head out again, once this is taken care of for good. I change his dressing daily and can see definite improvement. He's got strong antibiotics and pain meds so all his good. Think he's learned his lesson and won't wait so long if another abscess pops up. 

We went by CVS to see if they had his antibiotic in yet. They said it would be ready in about an hour. We drove to the laundry we like, well as much as anyone likes doing laundry on the road. Ken dropped me off because with Friday traffic in Yuma, during snowbird time it would take forever to get back across town to pick up his prescription. 

I just finished folding and in he walks. We were both starving, as it was nearing 1500.  Across the freeway to Daybreakers Cafe, had a great dinner as always when we're in town. 

Back to Pilot Knob to pick up the Mansion and head to Imperial Dam for our visit with our friends, Dave and Debbie. 💖 We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday night there just relaxing and visiting. They've been on the road since September seeing America in their trailer. A wonderful trip from the sounds of it! 
Debbie, Dave and Ken 💙

Monday morning after hugs all around, we all headed out.  We headed to Yuma for a quick trip to Walmart and then up the road to Roadrunner BLM. We saw Doug and Yuma pulled over so pulled in to make sure they were ok. Then we followed Doug to where we awaited Deb to show us where they had camped. More hugs followed there as we met up with Tom, Deb, Riley, Deb and Doug. 

We all made lunch and then gathered for Happy Hour outside until the sun went down and it got too chilly. 

All night long the winds have howled once again. WE've got a light cloud cover and higher winds expected this afternoon. 

Our niece Tasha, gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday afternoon. He's a cutie, spending some time in the NICU as she saw his breathing was labored yesterday. Perfect place for him to be for the best care. Christina visted them yesterday so that was nice for Tasha. Welcome to the world, Phoenix Ray Maidment! 

Only pictures I could get uploaded today. Just not much service here. Have a wonderful day!