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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!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 and Black Friday

Good morning from Yerington, Nevada (yes, we're back home!).  We left here Wednesday morning and tried to time it so we could be at the state line around 1130.  We were actually a little early but our tummies were hungry.  We stopped at Gold Ranch Casino and headed into the restaurant.  Mason was in the mood for steak, haha so he ordered a steak sandwich, which he ended up cutting up with a fork and knife.  Looked a little dry and quite a bit of fat, wasn't impressed but he was happy.  Ken and I had their grilled chicken sandwich which was delicious.  
Our mountains with a little snow!

Foggy day..

When Eric was here he gave Ken this really nice scope and a
beautiful case it came in..

My Pioneer Woman Ranch potatoes..yumm..Mashed potatoes, bacon,
sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar and green onions..not low cal

Off we headed to Rocklin, CA and the Days Inn we always stay.  They've upgraded a lot of the rooms and ours was very nice.  Since we don't have a house payment we figure we can splurge on a motel room once in awhile.   Eric came by about 0415, had a beer and took Mason home for the night. 

We had a nice dinner of salad and some turkey I brought from home. Enjoyed doing  absolutely nothing and off to bed.  

Thursday morning we're up early. About 0700 I went down to the lobby and made a couple of pieces of toast and grabbed two hard boiled eggs for me.  Back to the room and Ken had finished peeling a couple of eggs I had brought from home.  We had a small breakfast and headed over to my sister Linda's house  after a quick stop at Safeway for a few things. 
Coulldn't resist the TN Whiskey..
Very smooth..:)

Visited with Bobby and Linda (Ninny) while we heated stuff up.  Ken ran out to Rio Linda for a visit with our friend KC.  Around 11 or so people started arriving and seems everyone comes in hungry.  We're not fancy it's a eat all day and find a spot to sit at.  Works best for all of us.  It was a beautiful day so we were able to eat outside too.  
Dusty, Owen and Adam..sorry for the blurry..

Marcus and Isabella on the couch..Aaron and Angelina
in the background..

Tina looked little lazy..


Tina posing...

Owen's mommy Chelsea and her brother Ethan..

Owen and Mason looking at a crazy app on Mason's phone


Brother in law Greg..

Linda's back yard.  

A great visit with everyone, so much so I didn't take too many pictures (darn)..

Late afternoon we headed over to Ken's mom's house for a visit.  She had some pie and chicken out, but we were way too stuffed to partake of anything.  Ken's sister, Diane and her family were there too after leaving Linda's. 

Grandma (Ken's mom) gave us a cute sign for the outhouse, so looking forward to Ken getting it hung!  We had a nice visit and then we headed back to Rocklin for the night.  

I was awake at about 0200 so laid there awhile and then it was time to get going.  Meeting my sisters at Walmart at a bit before 0500 for some Black Friday shopping.  We've been doing this since we were kids and it wasn't so popular.  We'd start at the Payless in Carmichael for some free donuts and either coffee and hot chocolate early in the am.  My poor daddy, he usually had to work Thanksgiving till 2300 and then we'd have him up at 0400 or so to take us all Black Friday shopping.  Sure he was happy when I turned 16 and he didn't have to do that anymore!  So this is more about tradition than getting the good deals (which we did get a few).  After Walmart, we met Adam and his new "friend" Elena at the mall and did a little shopping there.  They went their own way and we headed to Target.  I texted Ken at 0830 and told him i was on my way to pick him up from the motel.  

Met my sisters and Adam at Denney''s for breakfast.  Nice visiting and then off we went back to the room to pack up.   Ken had everything ready to go so it was a quick pack up.  heading up I80 I felt my eyelids closing so took a nice nap.  Only thing wrong with that I missed the scenery which I hate to do even though I usually see a lot of that throughout the year.  
Adam and Elena...:)

Got home and my tummy thought it was hungry so I put together a small salad and enjoyed that.  We had been invited next door at John and Karen's to enjoy their bonfire so we headed  over a little after 1700.  After enjoying the company and the fire for a couple of hours we came home.  Got a little dinner and then headed to the bedroom for tv.  I don't think either of us were awake long.  

Had  a great night's sleep and was awake a little before 0500.  Ken woke a little before 0600 so time for coffee and catching up with our blogging friends.  Not sure what's on the agenda for today but don't plan on going anywhere.  

Monday we'll head for Winnemucca for two nights, taking the Jayco.  If it was the cabover we'd probably only stay one night, but what the heck.  My doctor appointment is 1130 on Tuesday so Wednesday we'll head home.  

After a busy few days it will be nice to be home for a few.  

I know it's the Christmas season as Ken "released" the Christmas money$$..November 22, 1988 Ken quit smoking..after years of my nagging he did it all on his own.  Then and there he decided that come hell or high water he was opening a bank account and putting his "smoking" money in that account.  I think he started with $60.00 a month and then over the years he upped it to $100.00 a month.  His thinking was that if he still smoked, no matter what he would have found the $$ to buy his cigarettes.  So every year at Thanksgiving, he gives me $1200.00 for Christmas, and that's the only thing it's allowed to be spent on. Gee, think I can do that!  I love this gift and story because it's one of the sweetest things he's ever done and he continues the gift every year. :) 


  1. Wow, so much to comment on but I'll have to keep it to a minimum 'cause I can't remember everything I wanted to say! You've had an awesome few days! How great is that? Lots to be thankful for.
    I love the sunset/outhouse picture best of all.
    Love the Eric gave Ken a scope, great star gazing in the future, I assume?
    I also 'love' the eyes on Owen in the 2nd pix with Mason and the phone. So adorable!
    Finally, the smoking story. Bravo Ken! I wish Bill had done that when he quite cold turkey in 1996 April when he walked away from his now ex-wife and came to me. I'm just so proud he quit the habit too.
    I'm sure I'm forgetting things I thought of but I'm basically glad you had a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Thank you Patsy! That's what happens when I'm too busy and don't blog for days..haha..looking forward to seeing I guys in Jan somewhere!:))

  3. Good to see smooth Tennessee Whiskey represented in both product and attire at your Thanksgiving dinner.

    The silhouette picture of the outhouse at sunset is wall worthy.

  4. Thank you! I love it and I think you're right!

  5. Wow you had a wonderful Thanks giving and fun family time. Nice that you have that found money for Christmas shopping from Ken.

  6. Always so fun with you guys! Can’t wait to see you at Christmas! Elena is so pretty! They make a great “couple” 😊