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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!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Quick catch up..construction has begun on the new porch cover and painting the house..HOT days ahead..

 Happy Sunday!  

Another week has flown by here in Yerington, Nevada! 

Ken's been busy with the back porch.  He got all the material picked up and found what he could and couldn't reuse. Not much.  At least the 4x4x16 header was ok, a 4x4 post and 3 of the joists out of 9. Everything else will have to bought again. 

At the end of Saturday we have a good start..

I made enchiladas, rice and coleslaw on Tuesday so John and Karen didn't have to worry about cooking after their long trip home from Oklahoma. It was much appreciated.  We had a nice Happy Hour getting all caught up on the wedding there.

My enchilada


John and Karen's


One day this week Ken hooked up the small trailer and we headed for Gardnerville, stopping in at Meeks Lumber and Supply.  We bought a 2x6x16 for the header that goes against the house.  $37.00 (ouch).   Got some prices on some other things and decided to head for Lowe's in Carson City.  

We've been planning on painting the house this year so we got 5 gallons of the green. We're keeping the same color as painting the grooves in the siding is not fun, and we like the original color we picked. 5 gallons of Valspar was $134.00 but for some reason when we checked out it was only $94.00.  Meeks wanted $188.00.  We walked out of Lowe's $248.00 poorer. WE did find the 2x6x16 was about $27.00. We won't be visiting Meeks again. 

By 1015 he had the header up...

I can tell the difference in paint but you probably can't. .

Friday Ken poured 320 pounds of concrete in one hole to put the post in. At least that post won't be flying anywhere again. The other post is already in concrete.  I painted the joists that we do have just to give them a fresher look and the new one for against the wall.  

                                          320 pounds of concrete....

Saturday morning while I painted the one wall of the house Ken got the post and header up.  By 1130 it was HOT! He continued to work pretty much until 1630 with a half hour lunch break.  I went out at 1630 and told him it's Saturday and 95 degrees with no shade, time to quit.  

I bought this colorful treat on Prime Day for $9.99...

I ran to Raley's earlier in the day and picked up some things as Adam and Erin are coming tonight after work until Tuesday morning. 💙💑 I also stopped by Tru Value to get a gallon of the house trim paint! Won't do that again, $47.00 for 1 gallon of their mid grade paint! About $35.00 at Lowe's.    

Once Ken put his tools away we sat by the bunkhouse in the shade until the wind stopped and moved to the front porch area.  The wind blowing was so hot, we moved inside.  

Karen stopped by with a little gift for me. 

What a sweet gift from Karen...💖

This morning I woke at 0430 and thought to get this blog going. 64 degrees at 0430 going for 101 today and the rest of the week won't be any cooler. We're heading for Lowe's in Carson this morning, so time to get Ken's coffee and get us going! 

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Monday, June 21, 2021

The windstorm was incredible! Happy Father's Day! The view from the top! Another beautiful bride :)


Russell takes a Father's Day picture every year..so glad Jacob
made it home to be a part of this one! 
Aaron, Russell and Jacob 💙

Friday evening we were over at John and Karen's having happy hour with Mugsy and Lila.  It was a beautiful evening except for the winds. We're used to most days there's wind but it varies how much.  The evening was cloud covered and very warm.  

Raindrops started falling and the wind picked up so I just went into their little shed that houses a fridge and freezer.  All of a sudden the winds and rain went crazy!  I was talking with Izzie (Karen's mom) and WOW!  Never in the 8 years we've lived here have I seen the winds pick up so fast and furious!  Things literally started flying! 

It was over in a few minutes but it was so crazy!  WE came inside and finished our evening. 

Saturday morning about 0730 we headed home as we do every day.  Started to pull into the driveway and could see metal debris on the property! What the heck?? Wood pieces everywhere!  Wait we recognize that stuff! Our front porch is still there! OH NO..look on the roof!! Look near the border of the property! It's our back porch cover!! GONE! 

The cover is  no more! 

This one flew and bent near our tractors..

This piece was in the middle of the road, neighbor Paul pulled it onto our 

These two pieces flew to the tree border, only thing stopping them

The view from below..

A little further out picture...Notice the one 4x6 still standing..only because it's anchored in concrete.

We've got a window to replace now too :( 

Just some boards lying around...lol..

These are the two panels and 2x6 that will have to be replaced on the front porch..We figure
flying debris hit it as it was flying elsewhere! 

This is our guest room..the fold out is black..blew the cover off the window a/c..
Look at the dirt on the window sill! The force was amazing!

Our new neighbor Paul, saw Ken outside and came over.  He said they were outside and it sounded like a bomb went off!  He came over to our house Friday evening and we weren't home, he came to John and Karen's to see if they needed help.  We must have still been outside and didn't hear him knock.

While they were outside they noticed that 2 places on the front porch were damaged too.  Obviously the flying material came down as it was airborne and punched holes in two pieces of metal roofing.  More to be replaced...

Luckily no one was hurt during this event.  Kind of like a tornado I guess.  Some houses got hit and some didn't.  Karen's pool cover flew off and then we found the sawhorses that were holding the solar system had blown over.  The solar system is filled with water and very heavy!  Took both of us to lift it and not easily! 

WE got ourselves ready and headed to town as they were having their annual car show.  What a turnout!  It was really hot so we didn't stay too long.  WE were having company later in the day so got back to Karen's to do a few things. 

Photo bomb by Izzie..the guy behind her was laughing 😃

Chili cook off contenders..smelled delicious! 

The number 42 on the building is a little dance studio..people were watching dancers..

They were so cute! 

Great turn out! Lined both sides of Main Street..

First patrol car of Mariposa County CA..

Around 1300 Izzie, Auntie and Janey (who's visiting for a few weeks) came over to Karen's and we were hosting a simple barbecue of hot dogs and hot links.  Amber, Randy and Millie came a little later and enjoyed time in the pool together.  

It was very hot, right around 100 degrees so we all ate inside and then visited in the house for a while.  Eventually we went back outside to the shade, visited and then they all headed home. 

I actually jumped into the pool for a bit and oh it felt so good! 

Sunday was Father's Day.  Hoping everyone had a good day.  I asked Ken what he wanted to do and he said just stay home and enjoy the day.  We started the day with a bloody mary for him and screwdriver for me.  I made egg sandwiches and we watched a movie.  If you have Netflix watch Greater! Based on a true story of Brandon Burlsworth who played for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  It's a tear jerker, well worth the time! 💙

Ken's mom called him first thing in the morning.  Right after that all 3 boys called him. Ken's day was made!! 💙 Of course anytime we hear from the boys our days are made! 

Ken wanted homemade pizza for dinner so I got the stuff together and the zucchini crust made. Yes, he wanted that crust.  We made the pizza together and then went ahead and cooked it. He likes room temperature and I'm a warm pizza girl. That's what the microwave is for right?! 

Zucchini crust pizza..pepperoni, olives and mushrooms for Ken part..pepperoni, mushrooms and spinach for my part..oh so yummy!

After that it was time to head next door and spend some time with Lila and Mugsy. 

We both jumped in the pool and enjoyed the afternoon.  Another 100 degree day, made cooler by the water! We had the pizza later for dinner inside.  

Ken got on the roof today to see what damage was done.  I know a vent cover that was for the old water heater flew off, it's on the ground.  So here's a couple of pictures of what he found. Just amazing!  

The 4x6 post, gusset stayed together in one piece, the 
white are the 2x6 joists ..crazy..talk about heavy to get

A closer picture..even our ornaments we had hanging on
them..stayed on..

This is what it looked like just a few weeks ago when my sister was here! 

We got a few pictures from John and Karen Saturday night of his daughter Hannah's wedding in Durant, Oklahoma. She certainly made a beautiful bride! 

                                       Karen, Hannah and John 💖

I love this picture! 💖

John and Karen left Durant yesterday morning and expect to be home sometime tomorrow. I know a couple of little doggies who will be very happy to have them home. 

97 degrees here at 1430.  Ken just came inside.  He got what's salvageable of the 2x6's put in the garage. No tin is salvageable.  Now to enjoy the rest of the day! 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Randsburg, CA.. friends leave for Alaska..dog watching..Jacob's coming home for a visit!


On the way to Lake Sabrina from Bishop, CA...

On the way to Lake Sabrina..beautiful! 

Such a beautiful lake high in the mountains.  They do rentals too of boats, kayaks

During Mule Days we  used to visit here and let the boys (Adam and Kade) go fishing                                                                                Great memories!

Such a cute town! Lots of traffic heading home to southern CA..

Our friend Joe told us about Randsburg, CA.  A cute mining town that's seen its better days.  Gold ws discovered on the slope of Rand Mountain in 1895 and by 1899 it had more than 3500 residents. As of 2010 that number was 69.  Hard to say now. 

Randsburg sits only a mile from Highway 395, 18 miles south of Ridgecrest, CA. 

If it wasn't so hot, would have been cute to explore.  Not much was open though.

Hahah. Guess he stayed out too long! 

Randsburg is definitely some place I'd love to go back and visit..when summer is over! 

We got a room in Bishop at the Super 8, reasonable and remodeled. Because we'd had a late lunch no dinner was needed! 

Monday morning we were out of there about 0730 and home in time to have linner in town at Dini's.  

We unloaded the car and got things put away in time to have Happy Hour at John and Karen's.  ðŸ˜ŠðŸ·ðŸº 

They left Tuesday morning to head for Durant, OK for John's daughter, Hannah's wedding this Saturday. We're actually staying at their house overnights while they're gone, so they could leave their dogs (Mugsy and Lila) at home.  I heard from Karen today that they just pulled into Durant and were looking for a motel 😊 She said it's hot and humid.  It's hot here too, 101 right now, but we don't have the humidity. It appears to be clouding up..so who knows what we'll see later.  

Ken went over there today to see if he could figure out what's wrong with their pool as it seems to be leaking water.  I'll be joining him in a bit and we'll barbecue dinner over there.  

Our friends Joe, Stacey, Rylee and Susan left here Friday afternoon for their new home in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Heard today they were only about 4 hours from there. They made it pretty quickly.  Can't wait to see pictures! 

We had an awesome Thank you card on the table, with $$ inside (that they shouldn't have done)..a special candle and Lavender salve that smells wonderful. It was a pleasure having them stay with us! They are certainly missed! We'll be planning an Alaska trip next year! 

One of my favorite pictures of my daddy💖 Wrights Beach August 1990. 
Nephews, Dusty with the bottle and Jesse 💙 All the boys loved their POPO! So did his 3 daughters and Diane!!💙

A few days ago I posted a pic of grandson Adam in his cowboy hat. Here's the same hat about 19 years ago 💙

                               Our little cowboy at Mule Days, Bishop, CA! 

Last night's sunset from John and Karen's 

Tomorrow is an extra special day in itself! Grandson Jacob is coming home for 3 weeks from Italy!  I know his parents and sweetie, Allissa are counting down the hours until they see him! 💙 He and Allissa are headed to Hawaii the first week he's home. We're excited to see him too! It's been 10 long months! 

Looks like it's salad making time for me! Then on to Happy Hour! 

Have a great evening!