Thursday, May 24, 2018

Heading for the Cabin.

Slow Days

We haven’t been doing much since Patti’s party. Mostly just cleaning up the place.

We did play cards a few days ago with Joanne, Dave and Loraine.

Getting Ready for the Cabin.

The last few days we have been getting stuff together to spend the memorial day weekend at the cabin.

We are heading up today around 10:00 and won’t be home until Monday.

The plan was to do some mowing and weed whacking over the weekend but it might rain so we will have to see how that goes.

Maybe I’ll have some pictures and things to tell you about when we get home.

Okay, that is all I have for you today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Patti’s Party, a Ride to the Cabin and a Ride to the Coast.

Saturday, 05/12.

The party pictures are from Joanne H, taken with her phone.

We got started early setting up for todays party.

The first guest to arrive was our friend Loraine.  She and Patti are very colorful today.


Even Bob showed up. He isn’t what you would call a party animal so we were surprised to see him.
He is seated by Jo Ann R. You can see top of Josie Q’s head.



About 3:00 Dave started cooking burgers and dogs.


We set out the salads.


Once the food was cooked…


we all dug in.


Once the food was consumed, there was cake.


Patti’s daughter’s, Dina and Becki and Becki’s boyfriend Dennis having cake.


It was a fun Party and Patti was very happy.

A Ride to the Cabin.

Sunday, 05/13

Jo Ann and Dave wanted to see the cabin so around 9:00 Sunday morning we piled into Patti’s car and headed for the cabin.


We stopped in Cloverdale at the Hamburger Ranch for breakfast.
Until now we didn’t even know that the place served breakfast.
The food was pretty good.

After breakfast we got onto Highway 128 and headed for Booneville.

When we got to Boonville we stopped at the Market to get some sandwiches to take to the cabin for our lunch.

Dead Mice.

When we got to the cabin everything was in pretty good shape.
I found two dead mice in the waste basket in the cabin.
They must have been the two mice (Mr. & Mrs. Mouse) that Matt saw when he was up here a couple weeks ago. There were no other signs of mice in the cabin.


We wandered around the compound for a while showing Jo and Dave the place.
Pretty soon it was time for lunch. We tried to eat outside but the Mosquito’s were pretty pesky so we ate in the cabin.

The Grove.

After  lunch we took Jo and Dave down to the Grove to show them the giant redwoods and the swimming hole.

Jo and Dave inspecting a giant Redwood at the grove.


We hung out down there for a while enjoying the beauty of the place.

It was getting late so after a while we headed back up to the cabin. We were there for only a short time before we headed for home.


We got home around 5:30, had leftovers from the party for dinner and I retired around 10:00.

A Ride to the Coast.

Monday 05/14.

Jo Ann and Dave are leaving on Tuesday so we wanted to take them to the coast as living in Eastern Idaho, they don’t get to see the ocean very often.
The plan is to stop by Bob’s place, since it is on the way and head down the coast to Bodega Bay for a seafood lunch at the Spud Point Crab Company.


We went to Hank’s Creekside CafĂ© again for breakfast.
It was good as usual.

After breakfast we headed for the coast.

Bob’s place.

We drove to Guerneville and stopped at Bob’s place. When we got there Bob was just finishing up painting on his new shed. I noticed from reading Bob’s blog that he was painting it hunter green.
As it turned out I had almost two quarts of hunter green paint that I just bought for the water heater project. I only used a small amount of the paint on the water heater stand and would probably not use any again so I decided to give it to Bob. He was very appreciative.

We checked out the garden and chicken enclosures he is building.
You can follow his project on his blog. 

After visiting for about an hour we said goodbye to Bob and headed for the coast.


Jenner by The Sea.

We followed River Road west along the Russian River to US-1 where we turned north and drove through the village of Jenner. Just north of the town we stopped at a view turnout to enjoy the view of the river’s mouth and the Pacific Ocean.

Bodega Head.

After a few minutes looking at the view we headed south along the coast to Bodega Bay.
We drove around the north end of the bay to Bodega Head, a point of land that protects the bay and is the most western point of Sonoma county.

There is nothing but ocean from here to Japan.


Spud Point Crab Company.

After enjoying the view from the head, we drove back down to the bay and stopped at the Spud Point Crab Company for some Clam Chowder. The chowder was good but I felt that the last time we ate here, the chowder was a bit better.


Probably my faulty memory.

Once we were finished with the chowder we headed back to Highway 1 and continued our drive along the coast; we went through the town of Bodega Bay.  A few miles south of Bodega Bay we turned east on Highway 12.  A couple miles along Highway 12  we went through the village of Bodega.
In case you don’t know it; Bodega Bay and Bodega were the sight for the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”.


We continued east through Sebastopol and after a couple of stops to do some shopping we headed for home.

At home we visited for a while and then ordered Pizza.

Jo and Dave, Going Home.

Jo Ann and Dave are leaving this morning to go back to Idaho.
We have thoroughly enjoyed their visit and hate to see them go. We will see them later this summer, as we are going to Idaho in August.

Okay that was the last few days. It was fun.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Getting Ready to Party

The Place is Ready.

We have been working on getting the house and yard ready for company for a while. Now the place is ready for Patti’s Party.

Special Guests.

Our special guests, Jo Ann and Dave R from Idaho, showed up Friday around noon. It is great to see them again.
Joanne and Dave H came by to see them and we all went to Mary’s Pizza Shack for dinner. 

Party Day.

Okay, today is party day. People should be showing up around around noon.

it is only 6:56 am now so I will have to let you know how the party went tomorrow or the next day depending on how hard we party.

Okay, That’s it for now.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Week Of Puttering


For the last week we have been puttering around the place,
cleaning the house and the back yard in preparation for the Patti’s birthday party this weekend.

I still have a couple small piles of debris to pick up.


Hanging Flowers.

We went to Home Depot and bought some hanging flower baskets. I hung these from the patio cover.



New Bed.

We needed to get a new bed for the spare room. We already had an antique double bed frame so we went to The Mattress Firm and bought a new mattress and box spring.
Now we have a proper guest room.


Okay, That’s about it for now.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A visit with Bob And Cards.


Bob’s Place.

I got to Bob’s place around 11:30. He was working in his yard trying to break down an old stump in one of his garden enclosures.

He took a break and we sat around for a while visiting.
After  bit we went over to where he is working and he talked me through his garden plans.
He is also building a closed in chicken yard.
You can get all the details at his blog “Bobs Eyes”.

A Jeep Ride in the Redwoods.

Bob’s family has a large chunk of land that is very hilly and covered in Redwoods. There are several dirt trails winding around and over the hills.

We decided to take a jeep ride in the Redwoods.

Our first stop was at their water tanks. I can’t remember if Bob told me that these tanks held 8 thousand Gallons or 80,000 but either way they have a lot of water storage. And all the water comes from the springs Bob has developed in the hills.


Small Roads.

We left the water tanks and followed this narrow road.


At one place a big Fir tree had fallen . Bob just built a temporary road over the tree.


It looks a little narrow but it is passable.


Top of the Hill.

Eventually we wound our way through the trees and made it to the top of the hill.
Here we have a view of the valley where the town of Guerneville sits.


Wild Flowers.

Spring is in full bloom up here. The yellow ones are Monkey flowers.


Wild Lilac.


Back Down the Hill.

We headed back down the hill and stopped where Bob’s brother is cutting firewood.


On the way back to Bob’s house we stopped to check out Bob’s brother’s chicken setup.


Lizard Fight.

Once we were back at Bob’s place we sat around for a while and noticed these two lizards fighting.


You might notice that the darker one is missing the end of his tail. It was lost during this battle.

I left Bob to finish his work and headed home around 4:30.

It was a fun visit.


We invited Joanne, Dave and our friend Loraine to come over this afternoon to play cards.
Of course that meant we spent the morning doing house work.

They arrived around 2:00 and after visiting for a while we decided to play cards.
This is a different game than what we play in Quartzsite. Down there we play a game called 5 Crowns.
This game is called Jokers Rummy. It is a lot of fun.

After the first game we took a break for supper.
We all got into Patti’s car and went to Ozzie Burgers, an old fashioned burger place not far away.

When we got back home we visited for a while.
I cut up the frozen Razzleberry Pie that I baked and we had dessert.
After dessert Loraine went home. Joanne, Dave, Patti and I played another game of Jokers Rummy. J&D left around 9:15.

Another good day.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Just Puttering.

Van Breaks.

One of the things that I had to get done, was to fix the leaking break line.
Last summer I tried to fix this but had problems with the double flair on the end of the line.  After several attempts I finally got a line that fit but the flairs weren’t any good so it leaked.
At that time I decided to let it go for the winter and fix it when I got home this summer. Since the Flaring tool that I bought wasn’t any good I decided to have the line professionally made.

I took the original piece of brake line to Chucks Brake and Wheel  to have a new one made.
The guy said to leave the sample with him and come back in an hour.

An hour later I was back and they had the ends flared and the fittings on the line but it wasn’t bent to shape. One of the guys bent it while I was there but it wasn’t quite right. The long end was just slightly too long. I didn’t  know that when I picked it up.

After a lot off tweaking, I managed to get the line installed and it doesn’t leak.

I took a test ride to see if I was able to fix the high speed stuttering. I got on the freeway and got the van to about 65 mph.  I punched it to the floor and the van slowed down and I could here it missing through the exhaust noise.
It was actually running a little better than it was when I worked on it last summer so I think I am on the right track. I am pretty sure that the problem is caused by the throttle position censer.

Puttering in the Back Yard. 

We are going to have a party for Patti’s Birthday in a couple of weeks.

We are hoping that the weather is good because we are planning the party theme to be an Outside Picnic with burgers, hot dog’s and salads. Therefore I have been getting the yard in shape and getting our old grill working again.

Okay, that’s about it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ride to the Cabin.

The Plan

We decided to take a ride to the cabin on Friday. Joanne and Dave were to meet us up there.
We left Santa Rosa around 9:00. It was a pretty ride through the hills as everything is nice and green right now.

Stop at the Store.

We stopped at the Booneville Market to buy sandwiches to take to the cabin for our lunch. As we pulled in front of the store we saw J&D’s truck there. They were also getting sandwiches for their lunch.

Once we had our sandwiches J&D followed us to the cabin.

At the Cabin.

When we got to the cabin, the first thing we did was go inside.

This is what we found.


Dirty dishes all over the counter. The floor looked like it hadn’t been swept in the six months we were gone. There was mouse crap everywhere.
It was pretty disgusting.
We know who the culprits are, it’s the owners son, Leon and his buddies.
They are a bunch of slobs and have no respect for anything. They leave garbage in the cabin and in the dining hall. They leave tools laying around outside. They even stole one of my Colman lanterns.
Unfortunately there is little we can do since he is the owner’s son.

About all we can do is clean the place up so we can use it.
We spent most of the day picking up stuff and cleaning

This is how the cabin looked after Patti cleaned up.

IMG_3931This is how we like to see it when we arrive. We don’t like to have to spend a day cleaning up other peoples crap.

Okay, that was our trip to the cabin.