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GOODBYE CALIFORNIA.

DSC08213 (Copy)My son Ken, in the bright blue t-shirt, hosted a goodbye California party for family, friends and neighbors Saturday. It has been nice having he and Laurie in Calaveras County, but his job required him to move to Reno, Nevada.

DSC08192 (Copy)What are the odds that when Ken bought the house on Vista Del Lago three years ago, he would find this man, Lynn Breitzman a neighbor on the same street. He, and his wife Sandy went to High School with Ken in Fremont. Lynn’s sister, Dawn, was a close chum of my oldest daughter Kristanne, as well.

DSC08205 (Copy)This couple, Jeff and Debbie Machado also live on Vista Del Lago. Debbie is Sandy Breitzman’s sister, who attended high school  in Fremont with Ken, Doug and Kristanne.

DSC08193 (Copy)Debbie and Sandie with Laurie, kind of enjoying my bewildered looks at the connections.

DSC08195 (Copy)But, wait, there’s more. Jeff, it turns out, used to be a member of  Laurie’s brother’s band. Mike didn’t know Jeff lived in the neighborhood until they ran into  each other at Laurie and Ken’s.

DSC08209 (Copy)Mike and his wife Ramona, live in Lodi where he, Laurie, and her sisters went to High School.

DSC08203 (Copy) Ken’s buddy Dave Pinkett,  attended High School in Fremont with those mentioned but he remain a Fremont resident.  Daughter Kristanne was Dave’s date for his  High School Senior Ball.

DSC08201 (Copy)We had the biggest driveway in the neighborhood and kids with paper routes folded papers on our driveway.  Doug, didn’t smoke and he policed the driveway and forbade anyone to sneak a cig. None of the paper-boys were allowed to smoke at home, either.

DSC08204 (Copy)George and I were the first of my family to move to Calaveras County in 1978. Followed by Clark who settled near Camanche in Burson.

DSC08199 (Copy)Followed by Brother Bill, who lives about a mile from Ken and Laurie in Rancho Calaveras.

DSC08186 (Copy)My grandson, Stewart, missed all the coincidental tales and laughter since he is involved with his girlfriend Aly. They met on the job where they both work as writing tutors for college students. He won’t be making many trips to Calaveras County now that his parents will move. Boo, hoo, for me. I will really miss them all.

DSC08207 (Copy)  Laurie’s sister Michelle…

DSC08208 (Copy)…and her husband, Wayne, live about 4 miles down Highway 26 from Vista Del Lago.

DSC08194 (Copy)Laurie, too, has lifelong high school friends. This is Diane and Randy Cantoulupis

DSC08189 (Copy)Two sister’s-in-law, Ramona and Theresa.

DSC08206 (Copy)I don’t know all of their neighbors and friends.

DSC08188 (Copy)It was a fun day, as people spread out into the yard.

DSC08190 (Copy)I talked to this woman about her impending move to Oregon. I know Laurie told me everyone’s name, I may even have marked names down-somewhere.

DSC08212 (Copy)I have an excuse. I’m still a bit disoriented. Out of my sling for hours each day since June 2nd.

DSC08202 (Copy)The food from a local Mexican restaurant-a standout. Laurie and Ken may be saying goodbye to California, but moving means you end up with a new crop of friends and neighbors. And, by chance, you might meet people you knew in a former life. Could it happen again?

 

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MOTHER’S DAY BASH.

DSC08099 (Copy)My sister-in-law Theresa…

DSC08092 (Copy)…and brother Clark hosted a Mother’s Day bash. Clark is a genius at the barbeque with ham, tri-tip and chicken and sweet potatoes.

DSC08095 (Copy)And Theresa’s siblings and daughters, like her are good cooks. My injured arm limits my typing, so I’ll post some pictures of the turnout.

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DSC08106 (Copy)The food was exceptional and since I can’t cook very well, I went home with Doggie Bags. And all mothers took home a beautiful petunia.

 

 

 

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A CHANGE IN PLANS

DSC07684 (Copy)Spending time at Sonora Community Hospital happens more often it seems to me. I went for a mammogram, and to pick up my MRI results for the Spine Institute. While there, I zipped in to visit Paul Moeller. He is determined to get out of rehab, he misses his cat and figures he can be driven to his rehab appointments. I kind of chuckle at the old clunky phone in his room. It may  be easier to use than “smarter” phones.

DSC07678 (Copy)I zapped into the hospital cafeteria, one of the best places to have lunch in town. The food is that good. At one time only vegetarian dishes were served. The veggie meat balls and meat dishes were practically indistinguishable from the real thing. Now they serve both.

DSC07680 (Copy)Where else might you have music with your cafeteria lunch? June Wilson, a senior volunteer, enjoys playing the piano/organ for diners during lunch time several days a week.

DSC07681 (Copy)Volunteers find their niche in mysterious ways.

When I returned home, the Spine Institute canceled my appointment for today, and moved it forward to Feb. 17th. I get impatient and want things to be done and over. I won’t miss the long drive, 122 miles one way for me.

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QUALITY FAST FOOD.

IMG_2797 (Copy)Restaurants really have to be good to make it. Sidewinders, in Angels Camp, just got new owners. I had to make a bunch of copies and I had errands ahead of me in town and hunger drove me to a quick lunch.

IMG_2793 (Copy)I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich, believing it would be served on a cheap hamburger bun from the waitresses description. To my surprise, a quality roll, a tender, tangy grilled chicken breast with crisp condiments. A condiment bar allows you to add whatever. Very tasty. Sides are by choice, I could have chosen coleslaw, beans, or other items rather than cottage cheese and fruit.

IMG_2798 (Copy)A rarity for fast food, fresh flowers on every table.

IMG_2794 (Copy)Angels Camp has a couple of these old buildings with stone walls.

IMG_2795 (Copy)The stone is not only beautiful, but cool in hot summers. Sidewinders has a basement and plenty of room and charm. Though you order from the counter, they bring your food to you and the owner, Stacy Piersons was attentive and service oriented, checking to see if all was good. Really nice. It was fast, good and comfortable. Just what I needed.

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ANIMALSCAPES ART SHOW.

Hidden Giants by Lori Kelly

Hidden Giants by Lori Kelly.   The rules behind this competitive art show called Animalscapes, of Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, required depictions of animals from our area. I know we don’t have elephants.

Chains to Flowers by Jim Sells

Chains to Flowers by Jim Sells.  A second elephant, embracing an unmistakable theme, and preciously done, reminded me that we do have elephants in Calaveras county, in the rescue acres at PAWS, the Performing Animal Welfare Society. They definitely live here.

Black Tail Deer by Laurie Williams.

Black Tail Deer by Laurie Williams.  The animals I see the most is deer.

Companions-Sifu Berchtold

Companions-Sifu Berchtold. And these pesty little beauties, the pileated woodpeckers.

Whee! By Juliana Tillman

Whee! By Juliana Tillman. Visitors can vote for a favorite. I spoke with an arts council friend who was a judge and she was surprised at the outcome. She did not reveal her choice as discretion is important in these things. None that placed would have been my picks. I find that happens a lot at art and quilt shows.  I quickly decided this one was going to be my fav. The opening event was one where you could meet the artist, and I met some of my favorite artists. Not all had an entry, but they do turn up for the arts.

Meet the artist, Juliana Tillman

Meet the artist, Juliana Tillman  I managed to corral the artist, I’d never met before.

Spotted Owl-Forget Me Not, Diana Boyd

Spotted Owl-Forget Me Not, Diana Boyd.  There were many owls entered in the competition. Held at Kautz Winery, I learned that the Owl is the symbol of the Kautz Coat of Arms.

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And, two real owls there to raise money for Wildlife Rescue organizations. This is a barn owl.

Sawwhet owl

And this sawwhet owl is three years old and looks like a baby. She bites, the rescue worker told me. Her role in life is to tear her prey to bits and she is good at it. On an African Safari I took in 1997, that point was made so unforgettably clear, I could never again view deer as Bambi’s nor lions as talking characters. The wild is something to respect and I never cross that line and feed wild animals. I love watching, though.

Bell Meadow Bears, Karen Nina Kling

Bell Meadow Bears, Karen Nina Kling. Baby animals, no matter what specie, are adorable.

The Threat by Marta Magstrali

The Threat by Marta Magstrali.  Named the threat, huh!  The most petted piece in the show. You couldn’t help but run your hands over this unique fellow.

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The little mouse on his behind made me smile. What an enjoyable piece of art.

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And, then I came upon the piece I voted for. This Horse Head by Larissa Stephenson. So real looking I wanted to reach out and pet its nose, even though the feel of velvet would be missing.

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The show had a musician and young women passed out champagne and hors d’oeuvres. It was lovely and I’ll see the show again when it moves to Amador County. I’m meeting a friend from Discovery Bay there for lunch next month.

Art Director Susie Hoffman

I met Art Director, Susie Hoffman. I stopped her to take a picture of her feather earrings, very Native American looking. She bought them in Paris. She is director at Town Hall Arts, Galerie Copper in Copperopolis. She invited me to visit and I will get there one of these days. I love that I live in a community where the arts have such  great prominence. For the rest of my photos click the link below:

 

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THE BAND PLAYED FOR CAROLE

IMG_2779 (Copy)If you are going to have a birthday party as an adult, you expect to enjoy it. The band, dedicated their music to Carole Gordon, whose birthday was being celebrated.

IMG_2780 (Copy)I don’t know who they are, which didn’t affect my enjoyment of their music. I heard guest, Alan Test, say, “Oh, that’s Lightening Boy.”  Lightening Boy moved quickly and I never did get his picture.

IMG_2781 (Copy)Carole got up and danced-and the night was hers.

IMG_2789 (Copy)These two singers and players are personal friends of Carole’s.

IMG_2791 (Copy)They each wrote a song about their experiences in Viet Nam and sang them. The man on the left wrote and dedicated a poem to her.

IMG_2777 (Copy)The fellow doing sound and lighting reminded me of Rumbledore from Harry Potter.

IMG_2790 (Copy) Carole was a teacher at Michelson Elementary School when we moved to Murphys 37 years ago. As our kids grew up,  we were both involved in AFS (American Field Service.)  My exchange student, Linda, from Indonesia and her exchange student, Phillip, from South Africa, were good friends during their year together in Murphys.  AFS is a bonding experience, much like a family. Jim and Alisha Riggs were at the party, too. Jim had a student from Ethiopia before my family got involved in AFS.

IMG_2774 (Copy)Of course, the party wasn’t only about the band. Selections of wine, beer and water.  The hors d’oeuvres were fabulous, followed by a full dinner of ribs, chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans.

IMG_2778 (Copy)I missed taking a picture of this birthday cake before it got cut.

IMG_2792 (Copy)But, I did get a picture of one of the chocolate cakes. All came from our local bakery in Murphys. Needless to say, I went home stuffed and smiling with pleasure.

IMG_2788 (Copy)Where is that Lightening Boy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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