Monday, January 31, 2011

Pretty Picture Monday

Check out the
2011 Photo Contest Winners at
"Cowboys and Indians"
or pick up the March issue.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Who's Watching Who

I had company this afternoon.
The girls stood there for the longest time
watching me and then just wondered off.
I love living in the country.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts

This hug Camilla in my back yard was here when we
bought the place. It's over 8 feet tall and close to 60
years old. Almost all the flowers are milk white, with
a few pink petals showing up here and there. When
we started out house in 1990 we nestled it into the yard
and trees of the old house.

It had belonged to the Hendrickson's. They came by to
see what we had done to the place and approved of the
new house.

Both were so old and frail but Mrs. Hendrickson took
me around my new back yard and told me about every
tree and flower that she and her husband had planted
there. They had also planted the Olive orchard and the
original Orange orchard.

They've pass on now, but a Maple, Sycamore and the
biggest Tulip tree still stand. A Holly tree, Mock Orange,
Pink Ladies, Bears Breech and this Beautiful Camilla,
remind us that we were not the first and
we will not be the last.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bad Snow, Great Ride.

We spent an entire weekend at the cabin (that doesn't
happen very often) and it was the best. JS wanted to
leave before noon on Friday, but last minute had him
going to Sacramento. I had everything loaded and
the trailer hooked up. After JS got home, we drove
the hour and a half to the staging area, then unload
and rode into the cabin, it was almost midnight when
we got there. Sleeping in, made up for it.

Saturday we had planned to go for a long ride and asked
out friends if they would like to go along. First we
headed out by the dam to see the water falls, we were
there for awhile taking pictures. There is only
3 to 4 feet of hard packed snow and the trail to the
falls was all ice. Not real fun to ride on and with
out the soft snow for the tracks to throw up on the
machine they over heat.

We rode to the top of the ridge, were the sun would be
shining and the snow would be softer and better riding.
It was a little hazy but you could still see a long ways.
While the guys were shooting the breezes, I took some
shots of how beautiful it was.

Off to the next ridge, were their had been an old burn.
I had never ridden their before, it was really open and
made for good riding. We played around for about
an hour and then started back to the cabin for lunch.
I had Corn beef, potatoes and carrots in the Crock Pot.

The ride back was a challenge, instead of taking the
trail back we headed cross country. Starting out was
fine, the snow was good ,you could go anywhere and
there was plenty of space between the trees. As we got
higher up the mountain the trees got closer together,
witch made the tree wells closer together.
( Tree wells are deep holes that eat snowmobiles.)

The descend down was a lot slower and a lot more
difficult. Normally this time of year their is about
6 or 7 feet of snow, that's fluffy and fun.
Now hard and frozen, the trail in places only the with
of your machine with long drop offs and the snow melted
down to the rocks. JS and our two friends were ahead of
me, that helped a lot. I was still having to use
every riding skill I knew and all the time was thinking
" I sure hope someone knows were we're going"
A shot time later we drop off a bank and were on the
road to the cabin. Hot lunch and some Advil, it
turned out to be a great ride.

Pretty Picture Monday

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Stills, The Color Green

The color green as a challenge was given, because
most of the participants at Sunday Stills are up
to their butts in snow. January, February and
March are the only time of year that
California is green and if you know JS every
truck we own is green. This was a very easy
challenge, that's why I only used one picture,
I didn't want to show off !

Friday, January 21, 2011

Full Moon, Full Day

Hasn't the full moon been amazing and not having
any fog so we can see it is even better.

I didn't get to Thursdays Thoughts yesterday, it was
clear, sunny and WARM! I hurried to get all the inside
chores done so I could be outside and it was great.
We even had orange orders to fill. YAAAA!!!
and Mom came by for coffee.

The after noon was spent working for JS, that means on
the road "Goforing" that's my own work.
A stop by the tile shop for samples, the engineer to
get a set of plans stamped, the tool place and
pick up JS's new phone.

JS and a smart phone, you know a little computer.
The only time JS runs a regular computer is
after I've turned it on, found Richey Brothers
new equipment sales auction list and then leave
him alone to scroll up and down.
Will see? If he doesn't like it "I do"

I've been replacing our pots and pans, I picked these up
at Target. Left Chico about 5pm, ran home to make
sure the oranges were pulled out of the orchard and
moved the forklift. I had a date with a group of
girlfriends for dinner, Cory was out of town so
I pick up Dawn to join us. it was a fun evening.
My day and my tummy wore as full as the moon.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Little Green Man

Isn't he cute?
I bought one for JS and I at Christmas.

I told JS that instead of arguing with each other
we could us them to illustrate our frustrations.

Let me demonstrate, you hold them in your
hand and squeeze.
This ones mine, Ops !................I blew an eyeball.

I really need for spring to get here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Day With The Boy's

Saturday JS and I picked up one of the workers
(at 6:30am) and headed to son Shane's, a nice hour
and a half drive in and out of the fog. Shane's been
working on his house painting, new carpet and is working
on landscaping the yards. For his Christmas gift
we told him we would come down and help with the

Meet sons Shane and Zach (with the hat). All three kids
spent summers threw high school and college working for
our construction co. Shane is a good framer and
concrete man and Zach is a pretty good finish carpenter.

The boys put this floor in and are doing all the base board,

but needed the pros to come in for the windows,
paneling and chair rails and Dad was glad to help.

Mom helped too..................... filling nail holes,

and Shane bought lunch.

It was a long day, but I have to say it really looked good
when it was done. Only 10 thousand nail holes to go.

Just between you and me, I think renting is
under estimated.
"Really Mom, again with the camera?"
Let me think, did I take this picture in the morning
or when we got home?

Pretty Picture Monday

"I just needed something other than gray !"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Stills, Macro Pics

Hows everyones weekend, good I hope. The challenge
this week was for inside shots. To get the camera
as close to your subjects as possible, so heres
my take on a few items around the house.

Friday, January 14, 2011


The only good thing about fog, is standing in the sunshine
looking at it. Yesterday it rained but this morning the
fog had returned. I took the camera and drove up the
hill so I could share with you.

Thats the Coast Rang over there on the other side
and the north end of the Sacramento Valley is under
that sea of grey.

This little mountain range is the Sutter Buttes,
they look like an island. My house is right down
there in front of us.

When I got home these Cedar Wax Wings were setting in
the top of the oak tree, waiting for the sun. Their sure
cute and make a really nice sound.

The plan for the weekend is to go to son Shane's and help
him finish base boards and trim in his house. I'll take the
camera, and show you the progress.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, January 13, 2011