Friday, May 22, 2015

Summertime favorite

for many that would be strawberries.  That includes this household.  And we are a lucky household because we happen to be in the very finest growing area for strawberries, well actually berries of all kinds.  This area is great for growing tasty grapes for your wine pleasure.  But strawberry growers from the area feed the USA and some areas of Canada.  

this is what a strawberry should look like red all the way thru
Unfortunately you may notice a price increase this year in a lot of your produce not just berries.  You can blame it on the drought we are having in California.  Just remember we are all paying the price even though most of the berries are grown in our back yard.  Wonder what it's going to do to the wine prices.

We hear this may be an El NiƱo year but if you read all the quotes you'll see it is not to be a solution to our drought situation.  So..........

Friday, May 08, 2015

The life of an RV'er

I have written more than once about our life in our RV.  It can be quite rewarding .  Think about it.  Your retired without a care in the world traveling around the USA and Canada meeting up with old friends and making new ones.  Aaaaahhhh there's the tiny problem.  Well not a problem really just a difficulty.  Making new friends and then moving on to another area.  But then we do have a bit of Gypsy in our soul.

As we have traveled in our RV we have visited almost every state in the Continental US and several Provinces in Canada.

Have been rewarded with making new friends everywhere we have dropped anchor. We have situated ourselves of late, near family which is such a plus.  My family actually,  as Mr's family is waaaay up in Canada.  Nothing better than talking to my sister and planning a day of meeting up and having lunch and just being together.  

Where we are now it's like a small family.  Occasionally we may enjoy meals together, potluck style. You never know who is gonna come by to share a meal.  Certainly all are welcome. The weather here is a bit cooler in the evenings so a warm meal around a well built fire is quite welcome.  This weekend the weather will still be on the cool side so I'm going to make my posole.  Find the recipe here.  This is a hearty soup stew kinda meal, perfect for this weather.   Someone will surely make cornbread or bring some crusty bread.

This could be a fun summer


 

Friday, May 01, 2015

An abundance of lemons

Well at least there used to be.  In 1875, 3,000 lemon trees were planted in the first commercial lemon orchard planting in California. Goleta's earliest commercial irrigation also took place on the ranch, and you can still visit 'Lake Los Carneros, the pond created by the Stows. Sherman Stow's son, state senator Edgar Whitney Stow, set up a research laboratory at the ranch and developed disease resistant lemon rootstock of great value to local growers.

The Stow House was once the headquarters of Rancho La Patera. In 1871, William Whitney Stow, a legal counsel for Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, purchased 1,043 acres (4.22 km2) costing $28,677 for his son, Sherman P. Stow. Sherman Stow built a Carpenter Gothic Victorian style home on the site and moved into the house with his bride, Ida G. Hollister, in 1873. The family expanded the house in two major renovations in the 1880s and 1910s. The house was occupied by three generations of Stow descendants

The house museum displays family photographs and furniture, with stories of Sherman and Ida Stow and their many descendants.  


This gorgeous,  historic venue is available for daytime (until sunset) events. The property surrounding the home is quite charming.



this photo was copied from http://stowhouse.com/venue-rental/

 If ever in this area stop by this venue as it is well worth the time.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It's all about the cheese

And we here love cheese. I am especially fond of fresh burrata.  Now burrata has been around for awhile and it seems it is getting quite trendy.  A couple of my favorite eateries  have burrata on their menu.  Fancy, schmancy hamburger joints are putting this cheese on their burgers. Have yet to try that.

My favorite way to eat this delite is to replicate this photo.  Now Mr is somewhat still a bit skeptical of this cheese,  but hey leaves more for me.


You will  find the ingredients and directions here

Meredith has some great recipes on her blog so while you are there take a peek around her blog.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Settling in

If you like wine this is the area to visit.
  It takes a bit to settle in when you travel to a new RV place.  We were in Southern Arizona for several months and you tend to get imbedded in to your spot.  So pulling up anchor and moving can be a bit of a chore.  We are now in Southern California , actually in the beautiful area of the Santa Ynez Valley and loving every minute of our visit.  Hoping to be here for awhile.





 For more views of the beautiful vistas.....................






Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nice thought

I found the page on Pinterest.  Would be nice if it was colored and hung out on my desktop or maybe yours.     

Monday, March 30, 2015

On the move again

This move will take us to the area of Santa Barbara.  Beautiful wine country and near the ocean.  And I know this is kinda odd to mention but in the area they grow some of the best strawberries known to mankind.

What is quite special is that hopefully we shall be at this location awhile. And working with some of the nicest people we have ever worked with.  Talk about a bonus.  Not everyone can be that fortunate.  

I wrote here how this all startedIn fact I wrote a lot about our impending adventure of trying to get out of the  "blue tarp" state.  

We will be sharing a lot of local information and photos of the area so ...................

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new annoyance

I have a new annoyance.  You know the kind of thing that drives ya crazy but you can deal with.  I have a colic at the crown of my head.

I have had it about a year or so.  Thinking I could handle this I decided to let my hair grow out a bit.  Thinking the longer locks would tame the annoying colic.........NOT dang it!!

So yesterday I got my hair cut short AGAIN..............the hell with the colic.  I'll invest in a lot of product.  My hair and temperament handles shorter hair better most days.  Well except for figuring out how to tame the colic. 

I color my hair only because  I was brought into this world with fine hair  I think that's why hair color was invented for women like me.  But can I say the oddest thing happened when I reached my late 50's maybe early 60's..............my hair developed a curl.  Well not really a curl more like a bend.  Some hairdressers think I have the remnants of an old perm.  I haven't had a perm in lord knows when.  But the slight bend is there and can be helpful in someways however not for this blasted colic.


If you have a solution or a trick let me know I would be quite grateful.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back to the task at hand

I'm going thru all of these CD's that contain photos from the last ten years.  What a fun and boring job.  Fun in the case where it jogs your memory of favorite people, places or things.  I'm gonna refer you to this post so as not to repeat myself.
But while browsing thru some of these CD's I came upon this photo.  It had a tag that it was taken  in Canada.  I am thinking it was when we first got on the road with our RV and ended up traveling the year and driving 27, 000 miles.  What a trip and tons of memories especially visiting with dear friends in Canada.

Just sorry I didn't save this in a larger format.




Ya never know I could find more favorites - so......................................

Well dang it.................

after the dreaded final trip to the dentist I got a birthday gift...............a stomach bug.  Shoot man three days flat on my butt.  And then a couple a days of rather shaky moments of what to eat and don't go too far from the loo  

OK that's over now on to the important stuff.  First off it's St Patrick's Day my first thought was corned beef and cabbage............eeewwww not so much after the past week of stomach rumblings.  Beef stew!!  Perfect for the outside temps of 90 - 95 degrees here in the Southwest.  But hey it's St Patrick's Day.

OK we'll get that out of the way and move on to the real projects at hand.  

We will be leaving this area that we have become so fond of and going to California.  Precisely Buellton which is on the Santa Ynez River in the Santa Ynez Valley, and in 2004 was one of the fastest-growing towns in central Santa Barbara County. It is a common stop for travelers on U.S. Highway 101, being the first town north of Santa Barbara after the scenic and undeveloped stretch of about 25 miles (40 km) through the Gaviota coast.    Did I mention this is yummy wine country.  Oh my the many vineyards and the best area for growing strawberries you have ever tasted.

I digress it's seems it always goes to food.  But there are some pretty tasty eateries in that area.  And some of the best folks ever.  

Needless to say.....................

Monday, March 09, 2015

A good reason

and an apology for not keeping up with my post to this blog.  Busy, busy time for us right now and DENTAL SURGERY FOR ME.................ugggghhhh!!  

So I'll be back in a few days good as new...........

Monday, March 02, 2015

Much needed rain........

taking place in the Golden State of California.  And I am thrilled because we will be traveling there in a few weeks and along the way, if the sun is shinning, there will be wildflowers popping up along our journey.  Norm will hear me pleading.............."Oh wait stop here". I will share any photos I may get along the way. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Please pass this on

I have been following this woman and her blog for awhile now.  She is a terrific writer full of humor and good sense.  But her latest writing is especially good and something we all need to stop and think about.


http://laugh-lines.net/be-kind-somewhere-a-cat-will-thank-you#comment-45975



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Taos, New Mexico

Many, many years ago my dear Sister and I went on a fun road trip from Los Angeles to Taos, New Mexico.  This writing is not about that trip but you can read about it here.
This post is to share some photos taken and short blurb about Mr Doodles and I when we visited the area.

One of my very favorite stops was  El Santuario de Chimayo.    The area is stunning in a very simple way and terrific for taking photos.  Remember when you go be reverent as this is a very sacred spot.

http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/
Then we wandered over to the very famous Taos Pueblo.  Just remember when/if you go please be courteous and ask for permission to take photos because it's the right thing to do.  Actually a couple of my photos ended up in a travel magazine back then.



http://www.restauranteur.com/gabriels/


Now if you have read my blog before you will know there is always FOOD involved.  Yep this is one of the very best restaurant we have eaten in in a very long time. It sits on the Northern edge of Santa Fe not all that far from Taos.  Oh and surrounded by three, yep three Indian gaming establishments.  We stayed at a decent RV park for three or four days. I say decent because it was American Indian Tribal owned and they are never fancy at all  just the basics........ oh and quite reasonable.


Friday, February 06, 2015

Caesar Chavez



While spending time in the Bakersfield area one Spring we took a day trip.  We had heard there was a memorial to Caesar Chavez.  One of the most recognized leaders of the Latin community.  What a moving time in history.  We lived in California at that time and I remember how hard  Mr Chavez worked for his people.  It was the first time I ever heard the word activist.  Caesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta were the leaders of the movement which was called the National Farm Workers Association.  The sacrifices theses people made for their cause was amazing.  There was also a movie made about Mr Chavez and the movement.  I believe it was last year.  If you get a chance watch it if you can.

I believe the small community of Keene California is the location the this memorial.

Of course cactus and California Poppies set the scene at the entrance to the memorial.




Now if you wanna see something interesting and if you enjoy trains the Tehachapi Loop is the thing to view

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Moab Utah...........something for everyone

We spent a summer in Gunnison, Colorado a couple of years ago and when we left in the Fall we took our time to head South to Southern California.  On the way we stopped in Moab, Utah.  What a great place for just about anyone.  If you like to take photos this is the place for you.  Some shopping can be done after enjoying some fine dinning.  We found a terrific RV resort where we parked for a few days.  

Now I have always wanted to get in one of those Jeeps and do some exploring.  You realize now I must do this with a guide because my dearly beloved sweetheart of a husband is absolutely scared to death of heights.  So getting in a jeep and climbing all over Arches National Park    was NOT something husband was going to do.  Knowing how much I wanted to do this all he said was "be careful and have fun".

I went late in the day so we would have a Sunset view.  WOW!!!!  But I must admit riding in a jeep at dusk is just a bit uncertain.  I did a couple a white knuckles clutches while coming down at dusk to the flat lands.  All in all I would do it again in a flash.  I hope you get a chance someday.
 
This is the Jeep and the guy that knew what he was doing

 
The views were amazing.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

During our travels

We drove by a lot of animals.  For some reason cows took  the prize for taking photos the most time.  They just have some terrific expressions.  And some of these massive beefy four footed creatures are so colorful.

I think we were in Colorado but don't quote me.  This is one pair of bovine we come upon...............I hollered  "Oh my heavens Oreo cookie cows"!!






 




Sunday, February 01, 2015

Oh Boy.................

I am about to enter into a huge time involved project.  

You see I have a new HP laptop, new laptops do not have CD drive capability, at least mine does not. I cannot tell you how many CD"s I have.  They all have photos, memories of our trips we have taken since we have retired. 

Now mind you that was only eight years ago.  We left the warm state of Florida with 5th wheel RV, truck and cat.  Oh and a brand new Canon Rebel camera.  Husband was quite accommodating when I would yell "oh could we stop here for some photos" PLEASE!!  I'm sure my dearly beloved was getting tired of pulling over.  Especially dragging a 5th wheel trailer that he has never driven before.  He was surely hoping the newness was going to wear off. 

I will share some of my favorite photos here for the next oh I don't know few weeks because that is how long this project is gonna take.  Here's hoping the external hard drive I bought has enough bytes.

Now what to do with those CD's once I have transferred the photos.  Any suggestions?
Winslow,AZ is an odd little town with a ton a history.
























Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's that time of the year AGAIN!!

The title of the blog is referring to CHRISTMAS!!

Yes I know Thanksgiving is not here yet.  But is y'all look at the calendar you may be surprised to notice that the Christmas season is quite short this year.  The dreaded "Black Friday" is November the 28th.  Do the math folks, y'all got a lot of work to do before the company shows up.


 I say all of this for a reason......................my dear husband and I have managed a Christmas tree lot in Southern California.  We have done this for the past 7 years.  And in spite of the very hard work managing a Christmas Tree lot entails we love doing this.  

So suffice to say we won't be around much here on this blog.  I might post some photos if time permits.

So time to get ready, find all the decorations then wait for the trees to be delivered.

Oh I forgot to mention............we are going to be in Agoura  Hills this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Family.............it's what it's all about!!

So family came to visit.  Had an absolutely wonderful time.  Of course there was food involved.  There always is food discussion and enjoying  when we get together.  More about that later.

We did a bit of wine tasting.  We are in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley of some pretty spectacular grapes.  More about that later.

We did a bit of sightseeing.  The La Purisama Mission is just a short drive down the road from us.  Family enjoys history and some photo taking  so it was a perfect morning venue.




A couple a senior citizen donkeys



Beautiful old structure
love the bells.................top bell is wooden
I promised a flower and these are a favorite









Friday, April 25, 2014

When the temps reach 101*

Ya pack up and get outta town.  And that is exactly what we are going to do.  Woot!!  Woot!!

We absolutely love being in Southern Arizona.  However  once the temps reach 95*, ya step out the door and it feels like Mother Nature left the oven on it is time to move on.  This is our home for a few months during the winter.  We will miss the fine folks here but we shall return.

But where we are spending the summer is an area to die for REALLY!!  When I tell you I know y'all will be jealous.   OK picture the Santa Ynez Valley and one of those beautiful communities is a town called Buellton. 
See you are just green with envy.  I know I would be.  Take a minute and read about the area.  What's not to like 12 wineries, one gaming casino, a ton of farmers markets and a Trader Joe's reasonable close as well as an In-N-Out.
See I knew you would be sporting a bit of envy.

We shall enjoy our summer  and like I always say