Been Back From My LA Trip A Week

StepMom01bOr so. Been so busy ‘catching up” around the house that I haven’t taken the time to update. I know you missed me!

My Step-Mom’s funeral went well; I thought. I wasn’t the only white guy there but I did feel like the gray-headed step-child I was. Oh, everyone was friendly; but a little stand-off-ish. Sorta. Which I understood since most of them had never seen me nor had they heard about me. They even asked me to talk! (Forgot half of what I was gonna say though.)

Took off from Chino and drove the coast to San Diego. Something I hadn’t done in over 20 years. Was nice. Stopped and visited with my brother-in-law in Santee, Ca. It was hot and we sat outside at COSTCO and watched the girls. God.

So, Day 1 was Home to Redding (where the horizon was on fire!). Day 2 Redding to Bakersfield. Day 3 (Saturday) was Bakersfield to Chino and the Funeral. (Got the LAST empty motel room in the area. $100!) Day 4 was Chino to LA to San Diego to Santee to March AFB up by Riverside. (Nice room and the quietest night of them all.) Day 5 was March AFB to Beaver, Utah. Day 6 was Beaver to SLC to Boise to Ontario, (Or?) Day 7 was Ontario to Home. 3100+ Miles! Phew!

stairwalk1cAll by myself too. Which sucked. Big Time. Trips are Way Much Better with SWMBO along. Especially while staying in strange motel rooms!

Not a whole heck of a lot going on around here since I got back. Tending the garden and picking things that are ripe. Peas are just about finished up. Green beans are done for the year and in the freezer. Maters are just really starting to come in and already we’re having problems getting rid of them. (Next year NO cherry tomato’s unless SWMBO really wants them. But will do slicing maters.)

Hot these past couple of days. Like in excess of 95 degrees. Nice!

Warranty finally expired on my laptop so I loaded it with Linux Mint 19 Xfce and set it up for SWMBO to use. Transferred all her shit from her laptop to the “new” one and it’s in her room ready to be used. I like it; but the truth is that if SHE doesn’t like it, well, the old laptop is still available. And will be for at least the next week “just in case!”

Got my DNA results from Ancestry. I’m about as plain vanilla White Boy as you can get. Which has got to be disappointing for SWMBO. She was hoping something would show up that’d make it easier to track my family. Doesn’t look like it did.


WhooEeeeee Hot today. Nice. Nice nice. Picked a hatful of blackberry’s and was sweating like a, well, pig? (Do pigs sweat?) So I’m taking a break before heading out for some more.

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Dorothy Velasquez 1943-2018

Just can’t put it off any more. My Second-Mom died 12 days after SWMBO and I drove down to see her for the first time in 37 years. She had a stroke and ramained unresponsive until they pulled life-support. My Sister, Mina, was with her. I had to go through that with my Mom and I know it ain’t easy.


So, I’ll be leaving here at zero-dark-thirty Thursday morning and drive back down for the funeral in Chico, Calif this Saturday. SWMBO isn’t going along for this one. Will rush (sort of) to get there but may take my time to get back. Not taking the Dog either. I may go on down to San Diego or over to Las Vegas and back. We’ll see.

Not a whole hell of a lot going on around here. Bored out of my skull. Hot out (90 degree’s or so) so me and the Dog have been taking off all our clothes and going for walks. Ttried making some new trails on the property next door without cutting anything. Need to spread out a bit.

Peas are coming in great. Green beans have started to get pickable. ONE cherry tomato has turned orange. Eggplant bushes are getting big but I don’t see any actual eggplant yet. Had to transplant the pepper so it’d get more sun, so it’s kinda droopy, but I expect itll catch up. Thinking next year I’ll try some corn next to that cement wall (where the tomato’s are) and see if it grows any better.

And that’s pretty much it.  The Emergency Net out of Gig Harbor and the Local NMARES Net both went well. I can communicate. SWMBO is home safely and off doing her thing.

I’m gonna go read a bit.

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