Glad I’m Not Taking a Driving Trip

Noticed a couple of things…nothing new…since the first hurricane hit Texas.  We were told that half their oil refineries were shut down.  With in a day, the gas prices in California jumped up 25 cents a gallon.

Now nearly all of the refineries are back working and noticed that gas prices are not dropping.  Want to bet it will take weeks may be months till prices will go back down?  Why can they go up so fast and down so slow?

P.S.  The only thing that never goes down is state gas tax.  Our Governor just approved an 18 cent a gallon tax increase for…that is unclear just yet. LOL.

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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Uncategorized


Early Fall in the High Desert…Great Job Texas…Planning the Fall Trips

I am sitting in my back garden working on my blogs this morning.  It looks to me that the High Desert is entering Fall early this year.  I had to cut back on my watering early.  Fall flowers and our  animals are moving into my garden early.  I wonder if the same thing will be happening around the rest of the United States?

Irony;  Less deaths in a week from a massive storm affecting millions in Texas than what occurs every weekend in shootings in Chicago.  Great Job Texas!

We are starting our planning for two Fall trips.  One to Washington D.C..  We laughingly say we are going to there to visit the swamp.  In reality we want to see many things we have missed on our earlier trips.  I would be embarrassed if I was in our current congress with only 8% of their constituents saying they are doing their jobs.  Both parties.

Finally our last trip a joyful one.  My Dad’s 100th Birthday party in Minnesota.  He worked hard farming his whole life.  He fought in the second world war and set the example for me(Viet Nam) and my son(Iraq) that you have a responsibility to give back to your country.  Should be a fun party.

More later.



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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Uncategorized


Labor Day, My Back Garden is Overwhelmed with Working Wildlife

Fall is here.  The sky opened up yesterday and this morning is full of wildlife.  The temperatures dropped into the 80’s and wildlife is thrilled.




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Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Uncategorized


Sometimes the Short Trips are the Best

Libby, me and Tiny Tina headed out on a great trip today…25 steps to our garden.  It was Summer harvest time.  A couple hundred of red and green peppers(Serranoes and Jalapeños), a dozen of Vidalia Onions, 100+ tomatoes of all size and kinds.  Headed into the house an made a big dish of salsa.  We then heated up some tamales and loaded them up with the salsa.  So good.

Then to the neighbors with some of fresh vegetables and froze enough whole peppers for the rest of the year.  Oh yes, for lunch, fresh sliced tomatoes.  Great day of fresh vegetable on all of our meals.

Excellent trip, not far but so tasty.


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Posted by on August 19, 2017 in California, Garden, Uncategorized


Day 6, Hawaii, Monday, Heading Home

Up a 5 A.M. and the ocean outside was still very dark.  It was clear that it was going to be a long day home.  We finished what little packing we had left and then went down for breakfast in the hotel and went back up to the room and looked one more time for the “kids” which by this time we call the dolphins.  No such luck.  They were probably hunting in another bay.  We have to thank them for all the enjoyment they gave us over the last six days. 

On our way to the airport and it was smooth as we checked the car in and then checked in for our flight.  We are always irritated by the amount of carry-on luggage people drag on the plane but, when the airlines started charging $25.00 a bag for luggage who can blame them.  My guess is that 75% of all passengers on these flights to and from Hawaii only have carry-on to save a few bucks. 50 pounds of carry-on in the cabin instead of the luggage compartment. Bad decision airlines. 

The plane is about 80% full and I have no leg room but I am getting used to that but still hate it.  .  Also packing our own snacks and meals now as none are available.  A grey-hound bus is more comfortable but limited high ways to Hawaii from California.  Half way to the west coast now that I have finished complaining. 

We arrived at LAX and all went well with luggage.  Our Fly Away Bus was full and the traffic in the airport was a mess.  Finally caught the Fly Away, drove home and arrived home just before midnight.  Tiny Tina was beside herself to have us home again. 

Glad we went on this trip to say goodbye to Libby’s brother but very good to be home. 




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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in hawaii



Day 5, Sunday in Hawaii, Goodbye to Family, Ocean Colors, Trade Winds and Good Food

We said goodbye to our family who remain on Hawaii and we remember our loss as well.  Its always tough to say goodbye for good. 

It was our last full day on Hawaii.  We decided to stay right around the hotel and the ocean to soak in all of the things that we don’t have at home in the Desert.  The constantly changing colors of the ocean from multi hue-blues, turquoise, sea foam green and grey.  As we soak up the colors we simultaneously enjoy the trade winds with the smell of salt, flowers and the tropics.  I think we have all of those sensory inputs locked in hopefully till the next time we come here under happier circumstances.   hawaii hotel

Things will never be the same for us now when we visit Hawaii.  Libby’s brother will not be with us in body but will always be with us in our memories.  That is one of the ways that we all will continue in this world when we pass on is in the memories of our relatives and friends. 

Tonight we decided we were hungry for Italian food.  Yep, Italian food in Hawaii.  We went to eat at Mi’s Restaurant on the beach.   Supposed to be the best on the Big Island.


I do believe it was the best meal we have had in five days.  For me Cioppino filled with every kind of seafood in a tomato based sauce your can imagine.  So good.  Lib had her favorite Pasta Prima Vera, so creamy with a glass of wine and a shared Crème Brule.   All served right on the beach. 

The evening came to an end sitting on our veranda looking over the dark ocean.  Best way I can think of ending our last night on Hawaii and our final goodbye to a brother.



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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in hawaii



Day 4, Hawaii, Mass on the Beach, Drive Down the Coast

Its almost getting boring with the Dolphins filling the bay in front of our hotel.  Out hunting early and playing with the snorkeling humans.

We jumped in the car and decided to drive down the North Coast of the Big Island to be reminded of our trips where we had stayed before.  Stopped at a place, new to us, that harvested macadamia nuts and runs a tourist store selling them as well.  If you like macadamia nuts like we do, that is a financially dangerous place to visit.

We are now on Hawaiian time and have decided that seven days is a perfect amount of time to stay on in the Islands.  One does not want to get used to seeing the gorgeous ocean, feel the trade winds, lush flowers, dolphins and lava flows to name a few things.

We went to Mass at 5 P.M. on the beach at the St. Michael’s the Arc Angel church to thank the Lord for giving us the health to say good bye to Libby’s brother and to allow us to spend time in one of the most beautiful places in the world.   We are blessed.

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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized