Saturday, May 30, 2009
The campground was not the one we were thinking of but it was ok. The spot we were assigned to provided us with a great view of the ocean. And we could hear seals from down on the beach and also trains. I love the sound of trains.
Wednesday morning, we took off for San Diego and Sea World. We pulled into the parking lot about 11am and started our adventure. Bob had been to Sea World as a teenager (boy that was a long time ago) and I had never been there, so I was excited. The bad thing is, when you go somewhere like that for the first time....you don't know where to start. We sat and looked over out maps and began what turned out to be a wonderful day. The temperature was perfect for us and we enjoyed everything we saw. I imagine like most people~we had to say the show put on by the killer whales was the most impressive. (See my new header picture). I literally watched most of the show thru the view finder of my camera, trying to get some great pictures. The park closed at 6pm and sadly we missed a few things. The Arctic exhibit was one we didn't get to....maybe another time.
After we left Sea World we headed down to the San Diego harbor area. We found a parking place just down from where our cruise ships docked last year. It was fun to see this area from another perspective. There are some great ships docked along the waterfront as well as a Maritime Museum. Once again, we missed the Midway Museum but again~maybe another time. At the Maritime Museum I was able to get a squished penny of the USS Midway, so I was happy about that.
We purposely waited to head north to the campground until late, so we would miss the commuter traffic. We got back to the campground about 10pm. Our 'neighbors' invited us over for a marshmallow roast but we were both so tired after our long day, we declined.
Thursday morning we took our time (check out time wasn't until noon) again we didn't want to get caught in commuter traffic. We went south on I-5 just a couple miles to another campground to see if it was the one we had stayed at before and sure enough it was. It's called San Mateo Campground. No view of the ocean but it's so charming compared to San Clemente Beach. The sites are so private, lots of shrubs and trees all around. The San Clemente Beach is mostly just wide open spaces, with a few trees here & there. No privacy at all.
After checking the San Mateo Campground out , we were back on I-5 going north to San Juan Capistrano. Every time I visit one of the California Missions, I always say "this is the best one yet." Well, San Juan Capistrano is the best one yet.......complete with swallows and a ga-zillion hummingbirds. Once I get home I promise I'll share some of the many pictures from our Mission visit. The town of San Juan Capistrano is so charming. You could really spend a whole day just looking in the shops along the main street. We also walked down across the railroad tracks to the historical area of Los Rios. A darling little settlement of 20 or so cute little colorful houses. A lady at the Mission told us it would be better if we waited until after 7pm to travel on to Pasadena. It was about 5pm and we were sitting in the shade at the San Juan Calistrano Depot and Bob discovered we could take Amtrak from there to San Diego and back for $34. The train would have picked us up at 5:20 and after a layover in San Diego of 1 hour, we would have returned to San Juan at 9:20pm. It was so tempting~especially for this old lady who loves to ride trains but I kept thinking if something happened and we didn't make that return train....we'd be stuck in San Diego with no camper to stay in. So we didn't do it. Maybe another time...
So now we are back in Pasadena, Bob is busy helping his son in law with some last minute projects. And earlier today I had the priveledge of going to lunch again with Joann. Thank you again Joann...I really enjoyed our time together. It's your turn to come to Washington....I have a spare bed at my house & you are always welcome.
Our plan is to leave here Tuesday, going north but we're not sure which route we're taking. I'd really like to go past Crater Lake in Central Oregon. Neither one of us have been there in many years. It all depends on the weather...if it's really hot in the interior of California and Oregon, we'll probably come home on Highway 101 along the ocean.
I'm not sure if I'll be able to do another entry before we leave....but for sure I'll do one when we get home. I have to be home the evening of June 8th because my mailman is bringing all my mail to me on the 9th.
Until next time.......Linda
Friday, May 29, 2009
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
2 cups crushed hard pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
2 cups whipped cream or whipped topping
1 small (6oz) strawberry gelatin
1 package (10 oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
2 cups boiling water
1 cup sugar
Mix together the crushed pretzels, butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Put into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish; bake at 400* for 8 to 10 minutes. Mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and whipped cream or topping. Mix strawberry gelatin into boiling water, then add frozen but thawed strawberries. Spoon over cream cheese mixture. Garnish with fresh strawberries (if available.)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
2 bunches fresh spinach (torn)
3 or 4 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
6 or 8 mushrooms (chopped
2 tomatoes (cored and cut into bite size pieces)
2 or 3 green onions (sliced)
1/3 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 clove garlic (chopped)
Mix all ingredients except oil and blend well. Slowly pour in oil and let set over night. Drizzle over salad when ready to serve
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Bob is helping with some projects around here. One was to remove a big tree that was right in the middle of their driveway area. It's down but they are working on cutting up the 7 foot stump that has been left behind. It's about 30 inches in diameter so is pretty heavy. They also trimmed a long row of Oleander that was out of control. All those trimmings were taken to the dump this morning.
We are thinking about leaving here next Tuesday morning and going to a campground at San Clemente for a couple days. I really want to see more of San Diego, especially Sea World. So I'm hoping we can go there from the campground.
We are still planning on going down to the Los Angeles wholesale district for some new drapes for Bob's rental. He got some from Penney's up in Tacoma but after hanging them discovered they had a huge flaw across the middle. So he took them all back for a refund. His daughter feels we can get some at half the cost in the drapery section downtown L.A.
For some reason, all of a sudden my little Acer Aspire Notebook is not picking up their wireless signal. I have done everything I can think of to get it to work but it won't connect. They have a friend visiting right now & his laptop is linking up to it but not mine. So I've been using the laptop belonging to Bob's daughter the last couple days.
Well, that's about all for now...hope everyone is well. I miss visiting every one's Blogs but since I'm back on a borrowed laptop, my time on line is limited. Linda
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It's only 1,200 miles from my place in Washington to their house in Pasadena and doesn't normally take 4 days. But taking 4 days is one of the joys of being retired and not having to hurry. The first night we camped out in the parking lot of the Seven Feather's Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. We had dinner (they are so busy we had to wait for 50 minutes to be seated) first and then wandered around....and then he moved the truck clear out to the end of the parking lot for the night.
Heading down I-5 Tuesday morning, we just took out time. We did stop in Redding, CA for our first In-N-Out burger. Robin sent me a text that In-N-Out's were closed on Tuesday (LOL) but she was just pulling our leg. From Redding we continued on to the town of Corning, CA (know for their olive industry) and we were directed to a lovely California State Campground called "Woodson Bridge Campground." There were very few campers there and we found a really nice spot across from the campground hosts. They didn't have any hook ups but the sites were all paved and level and surrounded by lovely shade trees. The camper has a potty, and it is nice to have power but Bob has installed lots of battery operated lights even suitable for reading. The campground bathroom complete with showers were right across from us.
Wednesday we left the campground and our goal was to get to Fresno, CA in the afternoon inorder to visit with Linda (Footprints In The Sand) and her family. We stopped at a large truck stop just a few miles from the campground for a late breakfast/early lunch. After eating we headed out. We hadn't gone very far when we heard this loud thump from under the truck. Bob thought maybe he'd just run over something on the highway so we continued on. Then we heard several more thumps....so when he could,he pulled over to the side of the road. He went back and looked under the back of the truck and discovered the rubber had come off the left hand inside tire. (The truck is a dually~two rear tires on each side) We hobbled slowly along the freeway to a rest area where he called AAA for assistance. After spend 20 or 30 minutes on the cell phone with them trying to pin point our location, the lady said "Oh sorry, AAA doesn't change inside tires." Bob talked to a guy at the rest stop and he said the next town was Williams and it was only about 6 miles south of the rest area. And he said that there were 2 tire shops in the town. So onjce again we were back on the freeway at 45 mph (with the emergency flashers going) and we finally pulled off the freeway, into Williams, where a guy at a hamburger place directed us to a tire shop. We pulled in, a nice young man came out and for $25, he pulled the outer tire off and replaced the bad inside tire with a tire Bob just happened to have with him that he was bringing back to Pasadena.
We finally got on our way but by now we were so far behind in our schedule. I so wanted to see Linda and her family and after the tire repair we still had about a 4 hour drive. We finally rolled into Fresno about 8pm but we missed their exit the first go round. So after driving around and another couple phone calls to Linda, we finally found our way to their neighborhood and there they all were, waiting in their yard, in the dark for us to arrive. It was so good to finally meet another one of my AOL JLand/Blogger friends. And it was so fun to meet her husband and Son 2, Son 3 plus Miss Holly. Since it was dark, we only got to see a few of Linda's beautiful roses. But it's obvious that they have a lovely yard. After a short visit, they gave us directions to a local Wal Mart where they allowed RV's to park overnight. Once the guy got all the shopping carts rounded up in the lot, it was very quiet and we got a good rest. Being right there at the store gave us a chance to pick up a few needed items plus we were able to visit the Goodwill just across the parking lot.
Thursday morning we continued down Highway 99 until it merged with I-5 below Bakersfield, CA. It was about 3pm in the afternoon when we went over the Grapevine, heading into L.A. We stopped in the town of Gorman to get a bite to eat and asked about campgrounds in the area. They told us there was one, so we went to check it out. Bob thought since we weren't in a big hurry...it might be better to wait until the next morning to head into L.A. instead of fighting the rush hour traffic that afternoon. We went out to the campground & found out it was a campground for people with dirt bikes, quad runners and all sorts of ATV's. The guy at the gate told us it would be dirty and noisey on the weekend but Thursday afternoon/evening would be rather quiet. We went ahead and paid the $10 for a campsite and drove in. There were a few people camping with dirt bikes but they weren't a bother at all. The only thing that was disturbing was the wind that came up that evening. Bob figured at one point there were gusts up to 70-80 miles per hour. I told him if it rocked the camper we could just pretend we were out at sea on a cruise ship. It actually was a very relaxing night. Being out in the high desert like that~it was so quiet.
Friday morning, we left the campground about 9:30am and continued our journey into Los Angeles and then Pasadena. The traffic was so much lighter than it would have been the evening before...so that was a good decision.
So that's about all for now. The battery in this laptop is going quickly, so I can't go back & check spelling, grammer etc. so please excuse any mistakes I may have made.
Friday, May 15, 2009
18 frozen dinner rolls, 1 small box of butterscotch pudding (cook type), 1/2 cup pecan bits, 1 cube butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Grease inside of a bunt cake pan with butter. Arrange pecan bits in bottom of the pan. Lay rolls on top of layer of nuts. Sprinkle pudding powder over rolls. Melt butter, add cinnamon and brown sugar. Pour over rolls and let rise overnight, uncovered.
Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. (Use a large plate or platter as it will be runny at first but will get firm.)
Monday, May 11, 2009
I hope everyone has a good week. Until later, Linda
Sunday, May 10, 2009
How did you find the energy, Mom
How did you do it all, Mom,
By Joanna Fuchs
Friday, May 8, 2009
The Postal people say that they ended 2008, 3 billion dollars in the red and that could mushroom to 6 billion this year. There's talk of going to a 5 day delivery instead of 6 days. That would be fine with me....they could cut out Saturday home delivery and I don't think it would be a problem. Actually it would be nice to know you could go away for the weekend & not worry about the mail laying in your mailbox. But I do feel the those Post Offices that are now open on Saturday should remain open on Saturday for those who need their services and can't get there during the week.
I try not to complain about our postage rates. From what I've heard.....we have some of the best service and perhaps the lowest rates in the world.
And I understand that people just don't write letters anymore in this new electronic age. For me, I pay all of my bills on line except one~which I have to mail. I still love to send birthday and Christmas cards, so I do that and probably will continue unless the postage goes so high it becomes prohibitive.
So folks, if you can.....get out to the Post Office and get some Forever stamps so at least for awhile you'll have a break from this upcoming postal increase.
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups diced rhubarb, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup milk
Melt butter in pan, add brown sugar and rhubarb, stirring over low heat.
In a separate bowl, to make batter, cream shortening and white sugar together. Add egg and beat. In another bowl sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk. Combine with rest of ingredients of the batter mixture.
Put rhubarb mixture into a 9 by 13 inch pan. Top with the batter mixture. Bake at 375* for about 45 minutes. Turn upside on a platter or a cardboard cake board. Whipping cream would be a wonderful topping.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today was our monthly Reader's Group at the local Round Table Pizza. Our guest speaker was author Sheila Roberts. She is so delightful, very out going, funny ~ just a really great gal. We always look forward to Sheila's visits. She has a new book out, called 'Love in Bloom.' I will absolutely be buying this book in the next few days. It sounds like a fun read. I hope you'll look for it too, I know you'll enjoy this book from Sheila.
We are planning on leaving town again for about 4 weeks. Our estimated blast off date is Monday May 11th. We're thinking about taking a round about way to get to southern California. Perhaps going east for awhile and then heading south thru Salt Lake City and the west to Pasadena. Then come up I-5 on the way home. I have a dentist appointment June 10th and Bob has a grand daughter graduating from high school on June 11th so we'll be back just before that.
I've printed out lists of penny squisher machines in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. I'm prepared !
Last night I bought a new laptop. It's one of those little Acer Aspires in a deep red. I wanted the pink one but no one in the area had one. I'm excited and hopeful that I will be able to use it where ever WiFi is available. It was decided by my local PC repair shop that my old laptop just won't work wireless. It works great when hooked to a DSL cable but not wireless....it's just too old. So once I get home, I may just put it on Craig's List for use as a secondary computer for a child or just to have a back up. I used it when my hard drive was in the shop and it was fine.
I'm hoping the weather clears before we leave because the grass in my back yard is really getting tall. My neighbor will water my plants (once the rain stops) and I know my son will come over in about 3 weeks and mow. That way it won't be over the house when I get home.
I want to thank Robin again for the lovely Mother's Day package I received today. Everything is lovely, well not the Chick-o-Sticks~they are yummy!
That's all for now, so until next time..........Linda
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thursday Bob came by and I took a break so he could take me to lunch. It was one of those really pretty days, the sun was shining, the birds singing....Anyway we ended up eating at a place called Dock Street Landing situated on one of Tacoma's many waterways. Since I have this new little skinny camera, I've been carrying it with me all the time. I took the picture below very near where we were sitting in the sun eating our lunch. That ship down there is a big grain ship, sitting at the grain elevator taking on grain for some distant port.
When this boat headed out into Puget Sound, Bob mentioned that it was time to get his sail boat out & also his power boat. This man and his brother have, what I call the "Finnish boat curse." I don't even remember how many boats of various sizes they have between them. I don't really like to go out in his 16 foot power boat and the sail boat is absolutely not for me. Actually, I like my boats about 900 feet long....then I feel totally comfortable on them. That Foss barge you see in the picture below is loaded with sawdust. You can also see a couple other ships out there either waiting to be loaded or unloaded or both. We have one of the deepest ports on the west coast so lots of big ships come in here.
After we were thru with lunch we took a drive up to Tacoma's historic north end. My present header picture is of Stadium High School (star location of the movie "The 10 Things I Hate About You"). Even though I did not go to this school, I've always been intrigued by this classic old building. The picture below shows their football stadium. A natural bowl in the ground offers magnificent views of the waterway and the Cascade Mountains in the distance.
The building with the clock tower is Tacoma's Old City Hall. Built in 1893, it still stands tall, gracing Tacoma's skyline. Once the business of the city was carried on here...now it contains professional offices. Last weekend, we ventured across the Narrows Bridge, to the little town of Port Orchard. If any of you gals out there read books written by Debbie Macomber, this is where she & her husband Wayne make their home. Debbie has written a series of books called the Cedar Cove series. Cedar Cove is a fictional town but in reality is Port Orchard. One of the many landmarks in the town and in Debbie's books is the Victorian Rose Tea House. The picture below is that famous tea house and gift shop owned and operated by Debbie's daughter.
We are considering another road trip. This flu thing will definitely keep us out of Mexico. And that is disappointing, because I was hoping we could do the 7 night cruise to the Mexican Rivera that we cancelled last October when I got sick with bronchitis. Right now we are planning on leaving the morning of May 11th but of course if the Swine Flu gets worse in southern California, we may go some place else or just stay home.
Friday, May 1, 2009
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well. Knead into a ball. Let rise until double in size. When ready, roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Spread with filling as described below.
1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
Spread softened butter on dough evenly. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over dough evenly. Roll dough up and slice roll into 1 inch slices. Place on greased pan. Let rise again until doubled. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
1/2 cup softened butter
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 ounce cream cheese
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Beat until fluffy. While rolls are still warm, spread lots of icing on them.