September, October, and November

September was a month of such fun.  The wedding plans all came together and on September 13, 2008 our daughter married her best friend Tim.  She made a stunning bride and the maid of honor, bridesmaids, junior bridesmaid and flower girl were also beautiful.  The wedding was held on the Bridges Golf Course in San Ramon, California on a perfect night.  The reception was just beautiful – the Bridges did a wonderful job and we had a wonderful time.  The rehersal dinner was held at Garre Vineyards in Livermore.   The dinner was wonderful, wine very good and then they played bocci.  A fun time was had by all.

Tim and I spent two weeks with Joshua while they were on a honeymoon in Thailand.  We enjoyed being in the city and getting to visit Golden Gate Park, The Presido, Sausalito, Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermans wharf and Fort Funston.   We love this city and so much to see and do here in the area.  San Francisco Bay covers so many beautiful views of the water and the famous bridges.  You can enjoy the tall hills and yet walk on the beach at the same time,. 

September also was our anniversary which we celebrated in Old Sacramento.  We went to the California State Railroad Museum where they are preserving the history of the railroad.  We got to see dining cars set up with china, the sleeper cars, loads of engines but the most interesting one for me was the mail car.  I had never seen this before – they sorted the mail on the train and then dropped it off at different stations.  In the 1970’s it was taken out of service due to the use of zip codes.  Very interesting.  Old Sacramento consists of 53 historic buildingds on 28 acres.  We went into the Wells Fargo History Museum – had dinner and drinks at the Delta House Restaurant.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed it greatly together.

October I flew to Charleston South Carolina and left Tim at Sharpe Depot in Stockton California.  I babysat for my beautiful granddaughters while their parents went on a cruise.  We kept very busy with school, dance, play groups but we enjoyed our time together.  I was even brave and took all 3 of them out to dinner twice but they are well behaved girls and so good. 

The middle of the month we hooked up our little home and headed for Monterey.  Tim attended a photography class while here which he enjoyed greatly.  He loves that camera and will be posting pictures as soon as he can.  We also did alot of walking at Point Lobos State Reserve and  along the water in Monterey.  We also visited the Naval Postgraduate School which was the first luxury resort west of the Mississippi River called the Del Monte Hotel.  The area around here is a big producer of spinach, artichokes, strawberries, lettuce and garlic. 

While in the area we also visited The Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel By The Sea.  It was founded by Padre Junipero Serra of the Franciscan Friars in 1770.  It was the 3rd mission built of 21 built along the coast from Mexico border to Sonoma.  They all are alittle different but very Spanish – nothing like our east coast churches which are more European.

Our next stop was Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield California.  We will be here thru the start of the New Year to spend the holiday with Amanda, Tim and Josh.  This area is also fun as you are really close to Napa Valley and all the Vineyards.  We have visited Sonoma Barracks where they housed Mexican troops in 1834 to serve as a buffer to the Russian movement on the coast.  They also have Mission San Francisco Solano which was the 21st mission established in 1823.  5 rooms of the original mission remain and today they all come under the State of California State Parks. 

We visited Mare Island which used to be a huge   Navy Base and shipyard.  513 ships were built here during the 142 years the base was in operation.  The navy left in 1996 and today they are building new housing and redoing the old officiers housing.  The area around here has seen so many bases closed and the area goes into such neglect.  It is really kind of sad to me that they tear down so much instead of using it for low income people – give them a nice home to live in. 

I know I have been very neglectful of our blog – will really try to keep it updated each week.