July 2010

Then end of June we marked the beginning of our 5th year as fulltimers.  At times I wonder where the time has gone – we have seen so much, experienced alot, questioned our sainity, wondered if really this was our chosen lifestyle but in the end we came to the conclusion that we still have so much more to see and do.  We will continue on for another year if the Good Lord sees fit to allow this.

In our last blog I mentioned that we arrived in California and will spend sometime with our Daughter Amanda, her husband Tim, and our grandchildren Josh and Gracie.  It is really hard to have children on both coasts and this lifestyle helps in being able to see them. 

We stayed at Sharpe Depot for 28 days and enjoyed that greatly.  While in the area we took a ride to Modesto and enjoyed a nice lunch out while enjoying the sites.  Another day we headed to Stockton to shop at my favorite store “Homegoods”.  I just love that store – find so many neat things even though I really do not need a thing.  Bought a basket that I will put on our backseat of the truck to hold our camping books and my little pillow to keep them clean and neat.  A girl can always find something to spend money on.

We attend the Alameda Fair and enjoyed that greatly.  It was senior day so we got in for free – had to pay $8 to park but who can complain.  We didn’t know that it was senior day so the savings really was great.  We enjoyed shopping, looking at exhibits, food, livestock, horse races, farm equipment, minerals, gems, garden displays, and watching our granddaughter Gracie go on a merry-go-round for the first time.  We attended a “Crystal Gayle Concert”  and listened to all her old songs especially “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”  She can still sing pretty well – Tim and I both liked her years ago.  All in all it was a really nice day and the weather was just perfect.  Lots of walking!

We hit “In-N-Out Burger” which we both love.  This is my favorite fast food restaurant.  It was started in 1948 and uses  only fresh ingredients – no freezers, microwaves or heat lamps.  You can watch them cut up your onions and grill you hamburg.  I love the animal fries but gosh are they fatting with all that cheese melted over them and onions.

We had another new hitch put on the camper while in the Stockton area.  The last one just did not do it so they replaced it for free.  This one really is doing a super job which was a great relief. 

All in all  it was a pretty quiet month – visiting family and just relaxing.  We have read many books and look forward to heading to new places.  Until next time