Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beginning To Think About The Next Move


                     Just another view of My Spot II here at J D Grant Co Park.

I’ve been here since last April and it is getting close to the end of my 6 month contract.  I will have to start preparing to move to Monterey Co. near the Pacific coast for the winter.  The “basement” storage compartments have to be gone through.  Is there anything that I can get rid of that I haven’t used since I’ve been here?  Can I reorganize or consolidate?  I need to find a place for everything that I have been using on the outside, chairs, grill, tables, rug, hanging baskets, planter, solar lights, wheel covers among other things that I use inside and outside. 

I’ll have to figure out when to cancel my land line and internet service.  I will also have to work on the logistics of more surgery on my arm.  The orthopedic doctor will be taking out the titanium rod and screws in October.

I still have things in cabinets that I may not need, but then again there are some things that I don’t want to get rid of if I decide on settling down in one place.  I know that that is something that my kids want me to think about doing.  I don’t think that I’m quite ready to do that yet, but I am thinking abut it.

I know, it’s been a while since my last post.  I have been trying to work enough hours each day.  I still manage to work over my 20 hours each week.  It is still busy on the weekends and that’s when I get the most hours.  During the week there are few campers, in fact, there are some nights that I am the only one in the park.  It is really nice and quiet until I hear the coyotes howling early in the morning.  Only one reservation for today and that’s in the other CG and one other in this CG in one of the non-reserveable sites.  The campers start arriving tomorrow, Friday.  There are only a few sites left for Friday,but we probably fill up quickly and Saturday is already full except for those non-reserveable sites which will also fill before the end of the day.  Most campers will be here through Monday, Labor Day.  That’s when there will be that “Mass Exodus”.

Ted will be coming for a visit after he gets off work Sunday.  Monday morning we may just go down the mountain for a Birthday breakfast and get back here for the exodus.  Last week he was able to go to Chicago with some friends.  The picture below is of the apartment where we lived when he was 6 years old.


We lived on the second floor and the kids went to school across the street.  I believe that the fence is new since we lived there.

I have few more pictures of the park.

Below is the amphitheater and the Bat Houses.  That is why we don’t have many mosquitoes.  Now it they would only eat the face flies.

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On the left, if you click on it you can see those piglets that I have been trying to get all summer and the other is a tarantula.  They are  beginning to come out.  every now and again I find a dead tarantula in the restrooms.    

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                                     Don’t you just love a morning sky?

This little fellow has been driving Angel nuts.  She sits inside at the top of the stairs and whines because she can’t get to it.


There are times when it is a low growl when she sees these guys.

IMG_3277  A doe and growing up faun.

IMG_3275 I took these through my door.

There is actually one out there now and Angel is watching it, but not growling.  She is such a good girl when I tell her “No Bark”.

I have been creating folders for this particular park and will send them to the people who create the publications for the County  Park System.  They may use them in the Play Here Magazine or on their face book page. 

I guess that it is time to close this post.  I wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_3246 This is where I go as soon as Mom gets back after cleaning restrooms.  It’s warm and snuggly in Mom’s bed.

Susan and Angel

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feral Pig / Foggy AMs / Volunteer Recognition


This boar and I had an encounter earlier in the morning before this photo was taken.  Right after I had finished cleaning the RR in Snell CG he was about to cross the road that I was on when we saw each other, I braked and he did a 180* and ran off into the brush.  Scarrrrry!   That was on encounter that I would have liked to get on video.


Here it is, mid August and we still get Foggy cool mornings.  The marine layer on this particular morning was so thick that I could only see about 100 ft.  I really could have used a windshield wiper on the inside as well as on the outside.  In this picture the fog was already burning off.  I thought that this van was neat.  It is a rental with a tent on top.  The family was visiting from Holland.

Last Saturday I took off a few hours to attend the Volunteer Recognition BBQ.

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         According to the hours listed, as of end of June I had over 250 hours.

Here’s a few pictures from the BBQ. 

IMG_3222  Some other volunteers.

IMG_3218 Sara,  she’s the one who hired me over the phone.

IMG_3223 Registration table.

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We were served by the Rangers, roast beef, chicken, beans, salad.  It was good.

IMG_3239 As a thank you, we were given a nice backpack.


Update on the broken arm:  

I have been having problems since the surgery.  It still is swollen with not full movement and some nerve damage.  I have finally been referred  to a specialist.  He says that since the bone has healed, that I should have all the metal removed.  I will probably have that done sometime in October, in between jobs.  I don’t have the details set yet.  I just hope that it will take care of the problem.


I hope that you all are having a nice summer.  For me, it has flown by.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_2971 It gets chilly on those foggy mornings.

Susan and Angel