Photo Challenge: Look Up

Yesterday my son said “Go out and take a picture of the clouds.” It was almost dark and I didn’t see any colorful clouds.  My son said “Look up.” I looks up and there was this giant cloud, strange looking. Like it was just floating there. It was smooth and had a rounded part.

 

Off in the distance were these grey circle shaped clouds.

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Kayak, first time

 

I drive up to the lake. There is a layer of pebbles and rocks. Gentle lapping of the water. It is a beautiful sunny day. About 88 degrees with a little breeze blowing across the skin, keeping you cool. I put the kayak in the water. I have never been kayaking before. I slowly grip the top sides of the kayak and climb in.

There I am, wedged in the rocks, and the water, wondering how I push off to get to deeper water to float. I push with the paddle, but I don’t do it hard because I don’t want to scratch up the paddle. I push my hands into the water, into the rocks and push and push to try to make the boat move. With the water moving beside you, it makes you think you are moving, but you are not. I then start to push and scoot. I am making some progress.  I move a little. I keep pushing and rocking the boat and slowing start to float.

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Now you have to keep still because the boat starts to tip, one way, then the other. Hubby said “Use the paddle.” OK, I have never used a paddle that is long with paddles on each end. I tip the paddle to one side and dip it in the water. I push it back and the boat turns. Then I dip the other side into the water and push down and the boat straightens. You have to keep still though so the boat does not tip and rock.

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Pretty soon you get the hang of it. Tipping one side of the paddle into the water and pushing it through the water. Lifting it and repeat on the other side. You glide along the water. Before you know it you are pretty far out in the lake.

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You stop paddling and think “How do I turn around?” You just keep putting the paddle in the water on one side until you turn. Then you start back to shore. You have this big grin on your face because it feels awesome. You finally make it to shore and stop. Now to figure out how to get out of the kayak. I sling my leg over and then the other leg and sit on the edge. Now I can’t stand up because it is at the height that I can’t push up with my knees. My son takes my hand and now I can stand up. He hops in the kayak and paddles all the way across the lake.

I bought a new sit on kayak that is easier for me to get off of. It is more stable. I also got this beautiful green and white paddle. I love green so this make me happy.

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July and don’t try to launch a firework from your head. It will kill you. FYI.

Weekend Coffee Share 7-3-2016

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It is another Weekend coffee share. If we were having coffee I would give you a monster doughnut that my husband bought a box of from this doughnut shop about 3 miles away. Their doughnuts are so big and so good. It is actually too big. I can only eat part of it. Why would they make them so monster size? It is a sugar over load when you eat one. We bought 6 and the girl put 3 more giant ones in a bag and gave it to us. Why? I don’t really know why she did that.

We took our kayak to Boca lake, it is up in the mountains on the way to Truckee, CA. There are 2 reservoirs there, Boca and Stampede, up higher the mountain. The water was really low last year. This year it snowed and rained a lot so the lake looks full. It was so pretty. We drove up right to the water and parked. They have a dirt road by it, it is a day use area.

We bought the orange kayak a year ago and have never used it. The water was so low around here from the drought last year. When we went to TX at Christmas, it was so windy and wavy I was afraid to even try it.

My son got in it first and took to paddling the kayak, really fast. He decided to paddle all the way across the lake and back.

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We sat by the car and I made egg salad sandwiches. It was so dry and a little breeze was blowing. It was 90 degrees. The bread dried out as fast as I was spreading on the egg salad. So much for soft bread. It was like eating almost toast bread. Not great.

Pretty soon my son came back.

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Then my husband tried the kayak. It was wobbling for a while until he got used to keeping it balanced.

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I tried it out. It was fun but it was hard for me to get out of. My knees are not that great that I can’t push up off the kayak to stand up. I said I wanted to buy another kayak because my son said it is not fun to paddle around by yourself.

We bought one at Sam’s Club but when we were going out the door I noticed it had a big dent on the side and a cut on it. I was not going to put that in the water so we walked back in and returned it. The only other place they had one like it was at Sam’s Club in Sacramento, Ca. We drove there the next day and bought the red one. It is a sit on kayak and way more stable than the sit in one. Plus if you fall off it would be easier to get back on the sit on one. Here is the red one we bought.

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We took it to a little lake at Washoe State park lake. The lake is all dried up but there is a little lake about 3 to 4 feet deep. We put it in the water there and all tried it out. It is very stable and easy to paddle. My son said that he wanted the red one and that he would never used the orange one again. I put the orange kayak on Craigs list and sold it the next morning. I went to Big 5 sporting goods store and bought a yellow one like the red one. It is 8 foot and I love the yellow. I was reading about it and the 8 foot one is flatter and easy to put in the storage on the motorhome. The red one is 8.5 feet. So it would not fit in the motor home. We then took it back to Sam’s Club and went back to Big 5 and bought two more yellow kayaks. One for each of us.  They are flat on the bottom and stand up next to each other. It is easy to get on and off of. Extremely stable and fun to use. I am happy we found them because they are hard to find in the stores right now. Plus Big 5 had a coupon online for 10 percent off, even better. They are Lifetime 8 foot Lotus sit on kayaks.

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Here is all 3 stacked up, waiting to be used. We will go try them out next week.

Weekend Coffee Share 6-25-16

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It has been a couple of weeks since I wrote on Weekend coffee share. The wild horses came to my street and had a little tiff, so I posted pictures about that. Then I decided to get an adjustable bed, so I wrote about that. The bed I had was in great shape. The guys that delivered my new bed said they would take my old mattress away for me.

It was a good mattress but I have nowhere to store it. The website for the store said they do not take your old mattress away, but the guys said if it looks as good as mine they would do it. I didn’t even have to ask them to take it. They offered. They probably want it for themselves. It is only a little over a year old. So anyway….I got my new adjustable bed. I really like how I can raise it up to lean against to read a book in bed. It works great for sleeping on too. I am surprised that I wake up and my back does not hurt. The bed is harder than my old bed though. I sleep great on it.

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I was looking at kindle books on Amazon and decided to run free kindle books. A lot came up so I scrolled thought and got a lot of free books to read. I like that deal. I clicked on one book that is free. It is a cookbook called Crockpot Dump Meals by Daniel Cook. I was glancing through the recipes and looked at this one.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

4-6 boneless chicken breasts, 1 16 ounce bag frozen broccoli florets. 2 16 ounce jars of Alfredo sauce, 1 large green pepper chopped, 1 4oz can sliced mushrooms drained.

Directions:  Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

That is it for directions. No pictures at all in this cookbook. It would have been nice to see a picture of it to see if I wanted to make this. It says to use 2 – 16 ounce jars of Alfredo sauce. Gross…it would be a giant pot of glop. In a slow cooker you don’t need a lot of liquid. One jar of Alfredo sauce would be plenty. I have used mushrooms in a beef stew I make in a slow cooker. They come out rubbery, like chewing rubber bands…..just saying.

There were only 2 reviews on it on Amazon and one was 1 star bad. It was free but I might delete it from my books. I like pictures on my cook books.


My son graduated from high school. They held the graduation at the college basketball stadium. It was so cold in there. I bet it was 50 degrees. We were freezing. I wished I had worn my down coat and gloves and hat. They had the lights down so low. Only the stage was lit up. They had a big screen so you could at least see the people. It was so dark I had to take a picture of the screen when he got his diploma because it was so dark in there you could not take pictures and have them come out with your camera.

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but it did come out with lines like your pictures look when you take a picture of something on TV. He did not let me take any good pictures of him. He threw away his cap and gown when he got home. I got it out of the trash can and said he would have to put it on and hold his diploma for me to get a good picture. He won’t do it so this is all I have. He does not care about pictures of him.


We bought a used vehicle. We need a vehicle to tow behind our motorhome. I saw a jeep parked on the street with a for sale sign on it. I called and a woman came to it and let my husband drive it. It is a 2003 Jeep Liberty. We made a deal and bought it. The lady said “Take good care of it, it is so special to me.”  So we take it home. We took it to have the tires balanced and the guy said the tires are so worn on the back that they can’t be balanced. She said “The tires are new, I just bought them a year ago”. The year date on the tires is 2012, 4 years ago. The spare tire is 2003. It looks like it is so dried out I would be afraid to drive on that thing. I looked up how old it is to be safe to drive on tires. It says never to drive on a tire older than 6 years. We ordered 5 new tires at Walmart. We are waiting for them to come.

The driver side visor mirror was broken. It has a light up mirror on the visor and someone must have broke it with a fist or hammer. Who does that? It was so dirty inside. It took me days to clean it. We were sitting in it yesterday and my husband said to clean the ceiling the material over the driver side, it is all stained like someone shook a coke and it spewed all over the material and stained it. The leather seats are all cracked with cigarette burns in it and rips on the side. The head lights are so frosted over, I don’t know how they could see light at night. We ordered new head lights. My husband ordered new brakes and is out in the garage putting them on. She only had 1 key so I had to have a new key made and they are programmed keys so I had to pay $59 at Walmart for another key. One key shop I called wanted $175 for a key to be made and programmed.

The shocks that hold open the hood did not hold so we ordered new ones and my husband put them on. We also put new shocks on the back window because it would not stay up.

We replaced the head lights so they are nice and clear. We had the new tires put on the car. My husband  put on the new brakes. They work so good now. It is coming along.

It is just a joke that the woman said “Oh please take good care of my car”, when she didn’t do it herself.

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I got an adjustable bed.

I sleep with this wedge I got at Walmart. I just like to prop up my head when I sleep. I sleep better that way instead of just laying flat, like a board.  But that wedge is hard. I put two pillows on it but the wedge is still hard. I told my husband I would like to get an adjustable bed. Where I don’t have to sleep on that small wedge. I can be propped up all across the bed. I checked online and those things are expensive, like thousands of dollars. There went my dream. Then the other day there was a billboard with the bed I want. I went to RC Willey and saw it. I tried it out. The head part goes up a little or a lot, like it you want to read you can move it so you are sitting up. I read about them. They are supposed to be great for you back. You can even move the part by your knees. I don’t really like my knees up high but that is supposed to be good for you circulation. I got it. It is supposed to be delivered Thursday. It was $1000. They charge $59 for delivery…..yuck, but I will have them bring it and cart it upstairs and set it up.

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See that will be me sitting on my bed like that. I even put my face on the picture so it would look like me sitting all propped up on my bed. With my $10 shiny bracelet that I bought today at the grocery store, all looking like diamonds but is just junk. I don’t care, I like shiny.

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I once had a 4 caret real diamond bracelet. I loved that thing. Then it just vanished. I think a friend came over and helped herself to it, because one day it was just gone. So now I don’t buy really expensive jewelry. Let them take the junk. I saw a video of this lady going into a funeral parlor and walking up to this lady in a casket. She started digging around in the casket, looking for jewelry, then she took off a ring on the dead lady. It was all on the video. They said she took a $10 ring that they put on the lady. I will be laying there someday with this $10 bracelet on and someone will walk over all smug and take that junk bracelet. I will be a ghost, over in the corner just laughing, telling her how stupid she is.

Wild horses not getting along.

The wild horses came on our street today. They like to eat the grass in people’s yards. I looked outside and they were right across the street. There were 4 of them. This light colored one was laying down and the brown one kept bothering the light one. They were nipping at each other.

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Those two kept it up a little while but they then started walking away. Then I heard noise a little later. The neighbor lady was standing in her driveway, clapping her hands yelling at the horses. They were ignoring her. First they all had to poop in the road. Right across from my house. When one goes, they all go. Then these 2 brown horses were really getting into biting each other. I kept snapping pictures.

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Look at those teeth. They were in the middle the road and stomping and jumping up on two legs. They were not happy with each other.

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They did that for a little while and then took off running down the street. I didn’t want to chase after them. I got the pictures I wanted. I think they were trying to establish who the dominant one is.

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They didn’t made any noise doing it though, just pushing and biting and jumping.

WeekendCoffeeShare 6-4-16

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If we were having coffee we would talk about our week. My son graduates next week. He got his yearbook Friday. I looked at it. Everybody looked nice except one girl. She had really green hair. Why would her mother take her to the photography studio with clown hair. She will forever be remembered with green hair. I took a picture of it to show you. I did block her face. I don’t want to publish her face.

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We got his cap and gown. It is navy blue. I ordered a navy blue tie for him to wear. He has to wear a dress shirt and tie and dress pants and dress shoes. He graduated at 8AM next Saturday. I have to have him at the place at 7 AM. Ugggg, the last time I have to get up early. Yipeeee.

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My husband ordered some vinyl to finish the patio in the back of the house. It is coming out so nice. He worked on it all day and one half is done.

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I made nachos the other night so I put the nachos in the oven and turned on the time for 10 minutes to melt the cheese. I took them out of the oven and it was still cold. The oven broke. Darn.  It is a Whirlpool Gold double oven. It is 4 years old and now it won’t work. My husband had it all apart and checked it out and ordered an igniter part. The part won’t be here for 2 weeks. Don’t buy a Whirlpool gold double oven. The top oven still works but it is small.

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I had to redo the dog leash I made. My son said it was too long and dragged on the ground. The part I drew on with a permanent marker stained his hand. I cut the leash shorter and then taped the handle part with green tape. His school colors is green and blue. That is why I used those colors on the leash. The next time he walks the dog I will see if it works for him. It is funny….I got the lease and was working on it. My dog was going bonkers because I had it. She thought she was going to go for a walk.

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Well, I have to go fold up laundry. That is a never ending job.