YEAH! I get to go to Monterey for Thanksgiving!

Well…I swung the trip to Monterey this Thanksgiving. Between my mom, MIL, and I…we have enough money to go.

So this will be me again…hee!

Found a motel in Seaside for $39/night, not too far from the hotel we stayed at in July. Two free tickets to the aquarium. Money from mom for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Money for gas and dinner from my MIL. Happy Dancing!

The Little Things That Make Me Happy ~ November

Sorta been down in the dumps this week…lots of things coming at me from all angles, just want to go home and hunker down.

Between husband’s lack of a job, bills to pay, the woe-is-me dramatics goings-on in one of my groups that I’m a leader of (and don’t want to be anymore), lack of sunshine for long period of time, trying to see if we could foot a very small weekend trip to Monterey (have two tickets to the aquarium but not sure we can afford to spend the night), blah, blah, blah…

So once again, I need an attitude adjustment…Things that make me happy ~


A while back I bought a bunch of wool and bamboo yarn then sent it to my friend Sharon to make socks in her own time…I washed them all last night and put them on the bedroom’s steam radiator heater. I think of her everytime I have nice warm tootsies! 🙂 She’s an awesome lady!


Old quilt blocks that need me! My mom still gets together with the Washoe Valley Ladies (homemaker’s group of some sort! LOL!…I think all they did was get together once a month to eat, drink, talk about the kids, husbands, and drink some more ~ Hee!) and one of them dropped off bags and bags and bags of fabric. These 20 Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks, with extra 1930’s & 1940’s fabrics, was part of that. I’m going to continue with the hand-piecing of them.

Meadowlarks…I love Meadowlarks, especially in Wyoming.

Family…my niece and nephew with their wee cousin.

A sampler of Sierra Nevada Ales ~ yum. That Chico IPA was delish! 😀

Rays at Monterey…and I want to pet them again, very calming and makes me smile.

Weekend in Monterey at the Beach Resort at Seaside

OMGosh…Best Western’s Beach Resort Monterey was very nice! We walked into the main lobby and my niece, nephew and I left my mom at the front desk and immediately put our noses to the wall-to-wall windows facing the ocean. You’d think we’ve never seen the ocean before. We arrived about 12:30, since our rooms wouldn’t be ready until 3:oo pm we went out to the beach to roam. (We had oceanfront rooms on the ground level) After settling in, cleaning off the sand and changing clothes (those of us that got all wet) we drove into town to find dinner. Ate at Chili’s then came back…my sister, niece and I took a long walk north and took pictures of the sunset.

Saturday morning I got up around 5:45 to hit the beach looking for glass and whatnot before hightide hit again. Shut the door, turned around and saw Humpback whales swimming not too far off shore! Spun around and pounded on our two rooms for everyone to come out to look. After all the excitement three of us went back to bed and the rest of us went for a very long walk towards Monterey. We found lots of sea glass, some bones, cool rocks with worm holes, 2 dead seals and lots of whole sand dollars….we left the seals there. On the way back we had dolphins follow us back.

Looking back at the hotel, which is the next group of buildings past the brown condos.

Back to the hotel to clean up and then went to the Aquarium.

And my absolute favorite ~ the Rays. They are so soft…and I love feeding them. They were my favorite 20 years ago and they’re still my favorite.

After a mini arguement on where to catch the 17 Mile Drive, we found it and headed on our way. BIL drooled over the golf courses and the large homes…we ooowwww-ahhhhed over the beach and seals.

Back to the hotel…scoured the phone book for a pizza place, drove to pick up dinner. Then off for another evening walk for more glass. The same time I found a sharks tooth (1/2 if a fossilized Great White tooth), my sister found some blue glass…we exchanged as that is what we were looking for! 🙂 Had to reign in the boy from chasing seagulls and headed back.

Sunday morning I went for a walk by myself, didn’t see whales nor dolphins, but there were three seals playing in the surf in the direction I was walking. I took some plastic bags and collected trash while picking up sea glass and rocks…I did throw the broken glass back out into the ocean, hoping someday someone else can comb the beach for sea glass. 🙂 It’s amazing how we humans litter the beach…plastic and paper trash everywhere! If you had room to pack it in, then you have room to pack it out. Grrrr.

We left about 9:30-ish back for Sparks. Went from 66F-68F partly foggy partly sunny to high 90F smoke filled sky. Welcome home. ACK!

Forgot to show my treasures ~ here they are!

My sister just sent me her picture of one of the seals from the 17 Mile Drive near Pebble Beach ~ he’s laughing at something! Probably getting a good laugh at all of us taking pictures.

Monterey, Here We Come!

Tomorrow morning we are heading out of Nevada to Monterey and I can’t wait!

We’ll be staying at Best Western’s Beach Resort Monterey…the only hotel right on the beach! I’m beside myself with excitement.

My only worry is that my husband will kill off my garden in the three days that I’ll be gone. 😦 Big sigh. I’m very happy that I finished the drip system out front…even though it aggravated my carpal tunnel in the the right hand and I gouged three fingers on the left with a pair of long nose pliers. Grrr. On top of that, I took a header in the garden and hit the right side of my head.

And…you know how some places have pretty fog…well, we don’t have that pretty fog, we have brown, icky, smelly smoke that has blanketed the valley like fog…and in another STAGE 1 ALERT. And I’m having troubles breathing, my eyes hurt and I’m very tired of California blowing their wildfire smoke into Nevada. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of our own smoke soon…please keep yours! Patooey.