Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sunset Beach House

We wrapped up summer with a few days at Sunset Beach.  It was a fantastic time with family.  We were able to escape the triple digit temps here in the Inland area where we live.  Here are a few photos from our trip.  But first, the hardest part, dropping off my baby, Duke.  It was the first time I had left him, since I adopted him in March.  My friend Donna, does doggy day board and care, and she made the process much easier for me.
Now, let's get to the beach!

Our fabulous view for the week!  The first day, I was there alone with just Noah.  Let me tell you, watching him in the ocean made me a nervous wreck!

 The beach house had a wonderful jacuzzi tub.  Noah thought it was great!!!
Oh those sunsets...…

Our middle daughter and her boyfriend, ( Noah's Mommy ) came to spend a weekend.

We had a very relaxing time!  And enjoyed good foods!

Our oldest daughter and her family also spent a couple of days down there with us.  What a blast!

There was knitting on my Tecumseh Sweater!
 One sleeve down, one to go!
More naughty eating!!
 Some not so naughty eating, with my garden goods.
 Grilled peach and goat cheese salad!  To die for!
 Afternoon patio snacks.
The three I love them!

Hearty breakfasts
Wonderful strolls along the beach at sunset.

We got back into town, and upon leaving the house to pick up Duke, I spotted a terrible sight.  The Holy Fire had begun it's devastation!  School would be postponed one week, and many people's lives were affected by this senseless act of arson.

 That's a wrap!  A great time was had by all.  Summer is coming to a close.  Still a lot more heat for us, but school has started this week, and the days will be getting shorter.
My favorite time of the year is coming.  Fall!  All things Fall!  I cannot wait!
XO  Kris

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Big Bear Vacation

Oh dear, here I said I was getting back to blogging, and I have been absent for nearly two months! Time just gets away from me!  We have had one of the hottest July's on record, here in Southern California where we live.  We escaped one of the hottest weeks, at the end of July, up in our beloved Big Bear. 
Away we like a herd of turtles, as our friend Randy Lasher would say.
We left the town we live in, at about 109 degrees on this day, and arrived at Big Bear, to a torrential downpour, and a cool 75 degrees!  Glorious.  But that blew past quickly, and the heat came back.  Although a good 20 degrees cooler than back home.  Still hot for Big Bear, at about 90 each day...but cool on the water.  We arrived late in the afternoon, and didn't get on the boat the first day. 
I love this photo of our grandson, Noah, sitting on the rocks, watching the beautiful sunset.  The lake is very, very low.  We have camped in the  same spot, when we could fish from our campsite!
This was our new dog, Dukes first time in Big Bear, and only second camping trip with us.  He was a champ!  Such a delight to have along. 
This was his little spot on our site.  He was so content.  And he LOVES the boat!!

We experienced much more wind than usual this time.  But it didn't keep us from having a good time, or enjoying being out on the lake.
Noah has gotten really good at driving the boat.  And this gives Geeps the free hands to set up fishing poles.  I am retired from being a deck hand, and like to spend my time on the back bench seat, under the shade of the bimini top, knitting with my dog at my feet!

A few days after we arrived, our oldest daughter and her husband, and girls arrived to stay in a cabin nearby.  They had planned the trip to celebrate our son in law, Jake's, 40th birthday.  His family all came from Idaho and Oregon too.  Along with several friends and neighbors, and all of our side of the family.  It was a lot of fun.  They rented a pontoon one day, and we side tied in a cove and the kids all had a blast paddle boarding and swimming and tubing. 

Jake's birthday party was held at a local restaurant in The Village.  It was great food, and a really good time.
We keep our cooking simple on our camping trips.  I had brought my fresh tomatoes from the garden, and other veggies to enjoy.  We had some good burgers, and good steaks!  

Noah and I played a lot of Gin Rummy.  He got a few good hands!!
We watched a lot of beautiful sunsets, and did a lot of laying around.  We watched a movie in the trailer every night too. 

I adore the shot of Noah and his Geeps, quietly watching the sun set on our Big Bear Lake.  
We roasted marshmallows of course!

We left a couple days before Gennifer and her family.  So we said our goodbye, and headed down the hill. We were greeted with more triple digit weather, and a very thirsty garden!  I tended the chickens, and did the laundry, and we prepared for our next trip, only a couple of days later.
Big Bear, you never disappoint!!  Thanks for the visit.  Come on back in the next few days or so, to see where we went next.
XO  Kris