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Oh my, my brain is spinning from learning all kinds of new "stuff" while navigating the site! But, it is only my first foray and I expect all will become old-hat with time.
We were gone Wed-Mon to a bluegrass festival at a hotel in Beautiful Downtown Bakersfield, called The Great 48. We were there more than 48 hours, of course. Got lots of jamming in, met new people. Was lots of fun! Most of the jammers left Sunday by noon, but we had arranged to stay one more night, to avoid Sunday p.m. traffic returning to LA or the IE (Inland Empire, where we live). We would have had to go south on the 15, and meet up with all the traffic of the peeps coming back from their weekend in Las Vegas. Ugh. So we went to the Kern County Museum in the afternoon, enjoyed a walk in blustery weather (storm coming in), to see a collection of old buildings from the early days of Kern County. Very interesting, and we only saw half of it, so will enjoy going back another day (probably at next year's Great 48!).
Today is catch-up day, and I have scheduled myself to get on AN and become more familiar with the site, review ACLS DVD, and pay bills. So far have paid bills and am in the middle of the AN assignment.
Our next musical venture will be a cruise with bluegrass folks, in early March. The usual cruise, on a (noisy!!!) Carnival ship: Long Beach to Avalon (Catalina Island), to Ensenada, day at sea, then back to Long Beach port. Will see how it goes. Years past (we have done 9-10 of these, with a different organizer) we have been very disappointed with the areas provided for jamming. It's no fun if one cannot hear the jamming because of the LOUD LOUD LOUD bar music or the LOUD LOUD LOUD DJ in the middle of the hall or the LOUD LOUD LOUD comic or program in another room but with all doors open.
This cruise is being organized by the members of Nu-Blu, a NC-based bluegrass band, who have organized similar cruises out of FLA. We met them two yr ago at a festival, and told them we would support them (and of our concerns. They are going to try to have a quiet jamming area for us). The cruise will also feature quilting by Quilts of Valor ppl, who make quilts and present them to veterans. Youngest ds and dil will be on the cruise too, to quilt. Ds, I might add, is the one who refers to dh's banjo as "future firewood." Yup, no love lost. No one will be forcing him to stay and listen to the jamming.
Dh will likely bring his bass and banjo and mandolin. I will, of course, bring the guitar. Suitcases??? What? We have to bring clothes and toiletries??? Yeah, well, we will likely bring a collapsable wagon for the instruments and duffle bags, and dh will handle the bass. No, it ain't easy!
So good to catch up with all of you! Nel, good on you for adopting new equine! And he isn't as grumpy as Biggie??
No Stars, so sorry the pain continues, in spite of new MD and pain team and treatment.
Tweety, are you enduring a cold spell right now?
Ted, so exciting to read of your travel plans! Keep us updated, I love to travel vicariously!
nurseJ22, sounds like recent changes at work are all for the best. It makes work so much better.
BC, I can relate to driving past dd's place and being comforted to see the lights on. I like hearing from the boys every now and then, even though they live 5 min from us.
I brought some Chobani light Greek yogurt when we were in Bakersfield, so I could make tea and eat in the room and take my vitamins/pills, in my jammies. their Madagascar vanilla and cinnamon flavor was VERY good, topped with pecans! I need to get some for here at home!
It rained all the way home yesterday, with a skiff of snow on the high areas as we drove through Tehachapi. Beautiful area! Sad, though, with the high winds from the storm, we passed THREE overturned big rigs! Hope there were no injuries.
Supposed to rain here today but so far has only been cloudy and cool. Mountains got at least a foot of new snow.
Will let you go. Again, so good to see you all! YES I bookmarked this page!!!