Cows Suffer Sex Discrimination

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is always great. This one is right up my alley, so to speak.

Bert and friends
Bert and friends

A factoid: Do you see how they have paved a road across the lawn?  Cows and Native American foot traffic created Highway 99 North and South .

Whatcha mean I have a spotted pig on my nose? You wanna make sompin' of it?
Whatcha mean I have a spotted pig on my nose? You wanna make sompin’ of it?

Everyone should have a friendly bull or two in their front yard. One of the little guys got out one day, and wandered over to our yard. We had just finished sodding the yard, and it was still mushy. Hubby complained about his footprints in which we could have buried our cats without leaving a mound. By the way, these ARE the happy cows – no bulls – you read about from California .

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Move over Bessie. I had that bin first.

 

The cows live here.  I say there’s some sex discrimination going on in this business. Cows do all the work, and have less luxurious living quarters. All the bulls have to do is play rodeo games, eat and chew the cud all day.

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An Odd San Francisco Hotel Room

It is odd to make a spur of the moment decision to go to San Francisco for the night on the way home from Redding instead of Sacramento, but I had my reasons.  I arrived at about the odd hour of 10:00 p.m. with no reservations.  This is what I got – a room with a very odd view.

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It had a bit of an odd bathroom to go with it.  🙂

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Travel Highlights of 2013

This was my first full year of retirement.  All my life I dreamed of traveling when I retired, and certainly God granted my every wish.   When I didn’t get travel, Manny did, so I have many wonderful pictures and memories for 2013.

Manny in Wuerzburg

On January 5th Manny and I headed south in my little green Prius that has 192,000 miles on it to San Diego where we met the History Girls.  We met Russel Ray, the San Salvador, and the bronze lady.  We faced peril in the Railroad Museum, and had to keep Manny under control in the Botanical Gardens.

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Manny is climbing on the San Salvador as it is being built.

Later in January I attended a committee meeting in Berkeley and had time to walk around the neighborhood and take pictures.

Manny walking the streets of Berkeley

I went to Los Angeles to visit my friend Elane in February and so some shopping and serious eating.  I probably visited my dentist, Dr. Moy, as well.

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In March California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) held its annual conference, Social Studies on the March in Burlingame in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marches in Birmingham.  SFW 2013 Folklorico Dancers 036

The next week the History Girls and I celebrated our friendship in Costa Mesa attending the play “Wicked,” which I had wanted to see forever.

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We all had to wear green make-up.

April is the month for the Executive Conference for CCSS.  As the President, I got to pick the place, and Vince prepared our house to host it here.  However, that didn’t work out for too many people, so we it moved to Los Angeles to the location where our conference will be held in 2014 at the Sheraton.

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By May our neighbors wondered if I still lived here.  I visited my friend Elane again in Los Angeles.

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My friend Jean and I went to San Francisco to celebrate her birthday for a couple of days and did walking tours.

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Towards the end of the month Vince and I took Cindy and Manny to Kauai, HI for her birthday.  The dogs watched our homes, and Kay and Mike East watched them.

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We arrive home from Hawaii on June 3, and believe it or not, we stayed home until September 11, and rested up for the remainder of the year which made us dizzy.

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Since we stayed home, we sent Manny to visit Ralph in July.

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In August he left Ralph’s home in Spain, and traveled to London with Ute.

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From September through November he went with Carol and Glenn to Cologne, Bruges, Brussels, Frankfurt, Tasmania, Toowoomba, Waterloo, and Wuerzburg.  I’ll be doing lots of posts about these trips during the year.  I just need to learn a little bit more about them, and Manny is being rather tight-lipped about the events of the trip!  Carol tells me they have some secrets they’re not telling me.  🙂

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Then he flew home with their daughter Melissa, who was going to Florida.  She sent him home from there.  His bags arrived in December from Australia.  He had fun showing us all his stuff.

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Kalev thought Roo was for her. We caught her playing with him when we weren’t looking. She never plays with stuffed animals, but she loves Roo. We had to move him. 🙂

By September Vince and I contracted the travel bug, and went to Oregon to pick up the best Ebay bargain trailer on the market in Southern Oregon.  We turned it into our accidental vacation when our truck broke down in Klamath, CA.

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Manny was still on the road, so he missed my next trip.  A week after Vince and I got back from our first trailer trip, I took a train from Sacramento to Portland, Oregon to attend the Oregon Council for the Social Studies annual conference, and to meet my brother.

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After the conference my brother took the train ride of our lives going first to Chicago, then to South Bend and Indianapolis, IN for a week.

Randy and Marsha's elementary school.
Randy and Marsha’s elementary school.

After a short jaunt to Louisville, KY, I headed home on a plane to CA, and my brother took the long way home by train back to Portland.

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Almost immediately I had to go to a dental appointment, and stayed in Santa Monica, an took the opportunity to visit our President-Elect, Amanda.

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No sooner than I got home than my house-bound husband wanted to take a trailer trip to the coast for two weeks.  We stayed a week, then he went home for some appointments. I stayed in Avila by myself to write my contribution to 2013 NaNoWriMo, Girls on Fire.  A few days later he drove back and picked the trailer and me up and carried us back home.

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Less than two weeks after that, I flew St. Louis, MO to the 2013 National Council for the Social Studies Conference.

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The Mississippi in Missouri

Manny and I arrived home about the same day, him from Australia via Florida and me from MO.  It was my husband’s birthday, and one week later the three of us got back on a plane heading for Honolulu, HI, where we spent a week in Waikiki.

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We have been home eighteen days, and today we took a day trip to the coast to celebrate our friend, Margaret’s birthday, but I think we are going to stay home for a while now.

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At least until morning.  🙂

I’d love to hear about your highlights from the year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Accidental Vacation

Chapter One  Just the Right Trailer

20130915_1020573Vince had been looking online for months after he sold the family trailer at the coast for something more portable to replace it.  Two months later, after many false starts, he announced that he had found the trailer-love of his life in Reedsport, Oregon.

See all the spikey things coming off the new tires.
See all the spikey things coming off the new tires.

“Look at this one, Marsha.  What do you think?  I think it looks pretty good.  It’s got new tires.”

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“Muh huh,” Marsha commented, then went back to her own side of the table and started working again.

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Undaunted, Vince purchased the trailer, and worked out the details of the vacation.   On the appointed day, they left only one half hour late by Vince’s careful calculations, at 6:30 a.m.,  on their travel adventure.  The 13 hour drive on the first day proceeded without incidents.  Between sleeping off the remains of her cold, Marsha kept copious notes as Vince dictated the mileage along with the current temperature and exact location and time, adding a few side comments of her own.  “It’s 2:46 and we are through the worst of Mt. Shasta and Shasta Lake.  It wasn’t nearly as scary as I remembered.  Only 24 miles to Yreka.”

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Nothing disturbed Vince on his planned vacation.  Even the Oregon fog and misty weather couldn’t dampen his good mood as the miles drew him nearer to his dream.  Fortunately they weren’t paying for the trailer by credit card.  The American Express card had been given a “frog alert” in Redding, but Vince quickly cleared that up.  Arriving at the home of the young couple that sold the trailer in Reedsport before dark, Vince had met his first goal,  Get there before dark. 

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Vince, Marsha and Kalev looked the trailer over.  They liked it.  Neither of Vince nor Marsha mentioned or even really knew what the strange smell was inside the trailer. The title and money exchanged hands, and the couple headed north 20 miles to their hotel in Florence for a good night’s sleep before picking the trailer up and starting their vacation back to California.

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Even cheerful after 13 hours of driving Vince remarked, “Look a historic bridge.  How cool!  Later he added, “I think it was the ocean air.” Vince cautiously broached the forbidden topic of possible defects in the trailer.  “Maybe it’s just because it’s been closed up for a while.”

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Marsha reminded him, “The ocean doesn’t smell like that.  Maybe they forgot to empty the holding tank.”  Hoping not to dispel the lingering optimism, she quickly added, “It will disappear.”  They reached The Old Town Inn in Florence, Oregon.  Vince quickly checked into newly remodeled Room 104  tired but not worried.  “The clerk told me they have the best doughnuts in the world,” Vince announced to his ever-dieting wife.

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Little did they both know that they would have far more dangerous threats to Vince’s unbounding enthusiasm later in the journey.

Do you think Vince will be able to maintain his good nature throughout the trip?  Have you had a vacation during which nothing could irritate or upset you?  Tell me about it.

Relaxing: …. In Photoshop?

How could Photoshop be relaxing?  Well, for one thing it’s not 110 in my house!  That’s helpful because it is about that outside. I walked and swam this morning, but that was before 8:00 a.m.  If you are thinking about coming to see me, you might want to rethink coming in late June through late August.

I started another blog on Blogger and am specializing in history resources.  Basically I’ve taken some of the articles I have here, and revised them for that blog.  Today I decided to put some of my Photoshop classes to work.  I edited these photos in Bridge, and all I did in Photoshop was to add my name.  Can you tell the differences?  There are three.

In these I worked in Camera Raw. I pressed Auto and immediately Camera Raw saw things to correct that I wouldn’t have thought possible.   After CR made changes, I adjusted for more clarity and vibrance.  I was pleased with how they came out.

Actually I’m not sure I like the after better on this third set.   What do you think?

Amazingly, I spent hours doing this.  Then I checked my emails and realized that five hours before our new secretary for CCSS had asked me for some information.  So, I guess I spent FIVE hours.  I think I fixed lunch somewhere in there also!  Amazingly I didn’t get too frustrated, so it was a RELAXING day.  OK I did get frustrated with Blogger because it wouldn’t delete my WP slide show, but it wouldn’t show it either.  That resulted in having to completely redo the post and reinsert all my new pictures.  I forgot about that frustration!  hahaha!  You can check out that blog too, if you’d like.  I’ve had 85 views just today, and I just got it done right!  🙂  Most of them saw the bad job that I did!  🙂

Now I must stop being so relaxed and get ready for a birthday party in the next 10 minutes or so.  I have swimming hair and no make-up.  Not a good sign.  🙂   Tomorrow I’ll be relaxing looking at your blogs,  So shop around in my other posts, please and leave me some likes and comments.   Have a great weekend.  🙂  Lots of love to y’all  🙂