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Leaving Verdi, Nevada
Parked in Cummins parking lot, Central Point, OregonSunday, April 21, 2019: This was a travel day from Verdi, Nevada to Central Point, Oregon. This is one of the prettiest drives in the northwest along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. The above photo is Mz Ruby getting ready to leave Verdi. Click that photo to see me driving toward 14,400 foot Mt. Shasta in northern California. I arrived at the Cummins service center in Central Point, Oregon where I will spend the night. My appointment for service is at 8 am in the morning. When that service is complete it is off to the Oregon DMV to get Mz Ruby registered. Then it is on to Sutherlin, our "home base".
Vegan breakfast Elise and I are having a conversation Joe and Ben after assembly of the patio heater
Saturday, April 20, 2019: This is my last day in Reno, heading toward Sutherlin tomorrow. My day started with a vegan breakfast with Scott, Mindy and the kids. Then playing with the kids inside and outside. Next I drove to son Joe's house to install the replacement fan which did not work. The new fan works, yea! Next, I adjusted the second clock I built for Joe and now it works too. My son Ben arrived at Joe's house and assembled a barbeque then assembled a patio heater. We had a good time together before Ben returned me to Mz Ruby. Click the photos for more views.

Elise with dad, Scott



Friday, April 19, 2019: One of the many things I did today was spend some time with Elise and her Dad, Scott. We had a picnic in the park and the kids played on the playground equipment.

I was hoping Joe's replacement fan would arrive but that didn't happen until later this evening so that project will happen tomorrow.

For dinner, sons Joe and Ben and I had a special meal together. It will be one of our last times together since I'm leaving early Sunday morning.

Joe's Clock




Thursday, April 18, 2019: Remember the clock I built for my son Joe's new house.

Today I installed the clock onto one of Joe's walls in his new house. Last fall I could not get the clock to work properly. I made a few adjustments today and it has been working for a couple of hours. Click the photo for a video or click here.

The bird house below the counter weight is filled with BBs for extra weight. I want the clock to have every chance of working before I remove the extra weight.

The process of selling the Cameo



Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Click on this photo for another photo. These two photos were sent to me by Gwen earlier today from Sutherlin where she is preparing the Cameo, fifth wheel for sale. Since buying Mz Ruby we knew we would be selling the Cameo as soon as we returned to Sutherlin. Gwen has already found a buyer for the aluminum awning which was installed three years ago. The awning must be removed to move the fifth wheel. This is just the first of many obstacles which must be removed before we can move the Cameo. I will be arriving in Sutherlin on Monday to get to work on all the projects.

Joe's fan


Tuesday, April 16, 2019: Remember this fan from the installation we did at my son Joe's house. We have been working since then to get the fan to work. I have spent the last two days on the phone with Hunter, the manufacturer.

They finally got to the point they wanted to start sending me replacement parts. They wanted to try one part at a time with 7 - 10 days for shipping time with each part. I said, "NO". Joe ordered the fan from Amazon so we will click the button to return the fan.

At least we had practice with this one and the one in the bedroom. The bedroom fan works, by-the-way!

Time for a recital

Sunday, April 14, 2019: Today is recital day for Chloe and Noah. They had many family members in the audience to appreciate their music. Here is the video of their short tune.

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Here is a photo of all the performers.

River walk in downtown Reno
Saturday, April 13, 2019: My sister, Dorana and her partner, Robin have arrived to visit with my children and grandchildren. Today we went for a hike on the "River Walk" in downtown Reno along the Truckee River. The Truckee is running high due to the flow coming from Lake Tahoe to the west. We had a great walk with lunch at a unique restaurant only a block from the river. Lucy walked or rode her bike the entire route while Elise got a ride in her stroller. Click the photo for another river view after we crossed a walking bridge.

A new kitchen faucetWorking at son Joe's house



Friday, April 12, 2019: I spent the day at my son Joe's house. He wanted me to install a new kitchen faucet which seemed very difficult at first but I learned part of the cabinet would come apart which allowed easier access to the faucet. I plan to install Joe's old faucet into Mz Ruby. Meanwhile, I finished the installation of Joe's choice of faucet. Click the photos for more views.

In addition to the faucet, Joe wanted two ceiling fans. This one I installed into his bedroom. I installed this one into his family room.

Duet practiceNoah at practice



Wednesday, April 10, 2019: Visiting my son Ben and his kids, Noah and Chloe. They are still practicing for their Sunday recital. Noah seemed to be more interested in practice since he sat down and played his duet part before Chloe joined him. Once Chloe was coaxed by Dad to practice, she joined Noah and they practiced together.

Sitting on top of the piano is the interesting and very strange chicken they purchased while we were all on vacation in Windsor.

Tuesday is gymnastics dayLucy at gymnastics



Tuesday, April 9, 2019: This is April in Verdi, Nevada, so what does that mean ... for the weather?

Well, after the weather I went with Lucy and her Dad to gymnastics, it IS gymnastics Tuesday! Lucy worked for an hour with her instructor and two classmates. I have been to gymnastics with her before but always in the morning when few teachers and students are present. This time it was after school and the gymnastics building was full of all ages at practice.

Lucy enjoyed her hour and so did Elise who was upstairs with Dad and me playing with the other kids (not in gymnastics) and their parents.

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Elise likes to look at herself in my phoneLucy makes a book about an Ant and Worm

Monday, April 8, 2019: Visiting with daughter Mindy and the grandkids, Lucy and Elise. We usually play games but today Lucy and I wrote a book about an ant and a worm. She would draw the pictures then tell me what to write on each page. The ant and worm were friends. They played together on the playground. The ant liked cars and motorhomes. But the ant became sad when the worm left for Oregon in a little red wagon.

Elise also tried to draw in her coloring book but that didn't last long. Instead she decided to eat raw peas and share them with me. She has a cold so now I'm just waiting to learn if she passed the cold on to me.

Still ... we had fun telling stories and drawing pictures. Click the photos for another view.

The beginning of installing barn doors Rail installed Installing the footing
Saturday, April 6, 2019: I working with my son, Ben today to install barn doors onto his closet. Ben likes barn doors, he has them as an entrance to his laundry room. Now he wants them for his closet. This was a very nice kit he purchased at Home Depot. It came with everything (except missing one packet of nuts and bolts which we bought at Ace Hardware). We first struggled with finding solid wood above the door opening. We finally found enough solid wood but were surprised not to find a header. We decided a steel beam must have been used since the longer screws were hitting something impenetrable. The job took all day but worth the trouble. Click all photos for more views.
Vacation with the sons and grandkids (April 1 - 5):
My sister Dorana lunched with us in Davis Fun in Ikea Enjoying the fish hatchery
Sonoma Lake above the fish hatchery Got to have our ice cream Ice cream for Chloe
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge Uncle Joe joined us too Golden Gate with San Francisco in the background
Let's hike across the Golden Gate Hiking across the Golden Gate Lunch in Sausalito

Shopping at the Game StoreGoing to the beach on the Pacific Ocean



Monday thru Friday, April 1 - 5, 2019: It is a tradition for my son Ben and his kids Chloe and Noah to visit Windsor, California, this time for five days. And for even MORE fun, Uncle Joe has joined us for the five days. On our first day, my sister, Dorana met us in West Sacramento, California for lunch then we walked the entire IKEA store. Check out all the photos of our five day adventure. We did parks, bridges, beaches, game stores, toy stores, swimming, fish hatchery, lunches out, and ice cream plus brownies. Click all the photos for more views.

Finally, here is me with the kids and lots of snow at Donner Summit.


Chloe and Noah practice for a recital


Sunday, March 31, 2019: My son Ben invited me and his sister, Mindy, her husband, Scott plus Lucy and Elise for a fish barbeque tonight. The cousins enjoy playing with each other. After dinner Chloe and Noah practiced for their recital by playing their duet in front of all of us. The performed for their cousins, Aunt, Uncle, Dad and Grandpa and did a very good job. The piano was given to them by their proud great-grandmother Doris. This was "Lime-Green" day at Chloe's school so she always wears a shirt Gwen and I have given to her.

Here is a video of their practice.

Click the photo to see Noah and Lucy playing catch-the-big-red-ball together. Lucy is five and Noah is seven.

Elise loves to ride her horse



Friday, March 29, 2019: Elise is an aggressive horse rider and enjoys her afternoon rides. She had to show me how hard she can ride. What fun to spend the afternoon with Elise and Lucy.

I've made a short video.

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Lots of playground funLucy loves her playground

Thursday, March 28, 2019: This was a playday with the grandkids. Toward the end of our playtime, we visited a city park with lots of playground equipment. Lucy must be an expert. Elise also enjoyed much of the equipment with Mom's help.

I did make a video of Lucy on the swinging bars.

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Subaru serviceMy kayak finds a new home

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: My day started with service for the Subaru from the Reno Subaru dealer. They also did the last oil change (service). I'm not a big fan of deal service but I will give them a chance. I am always given a large detailed list of all the items serviced. I knew I was out of window wash fluid and when the car is returned to me I immediately check the level of window washer fluid and it has not changed. I check the page showing the work done and the "Washer Fluid" is checked as "OK" and "Filled". If I get the chance to send remarks to the shop, I will note that this makes me doubt all the other "green checks". Click the photo to enlarge.

Later in the day I took my kayak to my son Joe's house where I will store my kayak in his garage. Gwen and I are planning a major adventure this summer beginning in June and not returning to "home base" (Oregon) until May of 2020. We will not be taking our kayaks on this trip. I'm very grateful to Joe for the use of his garage. Click the photo to enlarge.

Elise is all smiles Inside the kiddy cove I'm in the kiddy cove, now.

Lucy finds some cat toysLet's play a gameMonday, March 25, 2019: What a great way to start our time in Verdi to visit the kids and grandkids. Lucy has reach 5 and Elise has reached 18 months. Their dad fixed them a great hidden play area under the stairs with only a tiny door to enter. Of course I had to try to get into the secret play area. What fun we had. I played "Kids on Stage" with Lucy inside the cove.

We also drove to a feed store to look at the chicks. Unfortunately we found that all chicks had been sold. We DID find some cat toys to play with.

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Back to Gold Ranch in Verdi

Sunday, March 24, 2019: Since we missed our reserved site at McWilliams we cut our travel time back to Reno, Nevada by a day. This has been a hard winter for most of the west coast including Reno. However, compare our arrival this year to what it was last year. This is our favorite park near Reno, Gold Ranch RV Park in Verdi, Nevada, about 8 miles to Reno. We like to be up against the mountain. We usually take space 32 but not available this time so we took space 31 which has no patio area. Gwen will leave in about a week to visit her children in Oregon. I will stay here for 28 days to visit my kids and grandkids. The forecast for this week is rain.
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