Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I cannot say enough about Debbie,
such a strong, sweet and caring friend,
battling terminal Cancer.
I was so lucky to see her on Sunday 7/24/2011
as we were in the Bay Area.
I finally got to give her a big hug multiple times,
a kiss on the cheek,
I brought stretch lei's to wear on our heads for photos,
told her I love her,
and held her hand.
Love you girlfriend and thinking about you every day.
Debbie's favorite place to visit is Disneyland:
"Happiness is being with my magical friends
where there is no chemo and everything is beautiful!"

Monday, July 11, 2011


Our first stop on our first day trip was at
Folsom Lake

It is pretty there and tons of huge homes
already built and more being built

Just a quick stop, then on our way.
Left the tripod in the car.

This was out of the norm for me,
but the restroom in the restaurant
that we ate at had the most beautiful decor

Lunch was fantastic at
Sir Vesa's
Mexican Grill in El Dorado Hills

What a beautiful drive up Hwy 50

A young couple was taking photos and
I offered to take photos of them with
their camera and they returned the favor.

Bridal Falls
Highway 50, El Dorado County

Snow on the mountains and clouds in the sky
People actually went skiing on July 4

What a beautiful drive

We tried to get to Bassi Falls in El Dorado County
but our car would not make it over the
last huge hump in the road
so we stopped on our way out
and enjoyed Big Silver Lake

Big Silver Creek

Big Silver Creek

American River Creek
happened to catch this creek as we started heading home

What a beautiful drive home

The end of our first day trip - 7/6/2011

The following day we headed out once again.
We drove into Grass Valley to get directions
to where we were headed in Colfax
to find the waterfall we were looking for
and saw this interesting painting
on this building

We drove to Colfax and asked
and searched for the waterfall,
but we could only find Bear Creek
which was not to much to see,
but a nice end to our waterfall ventures
for this vacation.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Soak 4 skewers for a couple of hours if using wood
Melt 1/3-1/2 cube butter, saute 8 mushrooms,
1 peeled fuji apple cored and cut into 8 pieces,
4 pieces of red onion (optional),
sprinkle over all with garlic powder
and saute for about 5 minutes,
then add
4 raw chicken tenders cut in 1/3's just to white on the outside
(not shown in this photo)

Prepping the Shish kabob's
chicken, mushroom, red onion (optional), fuji apple,
chicken, chunk pineapple from a can, fuji apple,
chicken, mushroom

Grill about 2 minutes each side
Medium/Off/Medium on a gas grill (place on the off burner)
indirect heat on a charcoal BBQ

Oscar loves to have my food
He gets to have a plain BBQ chicken tender on his diet
Yummy, dinner with some couscous