Friday, August 31, 2012

Wait a minute Mr. Post Man!

A few days in town can mean a few things. 1- You get a lot done. 2- Time flies right out from underneath you. 3- You become completely exhausted because you forgot how energy depleting society can be. All three of these things have been entirely accomplished! We figured it was time to go into town to replenish our, well... everything. So on Friday, the 31st we took our monthly trip down into Fresno. The day before we set up a major plan, that we were not in any way shape or form going to deviate from. I might be walking into the stores with an entire notebook full of prices (for comparison) but I don't care, we need to stay on budget from here on out! We headed down the mountain to do our usual; mail, car wash, laundry mat, etc. When we got to the mail place, some of our stuff hadn't come in yet so we had to wait it out. We headed to the car wash and did a great washaroo on Joon Van, we even washed the inside of the van floor, along with our mats....she sure was a dirty girl!

[caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Gettin' her done[/caption]

Went to do some laundry and found out we only had enough soap for two of our six loads, so I started the two and J' "rushed" to the store to get more. It was funny while I was waiting, I saw him drive by a couple of times in different directions.... he tried to go off of memory instead of using "Lisa" our cranky GPS.

[caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cheapest in town[/caption]

The laundry took us about an hour and a half longer than usual because of the soap issue but we got it done and met a super nice guy in the process. Still waiting for the mail, we decided to kill some time and go to the mall. I never noticed it before, but there is like nothing in this mall. We went to the amazing three floors of a girls wet dream Forever 21, so I could gawk at all of the major sales and pretty clothes that I can't buy right now...that was "fun"! haha We were also looking for a pair of winter boots for me because I don't really have that great of a winter shoe selection, we went in and out of stores looking at material and prices. If it were up to me I'd have about 15 pairs of new boots right now, but J' didn't like the quality of any of them, so I'm left with zero boots...sad face, haha. As we were leaving JC Penny, we were trying to find the door out and all of a sudden we were in a different part of the mall... a part of the mall we had never seen before. It was crazy, like stepping into a different dimension. We walked out into it, J' said, "It's another mall!" I turned, with surprise face,  and looked back in JC Penny and there was the door to the van, the outlet to the other part of the mall and here we were standing in the other dimension... it was weird. This part of the mall was pretty much only a small food court and a couple of stores but it was cool to find...the little things people! We even went into a Spencer's Gift Store, haven't been in one of those in probably ten years. I forgot how funny some of the stuff they have in there is. Good times!

[caption id="attachment_637" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Who needs a snuggie, when you have this gem!?[/caption]

After having a huge piece of pizza for our dinner at Sbarro, we headed off to Best Buy to see if they had the guitar tuner I have been researching for the past few days. We walked in, right to the tuners and they didn't have it on the shelf, so after asking someone and waiting for what seemed like forever, she finally emerged from the warehouse with one in her hand! Thanks cute little mexican lady! I got me a tuner...if you say that like a redneck it sounds even funnier! haha

[caption id="attachment_636" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Let's hope this works better than my ears![/caption]

With the mail being late (okay not there at all) it tied us up a little later than we figured it would so after all of this we ended up staying at "the old Wal-mart", for old times sake! haha One thing I wanted to do before this day was over was use our 'Free Drink' coupon at Dunkin' Donuts to get us all jazzed up before bed...and it expired today (the 31st). I put in a Dunkin' Donuts into the GPS and this is what I found...

[caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bummer[/caption]

Really California!? You don't have a friggin' D'n'D in Fresno?

I was a little bummed because it was a full moon and I had covered up all of my stones before we left, so they weren't getting their full dowsing of the Full Moon Light but it was still beautiful to see, even if it was in the Wal-mart parking lot!

[caption id="attachment_639" align="aligncenter" width="300"] I ❤ You![/caption]

Hopefully our mail will be here in the morning so we can get some more things done and get on back 'home'. After all it is Labor Day weekend and you just never know who is messing with your stuff! Luckily, we have our fellow friends close to our spot so there shouldn't be any problems.

Sleep tight, don't let the Nana bug bite!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

New posts are coming soon

We have had a whirlwind of everything the past few days, so new posts are coming. We just got back into camp yesterday afternoon after having been in Fresno for 2 1/2-3 days. We accomplished a lot and didn't even have one single argument! Hooray for us, haha. I will be posting probably later today on all the happenings, I just have to get the pics out of my camera and get everything situated back in my brain. Lots to talk about and feeling good. Catch on the flip side in a little bit


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 21-28...phew

I'm actually not that happy to say this, but I do have an excuse why it's been 8 days since I last wrote....okay LOTS of excuses and I'm going to use every last one of them! ha

The 21st I woke up bored as all hell, did some things on the computer, puttzed around for a bit and then got out my ganked yo-yo I got from the store a while back. J' said to me, "I don't even know you right now, you are playing with a yo-o!" haha It was pretty funny and it didn't last long due to the sucky yo-yo...and no it wasn't my skills...well maybe.

[caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Yo Yo-ing[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_595" align="aligncenter" width="225"] A different way to Yo-Yo[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_596" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Fun's over[/caption]

 After all of the fun, I spent some time with my stones, spread them all out to make sure they are all getting a little sunshine! Savannah likes my stones too, she thinks sometimes if I'm not looking she'll just take one for herself, so I have learned to watch her when she's around little hoarder!

[caption id="attachment_597" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nosin' around[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_598" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My nosy baby[/caption]

That night I made this grand meal of potatoes, onions, mushrooms, brown rice, green beans, & chicken all mixed up. It was good and there was a ton of it. I think I ate waaaaay more than I should have because this little girl got sicker than a dog that night.

[caption id="attachment_599" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A big mess[/caption]

I'm blaming it on, well one myself because I had Peanut Butter and apples right before dinner and you know I can't handle Peanut Butter OR it could have been the brown rice from the day before or the amount I ate...but I haven't been sick like that in a while. I even had to go outside in the pitch black (with a flashlight of course) to puke in a plastic that was a sight to see. Luckily, I was able to get most of whatever it was out before midnight because we got the biggest thunderstorm of the summer at about 12:45 a.m. If I didn't feel so shitty it would have been even more amazing but the lightning and thunder were making me quite ill. The lightning was super bright and the thunder shook the entire van. It was pretty sweet though. Although all my mind could do was obsess over what was getting thoroughly soaked and there was nothing I could...or wanted to do about it.

Woke up on the 22nd and everything was bright & sunny again. The birds were chirping their beautiful songs and everything was glistening from the storm. It was quite breathtaking. I still felt quite ill; queasy, dizzy, light-headed, just all together nasty. I went over to see the "damage" that was done due to about 5 1/2- 6 hours of rain. I was actually pretty impressed that only a few things were wet and not even soaking wet, just enough to cause a foul odor ...that stuff I laid out in the sun.

[caption id="attachment_601" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We love the sun![/caption]

Then I remembered my stones that I put out during the day...I left the lid to my box open. I'm sure they loved the shower from their very own Mother Nature and I was just glad to have put a sealer on the box after I painted it!

[caption id="attachment_602" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My Box is sealed![/caption]

 The rest of the day I pretty much sunk myself in my chair finding it even hard to play my silly Bingo games or do anything of value. Later J' asked me if I wanted to take a walk to get a change of scenery and get new air...good idea. We walked and walked and decided we would stop and say hi to SoulRaven, he wasn't at his camp so we kept on walking. We took a different trail just to see where it went, we saw some different things and learned that it was pretty much just a dead-end (that was on the other side of The Passion Post).

[caption id="attachment_603" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A bunch of girls' clothing from years ago, hope she's okay.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_604" align="aligncenter" width="300"] See...he does exist[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_605" align="aligncenter" width="225"] A Tree-o[/caption]

As we started walking out of our newly found dead-end, we heard SoulRaven's van start up, so we decided to walk up and go meet him. He rolled up to the top of the rock and there we were. He said, "I have pizza for you." This must be Serendipity!! We got back over to where he camps and there was Bob and Homer, Zeke jumped out of the van and all the dogs played together for a bit.

[caption id="attachment_607" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Fur Flock[/caption]

Bob had gone down to Fresno and on his way back he stopped and got everyone a $5.00 pizza...he's such a nice guy. He totally reminds us of Jesus! We talked with SoulRaven for a bit at his camp and then headed back to ours before it got sure is getting chilly in the evenings. Happy to have pizza after feeling so crummy all day, Bob sure does know how to win this girl over!!

[caption id="attachment_608" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Gimme a pizza & I'll give you a smile![/caption]

The 23rd I felt a bit more refreshed than I had felt for the past two days so I figured I would get some work done on my blog. After all I still haven't moved all of my pics over from the other blog and today I was feeling more motivated to do it. Low and behold we have almost NO internet. The little signal we had kept kicking us off every 5 seconds, I couldn't even open my home page of! I decided to repaint my tootsies and "phalanges". I went with my sparkly blue on the tootsies and my pretty in pink on the digits.

[caption id="attachment_609" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pretty Pretty Princess[/caption]

The rest of the day was pretty much a bust. I walked Savannah on a new trail, but not too far with my fear of getting lost. Everyone thinks I'm funny out here because of that, they're like, "Why don't you just go, remember where you go and then go back the same way." That's where I think they are funny, they obviously have no clue what my sense of direction is like. They tell me I need a whistle for when I get lost...not too shabby of an idea! hee hee

[caption id="attachment_610" align="aligncenter" width="225"] She's so preoccupied[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_611" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My beautiful Banana-rama[/caption]

 The 24th I got stung by a "Meat Bee" a.k.a Yellow Jacket a.k.a nasty lil son of a bitch. I mean Oww, oww, oww. I can't believe that these little buggers can pack such a punch. I was cooking dinner and I had a long (down to my ankles) dress on...dinner time is when they are the worst. I was just walking away from the table and BAM! I thought I caught my leg on fire. I screamed and yelled at J', "I've been attacked, I think I just got stung by one of those lil F*er's." I pulled up my dress and there it was a small red dot, starting to swell and burning like a fire pit. Yes, I cried a little bit because it hurt so bad. J' played doctor to me and swabbed me up with a bunch of stuff due to us not having anything for "bee" stings. Four days later and it's pretty itchy. I'm so glad I'm not allergic to them or that would have not been very pretty. Now it's on between me, them and the (new bouts of) red ants...what the heck man!

[caption id="attachment_612" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Just the beginning[/caption]

The 25th was much more fun! We had to go get water, woo hoo. It's kind of fun to go into "town" (Shaver Lake) to get some fresh air and see new things and it was Saturday! We headed in kind of early around 10:30 or so to beat the weekend crowds. We dumped our trash, got our water, ran into SoulRaven,  stopped by Shaver Lake and walked around, got a mini pizza from the best pizza place ever, went to the hardware store and then headed back to camp.

[caption id="attachment_614" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Fillin' up the water jugs[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_615" align="aligncenter" width="300"] *In the back* I don't think that's how you canoe![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_616" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bug's day at the lake[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_617" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Our mini- Hawaiian Vacation[/caption]

SoulRaven gave us an antennae that he had that broke, he said if we could fix it, we could have it. J' epoxied it and set it to dry...maybe we would get a better signal and could get more variety in TV!!

[caption id="attachment_618" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mr. Fix It[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="300"] He's a biggun[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Looks like an alien's gun![/caption]

 The 26th & 27th weren't much different than the last few days, I've still been feeling a bit ill but now it's due to it being "Shark Week" more than anything else. I took some pics of the bed when it's down because we don't have any.

[caption id="attachment_622" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From the back with back open[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_623" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Inside looking out[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_624" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From Drivers seat[/caption]

 We finally put the antennae doesn't capture any new signal but it looks cool and maybe it will in a different place.

[caption id="attachment_625" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Now we can contact our Alien friends![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_626" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Our "upstairs" set-up[/caption]

 So now we are all caught up to today... the 28th. So far I have tackled about 6 Yellow Jackets, all I can say is Me: 9  Yellow Jackets: 1 haha. I took a shower, it's getting chilly out here even during the day so I gotta move fast but being clean is like nothing else. Now I've caught everyone up on the past week, so see with my ickiness, bugs and failing internet issues I have more than one excuse and I think I used them all! Hope you had a great weekend and are having an awesome start to this week. Catch ya on the flip side yo


Monday, August 20, 2012

Enjoying the View

I was so amazed when I woke up this morning, I couldn't get back to sleep knowing what beautiful pictures might be slipping through my fingers at this time of morning. It was about 6:45 a.m. (maybe even 7) and the sun was hitting the van so perfect that I could not resist the temptation to get up and get some awesome pics! I got out of the van and headed down...down the slippery rocks. I am not too much for preparation when pictures are at risk! I had on my 'jammers and a pair of shoes I call my California's...I wasn't planning on a full-on hike through scratchy prickly bushes. I headed down the rocks thinking they were going to be easy to get down, then I remembered I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to heights and falling.

[caption id="attachment_566" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Maybe should have worn different shoes[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_568" align="aligncenter" width="225"] ...and maybe some pants![/caption]

I was afraid to sit down anywhere because there are little nooks and crannies everywhere and I just knew as soon as I sat down there was going to be something waiting down there for me, to bite me on the tooshie!

[caption id="attachment_567" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Sleepy eyes not liking my idea[/caption]

I sat down for a short second and jumped down into the bushes.... I'm so brave! haha It was so neat though once I got down to the bottom to look up at Joon Van in all of her morning glory.

[caption id="attachment_569" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Finally at the bottom...well worth it[/caption]

The sun was in the most perfect spot and all I could do was snap away. I kept moving back further and further to get better views and vantage points, our new spot rocks... a little bit of a pun there. As I started thinking about how I was going to get back to the top it dawned on me I really had nowhere to go. There are just these crazy spiky tree bushes everywhere, I did not wear the right thing for this at all, and I have nowhere to go but up...oops! I trekked my way around and around, always trying to keep sight of the van...

[caption id="attachment_575" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Barely...but I can still see her[/caption]

I am sooooo crazy scared about getting lost out here it's ridiculous. I finally found a little path and found my way out, woo hoo. I just had to walk back about 5 minutes to the van but I came out at a place that I actually recognized...weird! So here are some pics from my glorious shoot or so I think.

[caption id="attachment_571" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Up on our perch[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_572" align="aligncenter" width="300"] LOVE the sky in this one[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_576" align="aligncenter" width="300"] How razzamatastic is this tree?[/caption]

After I found my way back to camp, I  cleaned the outside of the windows, hopped in the van, cleaned the inside of the windows from snot face (Savannah) and took a few pics of what it looks like from where I lay and what I get to wake up to. Here are some of those...

[caption id="attachment_580" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nugget nuzzled in bed[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_578" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mo'nin' Yawnin'[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Savannah can hunt from here![/caption]

The rest of the day I messed around and fancied up The Lulu Lounge a little bit, I had to move it all together because it was in a spot where we needed space to be able to maneuver Joon Van in and out of the new spot. I tried tuning Claramae a bit, got really frustrated so what better thing to do....I took some pictures. At least if I can't play it right now I'll have plenty of pictures of what she looks like! haha

[caption id="attachment_581" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Frustrated....[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The New Lulu Lounge[/caption]

 I also found my Angel cards so I did a couple of readings. I don't care what anybody says when I need a little bit of guidance or just some reassurance I lay out my cards and they always seem to be spot on. I've done them for many people and they always have the same response as I do, they love them and want to do them again and again.

[caption id="attachment_583" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My 1st reading[/caption]

 It was a pretty good day, I have to say. One of these days I'll get this guitar tuned so I can actually learn to do something...other than (try to) tune it! ha

Hope ya'll had a peaceful joyous day. Catch ya on the flip side.