This will be my last official post. If I resume blogging, I will do one final post to let you know where to find me. I do love to blog and have received such wonderful feedback from friends, family, and strangers over the years. Who knows? It may not take that long before I begin again.
I suppose not everyone would agree that this would be a totally fun day to spend with a friend, but for Maria and I, it was great. Tim was at work - weekends can be busy for realtors.
NFL football on the tv, jewelry-making for Maria, and a new sewing project for me. When I realized I didn't have any lining for the pocket, Maria went to her discard pile of clothes and found a perfect purple skirt I could cut up.
From my childhood jewelry box, Maria chose an Indian-head nickel pendant (these were popular in the late 60s) added a garnet and chain. Wa-la!
Tim popped in and out to check football scores and give Sadie a little love.
Thank you, dear friends, for your loving hospitality.
Last night, I was intrigued by Tim's interest and attention to a specific college football game. I asked a few questions. Ah ha! He had bet on one of the teams and his team made the "point spread." Therefore, this morning, we had to take a short drive to Verdi NV to collect his winnings.
I would personally like to thank Baylor University and the Miami Heat for meeting their point spread and Timmy for making good bets and taking us out to lunch at Fifty Fifty in Truckee. Excellent food and they make their own beer!
Next stop: Gray's Crossing Golf Course
Back to happy hour at Old Greenwood whose specialty is a Barlett Mule. Yum! The seemingly naked young person in the background actually just came in from the heated pool or spa.
After 3 weeks of actively working, I was tired and ready for a relaxing weekend at Justin's.
Precise edging before mowing.
Part of this year's crop drying in the bed of Justin's second truck. There will be a full report once the LAST walnut has been picked up.
Great rock music blasted from the neighbor's garage.
There had been a strong north wind so there were lots of walnuts to pick up.
Friends with tools! Justin and Justin are about to attach the bucket
to easily fix the light.
After gathering, there's shelling in the garage. Special people who have been in my path the last few weeks have been receiving 1-pound packages of shelled walnuts - I think I've given away about 15 pounds.
Not E Nic, but a great fall colors view from Phyl and Dave's kitchen window which is where I had dinner tonight.
This week, many more LCIs joined us for the final set of blacktop drills and street ride. L-R: Mellissa, Doug, Jeff, Elle. We're having lunch in the classroom where the bikes are stored.
L-R: Elle, Pollyanna, Scarlet.
I stayed on campus with the red group. Here students are doing the ABCQuick Check. A = air. B = brakes. C = chain, cranks, cassette. Quick = quick release especially the seat post to adjust for proper seat height.
Scarlet led the blue group off campus. The route was carefully planned so teachable moments would occur such as proper lane position, yielding at round-abouts, right and left turns, avoiding the door zone, and much more. Each student practiced as individual drivers of their vehicles.
Pollyanna led the yellow group. There were two LCIs per group of no more than 8 students.
Parent volunteers also went along. At the left, one of my red group riders is practicing power pedal, starting and stopping.
I am pleased to say that our team successfully taught 5 students HOW to ride a bike!