‘Tahoe Skydrop’

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Todd Borg is a local author who writes amazing suspense and murder mysteries. This one is his 16th book. I have read them all and love each one. His main character Owen McKenna is a person you would want to know and then there’s his sidekick Spot, who is a harlequin Great Dane.

I love reading about the Tahoe area and I always learn something new.

Thanks, Todd Borg for these great books and hope to meet you sometime.

This one was just released but be sure to start at the beginning. They will take you to Tahoe even if you never visit.

Greetings from beautiful Lake Tahoe

It is really beautiful here. Lovely low 70’s during the day and chilly at night @35.

Fortunately, we have a heater plus we’re having fires in the evening(when it’s not windy) and the morning.IMG_0522

The’old folks at the beach!!

Our morning walk to the beach!!!

Last night we had our first Lodge dinner. Baked potatoes. The night before it was a red flag warning so we couldn’t do even a fire. The potatoes take a while @ 1 1/2 hours. But so cool, just pop them in and add some water.

Today, we’re going up to B’s gym and I’ll pay to be a guest. I need to do a workout.

Then we’re either going out to lunch or back to camp and chill for a while. We thought of taking out the kayaks, but the wind picks up by 11 am so that won’t work today. We’ll do that tomorrow. Yesterday, we had a nice bike ride around the area.

Tonight we’ll probably do spaghetti. Then another Lodge tomorrow.

The campground has really cleared out and people too. We’ve had a few noisy moments but nothing like in the height of the season.

 

 

Ready to go!

So, we have 2 kayaks on the car, 2 bikes on the car, 3 boxes of firewood, ice chests, clothes, dry foods, and the kitchen sink:)

 

We take off around 10:30 or so. We need to feed the doggies first, and I have a prescription at the post office. I need to pick up as it requires a signature.

It takes almost 2 hours with the tent trailer and weight to get to South Lake Tahoe.

And they don’t really want you checking in before 12 noon. Even when we get there they can be a little snippy. But only once before did we have to wait.

B picked up Bob Woodward’s new book’ Fear’ for me at Costco so I will start that today. I’ve been holding off till we get up there.

I’m planning to use the lodge tonight, but we’ll see.

I went to the Placer co Superior Court this week and got the papers to legally change my name to my name( ha, Ha). It’s a bit of a process and after filling out the forms which I will do after we get back, then I need to have the legal name change in the paper for 4 consecutive weeks.  I did email the jerk in NY but haven’t heard back. I want to confirm that this will release a certified birth certificate in the new order, which will be Christina Roxanne. So we shall see. I checked the passport requirements, and it does say certified BC. B thought I should just try with my old copy but I’m not sure that would fly with them as it is a very detailed procedure. That is the reason I’m doing any of this is for the passport in case we want to go over to British Columbia or on the hopes of Paris one day.

 

 

 

Midweek musings

Yesterday was a busy one.

I canned more applesauce (5 jars). It’s not hard work per se, just time-consuming. For this applesauce, you don’t need to peel the apples, just quarter or half and then into a big pot. Cook until tender. Then you put thru a food mill.  If you do any canning a food mill is really necessary.  Then into the sterilized jars and water bath for 20 minutes.  Overall time is about 2 1/2 hours.

I also went to the gym and then Safeway for a few things.

When I got home I decided to can the tomatoes that were ripe. Again tomatoes aren’t hard it’s just time-consuming. I plop them in boiling water so the skins loosen up and then into the food mill. The result is fairly watery but I then cook the sauce for a few hours so it thickens. Then into jars and pints take about 35 minutes. I put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the pints as I read the amount for quarts.  Overall time about 3 hours.

Any canners out there with advice?? I’m assuming it’s okay. It tasted fine.

By then I was kinda exhausted. But later was on a roll and cleaned out the freezer of a bunch of stuff no one is going to eat and the fridge some too.

My dishwasher was packed with pyrex containers:)

I decided to not walk this morning even though I wanted to. I just felt tired and not too enthused to head out. Tomorrow will be fine. Plus I’m back to 5 days a week and my foot feels a lot better. Some days I feel some stress on the top of my foot where the fracture was.

Today, I’m going to do just a few errands in town. I need a bag of ground coffee from Starbuck for camping. I might go into Target for a few things too, but that’s not critical.

B is in Chico for co-op work so he will go to Costco for some of the stuff we need. I appreciate that he can do this as it saves me a trip down to Roseville.

All the house chores are done.  the bathroom zone is always fairly quick( 10 minutes) because it’s small and decluttered. We have a walk buddy in the park that was always there when we were…in the dark,rain,wind, etc. Starting about 6 months ago, we hadn’t seen him. Then he finally showed up and we stopped to chat, and turns out he fell in his shower/tub and BROKE his back.  So on our to-do list is take out the claw foot tub and put a walk in shower. Our tub is lovely but probably a danger for’ getting older folks’.  We only have the one bathroom so I will miss a tub. But better to miss a tub than risk a fall and broken whatever.

Dinner is unknown.

 

Simple Sunday

It is a beautiful fall day.

We had a lovely walk in the park this morning and it was quite empty except for our geese friends. The Canada geese babies have all grown up and have flown away. Once in a while, we see them circle around the pond. There are other lakes around here and I imagine they hang out there too.

I made another pie in a tin dish and froze it on the recommendation of blogger Hilary.  I just took it out of the oven and it smells and looks amazing so I will try and do at least a couple of pies this way for fall.

I went to Target and got another case of pint jars for the applesauce which I will start tomorrow.  I figure I can get most of the one box of apples done. The second box is staring at me already but will have to wait.

We leave for Tahoe on Friday and will be gone a week. It’s a different time to be up there but certainly, most crowds are gone. Evenings will be chilly but we can sit by the fire or inside the tent trailer. Usually, we play scrabble or I read. We are taking the kayaks so we will go out at least 2 times to make it worth bringing them.  We might drive down to Sand Harbor( quite a ways back on the lake) and go out from there. Sand Harbor State Beach is where many of the famous shots/pictures of Tahoe are with the big boulders and beautiful blue water.

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I’m planning a few Lodge meals and other than that just simple foods. Plus the grocery store is like half a  mile away.

Since the tent trailer does not have a shower we’ll go to the gym up there, work out and then shower. My main criteria for a new trailer is a shower/toilet.

I made organic long grain rice for dinner and we’re having burritos with rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce.

 

My name is Christina.No it’s not. I have to change my name to Christina….

So here’s the saga continued.

I get an email from Vital Records saying no birth certificate can be issued because my name is NOT Christina. And I have to submit a correction to change my name, which is Christina, to Christina. Granted, it is my 3rd name on my birth certificate but none the less it is Christina.

Finally, in frustration, I call the records department and after speaking with someone I couldn’t quite understand I was transferred to the vital records department.  I actually was trying to reach the individual that emailed me but I guess that’s near to impossible.

So I spoke with someone, who confirmed that I have to change my first name to Christina, even though my name listed 3rd is Christina. The person was very empathetic and said ‘oh we see this every day with people who have 3 names’ ‘ Very unfortunate. I would say it is the most idiotic thing I’ve encountered( well, not quite but still).

So I downloaded the form and do not understand half of what they want. Here’s an example.:

List of documents accepted:

  1. letter from the hospital where the child was born
  2. letter from hospital admitting an error in name????
  3. Religious document  ( of what I have no idea)
  4. plus it says in the beginning, submit an original document on official letterhead with an original seal.   Of What,?????? I have no original document, isn’t that the point.

The list goes on and I have no idea what they want from me an adult.

I filled out the form addressing the changes I wanted to make.

copied my license, copied my original birth certificate( no official) and the fee.

I am 99.999999 sure it will be sent back for lack of whatever. I cannot on the website or anywhere find what an adult is supposed to do. I’ going to sen it out on Monday and see when it gets returned what I’m suppose to include.

I could call, but honestly, I don’t know if I can take it.

Anyway, the drama continues.  Anybody out there in blog land that know anything about NY vital records send me a heads up…

So we have had a lovely Saturday so far. We dropped off 2 more thrift store loads, One at Cancer Thrift and one at Goodwill. I gave cancer thrift about 20 1930’s magazines that were in pristine condition. I just need to continue reducing what I have. Also a cute vintage GE radio/alarm.

Then we got hay for the garden and chickens. After that, we had a nice coffee date at Panera.

Here’s the first apple pie I made:

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Here’s the box of apples:

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I’ll be making a lot of pies and applesauce as this is only box #1. We probably have 4-5 more boxes on the tree.

 

Dinner is a roast chicken and some tofu for the veggie and roasted garden potatoes.

 

Almost fall.

I so enjoy this time of year of late summer early fall. Of course, my birthday is in September so that’s probably why.  Although I think beyond the birthday thing it’s just a beautiful time with cool evenings and warm days. We sat out last night till 8:30 and it was still warm.

The garden is winding down and so is watering the garden.  Our water bill was quite huge due to watering so much when it was 100 + for weeks at a time. We’re already watering way less and that should drop the bill next month. I’m still picking green tomatoes so they can ripen in a box. Plus now I’m starting to cut the hard squashes. We have quite a few butternut and spaghetti squash. They will be nice in the fall and winter.

This year our apple tree is in full production so I’ll be making applesauce and pies. I’m going to make a pie today or tomorrow so I can see how it freezes and then defrost and bake. I’d like to experiment to see if this is the best method. Otherwise, it’ll be apple sauce canned.

This morning is a gym morning. We walked this morning as well so that puts me at 4x a week. I’m probably going to add a 5th day next week.  It’s great to be back out in the morning. I love moving first thing( well after 1 cup of coffee).

My latest drama is trying to get a certified birth certificate. We would like to get passports so that we can travel or flee the country if necessary( just kidding). So my  birth certificate is not embossed. So I figured no problem. I filled out the NYC form paid the fee and voila. Well, no the next day I get an email saying that my first name does not match the birth certifcate so it’s voided. WTF????  My birth name is Aurora Roxana Christina. I have never ever in my entire life used Aurora as that was my mother’s name. So I email back and say I have always only used Christina as my legal name. Nope!! he says, I have to have something with my legal first name. WTF??? I have absolutely nothing. So I’m supposed to email someone else. Such a simple thing and now it’s a f@#King problem. Leave it someone in NYC to be an asshole and screw it up.

Well, I guess I’ll see what happens.

I’ve read a couple of really good books this week. One is ‘Educated’, about a woman born in 1986 to an extreme Mormon family in Idaho. It is so eye-opening. It’s amazing she found herself and escaped. And she went on to obtain her Ph.D. Quite a story. The other is a Jodi Picoult, ‘Leaving Time’. It has a huge twist that is completely unexpected. Great characters.

Dinner is either nachos or leftover homemade ravioli. Not sure which yet!!