Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Hubby Tony and I have just returned from another visit to California to see the kids and grandkids.

Two thirds of the visit was with Son Tony and his family in Modesto in the Central Valley. Granddaughter Gee is a two-year old toddler and Granddaughter Evee an infant. Their ability to get things done is limited, so we helped out where we could-cooking, washing dishes, and general straightening. The two generations of Tonys worked together to hang a television and cabinets in the family room. I did yard work, trimming bushes and pulling weeds and an aggressive landscape vine that was growing up surfaces and across the grass. 

The afternoon temperatures were high (sometimes pushing 100 degrees), but in the morning it was pleasant to be outside. Tony and I walked-to the grocery store, a coffee shop, and restaurants for lunch. One day we drove to the city's farmers market. Another day we ventured to a state park and hiked in redwood groves.

Before and after Modesto we spent time in the San Jose area with Son Brian's household. Tony and I were able to do some walking adventures both by ourselves and with Grandson Jay. The second weekend we went on a field trip with the entire family. Grandsons Dee and Ell are three, and have definite opinions about what they do and don't want to do. With the addition of Grandma and Grandpa the adult/child ratio was just right.

To make the whole trip even more memorable, Son Donald also flew out for a couple of days. For the first time since the end of 2019 all of the family was able to be together. Donald spent time at both of his brother's houses, and one morning the boys went out together for an adventure and lunch.

The getting together with the family part was wonderful. The getting home part left a lot to be desired. (To be continued...) 

Five years ago today: Paw-lease


  1. How wonderful...will wait to hear the rest. -Christine

  2. Uh oh, hope there were not serious plane trips cancelled and that sort of thing on the way back. Your time with all those grandkids and your sons must have been really nice.

  3. Time for all of them to move back to St. Louis.

    1. A girl can dream, but right now I can't ever see that happening :-(

  4. It's always lovely to have the whole family together. On Saturday we are going to a family BBQ to celebrate my partner's Birthday and everyone will be together, and I can't wait. Glad you had a wonderful time, well apart from the travelling!

  5. It's so good to visit the family.

    God bless y'all.

  6. So nice to get families together!

  7. Wonderful to have family time together and be able to feel you're helping as well.