July 16, 2010

West Sacramento, California

On Monday evening, we went out to the Olive Garden with Shannon (our niece), Royce, Sierra and Chase.  It was nice.
Sierra, Royce, Chase and Shannon
Another picture of these cuties: Sierra and Chase

This is a week of "catching up" with relatives and friends we have not seen for awhile.  After leaving Rescue, we drove to Lincoln City to visit Roz and Mal, our neighbors in Cambria who moved to Lincoln City a few years back.  We hadn't seen them since they moved and it was great visiting with them at their beautiful home.  And, we had a most delicious brunch that they served us. 
Roz, Mal and Chauncey in their back yard.
From there, we drove the rest of the way to Sacramento and are now staying in the Capital West RV Park.  The park is small, but paved.  And, it is HOT outside -- 109 degrees as I'm writing this.  But, we are comfortable in our air conditioned RV.  Some of you have heard us complain about the poor design for air conditioning in this Vectra (we only have one air conditioner, and it is a sub unit).  Well, we have improved this situation by purchasing a portable unit from Home Depot that supplements the one on the RV. Thank God we did that!  If you are going to do this with your RV, make sure, however, that the extension cord is the correct gauge and amperage to match that of the air conditioner and the outlet (next to the motorhome outlet in the park).  In most cases, your standard extention cord (even the orange garden extention cords) are too small a gauge and are hazardous.
Something else we researched and purchased for our full-time living in this RV is the Wonder Wheeler.  This little unit is a life-saver.  I no longer have to carry heavy loads of laundry and Jerry uses it to do food shopping at stores within walking distance of where we are parked.  It is actually a beach cart because many laundry carts have small wheels which can break when the wheel hits a pot hole.  And, as you know, not all RV parks have smooth driving areas.
The Wonder Wheeler.

On Wednesday, while on a long walk with our dog, Chanti, I saw a very small dog walking down the middle of the busy street.  I tried to get to it, but it walked faster than I could and eventually was back on the sidewalk, but a good block ahead of me.  Finally, he had stopped and I was able to catch up to him.  You could tell that he had escaped from his owner by chewing his leash in two.  He had a bell on, but no tags.  I picked him up, and he must have weighed no more than 5 lbs.  After I got back to the RV, we took pictures of him, and Jerry jumped on his bike to go around the nearby mobile home park to see if anyone recognized the dog.  With no luck, we called Animal Rescue who came to pick him up.  We really hope he gets back with his owner as he appeared to be a very intelligent and loveable Pomeranian mix.   (By the way, he also chewed up one of Chanti's leashes that we put on him.)

Found young dog!
Then, last night, our godchild, Angie, and her husband, Rob, invited us to dinner at their place.  They are newly-weds, and Angie loves baking and cooking.  She asked Jerry for advice and they had fun putting together the meal.  I can't even begin to describe how delicious it was.  Angie had previously baked a chocolate cheese cake that was to die for.  Jerry and Angie made oven-baked rosemary potatos and 2-inch thick steaks with shrimp and a wine-reduction sauce with shallots.
Angie and Jerry cooking.
Steak and shrimp with rosemary potatos.

Rob, Jerry and Angie enjoying the feast!
We were going to leave here on Sunday, but have decided to wait until Monday as Pat, Jerry's sister is traveling through this area on Sunday to join her family in Rescue that we just left.  We figured that Pat could bring our mail from Cambria and coffee from the Cambria Coffee Roasting Company.

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