Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon


Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.


4/18/14 - Scenes from Sunbeam
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This year we celebrated Easter by joining with 15 Sunbeam RV Resort residents for an Easter Brunch at the nearby Navy base.

We're still saying "Goodbye" to a few residents, with more of us leaving in a week, so we are all looking forward to celebrating Easter with our friends.

The other day we walked over the border from Calexico to Mexicali. The dentists in Mexico (at least those who practice in Mexicali or Algodones) use modern equipment but charge far less than dentists in the states. Last year Kathleen had one filling replaced in Fremont. It cost $200. And that was after a "first time a patient" deduction, the use of a "Special Deal" (for senior citizens) and a few other discounts the dentist's office gave me. We can imagine a bill that could easily have been $400 - $500

The dentist Kathleen visited in Mexicali has been in business for over 10 years and many of the residents here use his services. She had two fillings taken care of for a total of $120. We know another dentist in Mexicali who charges $10 a filling - but we opted for this more expensive dentist! Kathleen's visit in the dentist's chair lasted less than 45 minutes we were soon on our way back to the US. The line of people who were entering the US was so long it took us about an hour to reach the border. The distance was not far - but the lines were long and slow moving!

The same day as we visited Mexicali, many of those who are still here in the park went to the movie "Heaven Is For Real." Everyone really enjoyed the movie. We read the book and our friends said that the movie was very true to the book.

The day before Easter, a few of us drove up to Palm Springs for their weekly "Flea Market" that actually was held Saturday and Sunday. This was Kathleen's first trip up there (with the "girls") and they really had a wonderful time!

Amy was our driver and she took her mom (Nancy), Kathleen, and another Nancy V (who does aerobics with us every morning.) We left Sunbeam at 7:00 am and were at the Flea Market by 9:00. What a crowd of people, and what a variety of booths and stalls selling everything from auto parts to flowers and food. First stop was at a booth Amy and Nancy B are familiar with - the Salsa Shop! Here Amy, and the two Nancy's make their decisions on purchases.


Kathleen also purchased a can of (dry) salsa mix and a can of dry chili mix. If Nancy B says it is a good deal - it's a good deal!

We decided to go off on our own and meet at noon. Kathleen loved being able to roam every aisle and look at all the items on sale. She did end up purchasing a watch for $10 and they checked the battery before handing it to her, but also gave her a one year guarantee! Can't beat that for ten bucks!

We regrouped about noon and headed off for a quick stop at the Palm Springs Costco - where we found items not in other Costco's (like El Centro or San Diego) and Nancy B found a salad dressing she's been looking for for months!

After our sojourn in Costco we headed for a place to eat .... Amy and the Nancy's checked the map and decided on how to get to the restaurant.


Time was when driving through this area we would see one after another of DATE roadside stands. Today they are few and far between, but there is one date shop that boasts of a lovely restaurant and that had a surprise for each of us!


Nancy V lived in Palm Springs years ago, and can remember lots of places and the directions to places. Her recollection of how to get to places is still remarkable, so in no time at all we pulled into the parking lot of Shields. The restaurant boasts of a lovely area outside, behind the main store.


We were directed to a nice spot and waited for service!


We all agreed that this was the perfect spot for a lovely lunch, accompanied with a tall, THICK, date shake!!! Years ago we were introduced to these thick, scrumptious concoctions - and the memories have remained - and our memories were not disappointed!

What a lovely lunch we all enjoyed, but we wondered what "The Walk" was about...
Behind our table was a fence, the other side of which had a path .... a walk ... and we were curious as to what it was about. We made a few inquiries and found out that since we had our lunches there, we were eligible to enter the "Walk". So we did! What a lovely surprise! It is called "The Walk at Shields" through a "Biblical Garden" ...It's a walk among the date palm trees that took us through fourteen episodes in the life of Jesus. We stopped at the scene depicting the birth of Jesus.


Each tableau or statue had a tablet that explained the scene


The entire area has been designed to incorporate signs and symbols.


This walk is planned around many date trees that have been standing in this area for years. The date palm trees produce dates and we were amazed at the height the workers must scale to harvest the dates.


Kathleen was not able to capture the beauty of this particular scene - Jesus with the children. It was lovely.

Nancy V, Amy and her mom stopped awhile to appreciate this particular scene - Jesus and the woman at the well.


One of the sculptures/scenes that was so poignant was the "Last Supper"


Toward the end of the walk was this statue of the risen Christ, standing near the top of a hill, with the lake and mountains in the distance - quite a sight.


This was a real surprise to each of us, and one we appreciated visiting.

After our walk we headed for the car and the trip back to Sunbeam by 5pm. What a beautiful day. Paul was waiting when I arrived home, and I wish he had been able to enjoy the day, too. He was glad to know the ladies and I had such a great time. I did find some chocolate fudge (in the restaurant store) and some date cookies to have a little treat for him.

So ends the report of a lovely day!

When we went to San Diego the early part of the month, we stopped at a theater close to the hospital and Trader Joe's - where we enjoyed the movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel." It is a funny movie and we enjoyed it. We also saw "Noah" - a movie that did not rate high on our list.

The weather in the Imperial Valley has been really nice - some days hot, but most days real winners! Kathleen has aerobics every morning for an hour, and once she returns to the motor home, the two of us get our walk in. By taking our constitutional that early in the day, we avoid getting too hot during our walk. Once we return to the motor home, we prepare for a trip over to the pool for a refreshing dip in the nearly abandoned pool!

Next Friday we take our final trip to San Diego (for this season) for Kathleen's blood draw. We'll then pack the motor home and begin our journey up to the Bay Area where we expect to be on time to celebrate granddaughter Catie's birthday.

The end of May we all will head for the Sierra's and our semi-annual camp out. We've been camping together for over 40 years, and with each memorial Day or Labor Day weekend, these gatherings become more and more special.

Once the weekend camp out is over, we will head toward Minneapolis, MN (and hope and pray the snow will be nowhere to be seen by the time we arrive in Minnesota!




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5/19 - AS YOU LIVE your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
Ironically, you'll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you. You'll no longer build your emotional life on other people's weaknesses. In addition, you'll find it easier and more desirable to change because there is something--some core deep within--that is essentially changeless.
- from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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