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.

5/26/14 - Memorial Day
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May's been an exciting and happy month for us.

Catie's birthday was a happy event with dinner at a Japanese restaurant serving the best sushi ever, and having Chet's brother to help with the celebration was a real "plus."

The following day (the 13th), we were able to up-date medical visits (all is well). Then we drove a load of household articles that we cannot use in Sunbeam, and stored them in our "old garage." We went next door to the greatest apartment managers in the entire world for a quick visit. Amy and Dennis have "held down the fort" on our behalf since we took off in 2003 (expecting to be gone "on the road" for about a year....)

These two next door neighbors agreed to manage the place for us, and have done a magnificent, all-out, fabulous job. We enjoyed a little lunch with them at a place they sometimes frequent and had some time to talk business, but also to enjoy one another's company. Great people.

We said goodbye to Dennis and Amy and headed for the home of Miriam's folks - Bill and Louise, where we spent a nice afternoon playing "catch up" with these two old friends who shared several years back in the 70s in our participation in CFM (Christian Family Movement) - there were about 5 or 6 couples who met once a week where we studied how to be better families and spouses....

In a short while Miriam and Paul were home from work so we topped that day off with dinner with Paul, Miriam, grandson Pail III and his girlfriend Amanda - the delicious meal was followed by a stop at the famous "Fenton's" Ice Cream shop - a long time favorite dating back to our days when we lived in Piedmont! It's always a special treat to spend time with Paul David and Amanda, and to enjoy an ice cream cone from Fenton's!

The following day was another happy day when we stopped by to visit Mary Lou and Bob. We stayed too long, and even so, hated to say "Goodbye" to friends with whom we have shared so much over the years. We will soon be heading to Minnesota and Bob and Mary Lou will soon be flying off to Rhode Island. In all probability it will be another year before our paths cross, but we are grateful for their friendship and for the time we were able to share with them.

We did something different on Thursday (5/15) - our dear friend Mary drove from Livermore to Fremont. We showed her all that Chet and Christina have done to their home and enjoyed some quiet visiting with Mary. The girls came in to the motor home to meet Mary (we were very impressed with how the girls introduced themselves).

Then the two of us took Mary to our favorite Afghan restaurant where we enjoyed a leisurely dinner and lots of conversation. After dinner we drove back to the RV and were so happy that Mary accepted our (and Christina's) invitation to spend the night in the "Guest House!"

The following morning we three enjoyed a light breakfast, some more talk, then "goodbyes" until next time. What a delightful time we had with Mary - lots of subjects, from kids (hers and ours), politics, religion, and reminiscences ..... everything pleasant!

On the 17th our very busy son came down to help create a "finished" cupboard around our "new" refrigerator. We had an "open" area above the refrigerator and down, along the one side of the refrigerator. Paul Jr is really a genius with carpentry and what he did to make our place look like a Foretravel ought to look .... well, we know how good he is, but this was such a remodel job, it looks as though it was done at the Foretravel shop .... everything matches and we are so pleased and thankful.

On the 18th we were so happy to be able to catch up with John and Peggy - two special people with whom we have been in love with for many years. We went to the Afghan restaurant ... seems we find one restaurant we like and have a hard time finding another one! The four of us had a memorable visit - always it is such a treat to "play catch-up" with them. Lively, smart and loving, we hold these two close to our hearts. Next time we are going to see if we can't get Amanda and Will in our gathering - two very special young people.

We had been trying to see another old friend, John, and finally made contact with him. He was having lunch (at Skates on the Bay) with another friend, and we joined them for a lively visit! We sat right at the windows, looking at the Bay, and all the natural beauty of the area as we brought one another up-to-date on our various comings and goings. Once their lunch was over we drove over to John's house - Arlene was tired from all the activity and declined the invitation to visit more, so we stayed at John's for a short time before heading back to Fremont. It was good to see John and learn all about his 2nd book that he is writing .... always keeps busy with reading or writing....Thanks John, for all the time you share with us!

On the 22nd we were lucky enough to visit with our dear granddaughter, Juliana who has been busy at her college, but who managed to get down to the Bay Area for a short visit. We took her to a favorite of hers - Barney's - where the "milk shake" is one of her favorites! Our visit was MUCH too short and we hope next time we can arrange something to where we can have more time with this very special young woman. (Her birthday is coming up, but we'll be in Minn. then. So happy birthday (in advance) to our dear Jules!

The work on the cabinet around the refrigerator in the motor home was not completed while we were in the Bay Area so Paul Jr made a trip to Sonora (where we park the motor home while we drive the car down to the camping area.) Paul Jr spent a bit of time on Saturday at the campground. and he spent the night at the campground, too, but drove up to Sonora on Sunday morning to finish the job. What a treat! See Paul Jr's handiwork here

We are so happy with his work, with his generosity and his talents that he shares so freely. Once all was in place, Paul Jr took off for the Bay Area, and we drove down to the campground to spend the last day of the holiday weekend with our friends and Chris, Chet, Catie and Becky. A great time was had by all - watching the kids in the river, telling the "moongod" story to some of the young campers, feasting on Christina's great cooking, sharing stories and news with our friends, spending a music-filled evening with singing and music from Casey, Chris, Marcus and Ben.... oh, and of course, we ALL filled ourselves with moonmallows and s'mores! We left the campground about 10:00 pm and arrived safe and sound back at the Fairgrounds in Sonora.

On Memorial Day Chet, Christina and the girls dropped by to see Paul Jr's handiwork and then went with us to our favorite Natural Foods Store in the long ago prosperous town of Standard. The only remaining building in town is the old train station that has been converted into the largest, most complete natural foods place we have ever visited! Natures hole Food Depot
The family didn't stay long, but seemed to enjoy all the offerings at the store. Soon they were all in their van, waving goodbye and heading for the Bay Area. (sob, sob.)

We won't see them again until Labor Day, and are already looking forward to that holiday camp out!

Back here at the fairgrounds, we did some preparation for tomorrow's trip, took a wonderful shower and planned again on our travels from June to Sept... even though we suspect more than one date will be changed, dropped or in some way re-planned. Our plans are really just "hopes of what to do and see" and can be changed at the drop of a hat!

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