11/21/14 - Catching Up!|
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We have not posted to our LazyDazer web page in a loooong time.
We left El Centro, an empty storage shed, many memories, good friends, and returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, expecting to soon be ensconced in our former apartment. We knew its possible – its called Owner Move/In - and it has been used over and over.
Well – surprise! In the auspicious year of 2003, the cities of Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland, to name a few, enacted new laws giving tenants more “power” than they’ve ever had before!
Surely many tenants had unscrupulous landlords. We cannot blame those who paid their rent on time wanted justice from landlords who ignored calls for maintenance problems, and other instances of their being ignored and mistreated.
We prided ourselves on being the kind of landlord we would want, had we been tenants. So it came as a sad surprise to learn that moving our one tenant out of the little house where she has lived for almost 5 years, so we could move in, was still not likelihood even with a 60 and/or 90-day notice. We had several meetings with our managers and the tenant only to find one stumbling block after another.
That’s our good and loyal Managers, Amy and Dennis, having a little dinner to discuss how to move the tenant out.
Until we can move into our apartment we're “guests” of our daughter Christina, and her husband, Chet. They continue to work remodeling their home. Here Christina sands dry wall, to get Becky’s new bedroom ready for her birthday.
In addition their carpentry, electrical, brick mason work, the two parents keep very busy driving the girls to their various training places – as well as participating in volunteering at the girls respective schools. And they are always ready to help out with their homework when the girls have a problem. Wow! They continue to amaze us.
The outside where Chris and Chet spent so much time is really taking shape! The outside of the house is done except for the walkways and they've spent hours working on the electrical work in the “basement” – soon to house a master bedroom, a family room, a work shop and a laundry room. It will be a thing of beauty when complete. The first floor has Becky's bedroom, Catie’s bedroom, kitchen, dining room and living room to get in shape!
We enjoyed being with Catie and Becky again, and have shared many a happy day just hanging with them, or listening to their progress in their newfound athletic form – the triathlon.
Watching their aunt Kitty compete in the Ironman last year has been a real treat and inspired them. Nearly every day they swim, run, or bike. Besides joining the “Kids Triathlon” group, Catie has joined the Fremont Freewheelers and is doing quite well.
A while ago, Christina and Catie rode with the Freewheelers. Christina is a very good biker, and has strength to boot, but what a surprise was in store for her when she was at the “end” of the pack. She returned from the ride (about 47 miles) and declared that for the first time in her life she was at the end of the pack! She was sore and tired – new muscles being used and not really ready for that long and strenuous a ride!
Since then, she's been riding with the group and is coming along nicely! To describe what Catie does, only means that her ideal family athlete (Kitty) had better realize that Catie is about to “pass her auntie up!”
Catie, Chet, Becky, Myron pose for a picture taking before heading out for a ride.
Catie had sore knees a few weeks ago, so she declined to participate in a kid’s triathlon held in Santa Cruz and Becky participated. She was in a group of older kids, and even so, came out in third place! It was a mountain bike ride. Becky hasn’t been on her mountain bike in a long, long time. Even so, she placed high out of a group of older kids. We were all so proud of her. And Catie was Becky’s best supporter, cheering and encouraging Beck all along the way!
Happy for all of us, Christina’s very good friend, and our adopted daughter - Tisa (we love her so much, she is now designated as “daughter 2.5”) … Tisa and her daughter, Miriam, paid a visit to Christina and we were lucky enough to be there to enjoy their visit, too!
Last May, Kitty’s 2nd oldest came to California to “seek his fortune.” He spent sometime working for Christina and Chet as their never-ending construction continues. Here Parker helps prepare the base for the new brick walk.
One day we drove Parker down to Yosemite. He had visited it some years ago, but he seemed to enjoy this visit. Last year this area had the infamous “Rim Fire” and we could easily see signs of its destruction.
He enjoyed seeing the chapel on the Valley floor where his Uncle Jon and Aunt Mariluz were married.
The Awhanee Hotel is always an interesting place to visit, and we enjoyed a quick look into the dining room at the hotel.
He was able to get up close and personal to a few of Yosemite’s wonders …. El Capitan, for example.
We could see no climbers that day, though we have often witnessed two or three climbers up on the face of El Capitan. We looked in vain for even a trickle of a waterfall, but were disappointed. Looking carefully, one can make out marks of previous water falls……
Here Pike and Paul enjoy a light lunch at Camp Curry.
We stopped at the famous tunnel view of the whole of the valley, and Pike seemed enthralled at the beauty of the place.
We took him on the Tioga Road, and over the pass into Nevada.
The views along the Pass were breath taking. We passed Tenaya Lake and recalled the times our family camped right along the shore of Tenaya Lake.
Tuolumne Meadows we passed through quickly – it was getting late in the afternoon
We reached Whoa Nellie Dellie and could not pass up a quick stop and a bite to eat before heading north on route 395 toward Sonora Pass.
We didn’t have enough time to stop at Mono Lake to show it to Pike, he saw it from the road.
Perhaps some day he’ll drive down here to learn all about this Lake.
We drove up to Sonora Pass – and because of the time constraint (we try not to drive at night) we really drove as quickly as the steep grades and sharp curves allowed. We were all surprised to see a platoon (?) of soldiers along the Pass. Because Paul was driving as quickly as he could (safely) our picture of the soldiers, taken from the window, leaves something to be desired!
We will play a little more "catch up" tomorrow when we recall our semi-annual camp out in the Sonora, CA area.