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
Our Lazy Daze at Kirk Creek Camp on CA Hwy 1 40 mi N of Hearst's Castle 11/24/03: Shortly after full-timing began. Foretravel & Toad at Caverns of Sonora, TX. Cave comparable to Kartchner in AZ. 5/26/06
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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.

Renewing Friendships 3/1/15
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One day last week I sent a message to a friend who now lives in the Oakhurst area. (This family dates back to our days when we lived in Piedmont.) Over the years we’ve kept in touch – mostly at Christmas, when the receipt of their Christmas letter is looked forward to and appreciated.

We met Barbara and Pete 30-40 years ago when we were members of CFM (the Christian Family Movement) and our friendship went on to include a special relationship in something we called FOCUS Weekends (Families of Christians Understanding and Sharing.) Those were just two groups to which we all belonged. In time, Barbara and Pete moved away from the Bay Area and took up residence in the area in which we now find ourselves. A recent message to Barbara and Pete resulted in our meeting for lunch one day last week (at a popular restaurant in Oakhurst, CA – by name of “CrabCakes.”) We had a lovely lunch with lots of talk, bringing one another up-to-date regarding our respective families. Our daughter, Michelle and one of Pete and Barbara’s girls (Susan) have been good friends for many years.

On Sunday last, we drove up to where Barbara and Pete live, where we all enjoyed one another’s company. A visit to their incredibly beautiful home, and a meal of “home made pasta” - courtesy of Paul (who loves making home made pasta) was enjoyed by all. Our dinner was made even more special when their daughter, Susan, and her daughter, Elseana, joined us at the table. We have lived vicariously with the Skowronski family for some time, thanks to “Facebook.” – What a great opportunity for us to renew our friendships!

Their home sits nestled in a beautiful area just north of Oakhurst, and Susan and her family’s house is a stone’s throw from Pete and Barbara’s.

We surely enjoyed seeing the work Pete and Barbara have put in to make their home a showpiece. Barbara did all the tile work (and there is quite a bit of tile work in the living room and kitchen and other parts of the house) --- beautiful! Pete and Barbara have designed and made most of the cabinets in their kitchen. Many of the pieces in the kitchen and living area were created and executed by this artistic and talented couple. We remember Barbara’s material Gingerbread men she used to string in their house at Christmas time when they lived in Oakland --- but to see so many of the couple’s pieces of art/work, was a real treat! Maybe just standing next to her will allow some of her talent to rub off on Kathleen!

Susan came to dinner and brought her daughter, Elseana for us to meet! We have followed Elseana on Facebook for some time – she’s quite a dancer and has done well in competition in ballet. What a special treat it has been to meet Elseana!

We particularly liked this pose of Elseana and her grandfather, Pete.

The pasta was soon ready to be eaten, and here Paul dishes up pasta to all.

What a nice dinner we all enjoyed with these dear friends. – Elseana, Barbara. Sara, Pete and Paul.

It really was a special and memorable feast!

For dessert, we had lemon merengue pie. The dog was ready for some himself, but Paul reminded him that he was a dog, and dogs do not eat lemon merengue pie.

I’m not sure that the dog believed Paul, but he has good manners and ended up only looking at the pie!

Being so far away (or so it seems) from the Bay Area and our family, today has been a special one, reuniting with friends from long ago!

We expect to be here only for a few months, and we hope we’ll have more opportunities to visit with Barbara and Pete and their family.

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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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