How is it that once again time seems to have slipped away from me? I look outside my window and see our RV park packed full with campers; kids are running around playing tag, charcoal is being light for the grill, the sun is just starting to set and I realize it’s officially summer. Although, I would have never guessed with the weather, Pacifica is COLD in the summer and I miss my 85 degree days! The point is, that with all this I have also realized that I haven’t done a post in awhile (again!). This time, I will say, that we had a VERY busy month of May…hey, I rhymed!
The month started off with a trip back to our home state of Minnesota to celebrate and photograph my cousin, Jackie’s wedding. J.O had a big scheduled outage planned, so I jumped on the plane and headed to Minnesota on my own for the weekend. I was ready to see family and have a jam packed weekend full of festivities; although, I was disappointed that I couldn’t have my love at my side. But, that’s how this crazy trade works; you never know when the power is going to go off, or, when it has to stay on. In fact, we were both reminded how crazy life in this trade can be that weekend when the planned outage was suddenly canceled and J.O on jumped a flight to Minnesota that Friday and surprised us all! It was so awesome and a complete surprise! I had no idea! He was able to come to the wedding, and we were both able to see family, old friends and enjoy the weekend together. The wedding was lovely, and we couldn’t be happier for the happy family!
The following week was also filled with family fun, but this time it was back in San Francisco. My cousin, Rebecca, was in town for the week at a business conference and had a few evenings free where we were able to pull her out of the city and hang out on the coast. It was so great to spend time with her out here and show her so many of the things I talk to her about on the phone! We were able to go on a nice hike together, have a few meals together and share lots of laughs! There is differently a benefit to live so close to a major business city when some of your favorite people have to travel to it for work!
The month just kept rolling and in between editing the images from my cousin’s wedding, going to work, making time for some play, and before we knew it our next big adventure for the month was upon us; our friends, Norm and Abby, were in town for a visit! It was a fantastic long weekend with them! We did it all! Or, as much as we could manage in 4 days We brought them up the coast to Tomales Bay to the oyster farms where we taught them the art of shucking an oyster. We took the train into downtown and walked along the Embarcadero to the Fisherman’sWharf where we enjoyed ice cream until it was stollen from Norm’s hands by a flock of sea gulls. The mornings started off with either a group run or a hike and at night, our favorite restaurants and breweries were visited or we were grilling at home with a bonfire off to the side. A night up in Tahoe was even put into the works. We had lots and lots of laughs, took lots of pictures and had a fantastic time with our great friends.
We thought that the month would have slowed down after that, but we just kept going. We were hit emotionally with the news that a good friend and lineman that J.O had worked along side back in Iowa tragically passed away while on the job. He had fallen to his death. It was heart breaking to hear, as it always is when these accidents happen, but this time, it hit a closer to home. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family. If you would like to donate to help his family, please go to www.nsujl.org or contact IBEW Local 55.
The month was wrapped up on a more joyful note with getting out of town for Memorial Day weekend! J.O knew that they were going to have the weekend off, so we decided to get out of town and start our summer off right with a camping trip. Real camping. In a tent. We live in our RV, so when we camp, we camp in a tent We decided it would be a bit of a trail run for our big 4th of July camping trip when we are going to go up the coast for 5 days. A cooler full of food and beer, our jeep packed high with our sleeping bags, tent, clothes and supplies and the long dog on my lap; we were ready to go! We spent one night with friends in the Lassen National Park, about 60 miles North of Chico, Ca. Then we drove to the North side of Lake Tahoe and spent one night there and finished off our trip on Lake Rollings near Grass Valley, Ca. The weather was ideal in every area we were and we both had such a great time, I didn’t want it to end! It was so much fun to get out as a family and do one of our favorite summer pass times. It really solidified that summer has begun!
Now, here we are and it’s already the middle of June! I’m a little sad that time is moving by so fast, but I’m also filled with joy knowing that our upcoming summer is scheduled with so many fun events. Next week my parents are coming into town for a visit and then it’s the 4th of July; my favorite holiday and our big camping trip! A few realizing weeks and we’ll move into August when we start to plan our next trip back to Minnesota to see family and friends.
I hope that you’re enjoying your summer thus far! And, as always, be careful out there linemen.
Oh, and I almost forgot! This May, Long Dog had a birthday! He is now 10 and doing better than ever. We even got him a subscription to BarkBox. It’s an mailing subscription that send your pup a monthly package (or however many times you want) of treats and toys So far, he’s loving it!