Boys and walnuts

Early morning, three of us on the couch each on our own devices but still chatting. He-who-shall-not-be-ignored, Charlie, wasn’t satisfied being 3 feet away, climbed up and sat across our feet … until Dad noticed. “Charlie! Get down!” Charlie listened immediately!

In the afternoon, I went to Justin’s to gather walnuts. I only harvested from 5 trees this year. My back now prefers that I rake, scoop and fill bags for just two hours. The cows came to watch what I was doing.

One small area looked like it was the daily gathering spot for meals. Lots of empty shells.

Lots of leaves and twigs were also scooped up which meant there was more sorting at home until there was a good layer of walnuts drying on the chicken wire rack on the patio.

Your bike rides this week

Sunday November 13. Brenda, Paul, Maria, JC:

Diana and Coletha:

Monday November 14. What a great bicycling day. There were 5 different rides with 14 people, total miles for the day = 199. I rode with Kathy and Roslyn – Roslyn’s FIRST ride ever with Arlete’s BIG. At our rest stop at Teal Bend Golf Course, we met Jean Marie and Ingrid.

Maria and Tony:

Kathy rode her trike later in the afternoon with Dani and Earldine:

Jim, Tracy, Brenda, Paul, Coletha:

Tuesday November 15. Brenda rode with Agueda and Minerva:

Ride with MOSAC: Andrea, Nathan, Barbara:

Wednesday November 16. I rode the Clarksburg Branch Trail in W Sacramento while I waited for a window on my suv to be repaired. Great ride, but the window is not fixed.

Wisdom Travels

Today was the concluding celebration at Jibe for a recent placemaking project. For the past year, local residents were featured on pole banners throughout North Natomas. Participants were invited to pick up their banners and meet the artist who told their stories, Janine Mapurunga. I knew several of the residents chosen to participate: Ray, Amal, Cathy, and Laura. Their stories were also on display at the local library.

Cathy, Janine, Mellissa:

Becky and Dennis:

Mellissa, Janine, Amal:

Seated are Donna and Ray. Ray fixes LOTS of bikes out of the goodness of his heart.

For more information, go to, select Placemaking, then Wisdom Travels.


When the Pedal Up Natomas riders arrived back at our starting point around 11 am and we were getting ready to go our separate ways, one of them pointed to a window on my car … broken.

They left almost everything but took two voice amplifiers that belonged to Jibe.

Unfortunately, Cindy who volunteered to ride with us today, was also a victim. Three windows broken and damage to one door.

The local security company took a report, we both filed reports online with the police department and contacted our insurance companies. Repairs are next. Expletives have not been included in this blog post.

Your bike rides this week

Sunday November 6. Jim, Paul, and Brenda:

Jonathan took this picture of Elaine, Kathy, and Earldine:

Thursday November 10. Stacey, Elaine, Kathy:

Taken by Barbara on her afternoon ride:

Maria, Paul, me:

Veteran’s Day. Maria and Tony:

Friday November 11. Diana and Coletha: