Honorary Mayor’s Dinner

Every year, the Rio Linda Chamber of Commerce holds a fundraiser to elect an honorary mayor. There were three candidates running this year, each person represented a local non-profit organization and sold $1 tickets. Half the money raised goes to the C of C, half goes to the organization. Tonight, the winner was announced at a dinner held at the American Legion. DSC01753The winner just received the symbolic top hat from last year’s H-Mayor; at right is the candidate from the Moose Lodge – and I have no idea who any of them are because I don’t hang out at either the Legion or the Moose, which are essentially two of Rio Linda’s bars.DSC01755I supported the Rio Linda Food Closet and the three women who work tirelessly to make it a success. Catherine was their candidate.

L-R: Brenda Conover, Bev Doster Ward, Catherine Green

L-R: Brenda Conover, Bev Doster Ward, Catherine Green


The kitchen crew prepared and served a prime rib dinner:DSC01750

“Grandmas are squishy”

DSC01720Avery thinks my arms are soft and squishy, especially under the upper arm. As I buckled him into his car seat, he said, “Grandmas are squishy.” Yes I am. We were off to Old Sacramento today after summer school. I was curious how two passengers on a Yuba Mundo would work. IMG_0409We had to stop at the turtle place.DSC01723At Miller Park, the fire department was getting ready for drills on the water.DSC01726Everyone’s getting more comfortable on the Yuba Mundo, me too.DSC01728Back at the house, Sophia practiced selfies with my camera.DSC01738

Party at Val’s

Almost everyone at the party was a retired teacher or staff person of some sort in the now-extinct Rio Linda Union School District or the current Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Mary Turner, Darlene Smudski, Linda Chaix, Carole Jennings

Mary Turner, Darlene Smudski, Linda Chaix, Carole Jennings

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Susie Cairns, Adrienne Clark

Susie Cairns, Adrienne Clark

Thank you, Chuck (Val’s husband) for being the barbecue griller.
Chuck Wolk, Rich Turner

Chuck Wolk, Rod Turner

Georgene Cooper, Jeanne Regello

Georgene Cooper, Jeanne Regello

Ron Chaix, Bill Brooks, Ray Willett's back, John Zeleski

Ron Chaix, Bill Brooks, Ray Willett’s back, John Zeleski

Ann Brooks, Kathy Wymore, Linda Chaix

Ann Brooks, Kathy Wymore, Linda Chaix

Val, Bill Brooks

Val, Bill Brooks

Mike Wade, Adrienne, Val

Mike Wade, Adrienne, Val

Thank you Val and Chuck for hosting this annual event and helping everyone to stay in touch.DSC01717And version #2 of the Ocean frozen vodka turned out better that attempt #1 – hurray!DSC01690

Sophia & Avery

I picked up Sophia and Avery after summer school at St Ignatius was over. We first stopped at Petco to see if there were any animals to look at. There were lots! Rabbits, hamsters, mice, amphibians, fish, birds!
DSC01684The best discovery, however, was the adoption center where you can meet and play with kittens and puppies. Perfect! Sophia really wants a cat, but Mom and Dad are not so excited. Since there is NO chance Grandma would ever purchase/adopt/pet a cat (or any other pet for that matter), I am the best person to provide this experience.DSC01686IMG_0403Our next stop was haircuts. Sophia went bold with a short style.IMG_0408IMG_0407DSC01687Our third stop was Sophia’s ukelele lesson. Avery and I walked around the block. He managed to entice a local kitty to follow us for a while.DSC01688I’m not sure how much fun Sophia and Avery had, but I had a great time today.

Penn Valley

I went to Maria’s in Penn Valley for a couple of days – always so much fun! Maria’s experimental garden on the front patio:DSC01665I walked each day, motivated by a FitBit Weekend Warrior challenge.DSC01664Hole #1 for the Lake Wildwood golf course is across the street. Maria spotted Janice Pucci’s group on the green.DSC01670And she came over for a visit afterward.DSC01677As always, great food. Here three different dinner salads – yum!DSC01681My experiment, frozen vodka using Ocean Vodka – organic and made in Kula Maui. Next time, I’ll make sure all the fish are right-side up!DSC01662As it melted, the scuba diver became visible.DSC01667Thank you Maria and Tim for everything!

Saturday

Sophia and Avery are taking golf lessons at William Land Park every Saturday morning.DSC01612DSC01614DSC01613Carson’s favorite part:DSC01618After golf, it’s off to gymnastics.DSC01632Meanwhile, in E Nicolaus.DSC01636This year’s batch of baby pigs arrived this week.DSC01644DSC01647Annuals planted by Justin.DSC01658

Sophia, Old Sac, and a Yuba Mundo

Today, I picked up only Sophia at Leah’s and went for a little adventure in Old Sacramento. We rented a Yuba Mundo bicycle – a great family bicycle – at Practical Cycle.IMG_0392We rode to Miller Park. Along the way, turtle-spotting:DSC01587DSC01586Back in Old Sac, bird-tracking:DSC01589Tree-rushing:DSC01598Posing once again for Grandma:DSC01600DSC01603

Ukelele and laughter

I picked up Sophia from Leah’s and took her to her ukelele lesson.DSC01551After Mom got home, Sophia and Avery found a piece of bubble wrap and started jumping and popping them …DSC01552… much to the delight of CarsonDSC01553DSC01554DSC01555