Our stays in Valencia always last longer than "planned" to take care of all our appointments and gatherings. This time our four weeks extended to seven to cover an engagement party, parts for the motorhome, and sadly a memorial service.
We see lots of family and friends, but I take very few photos so there's not a lot of proof.
A quick trip to Fresno to see Bill's mom and extended family is marred by our having colds. I spend most of my time in the hotel room bed :-( The drive over the Grapevine is beautiful in the snow - they close the road an hour after we get through. While we're there the motorhome is in the shop for new AGM batteries, an oil change, and a handful of minor repairs which "mostly" get completed. Whew - $$$$$!
We meet our good friends Steve and Lori to pick up our mail, and learn they're looking at property and "we" may be moving to the Central Coast! We meet up with a couple of the kids for some brews. Ezra hangs out with us every other day. Rain limits time outdoors - I can't remember the last time we've had so much wet.
|Briews with Bill, Richie, Corey and Christie.|
|Breakfast with Ezra and Daddy.|
|Rain, rain, go away!|
|He ends up on the couch, and Tessa stays in the chair next to him all night.|
|Ezra breakfast faces.|
|Engagement pic - Christie and Corey.|
|Crazy Gravel boys plus two.|
|Gravel boys and girls|
|Thinks the party is for her.....|
|"Taco 'bout love!"|
In the last post I mentioned that we were especially glad to have made the stop for dinner with friends in Banning. Two weeks later we lost our dear friend Tommy to his battle with cancer. I was so sure he was going to beat it. The memorial keeps us here a few more days and we meet many other high school friends in Moreno Valley to celebrate the life of a wonderful, generous man.
|The lovely service is well attended.|
|Tommy's wife releases a dove - 20 more join him in flight.|
|Back at their home, we make a final toast.|
|So happy to be taking Tessa for a walk.|
|Maximus age two.|
|Mason, age 6 months.|
|Another chance to walk the doggie.|
Next we're back in the desert with friends and flowers.