Preacher Story makes LA Times

August 4, 2008 at 8:12 am (Uncategorized)

Interesting article about the preacher who is on trial for murder.  He always wanted to be famous…now he has made the LA Times.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-oncal4-2008aug04,0,2332727.story

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A tribute to Delbert on his 80th

July 1, 2008 at 9:19 am (Uncategorized) (, )

Grandpa and the Grandkids (some of them)

Grandpa and the Grandkids (some of them)

This weekend I went to Bass Lake to celebrate my grandpa Delbert’s 80th birthday. 

He is the kind of grandpa that tells bawdy jokes and has nicknames for all of his grandchildren (and now great grandchildren).  I grew up being called Dawiloh (dah-wee-low) – who knows what it means or how to spell it, but everytime I hear it a huge smile lights up my face. 

Grandpa Delbert has lived and loved.  He has been married to Grandma Peggy, raised 4 children, and watched his children raise 7 grandchildren.  Now he even has two great grandchildren.  His friends adore him and he is famous around Bass Lake for telling his jokes and building/fixing boat engines.

So in tribute to my Grandpa who has 80 years under his belt, I have made a list of some of the things I want to accomplish in the next 50 years of my life.  In my next 50 years I want to:

learn to speak spanish
live in another country
throw a Marie Antoinette-themed party
travel the world
eat at the French Laundrey
eat at El Bulli
plant my own garden
fall in love
write a book
raft down the Colorado river
be in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival
make my own wine
and I could go on, but how boring! 

Quite a list, but I do have some time…I will be 80 in 50 years, making it the year 2058.  Half of the 21st Century will have evolved, and who knows what will have happened by then.  Having the first African American president will be a milestone well passed.

So I raise my glass of Early Times on the rocks to Delbert.  May he have many more birthdays to share with family and friends!

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Hello world!

March 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm (Uncategorized)

I have to dedicate my first blog post to my dear friend Helen Jane.  

Nat and HJH

Helen Jane – I raise my glass to you!  This never would have happened without you!

And so it begins, the adventures of a girl in the valley.  A valley that I moved to a little over seven years ago and have never left.  A valley that cradles three of my favorite things:  wine, food and friends!

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