Retired at the Lake

A little past, including the horse business, the furniture business, and maybe some monkey business. A lot about the present, retired at the Lake, and the fun our friends and neighbors and RV'ing friends are having in their dotage.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

2nd Post from the Lake - I'm a blogger!! (almost) (Fall!)

Thanks to a new friend on an RV list, I finally have a profile and a picture along with it. I had to duplicate my first blog picture to get it done, but it's ok, I like the picture. LOL! There are still a lot of features on blogger that I haven't visited or figured out yet, but this is a start.
It's Fall at the Lake. A very few trees had started to turn last week - now, as of yesterday, there are several more, and the nights have cooled down significantly. Fall means the lake water is low. This water is used by Yolo County Irrigation District throughout the summer. What starts out in the Spring as 7 to 9 feet "Rumsey" (the meter by which the lake water depth is measured (a stick at the mouth of Cache Creek)) is now just below 3 feet, and they are still letting water out for irrigation. There is a limit of how much they can take at different intervals, so our water right now is probably almost as low as it will go for this year.
During the rainy season the lake can go up as much as a foot a day if a lot of water is running off of the surrounding hills. From looking down, way down, to the top of our pontoon boat in September or October, in comparison it is up looking in the window at us by June. The ramp down to the dock goes from the angle of a normal staircase to almost level. A tree standing in water in Spring has it's roots exposed in Fall.
We are still having gorgeous weather! High 70's and low 80's in the afternoons, mid-forties at night. Have had a few nights down into the upper thirties lately, so it's changing. The tomatoes are still developing and turning red, but much slower. The garden is not completely shot yet and the Canna Lillies are still blooming! A sure sign that we haven't had frost yet. A fantastic time of year.....
The top picture would be a high water mark looking at the house across the channel from us (Bev's house). The bottom picture is the low water mark just a couple of weeks ago when they cut down her diseased tree.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

First post from the Lake: HOW TO BLOG????

October 17, 2006. I'm in here.... I've got an account. I still don't have a profile. I never saw where to make one. For now I'm just gonna experiment and see how to work this. Then I'll write something interesting......:-))
For now, I am 65 years old. Geez, that looks strange to see that in writing. How did I get this old?? I've done a lot of interesting things. I still am. I want to write about some of them.
I live at the lake. Beautiful Clear Lake in Northern California. I've been here for six years now. It doesn't seem possible it's been that long.
We came from the San Joaquin Valley (we being my S/O Mike, and Bear, our Aussie) where I lived in different little valley towns from 1972 til the year 2000. Elk Grove, Galt, Acampo, and a business in Lockeford.
But the Lake's not new to me. I'd been coming up here for vacations since 1950 when I was nine years old, maybe even before, but 1950 is what I've been told. I hardly missed a year for a couple of decades, then it was spottier, but it was always in my heart as my favorite place to be, and hopefully, someday, to live.....