Friday, July 21, 2017

The going's on

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Last post we were celebrating George's birthday.
I took him out for dinner that night,
here's a little bit about it.

We went to Luigi's restaurant,
a nice Italian place nearby.

We ordered a bottle of wine which was pretty good..

but I love the sentiment on the back..

The food was great, including an antipasto plate with
all kinds of yummy things on it!

Our friends Greg & Connie are finally back
from their month long vacation across country.

As soon as we could we high-tailed it up
to Morgan Hill to see them.

They have the same Vilano that we have,
and George is Greg's handyman :-)

Here George is installing a handle bar on their screen door..

Greg helps by holding a flashlight :-)

We're so glad they're back! 
We have a lot of catching up to do.

Back at Yanks we've been having some nice sunsets..

There are so many fires in California,
and although we haven't been affected by them,
it makes the sky a bit hazy at times.

I went up to see Mom yesterday and help out with things.
We went to lunch with Adam,
and started talking wedding plans.
They finally set a date of August 25, 2018!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy birthday George!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

The other day while working in the office,
I got in a discussion with one of the other workers.
Seems her birthday is July 14 as well as George's!
We didn't work today, but Isabel did,
and since she has tomorrow off we celebrated today.

There was a cake ordered, and Jodi the manager
had pizza delivered for lunch.

Norma and I ordered the cake and told them
George with a 'G'.
Unfortunately George in Spanish is 'Jorge' ;-)
A little miscommunication in this mostly Mexican population.

We had some great pizza at the front desk..

We picked up the ice cream on our way back from Walmart,
where we had eye appointments.

As I get older my eyes seem to be getting better.
I've worn some sort of contact lenses for over 40 years,
and before that glasses since kindergarten!
Every year I have a step down in prescription,
so maybe someday I'll be 20/20 again. :-)

George's prescription changed a tiny bit also,
so he got new frames.

Both of us go back to work tomorrow.
Summer is flying by!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Long overdue post!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Wow, I know my last post was on the 19th of June!
We're enjoying our job here, 
the time is flying by so fast.

I've been observing the life around the property here.
The farmers are harvesting the broccoli behind the park..

There are great views from our site..

George and I have been doing a few things,
driving up to see Mom.
We went out to lunch with my son Adam and Mom last week.

Yesterday George worked, filling in for an employee who
is out on vacation.
That gave me some time to drive up to see Mom,
and spend the day with her.
We drove over to Monterey to check out the ocean.

The otters were quite happy in the kelp..

We had a nice lunch at Schooner's,
and Mom is happy :-)

There was a sad event at the park here yesterday.
A man who is traveling alone hadn't been
seen outside his RV since he got here a week ago.
He was scheduled to leave Tuesday,
and yesterday George pounded on his door,
with no response.
The sheriff was called,
and unfortunately the man was found inside.
It looks like he passed away awhile ago,
I won't go into details :-(
Hopefully they can get in contact with family members.
I can't imagine no one wondering where he was?
We think he had a heart attack, he was only 63.
How sad...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Working away

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

We're enjoying our jobs at Yanks!
It's nice to work in an air conditioned office
when the temps have been in the triple digits this week!

The office/store here is so nice!

Just the right amount of products to help out campers.

My schedule now is Friday through Monday,
and George helps outside Friday through Sunday.
Now HE gets a 'me' day :-)

Our schedule means no church on Sunday,
but we still go up to Salinas to be with Mom
at least once a week.

Tomorrow I'm going to lunch with a girlfriend,
and finally getting a haircut and pedicure.

Our friends Greg & Connie are gone for a month,
back east seeing family,
we miss our time together!

Friday, June 9, 2017

You're hired!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

God does answer prayers!
As we decided to stay in California a bit longer,
we've been here at Yanks off and on since September.
We've always told them in the office that
we are workampers, and could always use a job.

Lucky for us, they've decided to hire us on!

We only have to work 20 hours each for our site,
and in addition to that,
get paid for all hours worked!

They asked George if he would work 4 days a week,
which he was happy to do.
His job is escorting, filling propane,
and keeping the grounds looking nice.

They had us move to a new site,
and what a nice site it is!
We have a view of the mountain,
brown though it is..

There's green space next to us too.

Right now I'm working in the office 2 days a week,
checking in guests and making reservations.

Such a lovely park, and wonderful people to work for!

We're still spending time with Mom on days we're off.
My son Adam and fiance Jennifer came down for dinner,
and to see the RV.
I forgot all about taking pictures!

George and I found a great little lunch spot in King City
called Cork & Plough.

We are still really loving the weather here,
perfect temps, no rain,
and nice vistas.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What? Still in California!?

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Good thing that RVers plans are made of Jello,
or as our RVer friend Paul Dahl says,
Semper Gumby (or good thing we are flexible!)

Last week we were saying our good byes to
friends, family, and getting together one last time.
Sunday we went to Pastor Hoff's retirement party
at the church.
There were some tears shed as we said goodbye
to everyone there, including Pastor.
He will be sorely missed!

They are heading up to Olympia, WA where they bought a lovely home.
Maybe we'll be in Washington someday, lovely place to visit!

In the meantime I have not been feeling right about leaving
the area quite yet.
We had accepted a job in San Antonio, 
and I dreaded calling to back out. 

My Mom is okay, getting independent.
We're still helping her out by cleaning every couple of weeks,
and George has been fixing things in her apartment as needed.

We're still at Yanks RV Resort for the time being.
George keeps trying to get us a job here!

To all of you that we hoped to visit,
we definitely need to leave here after Labor Day.
I have doctor appointments that have to be 
attended to in Amarillo.
We are also going to be in Pennsylvania sometime in October,
and then try to find a winter job in the south.

Hopefully we'll have more updates!

Friday, May 26, 2017

What? More wine tasting?

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Unfortunately our time in this area is coming to an end :-(
We can't believe that we've been here since September 30th!
It's been so nice being with family,
reconnecting with friends,
and our church family as well.

Greg & Connie drove to Greenfield yesterday to spend
more time with us.
Of course we spent time wine tasting :-)

We get some nice free tastings courtesy of the RV park,
so we started out at Paraiso.

We all really like their wines..

..but you can't beat the view from the deck!

We took our tasting outside and sat by the fire for a bit.

The grapevines are starting to get tiny bunches of grapes on them.

 After a bit we moved down the road to Hahn,
our favorite winery,
with the same spectacular views.

Since we're very familiar with their wines,
we opted to just buy a bottle and sit outside.
The weather was perfect,
and the company even better!

Afterward we made our way to the Windmill restaurant for
an early dinner.

Of course we're always hoping to see Greg & Connie
again somewhere down the road.
We are going to visit their daughter Carrie in Palm Springs
on our way to Texas.
Looking forward to that!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A little help for our friends

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Saturday we took a ride up to Morgan Hill
to visit with Greg & Connie.

When we went to the Pleasanton RV show
and bought our new Vilano, they did as well :-)
They finally picked theirs up and brought it back
to their space at Coyote Valley RV Resort.
As we know there is a lot to do to get it ready
for habitation, and Greg wanted George to help
with some outside projects and installation.

I helped inside by lining all the cupboards and shelves
with the rubberized shelf liner.
Connie got things put away while we chatted.

Afterwards they took us to dinner to a great place,
Rock Bottom.
It was a nice night, so we sat outside.

We are really going to miss them when we leave :-(

On that note...

We got a job!
We will be working at Hidden Valley RV Park
near San Antonio, TX.

I happened to see on a workamping Facebook group
a post from the owner that they needed help,
so I emailed her right away.
She called us and told us the details, and we accepted!

We've been to San Antonio,
stopping there the first year out to California.
There is a lot to do in the area, it'll be a great place
to be for the summer!

George and I will be leaving here on the 30th,
stopping in Bakersfield to see family.
Eventually we'll get to Hidden Valley on June 4th
which is in Van Ormy, TX.

Very excited!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day celebrations

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Sure amazing how fast the hills turn brown!
We had only been north of here a couple months,
and the rains stop, temps rise, and the results are dramatic.
This park doesn't seem any busier than before.

Mother's day was spent with a picnic,
and doing a bit of wine tasting.

George and I took Mom,
and we met up with Adam & Jennifer,
and Jennifer's mom & dad, and aunt & uncle.

We started out at Odonata winery,
where they were kind enough to put up tables
for us to have a picnic.
It was so windy, no way we could sit outside!

Mary, Steve, Mom

George, Mary, Don, Steve, and winemaker Dennis

Steve, Martha, Mom, Jennifer
 We then went to Paraiso Winery,
did some tasting,
and checked out the possibility to have
the wedding there.

George, Martha, Jennifer, Steve

I signed up for the flowers at church to surprise Mom,
which she was!
I got a lovely card from Adam, and a nice call from Austin.
Of course George's daughter Heather called too :-)

We continue our search for a paying or work-for-site job.
It's frustrating, because there are a lot of jobs to be had,
but not necessarily where we need to be.
Our plans are to be in Texas or nearby for summer,
to put us near Amarillo by end of September for doctor appointments.
After that we want to travel to the Vilano service center in Mississippi,
then head to Pennsylvania for a bit to visit family there.

Something will happen soon we hope!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wow, out of the blue..

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

As you can see, our address has changed.

On Tuesday we were 'asked to leave' the KOA
where we have been workamping since early March.

We loved working there when we first started.
The work we were thrown into was
a bit out of the ordinary,
as there was storm damage,
and an upcoming KOA inspection.

I worked in the office, learning the ancient KOA DOS system.
A few mistakes were made, but not life or death ones by any stretch.
When not in the office I was asked to do outside weeding,
painting, and anything else deemed necessary.
I helped the manager by organizing his office,
and updating his filing system, entering a myriad of information
onto Excel spreadsheets for him.

George started off by helping clean up storm damage,
fixing and organizing things around the property,
even rewiring some electrical things.
Once the inspection was over,
it was daily departing sites,
escorting guests to sites, etc.
More than occasionally George was pulled off of one project
to start working on another.

There was a lot of  'miscommunication' on both sides,
and a lot of this has caused us to feel more stress there
than was worth the pay & site.
The hiring on of 3 other workamper couples recently
made us wonder if we were really needed.

Most recently we've been feeling 'unwanted' in various ways
by the management couple there.
As it turns out, they are berated by the owners about everything,
which in turn causes them to berate others.
They say sh** rolls downhill, right? :-)
Apparently the management couple have given their notice
to leave there anyway.

Much to our surprise, we were called in yesterday morning
as we walked in to start our shift.
They took us to the back room and in a not-so-kind way
asked us to leave.
As you can understand both our jaws dropped!
When we asked what was going on,
they gave vague references to us
not finishing projects,
not doing our jobs,
all without any specific references.

Of course we were totally floored,
neither one of us saw it coming,
and we've had nothing but positive experiences
at every other job we've worked.

We packed up, turned in our yellow shirts and keys,
and got the heck out of there :-)
I wouldn't let them see me cry!

I immediately called the RV park where we were staying
from September to March, and was told we could stay
here for two weeks.
It's the busy season, so not sure we can get a monthly spot.

In the meantime we're doing some searching
for another workamping job.
Our plan is to find a summer job either
in Texas or maybe Pennsylvania.
I need to be in TX for annual doctor visits in September,
and we need to get to PA to see George's family!

We'd like to stop at the Vilano service center for a punch list
of things for them to address under warranty.
They are in Mississippi, so it could be on the way to PA.

Oh what a joy life can be!
We are keeping our chins up,
and I sure appreciate all the positive comments
about this situation on Facebook.

Love you all!