Won't you let me take you on a Sea Cruise?

Ooo-eee, baby !  For those of you who can remember back that far, in 1959 Frankie Ford had a hit record called "Sea Cruise."  This kinda happy song was also featured in American Graffiti Soundtrack.  All of which brings me to announce that Jimmy and I have booked a 17-day Princess cruise from Los Angeles along the west coast of South America to Santiago, Chile in December!  Ooo-eee, baby, won't you take me on a sea cruise ?  Yes!  The ship stops in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, and ends in Valparaiso (two hours from Santiago).  We decided to hang around a few days in Santiago and Valparaiso, check out the local sights, etc., before flying back to LA just after Christmas.  Oh boy!  We are looking forward to this, big-time!

Not too much else has been going on with us since Tom and Diane flew back to Tallahassee two weeks ago.  Smoke from the American has kept us indoors a lot, tho we did enjoy a couple of smoke-free days and got out to yank St John's Wort from the back yard.  The American fire began three weeks ago, has burned almost 28,000 acres (and is still burning), but it has now been contained!  Yippee!  Mornings here seem to be smoky.  Afternoons, the smoke clears out, but by then it's too hot to do much outside.  We've gone to see two movies on hot afternoons.  Elysium and the Butler.  I didn't much care for the first one, but we both liked The Butler.

Last Sunday we hopped down to Pioneer Park in Nevada City for their third free outdoor program of the summer (we missed the first two).  

Where's Jimmy?

Eclectic music program!  Click on the picture to enlarge it if you want to read it.

All the musicians barely fit in the band shell.

These concerts are always fun and draw a big crowd, upward of 500.  Hard to get a picture of the whole shebang, mostly due to the sun's position.  By the time the music begins, the sun is pretty much behind the tall trees, but there's enough brightness to make the camera's eye crazy (mine, too)!  This is a volunteer concert band and while every single note isn't always perfect, the entertainment is worth the price of admission!  Everyone seems to have a great time, both musicians and audience.

We packed up our chairs, took a tasty dinner to eat on the grounds, noting that Lazy Dog Ice Cream had their truck parked nearby for dessert!  Yum-yum!

And lastly, today - Fri, Aug 30th - my sister, Nannie, and BiL, Bubba, will be pulling in here for a nice visit.  They've been on the road in their travel trailer for a couple of months and we're one of their last stops before heading home to Baton Rouge.  They spent a week camped next to us while we were in Montana in July and we spent a fun-filled week.  O boy, more fun!

The weather is supposed to cool off by the end of this week and smoke from that monster Rim fire near Yosemite is forecast to drift toward Nevada, rather than sink our way.  That terrible fire has burned almost 202,000 acres, and is approx 32% contained.  A long way to go on this one, sorry to say.  This is a very bad fire season in the west.

The End of Tail.


  1. That cruise sounds great. Nice ending to that tale. ;)

  2. ahh, good to hear from you. Also glad to see you are horribly troubled with smoke from the fires. The Rim fire IS horrendous, and yet so far, we are actually down on fire acreage from last year. Can you believe that?!? So tickled to hear you are going on a nice long cruise in December. What fun!!

    1. Sue, I'm confident you meant to say ... NOT horribly troubled...! :)


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