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Spring & Summer Fun in Oroville, California

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No matter what I want to say- Otown is home.  I remember thinking it was the most boring place on earth as I was growing up.  That all changed when I started writing.  Otown gave me lots to write about- and I loved that. It seems there is something for everyone in Otown.  One thing that I always thought was pretty cool about Otown are the murals scattered through town.  There are about 20 different murals that can be viewed. The Oroville Dam spillway has always been a favorite attraction for both locals & visitors. The dam contains the water in Lake Oroville, which is an area where many gather to play during the warmer months. Another popular Otown body of water is the Forebay.  It is definitely a favorite of many for cooling down & having some fun. Many also head to the Afterbay to launch their boats for a little fishing or skiing. I hope you enjoyed this little excursion in Otown.  If you like this post, be sure to like & share it s

Odd Pandemic Purchases

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It all started with water & toilet paper.  I still don't get the toilet paper thing- I mean, it's an upper respiratory   thing not a diarrhea thing.  I wish someone would explain it to me. Next, it was cleaning supplies.  This made more sense, but if you are cleaning on a regular basis you shouldn't have to hoard supplies. Then, it progressed to Qtips.  This makes absolutely no sense.  What in the world are people doing with all of those Qtips?!?! Now, there is something even more bizarre disappearing from store shelves.  I'm not quite sure what it means but it definitely makes no sense whatsoever.  Watch the video below to see what new COVID hoarding is going on now.

COVID-19 and Phil

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Sooo...it seems that information on how this COVID thing works & the future of COVID changes every day or two.  That is because this COVID thing is a brand new thing and no one really knows that much about it.  I mean, it only appeared on the scene a short time ago. However, this COVID thing has caused a lot of chaos, trauma, & sorrow.  That is why I felt compelled to make this little video.

Old Time Fiddlers

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Every year around this time, the Old Time Fiddlers hold their annual competition in my hometown, Oroville, California.   Of course, this year it has been cancelled because of the Corona Virus.  Typically, though, crowds gather- some to participate in the battle of the strings, some to watch. It is an enjoyable, relaxing event that draws young and old from miles around each year.   It is unfortunate that the event will not be held this year, and string artists will be greatly missed.  But you can watch more fiddler videos on my YouTube channel .   To find out more about the history of the fiddlers & future events, check out their website .

Disinfectant PSA

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I have been hearing about the Lysol scandal- it's all over the news.  Personally, I think it is ridiculous.  I mean- nothing was said about drinking Lysol.  I think it's time for the country to take a chill pill.

Pandemic Hoarding- It's Just Not Cool

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The past several weeks have been a time of change, anxiety, and hoarding.  Yes- it's true.  People really are buying up all kinds of bizarre things & creating a stash like crazed chipmunks.  We really need to take a step back & check ourselves as a community and as individuals. Hoarding can create an environment of confusion and frenzy.  We really do need to slow down a little & really think about what we are doing. I hope this little video will help people to think about their purchases & make better choices.  😏

COVID Cloud Watching

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I love taking pictures of clouds.  Clouds can be so interesting.  They can also be very beautiful when the environment is just right.  I have always taken pictures of cool looking clouds.  I have a lot of pictures from California because I was raised there.  But now I also have amazing cloud pictures from all over the country.  I have totally enjoyed gathering my collection of cloud pictures—and now I want to share them with you—along with some interesting facts about clouds. What Exactly Are Clouds? Clouds are just collections of water in various forms.   Many clouds are not very visible because they consist of water vapor.   Since these clouds contain water in the gaseous form, they may actually not even be visible to the naked eye.   Visible clouds tend to contain small droplets of water.   Because the water has become a physical manifestation that can be touched, it can be seen in the form of a cloud. Fog is a cloud that hovers above the ground.  Fog feels like a cold mist wh

Cookie's COVID Comfort Food

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I so love to cook & wanted to share a "comfort food" dish- hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes.  YUM!!! As you can probably tell, this meal is fairly simple to make.  All you need is mashed potatoes... and hamburger gravy. Just watch my video to see how I made it.   It really is super yummy. In my video, I credit my grandmother, dad & brother for my cooking skills.  They really did have a lot to do with my abilities & love of cooking.  I tried to share a picture of my beautiful grandmother during the video but it didn't work out very well, so I wanted to include it in my blog so everyone can see her.  I miss her so much Sooooo...on a side note- in the video I talked about the banana bread I made yesterday.  Well...I went to my refrigerator to get something & noticed the eggs.  I realized I had forgotten to put the eggs in my banana bread yesterday.  OOOPSIE 😆 Oh well- that just goes to show that recipes are really only

Cookie's Comfort Food- Making Banana Bread With Cookie

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I LOVE BAKING!!!   My love for cooking and baking really began when I was very young.  My parents were divorced, and I used to go visit my dad and grandmother in Anderson , California.  It seemed like Grandma Dolly was always cookin’ up something.  She used to make me mush (cream of wheat) for breakfast.  Sometimes, she would make bacon and egg sandwiches.  She would let me help her.  I got to put the pepper on the eggs using the pepper grinder—I loved using the pepper grinder.  I used to think it was so cool whenever an egg had a double yoke. Grandma Dolly used to make boysenberry jelly too.  She had boysenberry bushes in her back yard.  She let me help her pick the berries and make the jelly.  It was so awesome.  I really don’t remember much of what she told me about making the jelly, but I do remember that it was a very enjoyable experience.  To this day my favorite jelly is boysenberry.  I love the flavor, but I think it has more to do with the memories than anything else.  My

Making the Best of a COVID Weekend

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I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful day.  The picture above was taken at Loafer Creek just outside of Oroville , California, in 2013.  Loafer Creek is a popular hangout for local residents during the spring & summer months.  People flock there during the warmer months to hike, fish, ride horses, and swim.  One of the more popular trails is the Roy Rogers trail.  It is a loop route that is nearly two miles long.  Leashed dogs are allowed in certain areas of the park as are bicycles but specific guidelines must be followed, so be sure to pay attention to posted signs in the area. There are over 150 camp sites at Loafer Creek Recreational Area- some specifically designed for campers with horses.  Every camp site has ample parking, a table, and a grill.  Equestrian camp sites are large enough to handle two horses.  There are also some sites that allow for RVs up to 40 feet long.  Sanitization stations are available for RVs as well.  Reservations for periods between April 1st and