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Monday, June 25, 2012

Volonte Park

Today I went for a walk in Anderson, CA at Volonte Park. It is a wildlife trail around a wetland. The ACID (Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District) canal has an aqua duct that goes over the top of the trail head on South Street. There is a skate park and baseball field and  I never imagined that it was such a nice trail.
ACID Aqua Duct
ACID Aqua Duct
South Volonte Wetlands Trail Head

Stork on Bridge

Beaver on Bridge

Duck on Bridge

Turtle on Bridge

View of the Wetlands
It was a nice place to walk. I picked my first black berry of the season. They had special workout stations along the trail made by Playworld Systems. It is for 50+. That is a contrast to the "official Skate Park" and the baseball field that are in Volonte Park. Someone must have gotten a grant.
I plan to walk there each of the 8 days Ian has left of summer school. He will be done July 6th.
My mom used to tell me every summer, "Get a job or go to summer school." Next year I hope my son choose, "Get a job."

I have also joined the library reading program for the summer in Anderson. My next blog I will discuss some of the books I am reading.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Cottonwood "Est. 1882"

Today I am at home in Cottonwood. The Elegant Bean in the Holiday shopping center. The shop got new owners 4 years ago yesterday. Today is truly my first day of Summer Break. 
 I spent last week painting my bathroom.

    These are the after pictures.


My youngest daughter put in the new sink at Christmas.
 She is a photographer, so her pictures of the new sink are better quality than the ones from my phone, but you can see what I covered up. 3 layers of paint later, I was able to turn the green into blue. I did the wood in another shade of blue. It was great to be able to match the hamper color exactly. It was very satisfying to have a clean bathroom with all the Mold "Kiltzed".

This summer I am working on a community base map with the country. It is an unpaid internship, but my name will be on a National Map for ESRI when it is all done. I have been able to keep my skills sharp while I wait for a job.

All the kids are busy with one project or another. My oldest has got a driver job for NAPA Auto parts while she is learning to drive a school  bus this summer. She has plans to drive and repair school buses in the fall. Number 2 daughter is enjoying her summer as a camp counselor at Mountain Meadow Bible Camp. She was home for a too short weekend. Number 3 daughter is trying to keep busy with friends, helping with two different VBS's  (Vacation Bible Schools), a college class online and scrap booking. She painted her room last week before I did the bathroom.


 She also got to display her artwork fro her classes this last year in the "AFTER" picture.
My girls are all so talented in their own way.
My boy is spending the summer playing catch-up with summer classes. He told me this week that when a boy is 12 or 13 he forgets anything he knew and when he turns 16 he realizes that his is 2 years from being kicked out and needs to get his act together. I am glad he is now 16.

So, my summer now will be spent staying cool. I will try to finish the base map project before mid July. We have VBS at our church July 16 - 20. I am painting signs for that as well. Free hand lettering is time consuming, but satisfying when it is finished.
Tomorrow I plan to start walking a trail near my son's summer school.

    Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
(Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV)