New Adventures Begin…


The paperwork has been signed, funds transferred and hands shaken. Our new sailboat “Marco Polo” is a 2012 Beneteau 46 and she comes very well equipped for new adventures. Cindy and I have been pretty busy these last few weeks as we prepared for an extended absence from our CA home, finalized the purchase, and begin to get used to…

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Offer accepted on a Beneteau 46!


Cindy and I went to Charleston South Carolina to see 3 boats that seemed to fit what we were looking for. The first we saw (Equinox, a 2011 Beneteau 50) was roomy, but not well cared for. The 2nd (Dorthy, a 2008 Beneteau 49) was well cared for, and we were very interested. The 3rd (Marco Polo, a 2012 Beneteau…

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Preparing for new adventures…


Life and time are the two best teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time and time teaches us the value of life. House sitting and dog sitting for the honeymooners these last 2 weeks (and waiting for the rain to stop). Plenty of projects around the house with the buttoning up of the laundry room(s) and cabinet…

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Ben and Bethany’s Napa Wedding


A beautiful past few weeks of family time as we prepared for, and then enjoyed Ben and Bethany’s Napa (Calistoga) wedding. A great venue in a barn surrounded by vineyards with nearby houses to host the wedding party.

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Wedding Prep and Family Time


“The adventure calls. The future awaits. How you handle your heart’s desire will in great measure determine what becomes of your life.” John Eldredge, Desire. It has been a great couple of weeks working on the houses, hanging out and getting ready for Ben and Beth’s wedding on the 30th. Going to be a busy & fun week ahead. A…

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Rain & remodeling in Redding


Order is Devine.  Dennis Prager A week of good progress on both Ben’s house and our’s here in Redding. Ben and I started framing up the interior walls & met again with the draftsperson who helped us better understand the challenges of working in an earthquake prone area. Things have to be done a little differently here! We were also…

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Dakota House progress


The present must be made to serve the future.  A fun week of work accomplished with Ben on his & Beth’s new home on Dakota Lane. It has been great to work alongside my son and continue to see the strong and hardworking man he has become. We started by framing an opening for the new back doors, and temporarily…

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Friends, Fun, Boat Show.


Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. A busy 3 weeks since our last post… Super bowl party, Engagement party, brush burning and cleaning up around Ben’s new house, Biggest snow storm in Redding for 50 years, and a trip to the Miami International Boat Show for some warmer weather! This…

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TGFIV


“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” George Adair Thank God for insulation vacuums! The last 2 weeks have been busy and fulfilling, working with Ben on his new house. The entire attic had old insulation that needed to be removed & we first tried pulling the ceiling down and shoveling it into bags (a huge…

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A House in the woods


“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain One of the biggest events these last 2 weeks was Ben and Bethany closing on their new home! It is a fixer upper with a killer location backing up to the McConnell foundation trail system. We are…

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