Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home Again!!!!

We're back!  And exhausted.  It was an interesting trip to my home towns.  I grew up in San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, and Dublin, California.  It is a little strange to go back.  My son Kenny lives in San Jose and works as an air traffic controller in Fremont.  So he is near all of those places that are so familiar to me.  We went to visit with him and to meet his girlfriend's parents that are visiting from Nigeria.  I liked them very much.  It was interesting to visit with them...although hard to understand all that they said.  Even though English is taught in Nigeria, I think there is a strong accent from their native language, and it was not always clear what they said.  But I think they did remarkably well.  I could not even say hi in their language.  We had fun comparing notes about life.  I feel very blessed to have had mine, and all of the many blessings I have received over a life time.
We ate out every meal so I am feeling a bit ill now.  I don't like to eat such rich food, and so much of it. I tried hard to keep my portions small and not to overindulge.  I think I was pretty successful as the scale does not reflect a weight gain.  But my stomach is very unhappy still.  It will probably take a couple of days to get back to normal.  One very interesting and not delightful thing was the water.  California is in the middle of a very bad drought.  So water is being filtered and treated excessively.  It really tastes terrible.  It was hard to drink it without feeling like I was being poisoned!  We drove up to Napa one day, and the water tasted good there.  So maybe it is just in the East Bay that the water is so bad.  Anyway, I think I no longer have any desire to move back.  The traffic was really terrible.  It seems like we were driving most of the time...and we really did not go that far.  I think I choose to remember how it used to be when I lived there as a girl and young mother.
So it is nice to be back home.  I am so grateful for out little piece of paradise.  It is super quiet here and the air is clean and the water tastes wonderful!!!  And we have good neighbors who look out for each other.  It is such a good thing.
Well, I hope all is well in cyberspace!  I am looking forward to seeing "Meet the Mormons."  I think we will go on Friday night here.  One of the stories is about Brother Halvorsen who was in our ward in Provo.  He took my cub scouts up in his little plane a few at a time.  I was so frightened to go up, but he told me he had flown over 60,000 hours and he would keep me safe.  I had a good time flying!  Later I learned his story of being a candy bomber over Germany in WWII.  It will be fun to see him in a movie!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody
P.S.  A few pictures:)
Lake Tahoe from the plane

Near Meeks Bay

Santa Cruz looking toward the harbor outlet

Santa Cruz

Mr. & Mrs. Ibe (sorry for the reflection)

1 comment:

LeAnn said...

I love that area. We lived in San Jose for three years and I loved being there.
It looks like you had a good time visiting even if communicating was hard.
I loved the pictures and especially learning that you know the Candy Bomber. I don't think I could go on a really small plane; scary.
Blessings for sharing this sweet trip.