Just another average sunset in paradise!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time really flies!

Kevin and Ruth, of Travel with Kevin and Ruth, reminded me yesterday that it has been well over a month since my last posting.  A lot has happened and, as always seems to be the case, my plans have changed!

When I arrived at my brother Rick's house in late September, my plan was to cross the border into Mexico around the 1st of November.  Today is November 10th and I am still at Rick's!  If you remember my post about Southern Hospitality you will understand why it is so difficult to leave.  In addition to the normal electrical hook-up and three meals a day, Rick has added cable tv and Netflix to the list of amenities!

In order for me to feel better about all of the freebies I was accepting, I suggested that I do some projects around the house beginning with building a 120' flower bed for the back yard.

Prior to building the small retaining wall for the flower bed, the entire perimeter of the back yard was filled with about one yard of bare dirt made up about equally of mud and deep holes dug by Rick's german shepherd "Gizmo".  (Sorry no before pictures.)  We still need to add landscaping but that may wait until Spring.

The first project turned out so well that we decided to install pavers on the side of the house up  front and also on the walkway from the front of the house to the back yard.

Front area before

Walkway before

After pictures will be coming soon as well as some posts about my side trips while here in Bakersfield!  


  1. Was kinda wondering what happened to you. If staying there is working for you, then that sounds like a plan. The weather doesn't look too shabby, and a little physical activity, (at your own pace) can be quite enjoyable.
    If it turns cold, then it may be time to go to plan "B".
    Have fun.

  2. Lol...thanks for the update. Wasn't trying to be pushy. We'll keep the cerveza cold for whenever you decide to come on down!

  3. remember Mexico will always be there... why hurry?

  4. I bet your brother appreciates the work you've done.

  5. I wondered where you were! Sounds like you're really busy. Nice to spend time with your brother and his family and help them out, too. Don't work too hard!

  6. sure sounds like you have been earning your keep!!!..nice work!!