TrackTown, USA: Not much to report. Yes, it rained (because we had our motorhome washed) and Brian returned to install the new slide room awnings. I’d tell you the new awning look fantastic, but it is raining so hard (and it’s so cold) I don’t want to go outside to look.

I’m trusting Brian.

But I do want to share two photos tonight of My Beautiful Grandchildren and brag about My Clever Daughter. When Lucy was about a week old, Lisa came-up with the most brilliant plan for a birth announcement. She went to the florist and brought home an assortment of greens and flowers, styled them on a white background, placed a swaddles Lucy in the center and hired Los Angeles photographer, Miranda Corbell, to document the scene.

Wow. Just Wow.

The final product was a large flat card with Lucy’s name, birth date and vital stats superimposed over the bottom of the photo in white. My heart leap with happiness when I saw this photo. So precious…

…but then I flipped the card over and burst into happy tears:

I realize Miss Corbell had the two most gorgeous subjects ever to photograph, but can’t say enough about the fabulous job she did in capturing this very special moment.

Shabbat Shalom!

Until my next update, I remain, your weepy correspondent.

RV PARK: Premier RV Resort – Large RV park on I-5 (exit 199). Long pull-through sites with full hookups, 50/30 amp, bath houses, laundry, pool & hot tub (in season), fitness center, cozy fireplace lounge with TV, store, ice, newspaper delivered to your door six days per week. Freeway noise and a lot of live-ins. Premier RV Resort is conveniently located near the many RV repair/service businesses located in Coburg or Junction City. We are paying $48 per night. 

And, even though there is a swimming pool next door,
they added a huge infinity pool overlooking the lake and their boat dock.


Another privacy lot, but the owners situated their casita sideways

Which left them plenty of room for a pool and spa

Great stone fireplace and, again, residential furniture


I wonder if there is any granite left on the planet after touring through these beautiful casitas. Splendid!


This concludes our tour. Please exit through the front of the bus and don’t forget to tip your driver.

We returned to our simple, plain (hose-off-able) casita so I could prepare a complicated recipe for our Oscar Night Dinner for Two. I rarely attempt complicated recipes, but the photo of a tart from Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi looked too yummy to pass up. (Lisa gave me her copy of the cookbook because she felt many of the recipes required too many steps and have too many ingredients for a busy young mother to attempt – and she is an accomplished cook. I am going to try a few of his recipes and decide for myself.)

Even I will admit, my finished version looked as good as the photo in the cookbook… but… so… many… steps: First I had to line a tart pan with puff pastry and par-bake it with pie weights (oh, wait, first I had to order pie weights from amazon.com because who has pie weights in their RV???… and no, I don’t like to use/waste dried beans as pie weights because they just don’t weigh enough… and now I am that lady with pie weights in her RV kitchen).

Next I had to peel three heads of garlic. Ended up with 47 cloves. The cloves had to be poached in water, drained, sauteed in olive oil and poached again. Then balsamic vinegar, a dash of sugar and herbs are added and simmered until all the liquid evaporates and the garlic cloves are caramelized and dark.

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