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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas lights

Went to Victorian Christmas last night. It was packed, people were buying (whew, happy merchants) and it was absolutely beautiful. Nevada City has never looked better. All the large victorian houses at the top of Broad Street are beautifully lit, a real must see. Here in Cascade Shores, the "most lit" homes as far as I can tell are on Cascade Dr (Don Frisbees) on BQH by Sargent Jacobs (John Jiminez). But there are lots of others too. We like to get a commuter cup of chocolate, jump in the motorhome (view window) and drive the shores looking for good decorations. Don't miss the Amaral house (take Pasquale off Red Dog, on left after 200 ft). Amazing decorations, Santa is there and DON'T miss Eddie the Elf (you'll see). The kids adore this place. When a fresh blanket of snow covers the ground lights it is really magical! Thank you Amarals. Merry Christms all!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Propane Cost for members

Be exicited. Be very excited if you have been wise enough to join CSHA to help beat propane prices. The member price at Surburban as of 12/2/08 was $1.99. Non-member price was $2.99. We went and filled the BBQ tank for under $10 at their station. I noticed the tank swap at Save Mart was $19.99. Wow, 50% savings on a portable tank, 33% on your home tank. That plus $1.74 for gasoline makes the season a bit brighter!

Bargains at Christmas/Rough & Ready

I went thrift shopping with my friend Caroline Inglis last Friday. We decided to work the thrift stores from Nevada City to Penn Valley (1/2 off days). WHAT A SCORE. Honestly, we found great items (lots of beautiful Xmas decorations) and even new unused items. The stores were packed, and each one seemed to really be strong in a different area (household, decorations, glassware, games). Anyway, the sleeper was the Rough and Ready General Store. Two ladies run a full time "gift/thrift" area inside the store, and have great merchandise, beautifully arranged and bargain priced. There is an amazing collection of the Byers Carolers, and the ladies are so nice and helpful. We left with armful's. Also, if you didn't know, Rough and Ready General has the BEST taco's in Nevada County (little known secret). They also do a "to go" business of homecooked meals. Like everyone, they are struggling to keep going in these times, so try to check them out!

Are the bears confused by weather?

I've had a compost bin for 9 years, and it was never disturbed by critters. Last night, my dogs warned me somethin' big was in the yard at 2am. In the morning, I found my very sturdy plastic compost bin shredded into little pieces, and my recent deposit of 5 lbs of old apples gone. This is our 4th bear visit in a few weeks, and his first "score." I think this temperate weather has got them confused about hibernating, and their normal food source is depleted. Anyway, be careful about food items around the outside of the house or in the car . . . .