I passed!

 My appointment was at 2:20pm and I was out by 2:39pm. I passed on the first test! I did miss two questions and the one I missed I knew it was wrong as soon as I chose it. You can only take a paper test once you have used the computer at least once. 

When the computer told me 


I wasn't expecting it - 

I was giddy. I bounced over to the window - and excitedly told the guy, that I had passed. You know these DMV people - they are just there for their paycheck - they could care less if you passed or not. So he finished off the paperwork and sent me on my way without even so much as a "congratulations old lady!" No biggie.  I still walked out with the biggest grin on my face.

I feel like now, I have an open road before me...

That dumb exam was keeping me from doing things I like - instead, I studied and I was sick of studying.  I started making silly mistakes. 

So I'm good till I am 75. 

While driving home, I thought I needed to celebrate with a dinner out - but then again, things are so expensive and I am trying to cut down on how often we eat out. Anyway our wedding anniversary is the 16th. So instead I will be making homemade cream of potato soup and we'll stay home.

 Keeps me humble that way. <smile>


Happy FIRST Day of February!


I'm so glad to be out of January. I wasn't feeling so good in January, so I look forward to better days ahead. I uploaded just a few of my husband's photos from his day hike to Brandy Creek Falls the other day. 

I will sprinkle in some chit-chat in between the photos that may or may not have anything to do with the photo. That is just how my mind works...

The creeks are full because of all the beautiful rains we are having. I especially like seeing all the green moss on the big rocks. 

The BIG anticipated Pineapple Express either has yet to hit here or was a complete bust. Yes, we've had rain but a gentle rain. Nothing at all out of the ordinary. So if this past storm didn't put the fear of God into the followers,  they are now pushing yet another weather phenomenon - California's predicted ARKstorm. 

I guess since our drought is kinda-sorta over (for now) they are now predicting a hypothetical megaflood that would devastate our central valley, calling it an ARKstorm. 

*The reason why they call these particular storms a Pineapple Express, is that they come from Hawaii and they are a warmer storm than the usual winter storms that come from Alaska. 

He said he didn't see another human until he hiked back to his van. 

To be out there all alone can be exhilarating and a little scary. I made sure he had his bear spray with him. 

Back to the ARKstorm - 

In California history, we had a great flood that became an inland sea back in 1862. "THEY" believe this type of storm will occur every 100-200 years. I think I'm safe. If it happens in 2062 I will be dead. 

It's the young people who hear this and it's just one more thing they have to worry about. 

Fear Rules. 

Whatever happened to when we used to say, SHIT Happens?" 

Okay, on with the hike...

At this point he is almost there - he stopped and had lunch, enjoying the sounds of the rushing creek. 

Then he gets to this...


A terrible time for our area 

The Carr fire we had back in 2018, nearly wiped out the Whiskeytown area, part of our town, and due to budget restraints, COVID, 
and the "no-one-wants-to-work-anymore" - the cleanup is slow. I don't get it. Not to mention so many people still haven't had the go-ahead to rebuild their homes due to all the environmental restrictions now. 

The local government hasn't made it easy. 

He should have checked the website before. 

At least it was a huge hike... and he still was able to clear his head and enjoy the surroundings. 

So on his way back, he took a photo of this tree - he knows I love trees. 

And fungi - just because they are so pretty. 

Friday at 2;20 pm

For some who may have missed as to why I have to take the written knowledge exam again - I turn 70 in March. In California, after age 70 we have to take a written exam every 5 years. I was squawking about it because I hadn't taken a written exam in 15 years. Let's just say I was a bit rusty on new laws. 

So tomorrow is the day and I'm fine about it. I'm confident and I have an app on my phone with all the tests - and practice exams. I have passed them all except for 2 and those were yesterday. I think I can study too much and then I start to second-guess myself. It's time to get this show on the road.

I got some advice from a feisty 80-year-old - she told me to take the paper test rather than the computer - that way you can go back over and see if you made any mistakes, whereas the computer one, you can't. 

And so that's what I plan to do...

Good News - 

The plumber came by and didn't have to cut through the wall for the shower. He fixed the valve and to save $$$ my husband will get a new faucet and install it. Actually, my husband could have fixed it - for some reason, he thought it was a bigger job.  The plumber showed him how to fix the outside faucet and my husband can fix that as well. It all cost $192. That is not bad at all. Not at all what I was conjuring up in my mind...

I won't bore you any longer. 

I hope you are as excited about February as I am. 

Take Care

The last Hodgepodge for Jan 2024

From this Side of the Pond 

1. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Do you enjoy puzzles?  Yes. What kind (crossword, jigsaw, sudoku, etc)? I like them all -  How often do you work a puzzle? 

I enjoy puzzles and we used to do them regularly. During the holidays we used to set up a card table and everyone would work on it. I need to get one of the felt puzzle pads because my cat, Susie loves to sit where we "puzzle" and do what cats do, knock them off the table. I'd have to roll it up or she would totally undo all our efforts. 

When we play cards, she is right there in the middle...

2. Something you currently find 'puzzling'?

I'm finding it puzzling why I am unable to think of something puzzling...

3. What's your go-to dish for someone who needs a meal (new baby, bereavement, etc)? 

My go-to casserole to bring for moms who just had a baby was Hamburger Pie. My best friend Susie (who has since passed and whom I named my cat, Susie after)  gave me this simple recipe. It was especially good for those who had finicky little eaters. 

1 lb of ground beef

1 can of tomato soup

1 can of green beans

Mashed potatoes on top - put in the oven to melt the cheese on top.

Children would actually eat it or at least they did back then. Children nowadays have a more sophisticated palette than our kids so I don't believe it would be a hit. 

Throughout the years I have spiced it up for us - by adding garlic, onions, and green bell pepper - Italian seasonings, a few generous dashes of Worcestershire sauce after dumping in the tomato soup - and before the green beans. 

whipped mashed potatoes - and top with shredded cheese. Oven 350 for 15 minutes or so. 

4. Do you watch any HGTV and/or The Food Network? If so, what's your favorite program there? 

We haven't had cable or satellite in 10 years -  I remember enjoying House Hunters. 

5.  Wrap up your January in five words, with a five-word phrase, or with a five-word sentence. 

Obsessed with the DMV exam. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My husband sent me this video from his hike yesterday...

We've had such mild weather - my husband was able to get the lawns mowed before the pineapple express rolls through. 

A Pineapple Express is what we used to call a Hella BIG Rainstorm which produces a lot of rain. Duh! 

Now they call it an atmospheric river characterized by a strong and persistent large-scale flow of warm moist air, and the associated heavy precipitation both in the waters immediately northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and extending northeast to any location along the Pacific coast of North America.

Anyway, I like the old version better! 

Thanks for stopping by and giving my Hodgepodge a read. 


Touching Bases and Catching Up


Last week I was under the weather which means now that I am me again, I have a lot of catching up to do. I scheduled my DMV exam for Friday, Feb 2.  I have been taking practice exams and I pass them all but I still don't trust myself. There are some items I need to learn.  It's like I have a mental block. (Is that old age?) 

It's not that I am sick about this exam - but it's like it's sitting on my shoulder and every once in a while, I turn, and it's there - reminding me that I need to get it done. 

What a NAG!

My husband is off to the Falls today. Brandy Creek Falls in the Whiskeytown National Recreation area. Another mild day before the rains and cooler weather arrive. It is a 50 ft waterfall - reaching the upper chamber of the Falls, is like being in one of nature's cathedrals. 

I'm looking forward to his photos. 

He plans to be gone most of the day so that is exciting for me. I enjoy having the house to myself. Even though we have adapted to his retirement, I still cherish the times when I can have the house to myself. I can do whatever I want or do nothing at all. 

Catching up

Yesterday after church, they had a fundraiser for the high school group. They served us soup. 2 types - Minestrone or Chili. It was good. We stayed behind and as they cleaned up, they gave us 2 more take-out containers of soup so that is what is for dinner tonight. 

We have a substantial faucet leak - on our outside faucet that needs to be fixed now before it damages the house.  We also have a leak in the shower, behind the wall. Not good. That means they will have to go into the wall to fix it. What a mess. 

My dad always told me I should marry a plumber! 

All I can think of is the expense. My husband could do it - but he does not like plumbing issues. He can tackle almost anything. Simple plumbing is fine but having to cut through a wall - is just not something he is comfortable with. Plus an outside wall. This is a pending issue and I wish I could just pretend it doesn't exist. But it does...

Last week, my BSF fellowship leader asked me if I would consider leading a study next year. It was nice that she asked, but I'm going to pass for next year. We'll be studying the book of Revelations and I don't feel qualified. The year after, perhaps. It was nice to be asked. 

I've got some other things I need to get done - folding the towels and unloading the dishwasher. Make a couple of important phone calls that I do not want to do. Finish my bible study homework - 

Oh, I did a little grocery shopping earlier. Fun fun.  

Thanks for stopping by - I really do appreciate it. 

Take Care


* Waterlogue: Photo to Painting App on my iPhone. I didn't want to mislead you all to think I am this wonderful watercolor artist. I wish I was - it is one of my favorite mediums.