Made It to the Sacramento Valley Train Station

I made it safely to Sacramento. After I got off of the Greyhound Bus, I opened the Google Maps App on my phone to find the directions from the Sacramento Greyhound Station to the Sacramento Valley Train Station; it was just over a mile walk.

Turns out the walk to the train station wasn’t my smartest move, as I passed the Jesus Saves Mission with scores of homeless people hanging out and tents of various sizes and shapes along the way. Perhaps with my bags, I looked just as homeless, because I wasn’t bothered at all on the walk. The sun was going down for the evening. The street lights were on when I started to become uneasy about how I thought this short leg of the trip would go. This feeling crept up on me slowly yet at the same time as the speed and pace of my walk picked up.

All is well, I made it safe and sound.

I did have to produce a valid ticket to the train station security guard after I had been hanging out on the train station benches for two hours or so.

I’m looking forward to boarding the “Midnight Train to Oregon,” because I will finally be able to rest.

I’m looking forward to what the rest of the journey brings.


Traveling South into Sacramento

The sun is going down ever so slowly. The Greyhound Bus has made two stops since Truckee…to Colfax and Rosedale.

Excuse the electric lines…this is a shot outside the Greyhound station is Rosedale, CA. I know we’re headed deeper into California when I see palm trees.

I’m working on a hand pieced quilt project while enjoying visiting with my seat mate on the bus. She is on holiday from London. It’s a joy to meet people from different walks of life and share a moment feeling ‘caught’ in the same travel predicament at the same time.

On the Greyhound

I’m on the Greyhound Bus today. We are making our first stop at Truckee, California. Love the name of the cafe in this picture…Wagon Train Cafe; it’s name holds all of mystery of roaming West of the Mississippi River.

Another picture of Downtown Historic Truckee, CA.


The Journey Begins

This is part of a wool felt art display at the Portland International Airport. I was traveling with my grand daughter today to take her back to Reno, Nevada.

From Reno, I am taking the Greyhound Bus to Sacramento, California. Then I will be taking the Amtrak Train to Salem, Oregon.

I will be posting about this trip over the next few days. I hope you’ll join me as I explore the West Coast from a new perspective. I am going to be reading Richard Rohr’s book Everything Belongs, taking pictures, doing some spontaneous writing-posts, resting, and working on a hand pieced quilt project.

I’ve had a wonderful time with My grand daughter, Matilda. She’s turning out to be a fun travel buddy.

‘O Happy Day


Choose Life


Georgia’s New Shoes

So, the question is…Do you buy new shoes when a family member is 95?

My Mother-in-Law, Georgia, came to visit for a few days.  Georgia is 95 and still kicking about life; she shops, goes out to eat, and walks well with a little aid.   She kept telling me how much she liked a pair of shoes, just like the ones in the picture, we bought together some 22 years ago.

Life is about choices.  When the word, “choice” comes to mind, I am reminded of the Bible passage from Deuteronomy 30:19, “This day I call the heaven and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

When I thought about shopping for new shoes for Georgia I was struck with the idea of choosing life…choosing what was life giving, choosing what would bring more life to my mother-in-law.  My vote was to buy new shoes.  When we checked with the store, the shoes Georgia wanted needed to be ordered. When her new shoes arrived, she was so tickled; she wore them everywhere.

Late one evening during her visit, I looked across the room and saw Georgia sitting quietly reading with her new shoes on; she was content and happy.

It’s the little things in life that make a difference to others.

Happy Wednesday!


That’s Life


I am working on the quilt pictured above.  I’m using a white piece of wood trim to guide the marking lines of the quilt.  The quilt is 90″ x 90.”  If you’re interested in knowing how to make a quilt like this, the link for the pattern can be found here:

Gee, I’ve been away from posting for awhile…there has been a lot of life going on lately.

Here’s a quick update:

*I have been working on projects, and for those who are earnestly waiting for me to produce their quilt, I’m moving slower than I thought.  My apologies.

*The Christmas holiday season was busy.  I made a trip to Reno, Nevada to see my daughter and her family.

*The first week or so of January, I had the flu and was sick for a good two weeks.  I was a bit dehydrated, had little energy and was not interested in eating.  I have to say this one was a bit uncomfortable.  I’m glad it’s over though.

*One of my neighbor’s houses nearby caught on fire.  Usually, I mind my own business and hope that all are well.  However, this house fire has been hard to process, because I know the family involved; we’ve been neighbors for over 20 years.  No one was injured in the fire, and all are safe, but it’s been a bit distressing, surprisingly shocking…a real loss.

*I’ve been trying the Fit Bit routine of walking 10 K steps or more a day.  All was going well, until I hit the flu at the beginning of the month.  Also, this week I changed cell phones,  Now, I’m having trouble syncing the Fit Bit app with my bracelet. I sure miss the Fit Bit Bracelet Buzz when I haven’t met my goal for the day.


*On the horizon, I am looking at finding a little two bedroom fixer upper house in Reno.   I have a realtor, and together we have been pouring over the house listings.  Reno, Nevada is a hot market.  Things sell fast and not for cheap.  It is my hope to post pictures when I find a house of the renovation project here on my blog.

*In a few weeks, I’m going to be taking a day and a half train trip from Reno, Nevada through Sacramento, California and on to Salem, Oregon.  I will be posting updates of this trip on my blog.  In the spirit of Bill Bryson and his book A Walk in the Woods, and Peter Jenkins and his books:  A Walk Across America, The Walk West Across America 2, and his book Across China, I want to write about the experience as it is happening, what I am thinking about, and what I am seeing on the journey.  Bryson and Jenkins wrote about their hiking trips; this will be about a train trip.  I want to blog and post pictures about the experience as it is happening in real time instead of waiting and turning it into a book later. We’ll see what happens.

Hope you are well and the flu bug is staying away from your neck of the woods!