Saturday, July 25, 2015


Today the pest control man came to spray for the spiders and bugs we've been having in the house.  He told us that the dug up ground (which continues to get worse) in the front is not a gofer.  The golfer is over in the front grass.  He said it would be a skunk, racoon, or possum.  That the animal is liking the wood chips because that keeps it moist under neath and they can find bugs.  We'll be sure and not go outside in the dark; that wouldn't be good to startle a skunk.  We wished we had a motion detector attached with a camera so we could see it.  If the pest control man had had a trap with him he would have set it up.  He told us to get moth balls that they wouldn't like the smell.  So, that is what we did.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Going North

Monday, July 21 we went riding on the trail by the beach.  We had rain this weekend which has caused more humidity.  The waves are bigger and when we saw this sign, we wanted to keep the memory.
Interviews are scheduled for the next few weeks.  Instead of meeting missionaries at the church in their zones, we are visiting with them in each of their apartments.  This takes for a lot of driving.  The zone leaders put together the schedules.  Tuesday we were in San Luis Obispo and went to 10 apartments, meeting with 20 missionaries.  Today we were in Santa Maria and went to 8 apartments, meeting with 16 missionaries.  
It has been nice seeing where they all live and in what conditions.
We stayed by Pismo Beach Monday night because interviews began on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.  We asked for recommendations for places to eat.  This was a winner.  It was fun talking to people waiting in line as well as those sitting by us.  People come back to this cafe year after year.  Clam Chowder is the best.  We had some of that in a bread bowl and salmon tacos.  I see why there are lines and people return.
These pictures are inside the restaurant.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


A week ago Friday morning we went out the front door to go walking.  
We noticed the ground had been dug up.  
This was a couple of days later.
Thursday even more.
The animal that has inhabited the front yard must be having a great time.  We're waiting for the FM mechanic to do something about it.  He came over Thursday and looked over the situation; nothing has been done yet and whatever it is keeps making more and more of a mess.
I'm grateful we don't have to take the time to take care of the situation.  I may be freaking if it were happening at home.
We pass this field on the way to the mission office.  It looks as close to snow as we're going to get.  It is a white plastic that covers the rows and then holes are poked and fruits or vegetables are planted.  Last year this field was full of pumpkins.  This is looking like strawberry fields though.  It's pretty amazing how the agriculture is rotated.  It must be scientific how the ground is worked.
The next few weeks we are going to visit all of the missionaries in their apartments.  That will be a lot of driving.  President will do interviews and I'll be reviewing the area book with the other companion.  If I'm done talking with the missionary about the area book, then when the companions switch I'll go over their planner.  
Of course, we want to take a treat.  I made cinnamon roll cakes for them.  I'm freezing three of the pans but will take the other three up north when we go tomorrow.  Next weekend I'll make more.  The challenge is for us not to keep eating.  Not a good way to lose weight.
Last night Mark and Brittanie Bendall came to visit.  She was still on her mission in France when we started our mission.  Mark was waiting for her and we hoped all would work out for them to get married.  Yea, it did!