Happy New Year 2014
Roger and Cece took to the road in 2013, completing an out of town trip every month, in addition to other activities sprinkled throughout the year. The travel actually began just a few days before the new year, with a trip to Redding to visit with Cece’s sister LaRue and her husband Bob.
In January, they took a trip over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend to Apple Valley in Southern California to meet and visit with Cece’s newly discovered Bill Bennett and his wife Myrtle.
In February, they took the Snow Train from Roseville to Reno, spending two nights at the Silver Legacy.
In March, they took a day trip to Bodega Bay, spending a cool afternoon on the beach, and another to the Jelly Belly Factory and Budweiser Brewery in Fairfield.
In April, they surprised Roger’s Uncle Gunnard in Frederic, Wisconsin, for his 90th birthday celebration, staying for three nights. They enjoyed visits with family and spending time in a late season snow storm. They also visited the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In May, they visited Granzella’s in Williams, California, en route to Colusa Casino, then on to visit old town Grass Valley.
In June, they hiked the Independence Trail in Nevada City.
In July, they traveled to Lake Tahoe and Reno, where Roger won an $80 jackpot, paying for the trip.
In August, they spent a night in Pacifica, enjoying the beach and a short hike, returning in time to celebrate Roger’s parents’ birthdays. Later in the month they visited the Maple Rock gardens in Newcastle.
In September, they stayed overnight in San Ramon, California, attending the wedding of a friend.
In October, they celebrated the wedding of Roger’s niece Krista to Eric in Danville, followed by a trip for three days to Redding, California, visiting with Cece’s sister again, and seeing other sights in the area.
In November, they traveled to Las Vegas via Bakersfield, spending a total of three nights in Vegas. On the way home, they stopped in Apple Valley, visiting again with Bill and Myrtle.
In December they have yet to travel out of town (unless a trip to IKEA in West Sacramento or to Auburn to see snow counts), but expect to work something in.
In addition to the travel, they went to a number of concerts, including Because (a Beatles tribute band), Peter Frampton and B.B.King, Tommy James and the Shondells, Pablo Cruise, Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band, the Australian Bee Gees Show (another tribute band) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They also took a river cruise in Sacramento and took in a comedy show. They will be seeing the Nutcracker in December with granddaughter Diana.
Throughout the year they hosted several gatherings at their home, including Cece’s Bunco group, a Neighborhood Watch event, ToddFest/West, a mini Class of 1974 Reunion/Swim Party, which included a few days stay from a friend from Idaho, and hosted the annual Linder Family Picnic. They took Diana to the Folsom Zoo, and a couple of months later she stayed overnight and they took her to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale town. They also continued their tradition of Thursday night (mostly) at Starbucks each week.
They also celebrated Brad’s 30th birthday, their 37th anniversary, Cece’s 57th birthday and Roger’s 60th birthday by dining out.
Roger once again worked through November to write a novel for National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which was a sequel to the novel he wrote in 2008.
Cece was scheduled for foot surgery in July, but she elected to seek alternative treatment, which has been successful.
Brad’s job at Beerman’s in Lincoln came to an unexpected end when the restaurant closed its doors, but he quickly found another at Meridians in the Sun City area of Lincoln.
The three of us wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years!