Here Lori and I try out a small sled in our front yard in Placerville in 1967. It was a rare winter that we did not get several inches of snow at least a few times. Occasionally they would close school. I think this was one of those days.
Josh, Lori and me visiting Heidi in Tuolumne County in circa 1976-77. I hope Lori tread carefully in those platform shoes! I loved my top, very silky and shiny, a gift from Lori.
Desolation Valley, in the Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, in 1974. My first backpacking trip, along with my husband and three other guys. Once I broke through the male barrier, some of the other wives started coming along.
1972, a favorite past time, going to the Cosumnes River out Slug Gulch Road. First you had to ford the river, wander past the crystal caves, and then a long hike along a thin path on a steep hill to one of the best swimming holes in all of El Dorado County. Unfortunately I haven't found any photos of the swimming hole.
This photo was taken in 1971 at the El Dorado Nature Center near Lakewood, California. We enjoyed hiking there and viewing the many waterfowl. I don't think Josh remembers much of it.
Doing my hair in the kitchen of our rental home on Myrtle Street in Placerville in the early 70s. The wooden hutch to the right of me belonged to my Dad and was borrowed. He made me promise to give it back when it was no longer needed at my house. My step mom still has it. It has always needed a paint job.
This is Lotus, our kitty from 1984 until 2000. She is sacked out on a vintage wing chair upholstered in a lovely magnolia bark cloth. We got Lotus on Election Day in June 1984 when we lived in Diamond Springs, and she moved with us to Kelsey in 1999.
Here I am young and pregnant in one of the many maternity smocks I made when I was expecting, holding our cocker spaniel puppy Zigzag. I made several smocks of the loveliest fabrics I could find. They had elastic sleeves and neck, and were very roomy.
My Dad and Mom and I on our tractor in Southern California before I became a Gold Country Girl. For most of the preschool years of my life we lived in a rural area and owned a couple of acres with orange trees and great soil. I am sure it is all paved over now and covered with either houses or industrial buildings.
I hope you enjoyed this somewhat fractured look back at some of my vintage life.