March 2022

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Once we learned that Chrissy and Johnny were expecting a baby in early May, Valerie very much wanted to be on-hand for the birth and to help out with the newborn.  Therefore, we decided to end our time in Maryland and return to California.  In addition, since Chrissy and Johnny were planning to look for a larger place to live and wanted to relocated to San Diego, we collectively decided to look for a house that would accommodate everybody.

Departing Maryland

We found a place that suited our requirements and Chrissy and Johnny moved into it at the end of February.  So, in early March, we packed up our apartment and had everything stuffed into two U-Haul moving containers that would be shipped for us to San Diego.  We celebrated Valerie’s birthday on the 11th and stayed with Cyndie and Ming for a few days before starting our car trip across country on March 17th.

Along the way, we stopped off to visit my sister Sheila and her family in Tennessee, then on to San Antonio where we spent a few days with Ralph and Carlie.

On March 30th we completed the drive to our new home and began unloading the containers.

January 2022

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The first month of the new year was largely uneventful for us.  It was mostly about adjusting to the winter weather.  On New Year’s Day, Chrissy & Johnny were finishing their visit to Maryland for the holidays.

Gunners Lake

On the second day of the month, we got a modest snowfall.  Plus the weather turned colder over the next couple of weeks, adding a layer of ice to the nearby lake.  The ducks had to work to keep a small area open.

On the final day of the month, Ming’s mom prepared a beautiful and delicious Chinese meal for the family to share.

December 2021

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We started out the month by spending a few days in Frederick, MD, once again pet sitting for Tino.  Our first time looking after Tino was back in August.

With Ralph and Carlie in San Antonio

In the middle of December, we traveled to San Antonio to visit with Ralph and Carlie.  This was our first opportunity to see them since they sold their home in California and moved to Texas to be near their grandchildren.  They purchased a home on 2 acres located about 15 minutes outside of San Antonio.  Add some miniature horses, a regular sized horse, some ducks, chickens and dogs and you have a mini-ranch.  We had a great time, great food and did a little sightseeing.

During Christmas, Chrissy and Johnny came out to Maryland to join the family for holiday festivities.

Great Falls (MD)

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We recently made a visit to Great Falls on the Potomac River, from the Maryland side of the river.  We began by parking at the Great Falls Tavern, a stone lockhouse originally built to provide shelter for a lock keeper and his family.  That’s because the tavern is adjacent to lock #20 on the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, the 184 mile long canal which shadows the Potomac and spans from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland.

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