My Big FAT Laundry Room Makeover!

We’ve lived in our house for 18 years and the laundry room was NEVER finished! It was one of those projects that I wasn’t motivated to get done. I was busy working, having fun on the weekends and that laundry room was just a place to wash clothes. BORING!  Well, I GOT MOTIVATED and after I tackled a bathroom and a toilet closet, it was time for the next big fat makeover! The Laundry Room!  Now I can’t wait to do laundry!  Well maybe that is a big fat lie… but the laundry room turned out GREAT!

Check it out and please let me know what you think!




WOW.. it’s been a pretty lame winter here in California. Not like last year! We finally got a little powder in the Sierra, so we took advantage of the winter wonderland! Let’s go for a walk in some white stuff!

Make this video FULL SCREEN for Awesomeness HD!

Here is the link to the hike we took.



A Train, Cool Cars and a Spooky Bowling Alley!

On February 5, 1994, I married my best friend and for our honeymoon we took Amtrak to Truckee and rented a house in North Lake Tahoe for a few days of skiing. It was a big snow year in 1994. We decided that after 24 years, it was time to take that trip again.

This time we took some very good friends and rode all the way to Reno. If you’ve never done this trip you are missing out! The Sacramento Railroad Museum has volunteers that ride the train from Sacramento to Reno and give commentary on all of the places we traveling through as well as very interesting railroad history over the Sierra.

This year the snow levels are pretty low so we didn’t get the epic white that we saw in 1994. But the ride was still a lot of fun, and the lunch and Bloody Marys were delicious!

Also, when in Reno, stop in and see the Car museum and stumble upon the biggest bowling alley I’ve ever seen and we were the only ones there!

I also came back 60.00 richer from playing a few slot machines! 🙂

Marching for All Women!

We all marched for our very own personal reasons… it wasn’t all about politics (for me anyway)..well maybe a little.. but I didn’t want to make it all about that.

As a teenager in the 1970s, I considered myself a “women’s libber.”  I wasn’t militant about it, but even though I never held a job myself back in those times, I believed that women should be given all of the same opportunities in the workplace as men.  I didn’t want to be called a “tomboy” and as a 16-year-old, I didn’t understand why certain things like fishing, hunting, working on cars, building things and the use of power tools were considered things for boys, while cooking, sewing and general homemaking were things girls were supposed to do. I wasn’t buying any of it. In 1978, I became one of the first female firefighters to work for the California Department of Forestry. I wrote a book about it called Fire Girl.

So being that spitfire young woman who I was, I picked male dominated jobs most of my working career.  Working in a “man’s world” I grew a thick skin.   “Dirty” jokes, sexual innuendo were common place.  You either put up with it or you got out.   Simple.   I put up with it.  I laughed right along with the boys. As long as I wasn’t being physically assaulted, I didn’t really care about “words” (too much).   But was any of this right?  In my opinion, NO!  Call me a sissy, a snowflake, a wimp, a pansy, sensitive.  Go ahead… those are just words.. and personally, I’m not afraid of those words. If you have to resort to calling me names… then what does that say about YOU?  Hmmmm….


How should this change?  Any place of employment shouldn’t be  gender biased ANY LONGER. Those days are OVER!   Women NOR men should have to put up with unkindness from their bosses or co-workers.  People have to make a living and feed their families. It all comes down to treating others how YOU would like to be treated!  We are all HUMANS living on this round blue ball. Can’t we go to work feeling safe, comfortable and have some fun that’s not at the expense of others.  Can’t we all go to work without hostility?

My first job experience

I remember my very first job at 17, I was assaulted by the owner of the restaurant where I worked.  I was summoned to his office where he grabbed me and pulled me down onto his lap and started grabbing my ass. As he tried to stick his hand down my jeans I was able to pry myself away and ran back to the safety of the kitchen. I quit that job immediately.  I had other instances of sexual harassment over the years, but nothing as physical as that.  My mother also had a story from the early 1970s where one of her male co-workers pulled his pants down in front of her on the job as a “joke”. Back in those days, as a women, you said nothing if you wanted to keep your job.

So, for the above reasons, I marched… and here is my latest episode of TwylaWorld!

The Green Box – A Paratrooper’s Story

My dad is 96.  He still drives, he walks  4 miles every single morning and he still lives in his home. This man is amazing.  Several years ago, I gave him a micro cassette recorder and asked him to record his life story. When he got to the part of his combat experiences in WW2, I was flabbergasted. He never talked about this and I heard his stories for the first time.

All of the footage in this film is actual footage of the battles he talks about.

A Christmas Eve Flight and Looking out for Santa!

On this episode of TwylaWorld, Alex and I jump in a 172 SP and take off out of UC Davis airport to make an hour flight up to Redding CA.  We met up with some long time friends and had a great lunch.

The air was smooth, there was hardly anyone flying so the radio chatter was pretty dead and we couldn’t have asked for better weather in December.

Many years ago, I worked at the little airport we flew into. (Benton) I booked the charter flights, rented airplanes and scheduled student flights. I was the Hertz Rental car agent, I arranged for the fueling of aircraft, and I did some bookkeeping. It was a crazy busy little airport during this time and I also gave runway advisories to incoming aircraft as the Unicom operator!

First Snow – Desolation Wilderness

Yesterday I had the chance to take a little walk up into Desolation Wilderness starting at Meeks Bay Lake Tahoe. This was a 10.49 up and back jaunt to a few alpine lakes. There was some recent snow, but the day was beautiful and the hike was EPIC!  LET’s GO!




A Fall Evening on the Ranch

I used to LOVE summer. But, as I get older, I can’t take the months of  100+ degree temps that we get in the Sacramento Valley. When fall finally shows her colors, I get extremely happy! I can go outside and my hair won’t immediately combust!

Last night, clouds started to roll in and with them our first real rain of the season. I thought I’d head out and capture some moments on my ranch in Northern California. Enjoy!  Oh and make this FULL screen to get the full effect of HD!

I just got this Panasonic Lumix g7 to ad to my camera collection. I’m just figuring things out with it and still dialing some things in. I hope to take this camera with me on the PCT next year for part 2 of “The Long Ride” which you can see here:  The Long Ride

Patsy & Twyla’s San Francisco Adventure!

Follow along as sisters, Patsy & Twyla have an adventure in San Francisco.
First we take the Ferry from Vallejo to Pier 41 then we head over and meet some very famous people at Madame Tussauds, then we had a mis-adventure at “The Dungeon” next door. After lunch we head over to the Exploratorium and try our hand at traversing the Tactile dome.

Castle in the Sky Hike

I’ve hiked by the cut-off to Castle Peak a bunch of times while traversing the Pacific Crest Trail, but, I have never taken the trail that leads up to that majestic peak with it’s rocky points. I always continued on the PCT down to the Peter Grubb hut and Round Valley. Well, I finally did it! Little did I know, I would bag two peaks that day! We could have climbed back down the way we came, but we chose the longer route over a ridge-line to Basin peak and joined up with the PCT at the bottom. We made a big loop.
Castle Peak Elevation 9104 –


PS… I shot this in 4K for the first time. So, make this video FULL SCREEN and be AMAZED!   I used a Sony Action Cam with an external Mic