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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Laughing all the way to the Riverbank

Remember the last post, about disasters? The theme continues, from sublime ( were we ever sublime?) to ridiculous.
If you're going to get rear-ended on the Fourth of July weekend, it might as well be by Balloonatics, right?
No injuries. We hardly felt a thing, but my car is considered totaled. There's more damage than the car is worth and the insurance company proposed a settlement that I thing is very generous. It's almost twice what I was expecting. They probably have a quick settlement policy so people don't decide they'll suddenly say they have back pain and sue. 
We left our troubles behind this weekend and drove north, to Chico, to attend a friend's Art Show opening. We chose back roads through peach and walnut orchards, with the occasional shocking green rice field dotted with bright white egrets.
I did buy this amazing fired clay casserole dish, which was the work of another Artist in the Show and very reasonable. I love the flavors of covered-pot cooking and I have some other, similar pieces.
We slowed for lunch at the kind of secret place that doesn't make it into the Michelin Guide but has atmosphere and flavor in every sense of the words.
An impressive outboard motor collection, for ambience, and a VW bus with the usual paint job, but sliced in half and installed on either side of a tree.
So, here I'll leave you, with a shared view of my blogging-station, in the deep shade of the riverbank trees, buffetted by a warm breeze, with the taste of my Hawaiian burger still on my lips and Margaritaville playing softly in the background.
Life can be tough:)

22 comments:

  1. So sorry you have to rough it out there. Ha! Looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. Stephen, we make do, when we can. Thank you.

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  2. I covet that pot....

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    1. Helen, I stood guard until the red dot was placed on it and it was officially mine.

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  3. Love the pot, and glad to know there were no injuries except to the car. I hope things get better for you.

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    1. e, I must be crazy to be buying pots, when those I already own are still largely in boxes

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  4. Little pleasures and little funny twists is what certainly makes life very bloggable :-D
    Greetings from in front of another laptop overlooking a river :)

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  5. Re: the car. My dad would say, "Oh, we can buff that right out." And he would. It would look like hell but he would.

    I always wonder what happens to the other half of half vehicles??

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    1. Birdie, your Dad would have a tough time buffing out the Airbag warning light on the dashboard. I'm still unsure if the airbag failed or was about to randomly deploy if I went over a bump in the road.

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  6. Well it sounds like maybe the accident wasn't so bad? If you were given more than expected by your insurance co?
    And Balloonatics. Yes that seems about right.
    I'm glad you're making the best of life.

    Bisous!

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  7. Sorry about the car, but glad you are OK, and that the insurance company is going to give you a good settlement. Hope you can find something nice to drive for a good price.

    You certainly to find some interesting places to visit. Somehow I seem to think your and AO's artistic temperaments do lead you on these journeys. Love the new pot.

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    1. Jean, when you're open to taking, and appreciating, the back roads of life, the journey can be bumpy sometimes but the scenery is much more varied.

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  8. Too bad about the car but good no one was hurt and the insurance company is doing the right thing.

    Love all the pics of your adventure. Sometimes things are just more interesting off the beaten path. Gorgeous pot.

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    1. Grey Horse, there's so much we don't know and haven't seen yet. We take the lesser, country roads, when we have time.

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  9. Actually, that water looks remarkably like a creek that used to run by the farm that I grew up on in Iowa....small world.

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    1. Maria, the river is at its low point due to our drought, and still the current was impressive.

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  10. So, all is good, is it?

    Summertime, and the living is easy . . . . .

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    1. Friko, I already have enough material to write a sequel to the "Disaster Magnets?" post, but Yes, we're doing OK. Thank you.

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    1. S&S, just making the decision to wander was good for us.

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