Here is the last of the stuff decluttered this month by cleaning off the desk.
14 random pieces of paper
1 cheer cone
6 computer things
Total for July = 87 more things leaving the house!
So yesterday’s rant about people who rant about California got me to thinking about population numbers. Here are some statistics:
Los Angeles county has about 10,163,507 people in 2017. This is more people than 41 other states!
Los Angeles county represents about 25% of California’s population.
If you combine to form the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles county, Orange county, Ventura county, Riverside county, and San Bernardino county), the population is about 17,877,006 people based on the 2010 cenus. (*I included Riverside and San Bernardino counties because a majority of their populations are within 60 miles of downtown Los Angeles.)
Only 3 states – Texas, Florida, New York – have a population larger than the Greater Los Angeles area.
The Greater Los Angeles area now represents about 45% of California’s population.
If our state/area is so horrible, why do we have so many people here?????
California Population. (2018-03-14). Retrieved 2018-08-1, from http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/california/
I had several coworkers over this morning to prep for the new school year. It is the first time we have done this and I VOLUNTEERED to have everyone meet at our house.
Just so everyone knows – over the last 3 years we have decluttered about 20,000 items from our house (some were from the garage as well.) We rarely had people over before we began decluttering because the chore of “cleaning” for company was overwhelming to us. With so much stuff gone, cleaning is so much easier – I still hate to do it but at least it can get done.
All I had to do to prepare for this was purchase a few snacks and beverages. I also vacuumed and made the bed (the bed fairy was me this morning!!) Everything else has been so easy to maintain that I really didn’t need to do anything extra to prep the house for visitors.
One person commented “I thought you said you had a small house.” I replied that our house is about 1300 square feet (about 120 square meters). [We have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen/dining/family room. She replied with “Oh, it seems so much larger than that.” Is it because of the decluttering? I’m going with YES!!
Feeling like decluttering the stuff has been worth it!!
So this is a sorta rant post. With the recent news that California is now the 5th largest economy in the world, why do people outside of California think that Californians want to hear how horrible our state is?
I think this in enough for today.
What would you like people to stop commenting on based on where you live??
How many of you do this kind of stuff? We got home from the mountains on Tuesday evening, spent Wednesday getting haircuts, doing laundry, sorting through the mail, etc to get up Thursday morning and leave the house at 5 am to avoid the Los Angeles morning commute traffic to begin a drive (in the car this time) to Oregon. Flights were too expensive so we decided to drive – crazy, I know!
Our niece was getting married on Friday in Bend, Oregon. Since San Francisco is (sorta) on the way, we stopped on Thursday night to have dinner with kiddo #1, her hubby, and the grandbaby!
(I so wish I had taken a picture or 2! I would probably have to crop it so much you wouldn’t be able to tell anything about her!)
We got up the next morning to finish our drive to Bend. Arrived about 4:30 pm and all the festivities were at 6. And we were worried we wouldn’t make it on time!
Sorry, no pictures of the wedding – respecting their privacy!
Our hotel in Bend was the Best Western Premier – I would NOT recommend this place. The other 2 nights we stayed in a Holiday Inn Express and the BW was the same level as these. The Holiday Inn Express even has a better breakfast!
Saturday morning we got up and began the drive home. We stopped in Fresno for the night.
Now I know there are some who are wondering why we took the 99 instead of the 5. We HATE the I5 through the central valley of California. We avoid it at all costs!! Limited services being one of the reasons, 2 lanes the entire way with too many trucks and crazy drivers trying to get around the trucks being another. It only adds about 5 miles to your trip to Sacramento taking the 99. Even when we go to San Francisco we take the 99. Worth it!!
Got up Sunday morning to drive home, stopping in Los Angeles to visit kiddo #2 – what we thought would be a “quick” lunch stop turned into 4 hours. She was having computer issues and we worked on that for a chunk of the time.
Driving the car for this distance was so different than driving the motorhome. We definitely made better time in the car but it was weird!
Our only pic of Bend.
So now we are home for the rest of our summer vacation, unless we do an unplanned trip. Who knows what will happen!
We left Sedona, AZ and made our way to Rock Creek Lake area in the Inyo National Forest in California, specifically staying at East Fork Campground. This was about 700 miles from Sedona.
On the way, we stopped in Phoenix, AZ and purchased lunch to go at Jason’s Deli. Another one of our favorites! The nearest Jason’s to us in southern California is in Phoenix or Las Vegas.
We did 10 nights off the grid – no hookups and nearest cell reception was about 10 miles away. It used to be about 20 miles, but the have added a tower, not that we ventured away often.
This is the view from our motorhome table. I was eating breakfast and this was my view! And the video doesn’t do the sound of rushing water, birds chirping, squirrels squirreling, chipmunks chipmunking any justice! (what do you call the sounds the rodents make?? chirping??) Thankfully, no bears in the campsite this year!
John went fishing just about every morning in the nearby lake, catching the lone fish in this video! We read 4 novels between the 2 of us and completed 3 puzzles (our evening entertainment!) We also took daily “hikes”. It was so relaxing!
Here’s a short video of our camp site. Enjoy!
After leaving Williams, AZ, we spent one night in Flagstaff (doing the fun thing called laundry!) This is about a 35 mile driving day! Wake up late, quick trip, relaxing afternoon doing laundry. What more could you ask for??? The BBQ and “fire pit” were provided by the campground. Figured we should use at least one of them!
The next morning we then ventured down to Sedona, AZ. Another easy driving day of about 62 miles. We took the recommended directions from the Rancho Sedona RV Park of staying on I17 instead of taking the more mountainous Hwy 89 which adds about 20 miles to the trip.
We got to go to one of our favorite places to eat – Picazzo’s! They have some of the best Gluten-Free food we have ever eaten in a restaurant! So sad that the Flagstaff restaurant closed. We actually ate here 3 days in a row, we think they are that good! 2 lunches, one dinner. Over the course of 3 days we ate the following gluten-free items:
This is beginning to sound like we are getting paid to write this – which we are NOT! They are just that good!
We also took a drive to Jerome, AZ. Only pictures: a warning to stay out of someone’s property and the view from the town.
We also bought ourselves a couple of the Lyman Whitaker wind sculptures we saw at a Renee Taylor Gallery in town. Can’t wait to post pictures of them installed in our yard! They should arrive around the end of July!!