A few California population statistics

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/

Visitors and No Stress!

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!!

Rant about people who rant about California

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?

  • California has about 12% of the nation’s population.  Shouldn’t we get 12% of the electoral college?
  • Why should our environmental rules be reduced to federal levels?  We cleaned up our horrible pollution by enacting stricter than federal levels.  While we don’t have  the cleanest air, we have made great strides.  Anyone remember Los Angeles during the 60’s?  Buildings across the street were obscured by smog.
  • Why does everyone assume we are granola eating Birkenstock wearing hippies?  Ok, we eat granola regularly in our house and we wear Birkenstocks but I would never classify myself a hippie.  When our youngest went to college in Maryland and wore her Birkenstocks, other college students actually commented that they didn’t think of her as a hippie.
  • And not every Californian is a celebrity, knows a celebrity, or wants to live like  scripted “reality” shows.  These shows do not show Californians as we truly are.  Don’t judge me based on the state I live in.
  • Homelessness and drug use is a problem in many communities in the nation.  Why bash ours without looking at your own?  It is so much easier to “blame liberals” in California than to accept that this is a national issue.  Poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction is found in ALL STATES!

I think this in enough for today.

What would you like people to stop commenting on based on where you live??

Summer 2018 Update #11 – CA to OR

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!

  1.  What’s so premier about it that you charge $270 per night?  It was just like any other hotel we’ve stayed in.  Nothing special.
  2.  When you reserve with a fireplace and a view, you expect a fireplace and a view.  We “got to” change from a king room to a 2 queen room with a fireplace and “view”.
  3.  The view of the parking lot does not qualify as a view.  From our room the distant mountain tops were obscured by trees and cell phone tower!  Guess the 3rd floor isn’t high enough.  Maybe they should consider that when they market it as having a view.
  4. the fireplace was an electric wall heater with a computer screen in front of it.  It was a virtual fireplace!  You click a button on the remote to change the color of the “flames”.  Talk about a disappointment!
  5. After being moved, John lifted the toilet seat and it was obvious the rim and under the seat had not been cleaned.  Called for housekeeping to come and finish cleaning the bathroom.  Disgusting!!

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.


  • driving distances:
    Thursday – about 435 miles
    Friday – about 475 miles
    Saturday – about 595 miles
    Sunday – about 280 miles

So now we are home for the rest of our summer vacation, unless we do an unplanned trip.  Who knows what will happen!

Summer 2018 Update #10 – AZ to CA

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!

Summer 2018 Update #9 – Sedona

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!

Cocktail Hour!

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:

  • Cheese bread
  • Natural Chopped Italian Salad
  • Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad
  • Sweet Potato Pie Pizza
  • Vortex Pizza
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Spicy Thai Peanut Fusilli
  • Bianca Bigoli
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • New York Style Cheesecake
  • Hot Apple Crisp

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!!

First Saturday Home after Vacations

Here we are – our first Saturday home since May.  Back to the normal routines – laundry, cleaning, shredding, and some decluttering.

This morning we cleared off our desks – 38 random pieces of paper removed!  We also got rid of a dress, 2 shirts, 4 hangars, a puzzle, and a water bottle.

Total today is 47 items!  We are on a roll today!!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!