Books & Authors, Food and Friends, Uncategorized

California Young Reader Medal Dinner with Meg Fleming at our table 2019



I love the opportunities to meet with authors.  This is Meg Fleming.  She is a lovely person and I’m glad we got to meet.  I’m taking the photo but I’m with my library teacher librarian friends enjoying our time with Meg.  Check out her beautiful picture books.  Enjoy and keep reading.  I’m grateful for the California Young Readers Medal for the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators.

Food and Friends, Good Times, Uncategorized

Baking Bread at Bass Lake with Friends


One of the things that I love about being up at Bass Lake is sharing it with my friends.  Just a bunch of friends, cooking, baking, laughing and enjoying the fruits of our cooking.

Here is my friend Annie, showing us how to make bread.  I wish I had taken a photo of the finish product but it was so good, we ate it.  Boy did it smell good.  Bass Lake good times, good food and good friends.  I am so fortunate to be so blessed.  How did I get so lucky?!

At & Around the Lake, Food and Friends, Good Times, Uncategorized

Winter Wonder Land@ Bass Lake

It’s snowing at Bass Lake!  I traveled up to Bass Lake to see all the snow.  It’s amazing.  I’m normally not up during snow season.  I’m still learning to drive in snow/winter conditions.  I’m so lucky my friend Christine, who has lived in snow and knows how to drive in snow, volunteered to drive me up to the snow for the morning.  I learned to put chains on tires.  Also we were watching live cam Deadwood at top of Oakhurst to keep an eye on snow conditions.  Check out the snow and take a thermos of hot chocolate.  I just have one question for you?  Do you want to build a snowman?

At & Around the Lake, Food and Friends, Good Times

Marina Grill @ Bass Lake



It was casual dining by the shore at the Marina Grill outdoors gourmet waterfront restaurant.  It was a breezy cool day sitting and enjoying friends and good burgers under the shade of grass umbrellas.  A great beachy vibe right at the dock.  Live music while we enjoyed our lunch.  There is even a place to play Corn Hole.  We had a great server, Noah who confirmed that the frisbees that served as our plates were ours to keep.  We even got free Koozies for our drinks.  It was my first time there and I know I will be back!




At & Around the Lake, Food and Friends

Good Ol Daze @ Bass Lake

When you go to Bass Lake, I recommend visiting the Pines Village.  There is a great shop called Good Ol Daze owned by Chuck & Sharyn Nugent.  If you enjoy coffee, ice cream and shopping then you will enjoy this place.

Yesterday, Lesalee was on the front counter.  What I love about the place is that I can shop before I even walk in to the store.  I am always finding great gifts for friends and .. even myself!


I love foxes so when they had a very tempting table with various fox items I took a picture to remind me to come back and shop.  I also enjoy jewelry and the whole front part of the store is dedicated to all sorts of styles.  There are clothes and collectibles, puzzles and plenty of lovely items to enjoy.

When you walk in, this fellow is here to greet you.  The first time I saw him, I thought he was real.  He’s a great photo op.  Add Good Ol Daze to your places to visit at Bass Lake.

At & Around the Lake, Food and Friends, Good Times, Uncategorized

Sunday Brunch at Casa Velasco


My friend Elise and I went to brunch at Casa Velasco today.  If you love Mexican food, then this is the place to go when you are up at Bass Lake, California.  We had the breakfast burritos.  They were wonderful with fresh chips and salsa. Since I’ve discovered Casa Velasco, I bring my friends there to enjoy casual dining.  What I love about the place is that if feels like family.  Go where the locals go and you will get a sense of community when you enjoy lunch or dinner.  Tell them, Ramona sent you!

Today, I talked with Yolanda, the co-oowner of Casa Velasco.  I had asked her about the painting hanging by the register.



A local artist Joan Constable painted the picture of Yolanda and Efran.  There’s Yolanda posing with the  painting.  Turns out Joan has quite a few of her pieces hanging at Casa Velasco’s.  Ask Yolanda which paintings are Joan’s.  She’s got some great stories on the different styles of Joan.

When you are up at Bass Lake, stop by and enjoy a meal, it’s a great place to eat out.  Lots of good energy and great service.  Today our server was Kelly.  Enjoy and stay tuned to further updates at life at Bass Lake.