Books & Authors, Uncategorized

Meeting Author & Illustrator Eugene Yelchin at California School Library Association Conference 2019


Best job ever!  I love being a teacher!  I love being a librarian!  If you ever hear Eugene Yelchin, please do.  He grew up in the Soviet Union/Russia and saw so much as a young lad.  He has the gift to tell stories and his talent as an illustrator is incredible.

I read a few years ago Breaking Stalin’s Nose.  Add this book to your library.  Now I am reading The Assassination of Branwain Spurge, a collaboration with M. T. Anderson

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.

Books & Authors, Uncategorized

California Young Reader’s Medal Sara Pennypacker @California School Library Conference 2019


As a teacher librarian, I get to meet authors and illustrators.  I love this job.  Here I am at the California Young Reader Medal dinner getting author Sara Pennypacker autograph.  I love this book, Pax, by her.  You had me at “fox”.  And there’s going to be a sequel.  The decorations graced the dinner tables and were created by young elementary students.  If you get a chance to hear Sara Pennypacker speak, go for it.  Well worth it.  AND READ PAX, you’ll thank me later.

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, Uncategorized

Thank You Fire Fighters


I was driving up to Bass Lake and saw homes with signs of gratitude for the hard work of the men and women who are doing all they can to end the forest fires.  Yosemite really was hit hard this year.

This Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of breathing in clean air and I wanted to say to all who are fighting the fires,  “Thank you.”  I can only imagine all the challenges these brave crew must face to do a very dangerous job.  Thank you,  thank you.

A lovely  Sunday morning  walk around the lake was a treat to see berries ripening on the vine.  Any time in Bass Lake is a good time in Bass Lake.  Not only are the berries a treat but getting away from the city to recharge in nature is a treat for the spirit.  I am grateful to be able to enjoy my time up here.  I can renew my energies and enjoy a beautiful walk.

I’m also starting to train for the Smokey The Bear Race Walk.  More on that, I’ll keep you posted.   Meanwhile remember you can find Bliss 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.