Now she is living just south of Reno. She has a wonderful husband, Laird, who we've also spent a lot of time with over the years. They live on 8 acres and have quite a menagerie of animals ... horses, llama, alpaca, donkey, ducks, dogs, and chickens! The last time I visited her was in the winter. It's much prettier now!
Although several days were so smokey that you couldn't even see those mountains across the way. They weren't in danger from the fires, but the smoke from the huge Yosemite area fires was blowing right up this valley.
As neighbors for 4 days, we were able to spend quality time just sipping coffee and chatting, getting caught up on all the goings on of our lives.
While we were there, Jim also helped Laird buy a new computer and get it all set up. We had several group sessions around the computer, and the smartphone ... SO much fun for us.
Also, as it happens, our good friend Alex (from Melrose, Florida) was nearby while we were visiting. She had just attended Burning Man and was in Reno for a couple days to recoup. Luckily, I was able to convince her to come visit - since she is the only other person I know who keeps donkeys - I knew Alex and Melinda would hit it off. It was SO much fun. She did get to meet the entire herd, but I only got a picture with the 'house horse' - actually a huge, sweet, dog named Strider. Strider is an Anatolian Shephard - in the Irish wolfhound family but even bigger.
There were a couple of pools, one indoor and one outdoor. Clothing was clearly optional and I felt like I was back in my hippy days! What a beautiful afternoon we had.
I'll even have a video to post soon. We used Melinda as a 'student' and put her on a video with the green screen. She asked a question about Facebook, so we could answer. It was great fun. I'll post a link here when it's done.
THANKS Melinda and Laird for your wonderful hospitality. WE WILL RETURN!
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