Prepare for another hot dry season.

Drought March 2015

March 2015 Climate2

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Budget Bytes

Curating here a blog that covers two of my favorite things, food and frugality.

Click on the fish tacos with cumin lime slaw to go to the site.

Not a Redding based blog, but you could hardly get more Really Redding than their motto:

“My stomach is full, and my wallet is too.”

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Heritage Roasting in Shasta Lake City

Need some locally roasted coffee? Perhaps on your way to the lake? Heritage Roasting is right on Shasta Dam Boulevard at Locust. I happened inside a few days ago when a Spring thunderstorm made it impossible to work outside. It has a terrific, almost urban,  coffeeshop vibe.
Heritage2Heritage1I snapped a quick view of the front on a sunny day.
The have a really nice website too, and you can get there by clicking on the link below:

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Over the years I’ve been writing here, I discovered I love combining words with images.

John Koenig take it a step further by defining new words with images. Words that describe emotions we all have in common, but for which no word has yet been coined.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

This is one of those ideas that has to be shared to be understood. Here’s an example:

nodus tollens
n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore-that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre-which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.

Another of my favorites:

n. We take it for granted that life moves forward. But you move as a rower moves, facing backwards—you can see where you’ve been, but not where you’re going. And your boat is steered by a younger version of you. It’s hard not to wonder what life would be like facing the other way…

John publishes every other Sunday. I am curating this here not because I love sorrow so much, but because his work is so… what’s the word?

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: For Lack of a Better World.

My Alaska bw

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Trinideli in Weaverville

Our journey to Trinideli actually began in the New York Saloon
(tether your horse in the rear, it says).

The New York Saloon exterior2a
The New York Saloon exterior
But when we got hungry, it turns out they don’t serve food at the New York. The pizza place next door is closed for renovations. Guy at the other end of the bar suggests Trinideli, just around the corner.The New York Saloon

It’s actually on Highway 3, but really close to Main Street.
Trinideli4The homey interior lends a welcoming vibe.Trinideli3


Anchor Steam on tap. Hot Pastrami on rye. Oh yeah, that works. True deli style.

Trinideli5“#1 Sandwich in the Northstate,” a bold claim. I suggest it’s worthwhile for you stop in and decide for yourself. They offer over 40 custom-made sandwiches, salads and soups from scratch, meat & cheeses by the pound, and weekly specials. Dine in/Take Out. Check out their menus online at the Trinideli website. Located in Downtown Weaverville , One block up from the movie theatre, on Hwy. 3, next door to Alp’s Lock & Key Army Surplus. 201 Hwy. 3 & Center St. (530) 623-5856 Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm, Closed Sunday.

Now celebrating nearly 21 years in business, and the owner would like to retire, if you or anyone you know would like to run a deli in picturesque Weaverville.

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Take 10, and do it again -reading to our kids.

In Redding we promote reading to children by occasionally having local celebrities read aloud to small children. Here we see my grandson attending the Redding Library yesterday where Jefferson Public Radio host Valerie Ing Tomkins reads. Thanks Valerie!Take 10 reading

Take 10 reading2Despite the skeptical look on grandson’s face, I’m told he had a great time. Photos by Erin. Reading, that’s Really Redding.

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Foot Golf comes to Gold Hills in Redding

So this is a new sport to me. But apparently it’s big. Click on the image to go to the Gold Hills Golf page.
Gold Hills Foot Golf

From the FootGolf website: About FootGolf

FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. FootGolf as a game is played throughout the world in many different forms, but as a sport, it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). The American FootGolf League (AFGL) is the exclusive member of the FIFG and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States. The AFGL is organizing tournaments throughout the country working with golf courses to bring FootGolf to their clubs as another avenue for revenue and to develop the game further.

Another excellent marketing image from The Address Realty

Always more info about the Gold Hills Golf course at

And if you are looking for a home in the Gold Hills Golf neighborhood, we keep a list of all the homes presently for sale at

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Our deep sympathy to Tunisia and the families

We visited Tunisia just about exactly one year ago. Easily the most striking aspect of the visit was how proud the people we met were of having become a democracy in 2011. Clearly conveying that they wanted to be a normal part of the developed world, and were so eager to have more foreign visitors. From Wikipedia:

In 2011, a revolution resulted in the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali followed by the country’s first free elections. Since then, Tunisia has been consolidating democracy. The country held its first Parliamentary elections since the 2011 Arab Spring on October 26, 2014, and its Presidential elections on November 23, 2014.

And so we were so very sad to hear about the tragic killings of the tourists and others in the Bardo Museum yesterday. Both for the families of the victims, but also for all the regular Tunisians we met who were so hopeful for positive changes in their country. While these horrific events can seem far away, having been there in person it’s easy for us to imagine the terrible disappointment of the vast majority of the people in Tunisia. And so we are equally saddened here in Redding today. Here are a few images I took in Tunisia a year ago.Tunisia 1

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Tunisia 10This last image conveys the tension that lingered over Tunis even last year. Democracy doesn’t come easily. Today we stand with Tunisia in hopes that they can push ahead through tough times.

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Even Sacramento wants to ride a train to Redding and beyond

This article about daylight passenger rail service in the Northstate appeared recently in The Bee.
Rail proposal
It’s an attractive concept. And it’s been done before.

Some time back in a more graceful age, you could ride the Shasta Daylight from Redding. Riders watched Mt Shasta go by in daylight hours from a comfortable railcar with an observation dome, and enjoyed meals in the articulated Pullman diner-tavern-lounge car, which offered 3 railcar length unimpeded interior space.
shasta daylight in redding caThis from Wikipedia:

The Shasta Daylight was a Southern Pacific Railroad passenger train between Oakland Pier in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. It started on July 10, 1949 and was SP’s third “Daylight” streamliner; it had a fast 15 hour 30 minute schedule in either direction for the 713-mile (1,147 km) trip through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery of any train in North America. The Shasta Daylight replaced heavyweight trains on the same route that had taken nearly a day and night to complete the run. The Shasta Daylight was the first diesel powered Daylight and the only Daylight to run beyond California. The scenic route of the Shasta Daylight passed its namesake Mount Shasta in daylight hours.

Rail proposal2

Rail proposal3Since this service was discontinued, many things have changed. The population of all the communities once served by the Shasta Daylight has increased dramatically, and along with it the need for transportation and recreation alternatives. Imagine the businesses that could be created with trainfulls of Bay Area and Sacramento people looking to tour and shop the areas around Redding and Shasta. The infrastructure is already in place. We just need a daylight train.

Redding needs to join Dunsmuir in pushing strongly for this opportunity.
train crossing in redding ca

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Shameless O’Leery’s Irish Pub in Redding

We just happened to be at lunch with a few friends at Shameless O’Leery’s Irish Pub today, and as it happened, today is St Patrick’s day! Luck of the Irish, I’d say.
SOL bar
SOL Group
SOL Room
Shameless OLeerys Shuffelboard
Here’s a brief video of the pipe and drum band as it came through. It will lift your spirits.

A fine time was had by all. Their food is terrific too. Shameless O’Leery’s has a well designed website at the link. But you don’t really need a website for this, do you? Just go.

This is one of the most remarkable pubs in ReallyRedding.

1701 California St, Redding, California 96001 (530) 246-4765
Monday — Wednesday 11am — Close
Thursday — Saturday 11am — 2am
Sunday 9am — Close ~ Hee, you can start early on Sundays!
SOL Pipers2

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