Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Catching Up Post with Guest Blogger - My Sister!

So I did a post about a week or so ago about catching up with everyone while I was a way for a quick trip with my sister to the beautiful city of Seaside CA.

My sister Lisa was with me and she took some amazing pictures which I wanted to use in a blog post, so I asked her if she would write the blog post and she did.

Without further ado...here's my sister Lisa!

Welcome Lisa! 

I have been invited by my adorably cute sister, Alicia, to write a guest post for her blog. I enjoy reading other people’s blogs but have only been moved to write one blog post a few years ago when my father passed away.  I imagine my blog page has been deactivated since then.

I work for a cemetery as the secretary/bookkeeper. My sister and I have a strong background in the funeral industry. We both worked at a funeral home and now I work for a cemetery. I am fortunate that my place of employment is progressive and believes in continuing education. 

That being said California Association of Public Cemetery Association which my cemetery is a member of,  hosts 2 annual education conferences. The conferences are usually in the“off” seasons, so while the locations are beautiful they are also usually fairly cold. I am able to take a guest so my sister lucks out to be my driver and my guest.  The conference in March was in the picturesque city of Seaside, CA.

I 100% agree with the quote in the image above. While the conferences are quite educational the best part of the trip is the ride to and fro. Sis and I are able to bond, laugh, cry, sing and most of all SHOP!!! 

I am not a shopper in any way shape or form. I generally avoid shopping like it was the plague but I do love to shop on our bi-annual mini-vac. This year I went hog wild and walked out with over $350.00 worth of merchandise; an all time max on spending. I am set with clothing and shoes for 10 years.

I am in classes from 8:00 am to about 3:30 or 4:00. Once I am released from prison, uhm Class, Sis and I usually escape for about an hour on a small drive to see the local sites. 

(all photos taken by Lisa with her iPhone)

Our first trip was a quick trip past Monterrey and Cannery Row to enjoy the view of the ocean and the splashes of the water against the rocks.  

The 2nd day we just rested in our room at the Embassy Suites and pigged out on Chips and Salsa, which we purchased at a small Mexican grocery store. Yummy and very SPICY!

Our final day sis drove me around Seaside and showed me the many sites she uncovered while I was educating my cemetery brain. 

Alas, it was time to head home so we gassed up and Starbucked up and headed home… Oh wait, silly me! I forgot the best part… the “17 Mile Drive” featuring Pebble Beach! 

Not only do you see gorgeous views of the ocean but also Million dollar homes. I checked Zillow.com and on some of these multi-million dollar homes the property taxes alone are $20,000.00 a month. Yes a month not a Year!!!! 

All these photos that I've shared were taken on the 17-Mile drive. If you ever make it up to the Monterrey/Seaside/Carmel area please do take this tour, it's amazing!

Ok, it's me Alicia again, thank you Lisa. I love it! A blog post that I didn't have to write! Thank you sis for taking me along on these adventures, they are the high-point of my year! Love you bunches!


  1. Hi Lisa
    I've greatly enjoyed your description of the trip and the amazing photos.
    I think both of you sisters are strong characters. Not everyone can work in the funeral industry, regardless of how progressive it has become.

    You are also both terrific writers1 Pity you've stopped blogging! Not many in the bloggie-land can write such a smooth,intelligent, interesting post like this one. (as for Alicia she knows that she's one of my favorite bloggers, if not the favorite).
    Thank you for taking the time to give us some good reading and delight us with awsome photos.

  2. Thank you DUTA, high praise from a great writer/blogger such as yourself. Lisa is a terrific writer, but she's also a terrific wife/mother/grandmother and would prefer to devote her time to them, which is a credit to her. I on the other hand have grown children and no grandchildren...yet...so I have a lot of time on my hand to do the things that make me happy, such as writing/blogging and art :)

  3. Hi Lisa! Nice to meet you! Great blog post! Truly loved all the pictures, from your adventure with Alicia! I can't believe $20,000.00 a month! That is crazy! Big Hugs!

    1. Crazy isn't it! You would work only to pay for the taxes.

  4. I did enjoy seeing all of the lovely photographs within this post.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you for your comment. There were amazing views.

  5. "Once I am released from prison, uhm Class...." That's so funny.

    1. Thank you. Feel privilege to take these classes and especially to visit these lovely places.


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