Whew, what a busy time I've had with Lissa in Lake County, CA! Lissa lives in the mountains, and is located about half an hour from the famous Napa County line, though there are plenty of grapes grown in Lake County as well, in addition to pears and walnuts,
amongst other things.
When I arrived, her parents were in town visiting from New England. They left a few days after my arrival, but while they were here they cooked a delicious feast! Unfortunately, we enjoyed it before remembering to take any pictures. Lissa helped her Dad
make the first turkey Lissa had ever made. They also had dressing, roasted potatoes, yummy carrots that cooked in butter for hours, and Lissa made a yummy pan gravy. Her Mom helped her make a pumpkin cheesecake, which also happened to be the first full-sized
cheesecake Lissa had made. Lots of firsts, huh? I told her it was about time she learned to cook these things and she admitted it was easier than she thought. Everything came out very tasty!
I also got to meet Lissa's kitchen Chef. He was a nice guy but not much of a cook.
And I met Lissa's kitties. Miyu is the littler kitty and she said hi, but Matteo, the big 16 pound cat, wasn't too interested in my presence. Good thing because I was a bit scared of his size. Lissa assured me he's big ball of love, but I was ok with
just Miyu making her acquaintance. She was big enough for me as is!
Lake County is home to inactive volcano Mt Konocti, which sits behind the beautiful Clear Lake. In the summer, tourists travel from the Bay Area and elsewhere to enjoy the peacefulness and laid-back feeling of the county. It was pretty quiet when Lissa
took me to see the lake though (That's Mt Konocti in the background).
It rained for most of my visit, so we didn't spend much time outside. Lissa was really busy in the kitchen and wrapping gifts for a lot of the time I was with her, so I helped her with those things. I think her husband was glad to have me around because
he is not much of a cook, or an elf for that matter. During a break in the rain, she took me to see the seasonal creek that flows into their yard.
It was loud and soothing when going to bed at night.
Lissa, her husband, and the kitties live right on the edge of the state forest. Lissa was telling me that when the weather is nicer, there are plenty of quail and other birds, deer, jack-rabbits, and other animals around, but they were probably somewhere
warm and dry. In the summer time there are lizards, scorpions, ants and lots of scary spiders and other bugs. A small price to pay for living by the forest. Glad I didn't meet any of those, eek!
Next blog I will share what Christmas with Lissa was like!