Nonnie Camp 2014

It has been a busy two days and I am loving it.  Look at the fun we are having.


We are having a blast at the lake!


And water ballon fights are the bomb!


Who can beat banana splits for breakfast. (Hint we used frozen yogurt.)


But we still have to take care.  Thanks to Reach Complete Care all the kiddos have new toothbrushes too.  It makes me feel good to know that these will help when brushing teeth is not top priority.  

  • 13° triple angled neck to get to those pearly whites easier!
  • Triple angled bristles maximize contact with each tooth so brushing becomes a better job!
  • Bi-level bristle design with extra prominent REACH Tip™ containing whitening bristles!
  • Big Control Grip enhances control for those lil hands to hang on too!

So now we can take care of our teeth and have time to get out and play too.


Nonnie Camp 2014

Today was a good one.  We started off checking our out daily menu that is posted.  It is a easy day with cereal to start off breakfast.  On our to do list our first event was treasure hunting aka geo-cache hunting.


During that we found a historical marker that shared some Texas history.  I loved finding out how much the kiddos knew there.  Two treasure found, one spot located but treasure missing and two we never found.  But oh how we enjoyed the tramping around to see.

Home for lunch which is daily sandwiches.  Then dropped in to Granny M's as she made cookies for the kiddos.  Could not find flour so she subed a cup of pancake mix and a cup of instant potatoes.  And IT WORKED!  Then we popped over to the library to get night time reading.  From there walked to the town square for ice cream cones.

Back to the house for a free afternoon.  But this evening after dinner via Chef Kira (she makes a mean bean burritto), the kiddos painted their club house.  It was great to see them all going after it.  I am so tickled that I pulled a "Tom Sawyer" and let them do all the work.

In late for baths.  Oh they were needed as paint was everywhere.  Then chocolate chip cookies from when they cooked them earlier as a bed time snack.  Whew what a great second day of Nonnie Camp!

Nonnie Camp 2014

Today starts our annual Nonnie Camp.  This is where our grandbabe, great nieces and nephew, second cousins and close family friends gather (ages 10 to 5) stay with us.  This year it will be for two weeks.

Here is a line up of our agenda.

1. Painting and setting up a club house
2. Making fairy houses
3. Camping
4. Lake time
5. Geo-caching aka treasure hunts
6. Making kites
7. Cooking meals (each child cooks one dinner) and making desserts together
8. Drawing off and painting each child on our shed wall.
9. Making paving stones
10. Crafts and games
11. Museum

And here is the start of our group this year.


We were walking over to Granny M's place and the kiddos picked sunflowers to give to her.  This was a mile walk round trip and we plan on daily hikes.  Tomorrow is to the library and getting ice cream cones on the town square.

Just thought I would check in and let you know what I am doing.  Yes, having a blast with the babes.  Could not ask for a better vacation time.

Win with Ken!

Brother, can you spare a dime? 
Bear’s planned afternoon of beer and baseball is interrupted by a phone call from a man he hardly remembers from their years at Elko High. So begins the tale of a cold-blooded murder and the theft of a dime worth two million dollars!

Faced with bi-coastal murder suspects, Pinky hands Bear, and Flo the sweaty task of tracking down one of the suspects along the hot, humid North Carolina shoreline while he chooses to pursue the other on the Kona coast of Hawaii. But Pinky, after imbibing too many Mai Tai’s with a bevy of sky-goddesses, and a moved-up court date, is forced to return to Carson City, sans suspect.

Bear and Flo hit pay dirt and with the identity of the killer in hand they fly across the Pacific Ocean to the smoggy Beijing airport where they meet Joe, the uncle of Pinky’s Chinese secretary. The enigmatic Joe quotes Confucius and Shakespeare as he purposefully guides the dynamic duo to their final destination— oxygen sparse Lhasa, Tibet.

Cliff hanger contest
Brother, can you spare a dime? ends with a prize winning cliff hanger that defies all logic.

Let Ken know how you would answer the question and he will choose the two answers he likes the best. Both winners will receive a complete paperback set of his Pinky and Bear mystery series.

The Bloody Birthright
The Big Show Stopper
Death is a Cabernet
The Tartan Shroud
Brother, can you spare a dime?


Five books, each one personally inscribed!  I am going to try this because I am missing one book and with that two autographs.

Email your cliff hanger answer to ken@kendalton.com and in a couple of months Ken will post the winners' names on his Facebook page.


Ken Dalton's Bio
Ken was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up in Los Angeles with his parents, his older sister and younger brother.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus attacked Ken at the age of five. By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces to mitigate the effects of Polio, Ken’s luck changed when he met the girl of his dreams. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken and his family moved to the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home surrounded with apple trees.

Some time later, Ken, designed, built, and operated a small winery that produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Then, in a moment of madness, Ken began writing. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated. Many more golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens. Eventually Ken felt the urge to write his first novel.

Now, after the publication of The Bloody Birthright, The Big Show Stopper, Death is a Cabernet, andThe Tartan Shroud, Ken has published his latest Pinky and Bear mystery, Brother, can you spare a dime?

Kindle ($4.99)
Amazon ($14.95)
KenDalton.com ($14.95) personalized inscription and free shipping



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