April Showers bring May flowers!  If the old saying is true, we may be seeing lots of flowers come May; we darn sure won’t get enough rain to end the drought, but, at this point, we’ll take all we can get!  

    I took a week off from writing last week so I could spend some time with our daughter, Sierra Jo, who came home from Eastern Washington University for Spring break.  Even though she was home for 10 days, it still was not long enough.  While she was home, we spent a weekend in Plymouth for the California High School Rodeo Challenge of Champions rodeo.  Competing there from King City were Taylor Jo Hurley, Caleb Johnson and Brody Sans.  Competing from Hollister were Riley Bishop, Wyatt Naccarato, Blair Brown, Haylie Stelling and Cash Robinson.  All of the kids made the short go in each of their events while Riley Bishop won the Cutting Championship, Brody and Cash won the fast time in the team roping and 4th in the average and Cash won the Bareback Bronc Riding and the coveted All Around Cowboy Championship.  It was a great weekend, but even better to enjoy it with Sierra. 

    Sierra and I spent an evening at Cynnie O’Connors celebrating Kuulei Flores’ birthday with her.  Others enjoying the evening with Kuulei were all of her children, and grandchildren, the Hurley Family, Barrington Family and Blake and Jessika Willoughby, just to name a few.  Cynnie celebrated her birthday last Sunday.  Happy Birthday Cynnie and Kuulei!

    Also celebrating birthdays the past few weeks included Heike Johnson, Marianne Madson and Carolyn Madson, happy birthday to all!

    Sierra will be celebrating her 21st birthday this weekend in Washington.  Since we won’t be with her on her birthday, we celebrate by having a little birthday BBQ for her here at home before she left.  Enjoying the evening with us included Vern and Joann Scattini, Lynette and Heidi Hurley, Hec, Kasey, Tryan and Tatum Hurley, Lisa Smith, Les Sans and Becky Doty, Sami Jo and Jo Ellen Johnson, Andy and Tamra Barrington and Mattie Barrington and Cody and baby Brushton Grady.  Sierra will be spending her real birthday, April 5th, participating in white water raft guide training in Washington.  She will become a certified raft guide at the end of April so if anyone would like to go rafting in Washington this summer, be sure to get in touch with Sierra and she can be your guide!

    Mattie Barrington coached the Bitterwater Badgers basketball team and brought the team home with two wins.  They played at Jefferson School last Tuesday while Sierra refereed the game, then they spent last Thursday down at Bradley School playing in a basketball tournament.  The kids played great and made their way into the Championship game against Bradley.  Although they did not win the Championship game, they did win second place for the tournament.  Great job Badgers and great coaching Mattie!
    Bitterwater School students have been busy with lots of field trips the past few weeks.  The K-3 class spent the day at Farm Day at Bolado Park a few weeks ago, then, the whole school took in the production of Peter Pan last Wednesday at the King City High School auditorium.  Once again, another fine play produced by Sol Treasurers,
    Congratulations to Emily Brewen for winning the Most Improved Player award for the King City High School Lady Mustangs JV team.  Emily is turning into quite the basketball player while her little sister Sarah is not far behind.

    Bitterwater has a budding artist these days as Donna Palmer has taken up painting as a new hobby.  I have seen several of her paintings that she has done for family and friends and they are really nice.  Great job Donna!

    Me, Todd, Brody and Joann Scattini headed over to Woodlake last Saturday afternoon to celebrate the marriage of Chance Jackson and Brooke Fry. Also enjoying the wedding from our area included Brendon, Allison and Casyn Clark, Danielle Craig, Wyatt, Lacey, Brady and Emmit Bourdet, Warren Enz and Will Centoni.  It was a very fun wedding at a beautiful ranch in the foothills of Woodlake.  It was nice and warm during the day but that was just the calm before the storm as the wind picked up and blew in the rain later in the evening.  It was nice to come home on Sunday morning to puddles of rain that fell throughout the night in Bitterwater.  We got 40 hundredths at our place, we’re hoping for more this week!

 Have a great week, and be sure to give me a call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share at