Catch Up

Work has definitely picked up for the season.  I worked until 3am last night (eeeerrr, this morning).  I had to work late because of volume and I had four major print jobs.  When I turned to third shift and headed home I got a panicked call that my coverage called out sick and the person calling “needed help”  So when I got home about 12:30 am I logged back in for a few hours.

That was just Tuesday,  both Monday and Tuesday there was barely time to think at work because of the volume.  Tonight is a bit better.  Three of the four jobs last night cleared to print today.  Two others have pushed and although there is an hour left of my shift I have enough time try to blog.

Saturday I drove out to see the girls.  Take the baby some clothes we had picked up and a new book on birds.  I spent about six hours visiting and then headed home.  On the way I stopped and picked up a painting we had re-framed.  The price was Cra-Cra and Lori got it for me for my birthday but I am loving it above my dresser.   We now have two very large paintings done by our friend Char in a very small bedroom but it is great.  Lori worked all day Saturday prepping for classes and grading papers.  Poof, Saturday was gone.

Sunday we had a concert downtown the Vox Womens Chorus was singing.  Initially the show was at 4pm.  We thought we might get dinner downtown after.  However they moved it up to 2 because of the Oscars.  So not much else happened on Sunday before and after I managed to get laundry done, a little food cooked for the week and visit with my brother who stopped by.  (It is an Oscars kinda town.)

Monday-Today is already recapped and I am running on four hours sleep and all of these days have run into one another.  I did manage to make my own Whole30 hollandaise sauce this week with Ghee.  I have enjoyed it with poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado two days in a row and I just may again tomorrow.


Onward to the New Year

Last week was a very very full week.  With a last-minute work trip in which I crammed as many coffee dates in as possible.  Then landing late on Wednesday, Thursday before work was shopping and packing for the weekend.  Friday we loaded up and headed to the girls and then up to Big Bear for a snowy Christmas get away with the family.


There was no snow, not a flake.  Well there was some fake snow on the ski slopes, but none on the ground.  There was however lots of fire wood and Dale kept the fire going.  There was lots of food.  WAY too much food.  We had planned out a menu and everyone was making a meal or two.  But dang there was too much food.  Also lots of games, Quelf, Phase10, Skip bo and Pictionary.  Also a “newlywed” game that Vicki and Emily put together that was a ton of fun.  There were lots of Christmas Sweaters and a stroll through the Village.

The baby did pretty well for being away from home and her routine for the first time.  It’s hard to believe she is only 18 months old based on her height.  Here is last years picture compared to this years.




No tricks here…..all treats


Not my dogs.  The first is my friend Alberts poodles that I used to sit.  The other is our friend Jans dog.


Although this last weekends vacation was mini it took quite a bit of preparation.

We started in July, narrowing down the vacation rental and reserving it for the weekend.  Our friends flew in from Seattle early on Thursday morning.

Wednesday happened to be a late night at work and I got about 4 hours of sleep before needing to be up and packing for the weekend and heading to LAX to pick them up.

I hadn’t packed previously because after putting the desk together on Sunday I spent most of the rest of the week cleaning and dusting the house.  One of those dustings that includes moving nearly every piece of furniture to vacuum under it.  My lingering cough/cold/possibly allergy nonsense was the driving factor in that.

Once I got to the airport after nearly two hour drive for the 22 miles because of the hour I picked them up and out to Palm Springs we headed.

Our first day included yummy lunch at LuLu’s, checking into our beautiful rental and heading out to the Thursday night Village Fest. We stopped for dinner at La Bonitas right there in the heart of the festival and had what would be the beginning of spicy margaritas for the weekend.

Friday morning I got up early and made banana bread, watched and sketched the sunrise, took a quick morning swim and waited for Lori to drive out.  Once the initial visiting was out of the way we headed into downtown for lunch and hanging out.  Tonya and I got pedicures and we met up after and headed back to the house for some afternoon swimming and lounging about.

Saturday was a bit more active.  Tonya, Lori and I all headed out to power yoga in the park before it got to hot.  We then drove up to Joshua Tree and spent a few hours going through and taking pictures.  Briana enjoyed relaxing at the house and reading two books!  That night we were heading out dancing.  We got there too early however and just as people were starting to dance and the place fill up we were headed out.  It had been a super long day.

Sunday my sister and the girls all drove out since its only 30 miles past their house and we all went swimming.  This was the baby’s 2nd time in the pool and she was much more relaxed.  Another Mexican meal that included yet another spicy margarita.

Monday we had to check out and leave our little desert oasis.  Lori left for work about 10:00 once we all got back from breakfast and the rest of us were on the road by 11:00.  We did have all day so we drove to the beach, because is there any better way to end a desert vacation than with a trip to the beach?






Random Blog Pics

Della and I are flying out in the morning to Louisiana for our baby sisters retirement from twenty years in the Air Force and I am hoping for lots of fun blogging opportunities this weekend, I am just photo dumping these here.

Besides the forty or so baby Coral pictures from the last week, my favorite of the week being this one


I have other random pictures from the week that I take thinking maybe I’ll use it in a blog.

Like our several cloudy days in LA this week:


Or a picture of one of my favorite breakfasts (only better with a poached egg):


Or my constant tracking of Hurricane Jose hoping that it doesn’t actually hit the coast (so far it is not):




News and look cute baby

The situation in Texas is horrible.  I can’t imagine being one of the thousands without shelter, without clean water, food, medicine, not knowing where family or pets are, without an income source for now and the foreseeable future.

Now there is another hurricane building in the Atlantic, it is at least a week away from possible landfall and a lot can happen in a week.  My fingers are crossed that it turns and heads back out.

President Trump is making lots of threats.  Besides nuclear warfare with North Korea now the possible elimination of DACA.  I remember when Obama was passing it and lots of So Cal folks were leery of signing up because as soon as they did there would be a record and address and if something exactly like what is being threatened happens they could just be rounded up.

There is so much more, Trans-gender ban, the increasing racist alt right marches,  tax cuts for the wealthiest, pay cuts for current government employees.  So much negative headlines that overshadowing other important things.

I woke up at 3a.m. after 2.5 hours of sleep and could not get back to sleep, thinking about how all the boat rescues reminded me of the movie Dunkirk I saw recently.  I ended up watching “Call the midwife” on my iPad until after 5:00 a.m. because at least those tragedies are fiction.  In hindsight I should have gotten up and done the laundry or one of the many things I wanted to get done today but it was just too darn hot.  It was 109 when I left for work, there was no yard work, errands or laundry done today.

All in all my current situation is pretty low-key.  I have a good paying job, good health, family is doing well for the most part (step sister in Houston did not flood).  This was an expensive month but I at least have a job to pay for it.  Compared to the people and destruction in Houston my “expensive” month is minuscule.

We got a new washer and dryer for the rental house my nieces are in.  After two trips from Sears and two trips from a local plumber all is set up, hauled off and they are up and working, quiet and energy/water efficient.   I asked for photos when it was all set up.  The cute baby is the bonus!



Reporting in

Weekends go so fast!  I am sure I shoehorned three days into the two however.

Saturday we got up late, 9:00 am or so, headed out to run errands and get lunch.  Just as we were getting started my little sister text that she was on her way out to drop off her car rental and had some time to kill.  So things changed up.  After we ate Lori started working and I drove out to LAX to pick up my sister.  She had 4 hours or so to visit before she had to be back at the airport.

We drove back to the house and visited for that time and then I headed back to LAX.  LAX may be the most economical airline to fly into, it is also not that far from our house, 20 miles or so straight down the freeway.  It is however the biggest pain in the ass.

As we drove to the airport about 5:30, the freeway opposite, on the way back was completely stopped.  There were fire trucks and miles of unmoving cars.  I am glad I could see that on the way there and so swung all the way down to another freeway to get home.

Once home it was 7pm Lori and I headed out to the grocery store and completed at least one of the errands we set out to do in the morning.  Then I made dinner and my oh my there the weekend is half over already.

Sunday.  Lori worked in the morning.  We had plans in the afternoon to go to Vicky and Emily’s for dinner and swimming.

While she worked I started on a project that had been on the “to-do” list since we returned home from Europe.

Vicky and Emily gave me extra fabric from a reupholster project to make them a valance and some pillows.  I was able in just a couple hours to get all four done so I could take them with us.  I also threw together some bean and roasted corn enchiladas to add to the dinner menu.

This Soiree was Taylor and Emily’s planning and we all brought our swimming gear where the baby had her first pool experience.  She wasn’t so sure of herself but early exposure is good and we are looking for swim lessons.  We had a blast and a very yummy dinner of chicken tacos and enchiladas.  Not to mention needed time with family.  My brother Dale, my sister Della, my might as well be sister Vicky, my wife Lori and my nieces Emily, Amber, Taylor and of course the center of attention Coral.  It was a pretty near perfect day!  Thank you Emily for putting it all together.