Wednesday, March 4, 2009

We left here about 9:00 a.m. to go to Escondido, CA to visit my cousin Ron & his wife Nancy. We last saw Ron & Nancy briefly16 years ago at his mother’s funeral and heaven only knows when before that so there were a lot of years to get caught up on.

We took the scenic route to their place, which is north of San Diego, and what a beautiful drive and gorgeous scenery. Once past the desert areas in the southeastern part of California the countryside turns into very mountainous, green, absolutely gorgeous countryside.

These were taken on our drive to Escondido:

Now here's a sign I never dreamt we would see in southern California

We arrived at their place about 2:30 p.m. and the visiting began, what a lot to talk about and get caught up on. They have a fabulous home on the top of a mountain looking west to the ocean, which is about 20 miles away, and on a clear day you can see the ocean and the outline of Catalina Island. This is their retirement home and Nancy designed it and what an absolutely wonderful job she did, there are a lot of things in their home that I would never have dreamt of, it is certainly a place to be proud of and enjoy.

They made John and I feel very welcome and Nancy had made me a lovely “blankie” which I know I will really enjoy and think of her when I use it.

Nancy made a lovely dinner and we certainly didn’t run out of things to talk about. Ron and I found it very interesting listening to each other’s recollections of our childhood, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. and we both learned new things about our family.

As always, today was another great gift of a day, and a very special day getting to know Ron & Nancy and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Today was cooler and overcast, I must say I didn’t mind the cooler temps as I really don’t like the hot days, they just drain me.

This morning I did some cleaning and just fiddled around then around 1:00 I headed to the Laundromat, it was busy but I didn’t have to wait for machines so I was happy.

I read while the laundry was doing then came home and sat outside and finished my book – a real exciting day, but relaxing.

As always, today was another great gift of a day in the not so sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Today was a real scorcher of a day, a good day for taking it easy which is exactly what we did.

We went out after lunch and got our haircuts then came back & sat in the shade reading. I went to the pool about 3:30 for a swim and felt much cooler and more refreshed after that.

Today was our 47th wedding anniversary, how John has put up with me for all those years I will never know but he has been a wonderful, kind, supportive loving husband. We went to the Olive Garden for dinner – yummy!! There are no, or very few, Olive Gardens left in Canada so we do enjoy them down here.

It is after 9 p.m. and the temperature is still in the 70’s, quite a change from the usual cool evenings, although tonight the weather forecast is for cooler temperatures in the next few days.

As always, today was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Sunday, March 1, 2998

I slept really good last night so today was a much better day. Again, it was a hot and sunny day here in Yuma.

This morning I spent on the computer doing my month end stuff so that is now done for another month.

We got an e-mail from our grandson Derrick today telling us that he has been accepted to the University of Ottawa for the fall and will be taking history – congratulations Derrick, we are very proud of you. Our niece Serita has been accepted at Carleton for the fall (we are also very proud of her) so they will both be in Ottawa – neat. We are proud of the two of them and wish them both good luck in this new chapter of their lives. Both of their mothers are proud of them but are sad at the thought of their children heading off to university, they will get over it and it is time for their offspring to spread their wings and fly on their own.

This afternoon we sat outside and read until it was time to go golfing, we had a tee time for 4:05 and were delighted to find out that today was the first day of Twilight fees - $7 after 4 p.m. so our golf was all of $14 – sure do like that!! We played with a couple of very nice guys from Wyoming; neither John nor I had stellar games, very disappointing but at least we got our exercise lol.

We wanted to try a pizza from Ronnie’s after golfing but when we got there it was closed on Sundays – bummer!! Second choice was coming home and doing burgers, they were good but I would rather have had the pizza, oh well, life isn’t always about getting everything you want!!

Tonight is the usual – either TV or a book.

As always, today was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The weather here is consistent, hot and sunny.

This morning I fiddled and faddled about and talked to my sister Pat and my friend Janet. John went down to Steve’s to see what he had done to his system to improve the batteries etc. so after I got off the phone I walked down and had a visit with Brenda.

This afternoon John wanted to go to Sears so off we went. We didn’t find anything exciting and John didn’t find what he wanted so we came home after a quick stop at Staples and the Salvation Army store.

I haven’t slept well the last couple of nights, both nights I was up during the night for a couple of hours, so this afternoon it caught up with me and I was exhausted, so when we came home from Sears I went in for a nap instead of going for a swim – bad me, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the pool instead of heading into the bed – lol!

Tonight we watched some TV and I was in bed early as I was still really tired – hopefully tomorrow I will be back to my normal self. I find this heat really hard to take so that could be part of my problem.

As always, today was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.