Sunday, July 26, 2020

The going's on

Salinas, CA

We can't believe summer is half over,
not to mention the year!
George and I thought the pandemic would
make time drag on,
but in fact, it seems like the week ends
as soon as it begins.

We've kept busy part of the time,
going over to Monterey occasionally.
One day when restaurants started opening
for a 'safe distancing dine-in',
we went to a Mexican place on the water.
As usual the boats are so pretty..

Cooper is getting used to the pandemic as well :)

For Father's Day, I took George out to breakfast to the Black Bear Diner.
He was happy :)

One day I picked up my son Adam 
and we walked the trail along the water's edge.
Lover's Point was pretty empty of people.

Our backyard garden is growing like crazy!
Tomatoes are taking over, as well as cucumbers, no surprise.

George even pickled jalapenos today!

One project that we completed is seen below:
a friend of ours makes custom cabinets,
so we had him build us a wine cabinet.
It turned out so nice!

In addition, he made a fruit tray,
it is great for holding all our fruits and veggies,
right where we can grab them.

As you can see from our new header, 
we purchased a fire pit to warm up on cool Salinas nights.

Our church opened up with safe practices, 
then Governor Newsom shut us down again.
We've been worshiping via YouTube,
but next week they're talking about a service outside.
We'll see...

Until later..


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Time flies

Salinas, CA

It's been over a month since Mom's passing.
A lot has been accomplished including
all the paperwork to be filed,
accounts to be closed, etc.

Our church is starting to open back up
starting this Sunday for services.
Hopefully we'll be able to have a proper memorial service soon.

We've done a few things in this past month, including..

trading Mom's ten year old car in on this:

a Buick Envision SUV.
It will be nice for road trips :)

Cooper has been missing Mom too.
He goes into her room and
looks for her at times.
He's made friends with a neighbor dog.

Not so sure she's interested  :)

Mother's day weekend
we drove to Bakersfield and
visited with family.
We laughed and cried talking about Mom.

Restaurants are opening up here, 
with a few restrictions. 
We met up with Connie and Greg 
at a place in between us.

It was nice sitting outside and being social!

I'm still trying new recipes, 
some healthy, some, well..

Other than that we're doing great.
Staying healthy, keeping safe.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Rough times

Salinas CA

For those of you who don't see this on Facebook...
my Mom went to see Jesus and Dad on May 5th, 2020.

She apparently had a heart attack while enjoying
a short walk with Cooper.
We were grocery shopping and were alerted
by a neighbor ringing our doorbell
which we get on our phones.
They called 911 and wonderful neighbors started CPR
as we rushed home.
Unfortunately neither the neighbor or EMTs
could revive her.

A memorial service will be later this summer.

You can access her obituary here..

We miss her.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Happy Easter!

Salinas, CA

Happy Easter to everyone!

We actually enjoyed our Easter,
worshiping virtually online with our church family.

I made a nice dinner, with ham, scalloped potatoes,
deviled eggs, and a carrot cake to top it off.

We've been coping pretty well with the 
'shelter in place' orders.
I've been baking,
even trying my hand at bread..

George broke down and bought lawn tools,
as paying a gardener every week
was getting expensive.

Our weather is always beautiful,
so it makes for a great garden!
We've got two types of romaine growing.. well as tomatoes, peppers, and carrots.

 All of us have been very careful when we DO have to go out.
Groceries, Lowe's, doctor appointments
look much different now.
One of our church friends made masks for sale,
so we picked 3 up one day.
George has been doing our grocery shopping,
always with mask and gloves.
I won't let Mom out in the public for her own safety.
So far we're virus free.

Soon this will be over,
and we'll be back to 'normal'.

Until then, stay home, stay safe!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sheltering in Place

Salinas, CA

Well, what a crazy few weeks it has been!

As everyone is in the same boat,
and the new buzz word is Coronavirus,
George and I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Where we live, in Monterey County, CA,
we've had reports of 4 confirmed cases of the virus.
Certainly not impressive numbers, but we
wonder how many are out there roaming around
that don't know they're contagious.
We're both glad that the governor has put forward
a 'shelter in place' order to keep
the masses from spreading the germs out there.

Our church stopped having services a few Sundays ago,
and since all of us are huggers,
we thought it was a good idea.
They are posting the services on Facebook which is cool.

The three (4!) of us are doing fine.
All of us are healthy.
We have plenty of food, supplies,
and things to read/watch/do.
The weather has been glorious,
so walks around the block have been numerous.

I've been cooking and baking,
and we're binge watching things on Netflix a lot.
Napping happens a lot!

Cooper got his grooming in before the state shut down,
but he gets annoyed if we don't give him treats
 when he wants one.

The restaurant that my son works for
has shut down, not even pickup/delivery :-(
He and Jen are laid off for now,
having some couple time.

Hopefully this will be all over soon,
and not go on for the months they're predicting.
All our 401k balances are tanking
and that scares me more than the virus!

Take care everyone,
our thoughts and prayers are with everyone!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Date night and more!

Salinas CA

Since our last post we've been busy!
Can't beat the CA sunshine.

Our church has a 'Senior Fling' once a month.
Though Mom and George didn't want to go, 
I decided it sounded like fun.
15 of us car pooled down to
Rocky Point restaurant in Big Sur. 
It was a perfect day for the views..

We even saw a few whale spouts out in the distance..

I really enjoyed being with these special ladies!

I had a great shrimp louie salad

The group meets once a month, sometimes going 
out to eat somewhere, sometimes just a game day.
I enjoy their company!

George and I decided on a date night too.
An ABBA tribute band called ABBA Mania
was playing in the local theater.
The group is actually from the UK,
but they use Swedish accents, wigs,
and costumes to make it very authentic. 

They really did a great job,
everyone was singing along!

As you can see we had great seats,
right up at the stage..

It was a great show!!