Monday, February 13, 2017

I have a 32 year old!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Wow, 10 days since a post.
Not busy, just not doing much :-)

Yesterday was my son Adam's 32nd birthday.
I'm too young to have a 30 year old :-)

His girlfriend Jennifer's present to him
was to make him his dinner of choice.
She prepared Osso Bucco prepared with lamb,
her words..

"Making a twist on Osso Buco.

Whole boneless leg of lamb seared in 

Berkshire pork fat, braised on beef bones." 

It was so delicious!

I had a good time talking to Jen's mom, Martha,
who is also a good friend of mine.
My Mom came, she enjoyed herself as well.

Of course we had pre-meal munchies.

Jennifer made Adam's favorite red velvet cake..

It was nice to be able to spend the afternoon celebrating!

George has been purging things out of the Montana,
and we're selling things that we don't use or need.

Weather is just beautiful today after a week of rain.
There are lovely green mountains surrounding us,
but awful mudslides in other parts.
My son can't get to work in Big Sur as a mudslide
has damaged a bridge 6 miles north of his restaurant.

California weather can be a challenge!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Some birthday fun

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

We had some fun times for my birthday.
George bought me a cake, more like Valentine's,
but it was delicious!

 Thank goodness he didn't put 60 candles on!

Sunday my Mom took us to Olive Garden,
where we had a nice meal as well as
my free birthday dessert..

The wait staff even sang happy birthday to me :-)

Afterwards we gave my son Adam some moral support.
His 2003 Kia Spectra finally bit the dust
on the way to work!
It was time to see about getting a new car.
He ended up leasing a brand new
2017 Honda Civic LX.
It's just beautiful, and he's so excited to have a new car.

Wednesday our friends Greg & Connie came down
with their brand new Ford 450.
They also bought a new Vilano when we went
to the RV show a few weeks ago.
Now they needed something beefier to pull it :-)
We took a ride to do some wine tasting..

Greg found a new friend!

We went to one of our favorite wineries, Hahn.
The view from their deck is fantastic.

The workers are working on the grape vines,
tying them up in preparation for spring.

I think my birthday this year was pretty nice!

We've been busy doing things at Mom's as well.
Tomorrow there's a tea at church that she and I will attend.

The weather is getting a bit warmer now,
finally in the 70's most of the time.

We hear that they're finally starting to build our new RV.
We're getting impatient! :-)

Friday, January 27, 2017

A pre-birthday outing

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

While we wait for our new home (RV) to be built,
we've been busy doing normal things.
I continue to help my Mom out,
and George and I have been purging things out of Harvey :-)

My 60th (!) birthday is Sunday,
so George asked me what I wanted to do.
The weather is starting to get nice, with almost 70° temps.
I chose to go to my favorite place,
anywhere where I can see the ocean :-)

One place I'm ashamed to say I've never been
is the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove.

It's a grove of Eucalyptus and Cypress trees where
the annual overwintering of the monarch butterfly happens.

They begin arriving in October,
then cluster together on the trees.

The monarch can not withstand freezing temps,
so to survive they overwinter in mild climates.

The temperature has to be just right..
not too cold as to kill them, 
and not to warm to sap their energy.
Pacific Grove is just perfect for that!

The story of their migration is pretty interesting,
and can be read here.
By February they are in their mating cycle,
and more monarchs are emerging from their cocoons.


The sanctuary is set up with a few stations
that have descriptions of the life cycles of the monarch.

We only wish we would have come in November,
when there are more than 30,000 monarchs!
Today there were approximately 1,200.

George and I moved on to a drive along the coast.
We're at the tail end of some storms 
that have been pounding the area with rain.
The waves have been pretty impressive,
even sweeping a few tourists off the rocks :-(

There are always lots of seagulls preening their feathers.

Never tire of seeing the sea otters floating around too.

Soon after we went to Domenico's for drinks and appetizers.
It was nice to look out and see some otters playing.

We had such a terrific time!