Monday, January 29, 2018

Ahhh, getting older isn't so bad :)

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Sixty One. 61!
I remember in my younger days that I thought
that being in your 60's was so old!
Now I see my calendar and realize that I'm not
that far from filing for the magic paycheck!

My birthday started out with a nice dinner out.
One of our favorite places is Luigi's in nearby Gonzales.

We started out with a nice bottle of wine..

..and ordered some great pasta..

The waiter (with George's prompting)
surprised me with a dessert with a candle :-)

We shared it of course!

We were both stuffed, but it was nice!

Today I worked, George has Mondays off.
When I got home, this was waiting for me..

George sneaked out and bought
fixings for a nice dinner.

It also included a cake!

We're definitely going to have to up
our steps around the park now.

Tomorrow we're going with new friends
over to Monterey.
Wednesday we finally get to go up to see Connie and Greg!
Thursday I'm going up to see Mom and we're going
to the movies :-)

Busy birthday week!

Oh, and for those of you that don't see on Facebook..
my son Adam was just promoted to Pastry Sous Chef
at the 7D Steakhouse in Carmel.

I'm just a little proud :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Social times

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Another Yanks sunrise..

We've been pretty busy being social here :-)

Going out for pizza with the staff..

 One of our guests brought his big BBQ and grilled
very tasty swiss sausage and vegetables.

Most of the staff and some other guests came.

It was a lot of fun!

Not much going on here really.
George and I still love working here,
and being close to Mom has been helpful.

My son Adam got a promotion at the restaurant,
he's now the Pastry Sous Chef..
which means more responsibility,
and he's directly under the head pastry chef.
He also gets to travel with the team to New York City
to cook at the famed James Beard House.
How exciting!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A bit of John Steinbeck

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Life has settled down into a bit of a routine
since the holidays have passed.

The park itself is pretty empty, but that is expected
for this time of year.
We do get quite a few groups here,
and starting in February they'll start filling up the place.

We see my Mom at least once a week,
and I've started getting her tax papers gathered.
She fell in the parking lot of her doctor's office
on Monday and twisted her knee.
She'll get it looked at this Monday.

Our sunsets are still glorious..

We took another 'field trip' Wednesday with Greg & Connie.
They had never been to the Steinbeck Center,
so we decided to take them there.

It's a great museum with different areas of
pictures, quotes, and films about the author
and his books.

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas in 1902.
The geography and demographics of the valley
made an impression on John as he grew up.
He decided he wanted to write stories about this area,
and lots of novels came out of his experiences here.

Greg & Connie enjoyed talking to one of the docents.
Connie has been having some issues with walking,
so we used one of the center's wheelchairs for her.

The way the center describes each book is fantastic.

We also saw a quilt that many people contributed squares to.
I believe they auctioned it off last month.
It depicts things about the Salinas Valley 'the salad bowl of the world'.

One of my favorite Steinbeck books is
Travels with Charley.
Steinbeck was an Rver before it was popular!

Afterwards we took a short walk down the street,
'Oldtown Salinas'
to a great place for lunch.

Our day finished up by visiting the burial place
of John Steinbeck and family members
at the Garden of Memories, Salinas.

It was a great day discovering more about this great author.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

We can't believe it's already 2018!
Time sure is flying by.

George and I spent time with family Christmas eve.
No pictures! I'm getting bad at remembering to take them :-(
After church services, we went out for Chinese food,
then over to Jen's parent's house where Adam made us all
Cremé Brulee, it was delicious!

We both worked Thursday and Friday,
but New Year's eve day
I took a ride down to see Mom,
go to church with her,
and help get some of her year end stuff done.

I was just getting ready to head home,
when I got a text from Yanks that a girlfriend of mine
was looking for me.
She had looked me up on Facebook, figured out where we were,
and called to get my phone number.
I called her, and we met at the local fast food place,
and sat and caught up on over 35 years!
She lives in the central valley now, 
but comes to this area every once in awhile.
We promised to get together again!

Last night George and I ordered pizza,
and watched all the New Year's eve festivities on TV.
When we saw the ball drop on our east coast feed at 9 pm,
we started dozing off ;-)

This morning I fixed omelettes, sausage, ham, and toast
for a couple that are regulars in the park.
There were Mimosas as well, yum!
We talked about full timing, 
and there may be a Vilano in their future!

Now that the holidays are over,
life will get back to normal.
There is finally some rain in the forecast here,
and we get to move back to our regular site
in the back of the park in a week.

Life is good!