Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Turning 62 is the best!

Greenfield, CA

Wow, almost a month since the last check in on Blogger.
Since then we've been busy as usual.

It's the rainy season here which produces beautiful rainbows..


Patty Kennedy took this stunner

and sunrises..

Thanks to Steve Best for this picture!

Just yesterday I turned 62!
George and I thoughtfully decided
it was a good time for me to file for SS.
So, my first check gets deposited the last
Wednesday in March.

Monday the staff in the office had
a combined birthday party for Jodi and I.
Jodi's birthday was the 21st.

We had pizza..

..and then ice cream cake later..

I take advantage of joining different clubs
for 'free' meals and such.
One of them was Denny's.
Yesterday morning we drove over
to the local Denny's for a free
Grand Slam.

It was yummy!!

The next step in my adventure was
getting together with Connie & Greg.
We started out wine tasting at Sarah's (of course)!

We only went to one winery as it was getting close 
to our reservation time at 5 pm.
My choice for dinner was an iconic restaurant in Capitola.
Shadowbrook has been there since 1947 and is a great romantic place.
It sits right on the Soquel Creek, with wonderful fairy lights in the trees.

I had gotten a call earlier that the restaurant's famous funicular
had an electrical problem,
and anyone with mobility problems needed to know.

Greg drove us over to the restaurant to check it out
in case the 96 steps down (and back up!) would be a bit too much
for Connie to tackle.

I have to say that she was a real trooper and had no issues!

This was the view from our table, nice!

Connie and I decided to start out with
an appetizer of Baked Brie with Jalapeno Jelly.
It was delicious, but no pictures! 

George ordered Artichoke Hearts, nicely deep fried
with a cilantro lemon-aioli .

Next came a cup of artichoke soup, which was delicious!

 George and Connie ordered the special for dinner..
Shrimp Scampi with Tagliatelle pasta.
They said it was great and garlic forward! :)

I had the Braised Osso Bucco made with pork.
Oh boy!

Greg ordered the Lobster Tail and a Caesar Salad,
and again was just delicious!
Somehow I missed a picture of his.

We were all too full for dessert, 
but I did order their special chocolate truffles "to go'.
The server did bring it in a cute little box,
and a lighted candle on the plate :-)
All of us could have sworn we got a picture of that, 
but apparently not :-(

Traditionally the server takes a picture of the party,
which is then printed out and you can also download off their website.
I believe my truffle is behind the water glasses somewhere :-)

All in all it was a great way to celebrate getting older!


  1. Congrats on your 62nd birthday! About time you get back some of that hard earned money you've paid over the years! :c)

  2. Happy birthday! You will love getting those checks! Sure hope to see you again sometime?

  3. Happy Social Security Birthday! You have now officially joined us Old Peoples Club.

    I've never heard to artichoke soup. Don't know if I would like it but willing to try. I thought George didn't eat seafood. Maybe I remember wrong.

  4. 62 -- really?? I'm right behind ya sister. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday!