Monday, June 26, 2017

It has Started!

Pizzazz is on it's way, not to be finished this year, but a good start!
From Karen:
We have been very, very busy here at Sandpipers getting the demolition done is lotz of work on our part. Maria had posted some pictures already from the first day. Some of the comments were: be sure to keep the pictures coming; Will there be a workout room — NO not for this season for sure; hopefully we are putting in something for the acoustics —
WELL that brings me to this: The new building (to be... known as Pizzazz!) will be lucky to be ready to use by Oct 25th. Here is what that means: The estimate to demo the current pavilion (30′ x 100′) and wooden structures on the south side of the pavilion, relocate rerun the electric, gas and water to the bathouse AND build two new buildings (Pizzazz! 4480sf and the two story 2048sf) was coming in at $250,000 (yes, a quarter of a million dollars). Well I had to break this project up into three seasons to complete. For this winter Texan season, there will be the 12′ high brick building (with the roof peak at 14′) with doors, windows, and ceiling fans. The roof will be foam insulated. The flooring, air conditioning, and drop ceiling are not in this year’s budget. The old stage deck will be in there until we can get enough funds ready for the building of the new stage and sound/light/recording booth. This is a work in progress and we are maxed out this season. At least this building will not have water leaking from the ceiling or running under your feet. We hope that you will be able to enjoy the new Pizzazz! as we continue to work on upgrading our facilities.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homeward Bound

We spent the last month kitty and chicken sitting...yes, chickens! Daughter Melinda had a conference then a Baltic cruise so we kept her livestock fed, watered and happy,  Well one cat spent a month hiding in her closet but the other kitties were fine.  Had to water and feed the chickens-Chicken 1, chicken 2, chicken 3, and Anabelle.  They didnt grow enough to produce eggs so we'll had to use a grocery store.  She also has fruit trees, lemons were ready but the apples, peaches, plums, pears, avocado, raspberries, and assorted veggies were not.  Not true, I ate her cherry tomatoes as fast as they could ripen.  This farmlet is in Los Angeles, 5 minutes from Disney.  Hard to believe!
So, we headed home thru Las Vegas. Stayed at The Golden Nugget in the best room ever.  But spendy.  They charge extra for everything.  Coffee, Would you believe $15,for four cups.(inroom coffeemaker)  You want an extra bath matt?  Costs extra, WiFi, Rollaway bed, your wallet.  The buffet was a fortune for nothing special.  Found a Subway and thought we'd save a little...two 6 inch subs and a bottle of shared water...$21!!!! We did find a prime rib special for $15 a person,  It was great.  I remember the days, years and years and years ago when breakfast was $1.99, Lunch buffet 2.99, Dinner (including lobster and crab legs) $3.99 .Of course we're old.
Traffic in California was horrendous!  Never heard Jim swear so much. Vegas has gotten so price-picky don't want to go back. But the people sure were interesting to look at.  Very weird.
Home is callin me big time!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Memorial Day Ceremony

Special Memorial Day Ceremony
 on Saturday the 29th
at 11AM at the memorial flag garden.
Followed by a special make your own sandwich
 lunch in Flip Flops at 11:30
Listen to k-nude for all the details

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Birthday Potluck

Hello everyone!!! Maria here!!!

 A week from today, (May 2) I would like to start
 our first Birthday potluck for the summer months!
  So pass the word around!!!

 Want to do it for 11:30 am in flip flopz.
  I will make chicken salad sandwiches.
 We will do a byob. 
 I will make a devils food chocolate cake!
 I know Joann (6) has a birthday May 13.
  If any one else has a birthday this month let me know!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

From Mary #5:
Perhaps you may have read in Sunday’s Parade magazine of the newspaper……………….
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, one of our previous books we read and discussed at book club
has been made into a movie, starring Oprah Winfrey.
It will be on HBO this Saturday, 22nd At 8:00pm E.T., 7 pm our time.

Thanks Mary!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A New Month

What a hectic couple of weeks!  Olympic sports, theater performances, competion on and off site, a scramble to use up our cafe dollars!
Several of us have just finished the Annual Joyce Dupor Scrabble tourny, held every year with a prize of immense value.  Chocolate!
It was a nail biter til the end with a three way tie for first place (and the coveted GIANT chocolate bar) but yours truly pulled it off beating Miss Vicki by a few points and sending rival Jim to the bench.
Speaking of Mr. Jim...I am a candidate for sainthood as we've been married, as of April 1st (no joke) for 50 years.

As you travel home, or as summer permits, send your stories, pictures and updates to me so I can keep us all "in the loop". will come right to my desk and I'll make you famous!