Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Vacation Pictures

Jim and I spent June and part of July in Southern California, visiting daughter Melinda...then hit Colorado for a visit with son Mike and dil Angie to see their new house.
 
Had a great time in both places.
Here are a few hi-lights.
 
Pier at Balboa Island...
 

The Denver Botanical Garden (one of this country's BEST). 



 Luckily there was a fabulous display of Dale Chihuly's glass art scattered throughout the gardens.


 
You may have seen some of his work...the ceiling in the reception area of Bellagio in Las Vegas is one glorious example. 



Try imaging colorful glass sparkling in the clear mountain air, a profusion of every flowering plant you've ever heard of as a backdrop.  Simply breathtaking!

Loved our vacation...wine tasting, being touristy, visiting family...but it's great to be home!!!

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Summer Book Club

The Summer Book Club meets the second Thurs.
 of each month in Flip Flopz. 
 
The next meeting will be Aug. 14. 
 
It is an informal discussion of books read,
reading, and heard about. 
 
 All are welcome!   
 
Pam suggested:
    The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
(I read that...riveting)
    My Restless Prince, a series by Gaelen Foley
    Destiny of the Republic by Cana Millard
    My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
    Julie and Romeo by Jeanne  Ray
    Somerset by Leila Meacham
    Several books by John Grisham:  The Confession, The Appeal, Sycamore Row, and The Racketeer 
Mary suggested: Open (I didn't get the author)
Louise suggested:
    The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
    The White Queen by above author
Patsy suggested:
    One Last Great Wickedness by David Stansfield
    How I live Now by Meg Rosoff
    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
And a good time was enjoyed by all.
Thanks, Patsy #108

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mikey's Birthday Party

Mikey's birthday party will be at
5:30 pm on Sunday, July 27th.
 
  Brad and Barb #10 are hosting the party. 
 It will be a potluck
with cake and ice cream, hamburgers,
  brats, hotdogs will be provided.
 
 RSVP: Please let them know as to what you will be bringing.  I think they would prefer that you not use the Members Only Site for your response,
 so please speak with Sheryl or Barb.
Also please pass the word around. 
Thank you.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Book Club-July

Reminder to book lovers--
 
Summer Book Club meets Thurs., July 10
 in Flip Flopz at 7:00 pm. 
 
Let's talk about the books you are reading or have read. 


Bring your drink (I'll bring wine) and a snack, if you wish. 
Patsy #108

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Mr. Pickles

One of the reasons we have extended our stay in California is to kitty sit while Melinda spends a week in Scotland.
Normally she hires a pet sitter for two visits a day.  She is now putting said pet sitter's children through college.  We thought we'd save her some serious moola so she can go to Scotland and sample scotch.
 
She has a cat named Pickles, the last of a kitty duo she got right out of college.  He has been with her from Tucson to Phoenix, Atlanta to several apartments and now a house in California.
Here he is as a youngster, around 3 years old.
He has aged....
He is in his 22nd year...
Guinness Book of World Records candidate!
 Still very focused on food.

 Loves computers!  And this from a cat who was with Melinda before the invention of digital cameras!
 Actually for a 168 year old cat (human years) he is still photogenic...if you don't look in his mouth...no teeth.


Still jumps around on tables and chairs but has given up the top of the refrigerator.
 Best thing he does though is sleep.
 
Here's to you Mr. Pickles....
keep gumming that rib-eye steak.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Good Life in SoCal!

Jim and I are spending several weeks in Southern CA visiting daughter Melinda.  One evening son Mike joined us for dinner (he was here on business) and just had to try out her Porsche...can't blame him, it's a sweet ride!
 

We are having the best time.  She treated me to a hair makeover and I am now (again) blonde.

We spend our days gardening, eating and hot tubing.



And then....and then...
we went...
 
 
 Look what you can do with empty wine bottles...wind chimes, lanterns....cute!
 
 
 Olive oil tasting...yum!
 
 
 
I perform after a bit too much vino... 
 Quail egg atop beef tartar with fried capers...extraordinary!
This is Presqu'ile, the most gorgeous property I have ever, ever seen. And outstanding wines, too. 
 
  Melinda is a member of their wine club. 
We not only enjoyed the building, which was breathtaking, but the grounds as well. 
Melinda selfie... 
 The flowers everywhere were blooming in mad colors and abundance.  Butterflies and hummingbirds all over.
Each property cuter than the last...
 
 
 Even her back yard is a delight!
We had planned to head to Colorado to visit Mike & Angie tomorrow but will instead stay here another week and a half to cat & plant sit while Melinda goes solo to Scotland for a mini vacation.  Will return to Sandpipers mid July, if we tear ourselves away.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Barb's Water Aerobics

The water aerobics schedule
 for the month of July is:
 
Sundays-8 A.M.
Tuesday and Thursday - 10:15 A. M.
 
Thanks for helping me get the word out....
Barb