Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Week

Hope this finds every one full of Christmas cheer, and that it was a wonderful day.  We had a quiet, easy day, and in the afternoon went to the  club house for a dinner with 70 of our closest friends.  Once again, potluck, and done in tables of 12.  I like it that way, each table has a more personal setting.  It was a beautiful day, finally the weather is warming up so it feels like southern California.

Last week our son and family were coming down for Chucks birthday and we decided that the birthday boy should spend it at Disneyland.

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We met up there and spent a few nights in a hotel so we could take our time.

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Glad we did, we are too old for the crowds, lines and more crowds.  The fireworks were awesome, the decorations, unbelievable.  Loved the parades, it truly is a wonderful place.

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The second day the kids left to be at the park at 8, and we took our time and think that both of us enjoyed it much more.  They got a lot of rides out of the way before the crowding began.  Getting home was horrible though, we had a traffic jam for 30 miles, then when we were only 10 miles from the park there was an accident and the road was closed.  We went back to Wal-Mart and sat in the parking lot, calling the sheriffs office checking to see if the road was open only to be told no, no, no.  Finally after 2 hours Chuck decided we would drive up there and check and if it wasn’t open get a motel.  No road blockage, no police, nada.  Our son had dismantled a gazebo in his back yard, and brought it up to us.  It will work really good here, just needs a new cover. He had a union meeting that night, but wouldn’t leave till it was all put together.  Thank you Glen.

Ran into town today to Costco to try and get some of their Christmas lights that are so pretty, but pricey.  They had it all shipped out, no sale there, and there was outdoor furniture ect. in its place, what a quick change. 

Chuck is off to the golf course tomorrow, he has been only playing once a week, but the weather has not been all that great.  Wednesday we are leaving to meet up with our tour group for the Rose Parade.  Looking forward to that, but also to settling down for awhile once we get back. 

I also became a great aunt on the 25th, now I not only have a grandson with that birthday but a great nephew.  Also some special friends, Bob & Molly, welcomed their bundle of joy the 24th.  We are all so blessed.

Life is Good

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Short Moves Hurt

I had no sooner posted the last blog, than a lot opened up that we felt we would be happier in.  It had some lattice fencing and huge additional patio addition.  So the move was on,  didn’t know that we had so much “stuff” in the storage shed already.  But got it all moved and this morning hooked up Damnearahouse, and off it went.  I was going to take the golf cart over, when I seen that the steps were still down.  I’m waving like a wild women, but Chuck doesn’t see me, so I start running down the street to the cart, mind you with clogs on, going down hill, when I do a face plant literally.  My sun glasses tore up the bridge of my nose, the pavement took care of the rest of it, and my lips are a whole lot bigger than Angelina's.  How I managed not to break my teeth is a miracle. Didn’t even break a nail. But there will be no Christmas pictures this year! 

So after that we are going to Disneyland!  Our son and family are coming down and we are meeting them in Anaheim tomorrow.  We’ll just spend a couple of nights in a hotel, and do a couple of days at the park.  Then they will come back to the park for a few days. The only time we were there our son was about 7, and he is almost 50 now, so it has been awhile.  The military had a great deal on tickets for retirees so glad we could take advantage of it.  

Have  enjoyed having the clown car, took it to town the other day and it was so great to be able to park, AND know where the back end is, cause it doesn’t have any.  lol

Well, I have had two large mugs of hot apple cider, spiked with left over Makers Mark, and I’m feeling good. Make that feeling very, very good.   End of my tale of woe, life is good.

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Wheels

We have batting around the idea of getting a small car for around here, being as we will be spending a fair amount of time in this area.  Driving the truck or rather parking it is defiantly not one of my favorite things to do. Even Chuck would prefer something else.   But not a new one, not for us, not now, so yes, that is what we got.  A 2012 Honda Fit.  Surprisingly it has a lot of room inside, and very easy to get in and out of.  And parking it should be easy!  Boy, does it look small in the picture, yet it’s not.

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Our son and family are coming down next week for a few days.  Want to help celebrate Chucks 75th birthday.  Sure will be good to see them, especially our grandson.  He is already in junior high, just growing up so fast.  He was the only grandchild that we got to be around on a regular basis, so he holds a special place in our hearts.  The other two grandsons lived across the country and would visit for a month in the summer, and after having two little guys for that length of time, waving good-by was with mixed emotions. But they are in there 30’s now, where did the time go?

The park has gotten busy, and we have too. The weather has been good to not so good.  Not as warm as Texas, but also not any where the amount of wind.  We are debating on whether the lot we are on is the one we want, or trade to another.  We can do that, but only when one opens up.  Like the size of ours (although they are all large) and the fact that it faces a hill on the back side.  Even though that means we have no view, we have absolute privacy.  Before we do some rock work, and put in a sitting/dining area, want to be sure this is where we will stay.  Decisions, decisions.

Christmas decorations are up, no tree, the cat would probably get the better of that. I’ve tried to pick up a ornament that reminds me of some thing special or some place new.  Have quite a few now, yet they only take up 3 photo boxes, so the storage is not a problem.  And it is nice to remember why each one was bought.

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Today I made Makers Mark bourbon balls.  Think most of those will be going to the club house.  They should get a few pace makers working over time, but they sure are good.  Most of my shopping has been on line, they even wrap it, and just have it sent where ever it needs to go.  And then money and gift cards take care of the rest.  Awwww life is good………

Monday, December 5, 2011

Craft Fair

Today was the craft fair for the park.  Some very talented people live here.  Bought a few things, but they are gifts, so will let it go at that.  They also had a soup luncheon which was very good.  Five different kinds of soup, all you can eat.  unfortunately I could only sample two and they were both delicious.  There were also sampler plates of cookies and candies, and one of those came home with us. Would have like to gotten a few more and froze them as our son and family are going to visit for a few days before Christmas.  But we had made a trip to Costco and the freezer is at full capacity.

We have been looking to buy a small suv, preferably a CR-V,  the least favorite thing to shop for next to  a swimming suit, in my humble opinion.  Something will turn up, just going to look and the hassle is not my thing.

Played hand & foot last night, they play with real cards here….lol……and lots of rules, but it is fun.  Only play 4 hands and that is the game, so it doesn’t go on too long.  Tomorrow working in the mail room, putting up mail, Chuck will be on the golf course.  Slowly we are finding our niche.


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Friday, December 2, 2011

It Can’t Be December!

We have been making some progress in getting settled in, although it seems to be going slowly.  I read on someone's blog how when you are going to be some place for a week, how you prioritize  the plans you have for that area, and everything gets taken care, places get seen,all in the time frame.  But when you are going to be there for a extended period, things just get put on the back burner.  And that is so true for us.  We have done no area exploring, although we have been to Temecula a number of times, and we are starting to knew our way around there.  Nice town, lots of shopping and very pretty.  About the only negative we have of Jojoba is that we are 15 miles from town, so our eating out has been cut down dramatically, which is a good thing in a way.  I’m having to learn to cook all over. 

Yesterday for Thanksgiving we had a small potluck .  They did the 12 person tables, which works out great, and we had a good time.  Slowly we are getting into the swing of things, everyone is very friendly.  Chuck is happy to be making weekly golf outings, plus there are more card games going than we are able to participate in on a regular basis.  It is a sad day when Chuck has to make a choice of what he can play…lol

Well darn it, left the puter for a minute and it turned into a week.  If anyone thinks that we may be flying by due to the huge wind storm in L.A., we actually had no wind here to speak of.  Just as surprised as everyone else when we seen the news the next day.  Am so not missing the Texas wind.  We decided to take a run to Camp Pendleton, which is only about 25 miles away, but that is the back side.  Callie (gps) had us going on a few back road that might of one time led to the base, but not any more, so many gates are closed due to 9/11.  So we made a few turn arounds but eventually reached a gate we could get into.  But the base is huge, the good thing the golf course is on the back side, the bad news, the commissary, on the front side 18 miles away.  By the time we finally got there, shopped, we did not have time to run by and take as peak of the ocean.  Chuck is not fond of driving in the dark and as it was he did have to the last few miles. It will pay for us to do a major shopping there ever so often though.  California is pricey when it comes to anything to do with living here. 

Yesterday I went up and helped decorate the club house, which I had a great time doing, I’ve missed doing up the house for Christmas.  In the RV, I just run my loop of greenery and hang my ornaments that I’ve acquired from each state we have been in and that has been it.  Although this year we got some of the new lights from Costco that  are so pretty for outside.  Had to put the awning out to have some place to hang them.  We haven’t decided if this is the lot that we intend to keep, so we are holding off doing anything.  As for getting out door furniture, that is hard to come by in December, even out here. 

Am going to post this NOW, as it may be next year if I go away again.  What a great way to live, busy, busy, busy.