Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boulevard Women by Lauren Cobb. Reading at the Fallbrook library and at Beth's party

Our book club has been following the progress of the book that Beth Cobb's sister-in-law has been writing. It's finally published and we read it for our book club. We all loved it.
Which is good because it would have been hard to tell Beth we didn't like it. 
I really loved it. It's one of my favorite books.


Lauren came to Fallbrook and did a reading at our library.

 Lauren, reading from her book.

 Signing autographs.


The party at Beth's house with the book club.  (and some friends)
Front row- Lauren ( and Beth's mother's dog), Nancy, Barb Hayden's grand daughters
(and Beth's dog, Rascal) Laurie.
(back row- Lauren's mother, P.J., me, Roxanne, Susan, Beth, Diana, Kathy,  Barb. 
In back- Beth D.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Don's Birthday Party

July 15- Don's birthday party at the Mannings'.

I made a banner.
Here's the Birthday Boy.

Al and Joe hung the banner.

John made the most wonderful barbequed chicken.


 Mary Ann and Linda and John.

 Nancy and Don load up.

Nancy brings her watermelon salad and commands everyone to eat.

Mary Ann presents her birthday pie.

Don and Linda sing Happy Birthday.

Don's present from John. 
 
I didn't get a picture of Paula, Seth, and Joe Ondraka.
Paula was probably in the kitchen finishing cooking. 
Seth was taking care of the birds and dogs.
I don't know where Joe was hiding.

A wonderful time was had by all.







Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Civic Theater- Sunday

It was thoroughly enjoyable!

Afterwards Nancy, Jane and I went to the Chart House in Solana Beach for dinner. 
It's a wonderful place right on the beach with really good food.

This was our dessert,
A great way to end a very nice day!

Sculpture in the deli case.

In honor of the World Cup.
(Also notice the swan...and the tiny leek people).

Maybe this is a swan.


Through my kitchen window

Spring is springing.

Then through my kitchen door-

A colorful guest arrives.

We shake hands...and get to know each other.
What a hunk! He has quite a hairy chest!

Then he just flew off...on quite beautiful wings. Maybe he was a she!




Ahhh...at last, retirement !!!






Monday, June 30, 2014

Poetry reading and lunch at Ann Kreile's flower-filled house.

Ann and Connie.
 The two Nancy's.
The beautiful deck.
Jean Hester had to leave early and I didn't get her picture.






Fallbrook Flower Show- April 2014

 I think this is Mary Anne's winner.

 Jean's winner.

 A very unusual flower!


Paula and one of her winners.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The stray cat becomes my cat

He's been hanging around for several weeks.
Maybe it's because I feed him.




He has several favorite places to relax.

I named him George after an old family friend. 
He finally got used to me enough to let me pet him. Then I could even pick him up.
So I was able to get him into a carrier to take him to the vet to be neutered. He's an outside cat (so far) so I don't want him impregnating the neighborhood.

I thought he would hate me after all that but he's been friendlier than ever. He sits with me for two petting sessions every day.

My friend, Don came over yesterday in his golf cart. We were sitting in the kitchen chatting when I looked out the window and saw this...
Maybe he'd rather go home with Don.
Or maybe he can drive. I notice Don left the key in the ignition.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Megan and J.P. come for a visit

We started out at The Jolly Rogers in the Oceanside harbor for drinks and dinner. It was nostalgic for Nancy and me. We hadn't been there in a long time but we used to eat there often. It has a beautiful view of the boats in the harbor.

The next day we went for a hike on the trails in Fallbrook.

Tootie stopped for a drink.

The happy hikers.

The next excursion was to the beach in Del Mar.


This was right next door to our Time Share so Megan and J.P were able to take advantage of the facilities...the pool and the hot tub.


 The next day it was on to Venice for lunch on the very hip Abbot Kinney Blvd. at an ultra hip
restaurant. It was delicious!! 

After we ate we were eying this dessert on the table next to us. They had hardly eaten any of it!!
It looked so good we were trying to figure out how to grab it after the people left. The hostess noticed us drooling and sneaked it over to us. (I hope she doesn't get fired). Then she even brought us 4 spoons. We were thrilled and it was the BEST.



A very exclusive dress shop on the street.  Megan had designed the logo for it when she lived in L.A.  Pamela happened to be there that day and Megan introduced us to her.

After lunch we took Megan and J.P. to pick up the van they had rented for their trip to Yosemite and Death Valley.
We had a great time but it was over too soon. 
After visiting their L.A. friends they'll return to Brooklyn and then maybe back to J.P.'s home in France. And then ...who knows?











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