WOW, seems we are seldom getting posts anymore—hope all of you are doing okay—have been very busy in CA for DGD’s 8th gr and HS graduations back to back. Yesterday we hosted a party for DGD17–I did all the food prep—made an Asian salad (huge), brushcetta and caprese salads all with tomatoes from my garden—was a big hit even with the 20 or so kids there—DGD wanted Chinese dumplings from a certain place and they were really good. I took my kumbucha and all the kids tasted it—well, most—a few buy it and really liked the homemade better! The kids stayed a long time—DH strung colored lights up outside and put down furniture blankets which the kids sat and lounged on for hours—played cards (spoon) and just chatted up a storm. Was so fun to see all the girls’ friends come and enjoy staying. DGD17 looked so great—she only buys her clothes at thrift stores-0-bought her grad dress for 4$ and it was darling. Yesterday’s dress was really cut and classy too—$6!
So we are driving home now—9 hr drive if we don’t stop too much—just stopped at Murray Farms which is a small truck farm that started developing a stop along the freeway about 15 years ago by using an old trailer to house their produce—now it is a fully developed major stop—the produce is so good—just bought green plums and organic just picked blueberries—OMG, the blueberries are spectacular! I always get DH to stop on the way back as I love their fruit. I tasted mulberries for the first time ever today—wow, they are so, so sweet-look like little caterpillars —now i see why DH remembers them being messy—the only ones allowed now in vegas are the fruitless—eating a box of them would be like eating a box of candy!
This morning we stopped in Lodi after using Yelp to find a locals restaurant . The Village Coffee Shop in Lodi CA, was the best treat ever! I LOVE Yelp—probably the best app ever! Sugar in a dispenser, homemade jam for sale in the beverage case and local people—so fun to chat with them. I asked several people if they knew any Reimche’s because my dad’s Uncle Elmer was a dentist here in Lodi. OMG several people knew Reimche’s and one guy who walked out with us said he knew of my uncle but never went to him. This man started talking to us as we left the restaurant and told us about his WWII experiences in Italy—shot three times—captured lots of Nazis in Italy—42 in his company and 15 survived. He has been back to visit their graves twice. Then he asked my age—told me I was a baby at 73–he turned 99 in April!! He is so sharp and spry—still drives there for his morning coffee with the locals!! The white haired man at the counter and I started talking too—he has lived there 40 years and loves it! When we tried to pay the bill we could not because he had anonymously paid for our breakfast! What a “feel good” experience breakfast was and the coffee was so good as was breakfast! So it was quite a unique morning today!
JoAnne, hope you are feeling much much better! Holly, have they made any personnel adjustments since your boss left? Your hydrangea is looking so beautiful. They were in full bloom in Sacramento as well.
Sue, happy birthday today! Hope you have a very special dinner out planned!
Happy birthday Sue and many more! Many blessings on this your special day!
Joan- what fun and what an honor to meet the WWII VET! I still am awed by what sacrifices they made for this country. Such a tiny number of them still alive! Your party sounds as if it was a big success !
The culture came back on my urine positive; so 7more day on the Cipro. Was on it 3 days over the wkend. Don’t know if I told you but my blood count was actually up a point. Was 10& 32 on leaving the hospital and last Thurs. was 11& 32. This is better than how I felt it was- but turned out to be the UTI. Feeling a little better today
Not much appetite at all. Hope that returns soon.
I am enjoying Amazon Prime for my movies so much. The quality of the movies is so much better than Netflix.
Joan, thanks for starting the June thread. Love the girls hanging out thing, as much as I love my nephews - really wish she had some daughters too! Very cool all the people you met at the coffee shop!
Yesterday we had lunch with my whole family for my birthday. Second nephew had his girlfriend here this weekend so she was there too (she lives in NYC). So at least there is another female around!
Last Thurs I ended up going to the show with a condo neighbor. It was kind of bizarre, Joan, it was a dance that took place in the city streets, called Tape Riot (you can google). Someone places tape on the streets/building walls, etc and the 2 dancers dance within those parameters. Think it might be interesting to your DGDs as something different.
Jojo, you have been battling the anemia for a while too.
Today a friend took me out to a late 2pm lunch at a sushi place close by, she lives in my neighborhood. So after a long lunch where we each had 2 glasses of wine, we went to a coffee shop and had coffee. So no dinner out for me tonight, too full!
I've been following the Anthony Bourdain news. Ugh, so sad. I never had the desire to read his book, not into the bad boy macho kitchen life, but he did affect change in popular culture in regards to positive attitude towards experiencing new foods and different cultures. Sad that his girlfriend had photos taken of her and another guy, all over Rome, hugging and holding hands, days before he committed suicide.
Sue, I did not know that about Bourdain’s girlfriend and the pictures—with the busy weekend I just didn’t get to closely follow any news—way too much going on and when we’d get back to the motel, all I could manage was brushing teeth and crashing and even the former was tempting to skip!!
Just checked my garden this morning and am so excited—four really large cukes that I will be able to pick in probably a day or two. Have to get some pickles going—freezer pickles. Also the Serrano pepper plant and jalapeno are just loaded—may have to dice and freeze since I only use one at a time. The beets grew so much in five days—must pull some this afternoon and roast. I also have to roast some tomatoes thaat I picked before going—picked over 5 # yesterday so we are loaded—time to do some neighbor sharing!
DH has his botox appt this morning at 8:30 and wants me to go—have to take two cars as I have to take Jordan to the orthodontist this morning also—and he spent the night with a friend so it is further away—lots of driving to do today!
Wow, I did not gain any weight in CA so that was a pleasant surprise. And I ate cinnamon roll for breakfast twice and once for afternoon snack—but I really did not overeat anything else and had little time to snack on junk. I’d really like to drop two more pounds before NYC on the 30th—might since I’ll be living on tomatoes and beets! LOL
JoAnne, I hope they get everything balanced out on you soon. You haven’t said anything about your DH’s health lately—is he doing okay?
Sue, did your SO fully heal/recover from his fall—always wondered when you said he needed to follow up aat home.
This morning I ate my homemade bread toasted and used the leftover daal I had made the night before we left as a “jam” on the toast—OMG, it was delicious!
The hummingbirds are really working over the couple early opened agapanthus back here—I am out on the patio with my coffee.
Joan, the dean leaves next week. I think we’re finally reaching the tail end of this. I just picked a few cherry tomatoes. I have cherry and grape tomatoes, and cucumbers. I can’t wait til I can get a house where I can grow a full garden. The hydrangeas are a real treat. I hate that they get burned up by the sun so quickly.
Sue - I totally missed about your DSO falling/- what happened? How is he? Glad your BD was good!
Holly-I love hydrangeas but the do take a ton of water. I have to regularly water mine.
Today was our 48th anniversary- the anniversary of our wedding ceremony in the church. We were actually married on the Dec. 19th before. So hard to believe 48 1/2 yrs! Went out to dinner. I ate better than in many days. Had a small glass of wine- the first in over a month. Didn’t taste too good though probably durto the Cipro I’m taking.
Sue - I totally missed about your DSO falling/- what happened? How is he? Glad your BD was good!
Holly-I love hydrangeas but they do take a ton of water. I have to regularly water mine.
Today was our 48th anniversary- the anniversary of our wedding ceremony in the church. We were actually married on the Dec. 19th before. So hard to believe 48 1/2 yrs! Went out to dinner. I ate better than in many days. Had a small glass of wine- the first in over a month. Didn’t taste too good though probably due to the Cipro I’m taking.
I am considering buy the Tai Cheng program of exercise - hopefully would help balance, joints, etc. And most of all because DH says he would try doing it with me. Have any of you tried it? Joan? I know you do Yoga - don't think I could do that. This probram is only $60 and I can do it at home. Still considering.
JoAnne, I am not good about using video for exercise—I have two yoga ones and one tai chi—for some reason I do not follow through after a couple tries. If you want my tai chi one I’d be glad to send it to you. I love tai chi from an instructor—but honestly I doubt your DH would get into the forms—they are complex and really you need an instructor who is watching you. However, if the videos are Qi Gong I think both of you would do it and benefit.—that does not require memorizing long strings of moves and positions—it is guided balance and breathing. That is the class they have at my gym now—when I did tai chi, I did the long form which is a string of 104 or 108 different moves in a specific order—in three years we did get to where we could do the whole thing which I really loved but it was complex. If you want this video send me your address by text messenger on FB or here—which ever and I will mail it to you.
Went to my rehab dr for the last visit—am going to try it on my own now—this past week is the best i have felt. Today we got up at 5:30 and took a 2 mi walk—will try to do that daily in attempt to get ready for NYC. I did okay! Yay— also did my weights class today.
Just had a large caprese salad with one of my big tomatoes—still lots left—will finish it off tonight. It was beautiful and delicious. I picked another 3.5 # this morning! Gave my friend from Syria two at the gym. Yesterday I broiled-roasted some and pulled the skins—will make spaghetti sauce with them tonight. I have to pick my cukes and get some Fresno peppers and onion to make the pickles.
JoAnne, Sue’s SO did not fall recently—it was something that happened on the cruise.
Picked some more beets today—they are getting so big and a few cannot get bigger till these few were out—I roasted a bunch yesterday so these will be stored for a bit.
Glad your DSO is ok Sue and that the fall was not recent!
Joan - your garden Is really taking off. Wish I lived closer for left overs! Although sounds Iike you are consuming most of it!
Joan the exercise program I’m considering is tai Cheng, a variation of tai chi, developed especially for older people- very easy to follow they say. Dick Van Dyke advertises for them on tv - he is 91 yrs old. I would love to have tapes you have but if the are videos and not discs , I have no way to play them. Last winter finally got rid of my video player and tapes- seemed we never used them.
Holly- I finally got rid of the shawl I was attempting with the chart. Just too confusing trying to figure how the various charts fitted together. Now making one from a pattern book I have. It is going well.
Oh Sue, interesting about the tai Chang—never heard of it but I know Dick Van Dyke exercises a lot—should be good if he is willing to put his name on it. Did you ever watch If You’re Not in the Obits, Eat Breakfast? He is in that along with a ton of other very elderly comedians talking about their philosophy on aging. Such a good special.
My Tai chi is on disc but I’m not going to send it to you—it is teaching the long form and it’s hard. I think now that I have done the whole form I could follow it probably but I have not tried. I’ll be curious to know how the other is—sounds good.
We saw The Book Club last night—DH liked it as much as I did—we laughed so hard. And I teared up a couple times not because it was sad—just touching. Anyway, very entertaining for our age group, although in CA the friends of DD had gone and loved it and they are just in late 40’s.
I bottled my 4th batch of kumbacha last night—this time I used a nice Tazo herbal tea that I use for iced tea on a daily basis—can only get this flavor on Amazon for some reason—and wow, this batch is actually just a wonderful flavor—I will have to resist drinking it like a tea—allow myself only one glass each day—it is delicious so I am going on and ordering another 4 boxes. It is a prettier color as well—just a slight rose tinge to the golden tea color. I’m going to get a batch started for DD over at her house today.
I am out on the patio and the birds are so loud it’s crazy—tons of finches and tiny canaries, too—and hummingbirds—the agapanthas are opening up and the hummers just love to work them over.
Congrats on abandoning your shawl, JoAnne, that wasn’t working out—I think sometimes it takes more courage to stop something than to continue—occasionally perseverance is a waste of time and effort and a source of more frustration than good feelings! Sort of like staying in a marriage that sucks!
Having DD over for dinner tomorrow night—not sure the DGS’s will be here—they don’t know if their father cares to be with his sons that day or not—he is such an absentee person from their lives! Even to DGS17 who is living with him—I doubt they ever see each other!
It is breezy and beautiful out here on patio today! Love it.
Hi! Gorgeous couple of days here, low humidity and not too hot. This is the first rain free Sat we have had for awhile.
Did my usual volunteering on Tues. There are quite a few regulars now, aside from the corporate groups who come a few times a year.
Thurs night we went out for happy hour with ex-partner, we see hime once every couple of months.
Fri I had an eye appointment and my cataract in my left eye has worsened more than he thought it would. It is my bad, extremely far sighted eye, and he will fix that, it wouldn't ever be perfect but much, much better.
SO's leg is 100% back to normal thank goodness. He's always in a rush to do things, I'm hoping this will be a lesson for him to be more careful in the future.
Joan, great that you didn't gain weight while away. Do you ever slow roast tomatoes? I love the flavor you get from the caramelization.
Holly, will things get better with a new dean? I love hydrangeas too bad they don't last long in a vase either.
Jojo, congrats on 48 years! wow that is an achievement these days. I took a tai chi class many years ago, I loved it.
I read an article today about the Eagles, they gave out the super bowl rings and there was a secretary that worked for the Eagles coaches for 30 years before Chip Kelly came and fired her (jerk). Anyway, the organization gave her a super bowl ring! Such a great story, I love the Eagles!
Sue I looked up a recipe on internet and slow roasted a pan of tomatoes—Oh my, they are so good. I served them as a side with our falafel pitas—put on in my pita and it was delicious that way as well! DGS’s loved them and they only eat tomatoes at my house—-I taught them to like my caprese salad ones, now these! How do you like to serve them—as a side?