La Quinta, California: And Happy Anniversary. Today is the 22nd Anniversary of this Little Blog. Can you believe it? Remember when we used to travel all the time and I blogged all the time? Ha, it's been pretty quiet around here lately, and I really want to thank My Loyal Readers for sticking around all these years. Hopefully, one of these days, we will feel safe to travel again?
Until then, here is what we have been up to:
We have a new Granddawg! Lisa and Lenny adopted Denver, an Australian Cattle Dog, and they are getting him adjusted to his new life... though it has been a hectic few weeks for the little guy due to Lenny's parents visiting over Christmas week, and then schlepping Denver out to Palm Springs to spend the New Year holiday with us. No normal for him yet.
Dave and I celebrated December 25th as we always do: Cheeseburgers and Margaritas for Jimmy Buffett's birthday. Jimmy turned 75 this year!
The kids had quite the time with us over New Year. We heated
send money the pool to 90°, and it was so cold outside, steam rose from the water every morning:
The dog quickly adjusted to the desert life:
We enjoyed our usual NYE. We decorated the house a bit, dined on decadent Fettuccini Alfredo, sipped champagne and sparkling cider, everyone dressed up and wore paper hats, and we had ourselves a wild ol' time until the ball dropped in Times Square (9p here), when we all went to bed. Party Animals.
But Lucy had to go to school Monday... and Leo still had another entire week off... so we kept Leo, and had a great time with him. Leo is learning to golf, so he spent a lot of time at the driving range with Bubba and they played a few holes every day. They also played pickle ball, and went on hour-long bike rides. Football was watched on television.
One day, Leo challenged me to a 9-hole tournament. Now, I am a terrible, terrible, terrible golfer, but even I can beat a beginner 10-year-old. Leo didn't figure this out for several holes... after he learned that every time you whiff the ball, it counts as a stroke. So, we changed the rules and only counted the times he actually made contact with the ball. Even this was no fun for a competitive little boy, and what kind of Bubbe beats her grandson in golf? We invented a new game: first one in the hole. Dang, if that little trickster didn't leave the course with $20 of my money.
One day, we took Leo to Borrego Springs to see the statues in the desert. It was another COVID-safe activity, and there was no one to avoid.
After our desert exploration and a quick spin through town (don't blink), we had lunch at La Casa del Zorro. It is our usual lunch stop, and the tables are outside. We arrived late and were the only diners during most of our meal. It's a pretty nice restaurant, even at lunch, but our little guy ordered the PB&J!
Too many photos of Leo? How about a movie made by Leo? He worked this up on his iTouch in the backseat of the car on the ride home from Borrego Springs:
But then our week with Leo was cut short. Back story: Lucy never went back to school due to slow COVID test results at her school. Then we learned the kids had been with someone (everyone was vaxed and boosted and tested) last week who later became ill (fine now) and tested positive! Since the Four L's had been here, we all could have been exposed, so we all needed to be tested (no symptoms at all). The community center where Lisa works does PCR testing twice a week, so we drove Leo back to LA, spit in a tube, and returned home the next morning. All six of us were negative! Still no decision about when the children will return to school.
So that's the round-up from La Quinta. The only other momentous occasion was eating the first orange from our "orchard" (one orange tree and two lemon trees). Dang, if it wasn't wonderfully sweet and easy to peel.
How was your New Year? Do you have traditions for NYE? Please comment below.
Until my next update, I remain, your 22-year-old blogger.