La Quinta, California: It took several days for us to get re-settled after a few weeks on the road, and it has been over 100 degrees every day. Early to bed. Early to rise. Early to exercise.
But going to start off with a photo of the au gratin prepared with potatoes from Gina's garden:
One night, the sky was so clear! We had fantastic vistas to the surrounding mountains (remember, we live in Mountain VIEW Country Club).
Wait? What is that in the fairway? Such long ears, I thought we had ourselves a kangaroo!
Our new RV storage garage is complete and we are now in the escrow process (ugh). It is pretty fancy and we are most happy it will finally be ours... just in time for us to leave on a 2-month trip.
A new recipe was tested with all the cherry tomatoes on our tomato
bush tree. I'm serious about calling our tomato plant a tree. True, it is in a tall planter, but it has grown so tall, I can no longer harvest tomatoes from the top of the tomato plant! Can't reach.
Super easy recipe: One-Pan Roasted Fish with Cherry Tomatoes from The New York Times. After reading through the recipe comments (I always read the comments), Kalamata olives were added. I used the entire sauce recipe, but only roasted two cod fillets. The fish was served on a bed of sauteed fresh spinach. A very delicious and healthy recipe - and super simple. I roasted the dish in our toaster oven.
It rained Wednesday evening! So exciting. We could smell rain hours before it fell. (Lisa reported, from Los Angeles, terrible thunder and lightning and buckets of rain.) We could see black clouds over Palm Springs, (just west of us), and finally we had a few sprinkles at our house.
Notice anything odd about the tenth green? Our course is closed all week as the crew are aerating the fairways and re-doing the greens. It is a very fast process. Here are two photos, taken on the fun par-3 12th green:
This weekend will be spent in front of the tube, watching the USA national meet from Historic Hayward Field. Top three runners, jumpers and throwers will represent the USA in the World Championships next month in Eugene. (We will be there... as spectators.) More excitement next week, as we prepare to hit the highway again. We will take 8-10 days to reach Eugene (having a mini vacay along the way), then spend 5+ weeks to get home.
Until my next update, I remain, your "send diesel money" correspondent.