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Party Animals

Indio, California: Behind all the excitement of The Contest, DT and I have been doing our usual coffee + email + exercise routine, and we also have been enjoying a very busy (for us) social schedule.

Friends Joann and John invited us to their campsite Monday evening. They grilled freshAlaskan halibut! Imagine that luxury served in the SoCal desert? We had a lovely time. May I add... they also served broiled tomatoes... and may I add they grew the tomatoes in their garden here at the Motorcoach Country Club. So jealous... though I can honestly say a few of my Roma's are just beginning to turn a little pink... if I squint.

After the party Wednesday - follow me on instagram

Wednesday, DT and I had a little party with Mary, Captain Jim, Crystal and Brent. A recipe for Roman-Style Braised Artichokes caught my eye this week, so artichokes were the focus of the meal plan. I also made a big batch of my super delicious/healthyTurkey Lasagna filling, except this time it was stuffed inside half-boiled manicotti tubes, covered in marinara and baked to a bubbling perfection. (I made a double batch, so Lisa and Lenny have a ready-made meal next week as well.) If I would have thought to snap a few photos... well, that would have been a plus. Let me tell you, this was one great (make ahead!) menu - also served with tossed greens and a baguette. Dessert was super simple - orange segments.

The weather continues to be the lead story. Another storm blew-through Southern California the past few days bringing rain to Los Angeles and snow to the mountains. The system, (from Alaska... maybe it brought the halibut as well?) caused day-time temperatures to drop to the chilly 70's. Very unusual. At least the wind has stopped blowing!

We continue to enjoy the varied bird life in our resort. The 20-or-so resident ducks have paired-up and are nesting. These three amigos (pictured below) were left-out. Three drakes short a mate, watching their friends start families.

They do spend a lot of time in the canal in front of our campsite, knowing they are in a duck-friendly zone.

Can't exactly explain to you what is happening in the Green Heron gene pool this spring. Three Green Herons live in this resort. Pretty sure two of them have hooked-up, but we can't figure which one is the odd one out, or if they have formed a commune. The Green Herons are excellent fishers and love to sit on our boat dock, silently waiting for a fat fish to swim close enough for a sushi lunch.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles...

Lisa and Lenny took Leo to a real restaurant Wednesday night. They went to an Italian place and all went well until Lisa asked the server to bring Leo a "chocolate dessert". Little Dude ate the chocolate cake. Little Dude went to sleep at 11p. Lesson learned.

With the wind finally calmed, we took advantage of the weather and enjoyed a soak in the hot tub after our runs this morning.

Interesting clouds.

Pretty hibiscus.

Please don't forget to vote in the "Ode to the Commode" poetry contest. Voting is open through midnight Sunday pacific. There are nine great poems to ponder! Thank you.

Until my next update, I remain, your busy correspondent.

SLOGGER REPORT: 5+ miles. Once around the block and once around the resort.

RV PARK: The Motorcoach Country Club - The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites, three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, planned activities, perfectly maintained. Sites for sale or rent.