La Quinta, California: Passover and Spring Break coincided this year. We enjoyed a fun and busy week - and never left the walls of this country club. So much exercise (golf, walking, jogging, bicycling and swimming) and so much food. I cooked several Kosher-for-Passover meals a day. One night, sushi was delivered.
I made two quarts of home-made ice cream for the kids. One afternoon, Lisa made strawberry milkshakes and drizzled chocolate syrup on the sides of glasses. Leo is 9; Lucile is 6.
Lucy and I made a few visits to the garden/orchard on the southwest side of the house to inspect the hummingbird nest. The birds have flown the coop. The baby hummingbirds were as large as the mom last week, so I guess she decided enough was enough. Poor lady - every time we looked out the window, she was hovering over her two babies, feeding them. There are so many roses blooming in the garden now. The bushes have no tags, so I can't tell you their varieties. They are just pretty. The tiny buds on the olive tree are mignola, but will rarely produce fruit. Our olive trees are the "non-producing" type, but there were a dozen-or-so olives on the trees last July.
Our orange tree is loaded with beautiful fragrant blossoms, and the bees are very busy. Maybe we will get some fruit?
This was the situation most days. Lots of pool time. The temperatures were in the 90's all week.
Our beautiful family!
Lisa cut my hair! My last cut was 20 February 2020 - two days before we went on the cruise to Mexico. She cut her dad's hair as well. Someone raised that girl right!
It was a great week with Leo and Lucile. They are set to return part-time to actual physical school on the 19th of April. They read a bit every day and did worksheets this week. During the Seder, Leo (3rd grade) read his portion of the Haggadah without missing a word. His reading has dramatically improved over the past few months.
Mostly, they were in the pool. Leo went golfing three times with Dave and Lenny. A few evenings, we watched movies. I cannot recommend Godzilla v Kong (HBO Max), but the special effects were impressive. CGI, I believe it is called? Dave and I finally saw Frozen II, (Disney+). Always good - great animation and music.
Red (Dave's college roommate) and Marcia stopped-by for a social-distanced outdoor cocktail one evening. (Marcia snapped the photo of our family.) More and more of our friends are now vaccinated (as are we - and Lisa & Lenny), and we feel more confident venturing outside our home/neighborhood (wearing masks, of course). Monday, I am going to the grocer for the first time since October!
Speaking of vaccinations... protect your card! Don't laminate it though, get this CDC Vaccination Card Protector.
The house will seem so quiet and empty now. Insert sad face here.
Until my next update, I remain, your resting correspondent.