Monday, March 31, 2014

Muddle Monday - It's all mixed up

For the last two weeks I have been really busy and did not even get a chance to open my laptop nor do some of the house chores.  But I'm not feeling bad about it because I was having fun and being productive.  The rain is back which means no golf and I really don't like being outdoors doing chores.  Today and tomorrow's forecast is rain all day.  What can I do?
Maybe do a few posts for my blog, get the Easter packages ready for mailing, catch up on house chores, give myself a mani-pedi and do some baking.  That should be about two days work.  I should also find another sewing project to add to my collection. My next door neighbor and I were thinking of setting up tables one weekend to have our own mini craft sale.  Since she has been doing crafts and she needs to sell them, I told her I would help her and maybe get some of my own crafts sold.  In the meantime, here's some of the photos I've taken lately just for sharing on days like this.

Two mallard ducks around the 9th green of the golf course

Mini Frittata - got the idea from my daughter - love it for breakfast

Bought the one on the right as it's comfy and perfectly match my new backpack.

Broccoli Flowers - after the harvest these are the flowers that came up.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Travel Tuesday - Where am I going?

When you live in a place like sunny California, you probably think why would you want to be somewhere!  It's true that our weather has been really nice even our winters which usually is just rainy but it did not even do that this time.  So I cannot really complain but why do I feel like I need to go away.  Wait a minute, I know the answer.  Because where I came from, we are so used to going away at least twice a year, maybe even more.  The winter that my family and friends have experienced this year we so cold and so much snow that everyone is thinking about going away.  This year we have no plans yet but I have a few ideas. 
  • It's time to visit my daughter who I have not seen for at least a couple of years.
  • Meet one of my BFF in Vegas, it's going to be a last minute trip and it'll be short.
  • Attend the wedding in Toronto.  A friend who is like a son to me has invited Jeff and I to be part of this great celebration.  I am very happy for him and hope to be there.
  • Plan a trip somewhere with our friends J&G.  We have gone on vacations with them and we also do overnight trips around northern California.  
And if none of the above happens, I am looking forward to having my daughter and my favorite SIL, or my sister, or a few BFFs stay with us this year.  We had so much fun with our friends Rose and Percy this month.  Having visitors stay with us for a few days or a week is just as nice as going on vacation.  Of course it's nicer to get away to some destination like an all inclusive.  I believe one of my BFF's is planning her wedding this year and it might be a destination wedding.  
What if she chose this RIU resort in ARUBA!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sorry Sunday - Still wondering

Lately there's a couple of song that is played on the radio or the soft rock station on TV that makes me wonder.  I can't help but think of my son.  Is it a song that he would like?  Since these two songs are fairly new, it will be hard to tell since he's been gone almost six years ago.  Anyway, I am at a loss for words so if you have time, listen and let me know what you think? 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Seasonal Saturday - Let me try again

If you recall about a couple of years ago, I tried planting some flowers and a few days after the squirrels started eating all the flowers and digging up the plants.  I was so disappointed that I did not try again.  Two summers has gone by and I never planted anything.  As the first day of spring came and plants were sprouting everywhere, I decided to buy a few to try again.  Instead of planting it in our four level planter box,  I used the big empty pots that Jeff is not using.  For now they look really good in our backyard.  Not sure how long it will last.  So far the other pots have not been touched by those critters.  Here's what I have so far.

There is one plant that I have inside the house that is located in our kitchen counter.  Ever since I transplanted it to a bigger and nicer pot, this plant is just looking so great.  To think that I never thought it would survive 3 months.  So far this plant has lived under my care for almost two and half years. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Truthful Thursday - Missing my BFFs

A week has gone by since my friend's visit and I am having what I call BFF withdrawals.  When I wake up in the morning I am waiting for those voices to say "good morning".  While making breakfast I miss my coffee being made by Percy or Rose.  The first part of the visit Percy was making coffee and for some reason he got demoted.  Rose took over and that's when Percy decided to just enjoy our relaxing morning.  I know that they have to get back to their regular lives in Canada and I do understand.  It's just too bad that we live so far away from each other.  But I guess that is life, full of changes and we all just have to adjust.  I also understand that it takes a long time to build that kind of friendship and I know I am very lucky to have such great friends.  While I am starting a collection of new friends here, it is still very new and there's a lot of getting to know each other.  After they left, I was able to get a hold of my other BFF who lives in Ottawa.  She mentioned about taking some time off in the fall and visit me.  I know it is still a long way and I can't start counting sleep but it's something to look forward to.  There's also my other BFF who lives in Texas and she also mentioned about visiting us here but has not confirmed the month.  

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Having snack and a beverage after the Sharks/ Habs hockey game.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Turtle Tuesday - What are they doing?

First things first.  Since spring is just a few days away, I decided to ask Jeff to go to Orchard Supply and maybe get some more flowers for our backyard.  As you know I am not good with gardening and growing flowers.  I saw a couple of big pots that was empty and I ask Jeff if I could use it for putting some flowers.  Hopefully these ones that I planted won't be eaten by those damn squirrels.  Let me show you what I have accomplished today.

I almost forgot what this post was about because I got excited about the gardening experience this morning.  Last week during golf, my friends and I saw these turtles and I thought of taking their photo.  Do you know what they are doing?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Magical Monday - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Are you ready to start drinking?  Did you make your corned beef and cabbage?  Were you able to attend the parade?  Since it is a work day for Jeff we are not doing any of these but we will definitely try to do something Irish.  If I remember it correctly, I only have tried green beer once but I prefer the regular type of Irish beer.  For breakfast we can add a little Bailey's to our coffee - that's Irish, right?  My MIL is making corned beef and cabbage, serving Irish beer and Irish whiskey.  I'm not sure what she will serve for dessert but  I'm sure it will be something green.  However you choose to celebrate today, just remember to be safe.  As the Irish saying goes:
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spry Sunday - That's me

From now on when someone ask how I would describe myself, I would use this word - SPRY.
When checking the exact meaning, I realized it was describing me.  Active, lively, energetic, agile, nimble, spirited, vivacious and more.  When my BFFs were visiting we did a lot and even though they were a lot younger than me, I felt pretty good about keeping up with the schedule except for the drinking part.  We went out dancing, played golf, walked a lot, and even got a chance to do Just Dance 3.   Being retired I have a lot of time to do so many things and I really try to keep busy and do a bit of exercise.  Although I don't spend a lot of hours at a gym, I know that for my age I am still doing just fine.  My friend aka brother should be how to use the resistance tube to do some muscle toning and strengthening.  Now that the weather is getting warmer and the days longer, Jeff and I can play tennis again which is a great workout for us.  

Definitely not part of my workout.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Special Saturday - Favorite beverages

Sometimes one needs to accept the reality of getting older.  During the recent visit of my BFF's, I realized that I cannot have more than one drink.  So the best way to deal with this is pick the best drink on the list or just have your favorite drink.  It does not have to be an expensive one, it could be as simple as a special beer or specific one or a one of a kind tequila.  Here's a few of my favorites and a new one that I recently tasted at a friends house.

Spicy Caesar - Rose made her own version at home - it was awesome. No comparison to Bloody Mary.
It's not exactly the same tequila as the one from Mexico - hopefully this one taste better.
One of this was enough to get me happy and hammered.  I did not realized the bartender made it double.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Truthful Thursday - It's back to normal

It has been one awesome week with my BFF's and that's the excuse for not blogging.  They were here for 6 full days and I really did not have time to sit down and write a post.  Some of my readers were aware who my BFF's are and they knew what it's like to party with them. They left yesterday the beautiful sunny San Jose and arrive at their homes with a lot of snow.  Here's the comparison.

At the golf course with some of the deers.

His brother's car is buried in the snow.
This is all for now, I have to get my photos and stories organized.  Like any B&B, now I have to get the housekeeping done and get back to our normal life.  We had such a great time with my BFF and instead of being sad, they told me to remember the fun and laughter we had.  In the meantime, they have to return to their normal life and lose some weight before coming back.

Last day get snack and beverages at California Pizza (outdoor seating)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Truthful Thursday - Having too much fun!

It's not that I don't have anything to blog today, it's just that my friends and I are just having a great time visiting and I don't want to miss a thang (yes that is a song - aerosmith).  So if you don't see any new post, it just means we are still having fun and I'll probably do a post when they start to get boring (I kinda doubt it).  Whatever you are doing today, enjoy the company - whoever they might be.  Enjoy the day, even if it's snowing or raining.  Have a great weekend to all and start your own March Madness.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Woo Hoo Wednesday - No more sleep

Finally, no more counting sleeps.  My two BFFs will be arriving tonight.  Yesterday I talk to both of them to give my last minute reminders and requests.  It was so good to hear them saying "see you tomorrow night".  The guest rooms are ready, the fridge is well stocked and the schedules are starting to get full.  Aside from listening to a live band, watching the Sharks, maybe shooting some pool (we all have our own pool cue and trophy - LOL), if the weather permits maybe playing tennis and of course doing some day trips.  I will be doing some home cooking but we will also be eating out to check out some restaurants that interest them.  And if we will be doing some eating and drinking, Rose mentions that we need to do some exercise.  Can she get me started on walking around the block?  I suggested we just do JUST DANCE3 on Wii or even do my own mini Olympic (Wii) - bowling, tennis, baseball or even golf.  Speaking of golf, we also need to at least do one round and even drag Percy to come along.  As for the weather, I really hope it holds up and have more sunny days than clouds or shower. I am guessing that they would be doing a little shopping which we can do when it's not sunny.  Check out the sample menu for breakfast.

I just realized that the three of us are at a different age brackets (40's, 50's, and 60's).  The question is, can we still party like it's 1999?  Here's our playlist.
  •  Gypsy King Medley
  • Tainted Love
  • Where do we go
  • Don't stop believing
  • Love Shack
  • Livin' On a prayer
  • Don't forget me
  • I gotta feeling
  • I will survive
  • Money for Nothing
  • No Woman No cry

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shared Sunday - Friends that stay together

Three more sleeps.  That's right, my friends are going to be here soon and we are all excited.
For Rose, it will be her first time at our CPBB while Percy will be his second time.  I have not seen them for three years and it will be an awesome time when they get here.  As for the weather, I just hope that it will stay warm and sunny with blue skies.  But since they are coming from the great white north, our weather will still be nice and toasty warm for them.
They will just be so happy not to see SNOW.  I have been checking the weather forecast for this coming week and it was looking really good.  Hopefully it will stay at least sunny for the four days, cloudy for two and shower for one.  There's a quote that is written on a small piece of wall hanging that Percy gave me as a moving away present.

 You will always be my friend, you know too much!

To Rose and Percy, have a safe travel and I can't hardly wait to have you around.  We are going to have some good clean fun and reminisce old times when we use to be young.