Above, part of the olive tree lined driveway into the ranch, and below, the entry gate.
This was an unexpected and delightful addition to the program. Ian and Nana and their fabulous baby who I enjoyed Every Day came in from their home in Japan. Here is Nana making us all Japanese tea with a delicious selection of snacks she brought from Japan, and cookies she had made the night before, all served up in the new family dining room. You go!
And then there’s the spa! Lynn, Naomi, Marijke.
And below, Inside and Outside my front door.
Here’s me taking a turn. So even if we could find them to buy we couldn’t buy this view!
First I’m going to make a map. I ‘think’ I’ll have time for that before it’s time to EAT AGAIN. omg The Food here at The Ranch.
An overview of where Pinnacles is:
And a closer view to appreciate the long and winding roads.
I traveled 14 miles on a rutted dirt road with crazy-sharp switchbacks up and down through the mountain. What?! YES! I wanted to drive on roads unknown to me but maybe not quite that unknown.
Here’s a little wikipedia about the Park and why you might not have heard of it:
“The national park is divided by the rock formations into East and West Divisions, connected only by foot trails. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular pinnacles that attract rock climbers. The park features unusual talus caves that house at least 13 species of bats. Pinnacles is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer. Park lands are prime habitat for prairie falcons, and are a release site for California Condors that have been hatched in captivity.
“Pinnacles was originally established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and was re-designated as a national park by Congressional legislation in 2012 that was then signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013.“
Strolling through downtown SLO I came across a tourist highlight, Bubblegum Alley. Wiki says this use of the alley was recognized either after WWII or in the 1950s but at least by the 1970s it was a well-established Happening Thing.
They’ve got a pretty big college here, the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, established in 1901, a golden oldie with 22,000 students enrolled. SLO, with a city population of around 50,000, does the 50k include the 22k? I don’t know, but in either case the population skews very young. This is evident by the downtown commercial properties being predominantly bars, restaurants, and clothes for college-age souls.
I started this trip with a swing by the car place to get everything double-checked and to get a couple new tires. Then it worked out that I could see Nancy and Jim in Santa Barbara for a little while. I could have enjoyed just sitting in the garden admiring the birds. But we also went for a walk, so good for us!
I’ve been thinking about planting Jasmine over my arbor too, just thinking, not doing. Our plan was to walk and then enjoy a happy hour but it was too hot to walk so we enjoyed a happy two hours instead.
And her kumquat tree is what it is supposed to be unlike mine, a sad story with no point in the telling.
I’m going to wear a mask whenever I’m outdoors in a crowd or indoors with the potentially unvaccinated. That’s my plan for now. I do wish the stores etc. still required everyone to wear a mask. I just checked, the California vaccination numbers are moving in such an optimistic direction, wow.
To eat Monday Lunch Out West! Marsha took Tom’s big car and Alicia took herself because she had to leave early. We ate outside under the arbor, nice shade, good temperature, comfortable enough with the table and chairs, and I’m SO pleased to report, no flies.
I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of the set-up because I was happy with the outcome of it all. We were celebrating two birthdays, Marsha and Maxine, so as well as the yummy potluck, we had two desserts. FUN!
We enjoyed a picnic among our other activities. I don’t have a picture of Oliver after his delights in the mud. He was seemingly enjoying himself so entirely, and once a bath was inevitable, why not have All the fun?
Lucky dog me! I won’t list out all the fun we’ve had, cooking, walking around, stopping off for treats, we even made TIKTOKs and it was a total blast.
You can follow Rome’s @formygrandma0 (that’s a zero) to see our tiktok fun first hand. If you don’t know tiktok then you might not get the jokes, it’s a whole civilization there up in tiktok land, but what we made is pretty funny on its own! We all contributed to all of them, a real group effort!
The Getty Center is opening on the 25th! Quick, get a ticket, they’re free!! The 25th is already sold out and I’m leaving on the 26th so no Getty Center for me until I get back in early June. I’m so pleased though, it’s making me smile to think of it. Photo from the Getty website.
Merlyn and Hilda are doing their big remodel and thought they wouldn’t have a place for this rug. Say I, if you’re absolutely sure, before you sell it to someone else will you sell it to me?! Hilda dropped it by and said why don’t you live with it for a while just to be sure.
Oh yes, it’s mine now! Different light, different colors, all good.
Mostly I lust after the house in Bosch. It is a real house and google will show it to you. None of the pictures do it TV-show justice. Fortunately it’s surrounded by not so lovely houses and you can’t walk anywhere from it. So actually I don’t want that house. I lust after it, but I don’t want it.
The house in this picture is a screen shot from 9-1-1. (9-1-1 and especially 9-1-1 Lone Star are pass-the-time TV procedurals where all the characters are likeable. That’s nice.) The house is not what I thought would be to my taste and yet I like it so much.
Our first time together for a meal in How Long?! That’s right, more than a year.
Darryl, me, Angela, Lilly, Rome, Oliver, Liz, Gary
We still kept our distance for eating, DAR&L on one side and we three fully vaccinated ‘seniors’ on the other. I solicited everyone’s choice from Veggie Grill and I think it worked out well. They packaged the food so nicely and we each got what we wanted.
And Cynthia sent this super-sweet Happy Mother’s Day bouquet!
There are three big home remodeling projects in my life that I can think of now. Maybe I’ve forgotten something? I looked up about the cost of plywood and the consensus was since mills closed because of covid, and weather, and mill operators had fears of a real estate crash that didn’t materialize, demand has simply outstripped supply.
Rome took this picture of the layers of materials that make up a house.
OC=Original Characters in Lilly’s world (original content at Imgur). Look at that, it’s me. We did it together on zoom-share-screen and it was fun! It’s the crooked smile that makes it look particularly like me.
Sharon and I did this walk for the first time in more than a year to City Hall, through Tongva Park, and food at Chez Jay. There are still so many things I used to do regularly and now haven’t done in more than a year. That’s going to just keep happening for quite a while it seems.