This is a shot I did on a previous visit.
‘Tis the season!
December 26, 2008 with Nancy and Sandy
Here we are on opening day of our Joshua Tree National Park outing, Sandy getting on her gloves and Nancy wrapping her headscarf.
It Was COLD. And the Wind was Whipping around out there and we were thinking maybe it was just plain too cold to be out in the world. But we soldier on.
Our first stop, the Live Oak trail.
(Oops…forgot to get a shot of the Oasis of Mara at the Oasis Visitor’s Center.)
Marija and Brian’s annual Christmas Eve BBQ Dinner was a Huge festivo this year. It seems anyone who has ever come in the last decade was able to make it this year.
I did get many guests in the photos but I see upon review that some are missing. I’m sorry to those of you I missed!
From Marija: “My nephew, Bryan, his girlfriend Kristina, my brother-in-law Darryl.”
And our hosts Brian and Marija!
From Marija: “In the new room, my girlfriend Carol, her husband Walt, their daughters, Jackie and Christina Burch!!!! To Walt’s left is Mary from Ljubica’s apartment, Goldie, and Rhonda also from Lj. apartment.”
With Marija and Marsha too. (There…but missing from this shot at least Jack, Alicia, Chris…who else?)
Ken and I are enjoying the Granada Pavillion during the break when they gave away a table full of raffle prizes.
I know, it looks like a high school gym in there. But they’ve got a real band and they play every ballroom style and Ken knows them All. I get to dance fox trot; slow and Viennese waltz; mambo; cha cha; salsa; East Coast, West Coast, and Triple Time swing; rumba; tango; we did a merengue this time, a first for me I think…and maybe more I can’t even remember.
Dancing with Ken at the Granada Pavillion…it is So Much Fun.
Brigitte and Knut’s Seventh(!) Annual Holiday Slipper Party.
Whoo, they cooked All Day Long and we ate All Night Long! So many delicious treats. More guests came after this shot but ya know, you can only boss the folks around so many times…
from Brigitte: Brigitte Knut Japanese couple ?(have to ask K) Toni Rana
Toni Hana Jaqueline Paul Inga-Lill Nancy
Sharon Donna Eiji and wife Adolfo Ed and wife
It’s Althea and Allen’s Holiday Fete out in Lancaster where crowds gather each year to admire the literally tons of decorations both inside and out.
Take what you see here and then imagine teddy bear santas, gingerbread houses, a snowman collection of hundreds, raindeer and sleighs and packages and angels and candles and and and and. It’s a marvel.
Yikes-o-dellic. Cynthia is moving to Wisconsin. First of course let’s talk about ME. 1) I’m happy for her. 2) I’m going to miss the &*$% out of her. 3) I’m so there.
Mark is indeed a total sweetheart so I understood when Cynthia sent that background picture from Mark’s cell phone, that he took Right NOW back home in Wisconsin, she said ‘it Must be love’.
My little sister’s youngest son and his adorable family in their holiday card photo. They are the ones who lived through Hurricane Ike. Oh you guys!
Travis, Lainee, Cali, and Jack (studio shot)
I went with ND Nancy to Bergamot and then we walked over for a nice stroll around a place I thought was called The Water Court, but that’s unconfirmed.
What it is is a Santa Monica complex of bulky office buildings arranged around a large ‘park like’ setting with walking paths, bridges, cupolas, fountains, baby lakelets, and plenty of places to sit and watch the birds. For a complex of office buildings, it’s got a little something to commend itself.