Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I'm so bad about entering posts. It's Halloween and another summer is in the books. Highlight of the summer is how Grace changes weekly and how amazingly well she communicates. She loves to hop and dance, clap her hands and spin in circles, such a delight. We can't see her as much as we'd like but we can visit regularly on facebook. Grandma & I took Grace to the zoo and had a blast.

Chris & Carole just got back from 2 weeks in Italy. Don't need to add that they had a great time.

Ben has really been traveling a ton this year. He just got back from Amsterdam, he also went to Milan, WA D.C. New York and of course, down to Napa for a quick review of their new wine they are bottling. Matt is also doing great, he just went to D.C. To take an exam to become a judge, amazing!
Riley and Carter are both doing good, they enjoyed our stay in Borrego and we are getting ready for an even longer stay starting this November.

Travis is really doing good, Dillon & Bailey present their unique challenges but he's always positive. He is enjoying his new job and received a very nice promotion.

Didn't do much in the yard, reseeded the front yard this fall but it's been so wet, I won't know how well it takes until I get back from Borrego.

The truck is in the shop getting repaired from being run off the road. Lucky I didn't get hurt.

Came home from Borrego to find out we were burglarized. Thieves took various items. Took all my SWP rings, watches and collectibles that can't be replaced. Most items were covered by insurance, we were lucky they didn't do much property damage. We've got a better plan in place for this winter.

It's been an interesting year at work. The committee that formed last year is a pain in my rear. We've had a good year financially, yet the committee has recommended to close down the golf course Nov-Jan. It's disappointing but I now have another couple months off to spend in Borrego.

I'll close with another picture of my little girl, As excited as Chris & I are to spend more time down south, we will miss our kids during the holidays.
This picture of Grace came from a recent visit. Jake & I were watching the "Hawks", Grace was watching Curious George on dad's I-phone.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Getting caught up AGAIN

Hard to believe I haven't created a post since December! Where to begin...
For the first time, Chris, the dogs & I packed our bags and spent 3 months down at our new place in Borrego. Chris rode down with Carole, so it was the boys & myself for the 2 1/2 day trip. We had quite a few things done while we were still here in Hoodsport but there was still plenty of work to do once we got down there. Overall, I think both of us were very happy with the painting, flooring & landscaping we did. I think Chris enjoyed picking out new furniture & I got to go TV shopping.
Time flew by, I worked a couple of days at the golf course which allowed us to both golf for free. Chris played at the roadrunner and enjoyed the group there, while I played at the springs. It was pretty easy to get into a routine of golfing, working around the place and the weekly shopping trip into Palm Springs for groceries & stuff.

While down in Borrego, our home was broken into. We lost items that can't be replaced but at least they didn't trash our home. Lesson learned, we have set up a security system which will allow us to monitor our home and be notified if there is any activity on our property.

Work has been a little stressful, a new golf course committee has been formed, majority of the membership in the committee are the same old crows who give us crap because they have nothing better to do. Fortunately, the golf course is having a good year so far (through May). As summer approaches, the critics have found other things to focus on and things are somewhat back to normal.

 Chris (Nana) has had several opportunities to watch our little Grace. She's adorable! She's getting around great, talking all the time and has become quite the dancer. While Chris was watching her, she would FaceTime me and I'd have 5 min. to make her laugh! She really likes to see Riley for some reason. She always asks to see "more Riley". This coming weekend we'll be going over to her 2nd birthday party. Jake & Em are doing a great job, she is a delight!

Ben & Matt came over this past weekend to spoil us with their cooking. They are both doing fantastic. they recently sold their condo and are now living downtown in a new larger apartment complex. I need to get over there!
Working out in the yard is not quite the same for Chris & I, we are just trying to maintain things. I work too much to help like I use to and Chris does what she can but has never been a real fan of yard work but our back patio flowers are really doing great this year. Who knows how long this golf course job will continue. certainly want to get through this year (I turn 62 in Dec), that seems a certainty but the future is murky. If the new board does not allow for my 3 months off Jan - Mar. this will be my last year. Probably depends on how we finish the year. If we continue to post good numbers they would be foolish to make a change. The board is unpredictable and allows the membership to sway its opinion. None of the people that hired me are on the board anymore but I have good relationships with most of the current board members. Only time will tell.

The boys are pretty good and really seemed to enjoy our stay in Borrego. Carter is really starting to show his age (he turns 10 this month) but he's pretty healthy but developing some very weird, quirky behaviors like not wanting to walk on the hardwood floors and we now have to leave the upstairs stairway lights on because he can't see the steps and has taken a couple of small tumbles. My guess is he'll be with us again this next winter in Borrego, he really looks forward to going to the dog park to chase that ball!

I'm skipping a lot of the small stuff but that's kind of the highlights. Hope to post a little more often.