February 09, 2018

 A fun-filled day!

Sip and Paint - in our park. So well attended. Maureen (an art instructor) is one of the snow birds and she led us through to the final product. The hall was set up for 24 and all but one was there.  

Tina joined in the fun. Here we are working diligently - lol! (take note of the wine beside us)

Here is the final product. I have to say Tina had the best painting. Even Maureen noted that she should be in art classes because she has and eye for art.  But we all had a blast everyone putting out some interesting and colorful work.  

When we got home (all of 30 steps) from the clubhouse, Tammy and Rob were just arriving. Had I known that they would still be here I would have signed her up too. 

We had happy hour and put some burgers on the BBQ.

Later a little hot tub to finish off the evening. It has been wonderful having Tammy and Rob here for the past week. 

Sadly we will have to say goodbye tomorrow as they fly home on Sunday.  

February 04, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday

About 60 people gathered in the clubhouse to watch the Super Bowl today. 

Snacks were provided by the group and pizza was provided by the park.  

Here we are lined up around the clubhouse for pizza.

There was way too much food! 

But it was a good time and a good game, close and back and forth, so for someone like me who knows nothing about Football it was okay to watch. 

The majority were cheering for the Eagles, only a few cheering for the Patriots. 

No hard feelings when the Eagles won though!

February 03, 2018

My daughter Tammy and her fiance Rob flew into Palm Springs on Thursday to stay and visit us and the area for a few days. They have a beautiful suite at the Marriott with their patio right on the fairway.  Not too shabby!!  They rented a beautiful red convertible Mustang for their 11 day holiday, which is for sure the way to travel around here. The weather has been in the high 80's.  

But I have to say for as cute as the car is, and for as comfortable the back seat is (once you get into it -lol) it is definitely built for two - NOT four people. But we toured around with them and had a blast - top down, hair blowing everywhere (Tammy and I were in the back - how fair is that??).

We took in the Palm Springs Village Fest on Thursday night. This is the street fair featuring arts, crafts, food, and entertainment that happens every Thursday night in beautiful downtown Palm Springs. It was a long day for the kids, as they were up at 4 am to catch their flight.

Friday was a very busy day. We visited the Palm Springs Air Museum - Rob was in his glory. Something we've never done in all the years of coming down here, it was very enjoyable and lots of fun hangin' with the kids! 

There are over 49 Vintage aircraft from WWII, Korea and Vietnam in a spacious 89,000 sq. ft. facility. 

Movies and documentaries ongoing throughout the area. 

By the time we were done with this tour it was 4 o'clock so we headed on up to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, another attraction Michel and I have talked about doing but never have. So today was the day! 

This tramway is a major gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument - lots of nature trails, plants and animals.

It was a spectacular 10 minute, two and half mile trip that started at the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet) and transported us up to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) in  the world's largest rotating tram. 

Tammy wasn't all that impressed with the ride as she is terrified of heights, but for me, after jumping from an airplane not much scares me!  

There is snow in them thar hills!!

We had dinner at the top in a very nice restaurant, then rode the tram back down in the dark.  Not as scary for sure!

View from the top at night

We do get beautiful sunsets here

Today we had a BBQ - the kids came over this afternoon and we had a little happy hour, had dinner and a walk around the park, then a little swim in the pool and a soak in the hot tub. A little nightcap (chocolate wine - yummy!) then we said good night. 

January 28, 2018

Block Party in the park - the theme was Pajama Party and just about everyone who came wore pajamas! (or their wifes' pj's - lol) 

There was a pretty good turnout and once again I am pretty sure everyone had a good time. Lots of food and plenty of refreshments added to the fun. 

Jenga was the hit of the day (and evening). There were 4 teams of 5 each. Team #1 (mine) played #3, then #2 played #4. The winners of both played off.  Team #1 won!! Boy when those Jenga 2 x 4's toppled over we scrambled to get out of the way! 

The game(s) went on into the darkness and a big spot light was brought out to finish off the game. 

Some people stayed long after the games were done. 

This is a very pro-active park, always doing (or planning) something.  

January 25, 2018

I have to say that January is going by pretty fast in spite of the fact that Michel was down with the flu/cold for about two weeks. His energy level was pretty low, so needless to say we didn't do very much. I'd go to the pool in the morning for water aerobics, but mostly we just hung out, did some reading, played some on the computer. Our first little 'outing' was to the neighbours' place. Two spaces down Liz and Phil (Kimberly, BC) hosted a happy hour complete with snacks and music. It was a good time and we met a few more people in this park.

(L to R - myself, Deb, Doreen, Tina)

Girls Day Out!! (last Thursday).
We shopped all day long. Had a good time, a good lunch and lots of chatter and laughter. Dog tired when we got home, but it was fun!

Today in the park was the 'annual' Memorial Bean Bag Baseball tournament.  Started by a long time winter resident of the park, the tradition is kept alive now in his honor. 
(that is me throwing my bean bags)
It is a very well attended event, I am sure most of the residents were here playing the game! The day started early - with a lunch of chili and hot 

Then teams were formed and the games began - Guys against the girls, two teams of each in a round robin sort of format. It was a very windy day and quite cold, but most people hung in there until the end. I have no idea who won, but I guess that doesn't matter, everyone had a good time. 

January 06, 2018

Saturday morning coffee in the park. 
Dave and Connie are the hosts and this little 'get together' happens at their space every Saturday morning. We were told ... "It's their thing!" They have been serving up pot after pot of Tim Horton's coffee every Saturday for many, many years.  The table usually has an assortment of liquers to indulge in. Some, of course donated by the coffee'ers. 
Here are a few pictures of Desert Oasis, the park we are staying in here in Desert Hot Springs. 

Our plan is to hang out here until the end of March, but our site has been promised to someone else, so unless they have a cancellation we may have to find another park. 
We like this park, the people are friendly and the pool and hot tubs are nice and hot. But we have been looking around at a few of the other parks in the area just in case.... 

January 01, 2018

Wishing everyone a year that is filled with joy, happiness, hope, and prosperity Wishing You a Happy New year.

Last night we attended a New Years Eve party in the park we are now staying in. Desert Oasis RV Park in Desert Hot Springs is a nice, warm and welcoming park and we are quite happy to hang out here for a month (or so...) .

We started the evening with a catered Chinese dinner. Yummy!

It was a small party so the line wasn't very long and the food was plentiful. 

Steve and Doreen joined us for the festivities. 

We played games.... something that we haven't done in many years! This is Grady, my team leader donning the antlers we built with balloons stuffed into a pair of pantyhose. We didn't win this round but we had fun.  

We put those pantyhose to further use when we tied them around our waists with an orange in the bottom to try to move a ball across the room.

We played Family Feud.  That game got a little hairy because a few of the 'contestants' were yelling out the answers.  But it was all in fun and I think I can speak for everyone when I say a good time was had by all.  

There were prizes for everyone, and many, many bottles of champagne to toast the New Year. Beginning at 9:00 pm, then every hour until the bewitching hour.  Many left after the 9:00 toast, but a few of us (10 to be exact) hung out till the bitter end.  

This morning, at the clean up, we finished off the champagne with orange juice.