Last night Monte and I went to our local pub for dinner and to watch Monday Night Football. Since we don’t have cable, we have to go out to watch the Seahawks play. We won! 🙂
It was bittersweet, though. Our local favorite and most awesome pub, BB Rover’s, is closing for good in 2 weeks. 😦
I’ve enjoyed lots of good times and good beers in that place over the last 23 years. Post-softball-game celebrations, after-work happy hours, St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinners, darts, Austin Sailing Society meet-ups, live music and open-mic night, and many games of pinochle with friends. It is very sad to see it go.
Fare thee well, BB Rover’s.
Today is the first day of December 2018. It is also the first day of my dear friend Lori’s cruising dream realized. After a lifetime of planning and one hellacious year of hard work, she left Galveston this morning, setting sail for Florida, and then on to the Caribbean.
She and her crew on this leg, Mike, Janet & Will, will take S/V Trident across the same Gulf that Monte, Joe and I crossed with her back in February.
My heart is full, as I see them pull away from the dock this morning. You did it, Lori. 🙂
Fair breezes, safe seas, and Godspeed my friends!
We recently celebrated our anniversary. Tonight, we had Lori and Pooh over for dinner and popped open one of our oldies.
It was a bottle from a winery that we visited on our honeymoon – an almost 20 year old chianti that we brought back with us. The cork didn’t leak or budge in the last two decades, so the wine was really pretty good! I am very happy to be able to share it with friends.
We were treated to a visit yesterday from our long-time pinochle buddies and newly moved-to-the-hills friends, Tom & Doray. We took the opportunity to pop over to our nearby bar hangout for dinner and cards.
The guys kicked the ladies’ butts. Next time…. 🙂
We took a boatload of people out on the lake yesterday. We enjoyed a nice long sail down the lake and back, then anchored for a couple hours. We even had a few floaters, though I’m waiting a couple more weeks for the lake to warm up a tad. The sun was out, wind was up. Another great day on the lake!
This weekend I headed to the coast again. This time it was to join Lori and a group of girlfriends to stay on her boat, the one we sailed to Texas from Florida a little over two months ago. We planned to go out for a ladies’ sail, and to help her with the renaming ceremony for the boat.
Lots of wine, dancing and laughing took place. The sail was nice – in Galveston Bay with 15-ish knot winds. The renaming ceremony was fun. I even squeezed in a quick birding trip back to High Island.
There were good winds today, pretty steady at 20 knots, so we headed to the lake. We washed a thick layer of pollen off the boat and then we were good to go. We sailed for a couple hours and then picked up Michael and Amber for more sailing and then enjoyed sunset back in the slip.
A good day…
Tonight we went to dinner with Mike and Amber at the Pour House. A fun evening. And we ordered a colorful variety of draft beers. Monte seems to be a bit ahead of us before the toast, though. Cheers!
Last night we enjoyed a fun New Year’s Eve celebration at our house, clocking in at 3AM by the time we went to bed. Temperatures have dipped into the 20s, for the next few days. We even got some snow last night, so the merrymaking was pretty much restricted to indoors. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all.
The day after New Year’s Eve has come to mean spending the afternoon at Ann & Dave’s house, playing games with friends and friends-of-friends. It is a very-low-key, come-as-you-are, and bring-your-leftovers-and-libations kind of affair. Some people creep in, looking a little worse for wear after a fun night of celebrating. Other regulars are missing in action. But, eventually, everyone perks up, ends up laughing, telling stories, and making plans for the new year that has just begun.
One of the New Year’s Day games that has become a regular is a home-made version of Jeopardy. The mistress-of-ceremonies for the last several years has been Doray. This year she, again, painstakingly prepared the categories, questions and answers. Very fun!
Girls night out! It’s been months since all of us were able to make it. It was…. lovely!
I’m headed home after a wonderful weekend with two lovely ladies that I wish I had kept in closer touch with over the years. But, thankfully, we picked up where we left off – and then some. It was a really great visit. I’m looking forward to all the others. 🙂
Today was another lovely day in Palm Desert. Irene and I took a long walk this morning and found two geocaches along the way. We all had massages this afternoon and then grabbed a bite to eat while watching the end of the Seahawks game at a restaurant nearby. We won!
Back at the house we did our best to finish off all the food and wine we had bought for the long weekend. We stayed in the hot tub again looking at the moon and stars til we were pruned.
We also face timed with Keeto, a first for both of us. Goodnight birdie!
I’ve met up with Irene and Linda, two girlfriends from high school, in Palm Desert for the weekend. We are having fun catching up on three decades of our lives while enjoying this beautiful oasis.
This is the view from our patio. Lucky us. This is looking east across the Coachella Valley towards the Little San Bernardino Mountain range.
This is the same view, later last night as the full moon was rising.