March 26 – Update from the West Coast

Forty years ago, we moved from Bethlehem Pennsylvania to Alhambra California. Since that time, we have left the state many times but never for as long as this past “gap year adventure”. We are now back in Alhambra, staying with some friends, and enjoying the sunshine, warm breezes and generally beautiful weather. This is a really nice change from the 20’s, 30’s and 40s we have had since about Mid December.

This is why we have become residents of Virginia!

We flew from our east coast base, Springfield VA, into Los Angeles March 14th. We left Springfield where the high was low 40’s and we arrived in Los Angeles where the low was upper 40’s. What a difference 3,000 miles makes! Since coming to LA we have been taking care of medical appointments for general health, knees, eyes, teeth, etc.,

Nice to know my need still takes a good photo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a portion of our wine locker – this only shows 11 of the 98 boxes in storage.

visiting our wine – we have a storage locker in Glendale where a LOT of wine is resting waiting for us to open a bottle or dozens –

 

 

 

 

 

La Tâche – a lovely bottle of wine. Not sure when I’m going to open this one.

going to restaurants we have enjoyed in the past, visiting with friends we have missed and in general relaxing and having an enjoyable time.

We arrived in town soon enough to visit with winemakers Denise and Kirk of WesMar Wines

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk, Janeen and Denise taken at Bacchus Kitchen.

from Sebastopol in the Russian River area wine region. This included having a lovely dinner at Bacchus Kitchen and catching up. The following day was the Family Wine Makers Tasting, which we attended. The dinner was the highlight – the tasting the following day not so much. The tasting featured some 80 or more different wineries but nothing that really stood out as being special – with the except of WesMar of course.

 

 

Janeen at one of the tasting stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several years ago, we discovered that our Doctor, Garry, had theatre tickets the same night as we did – and we would try and coordinate getting together prior to the play to have dinner. Thus started a friendship outside of the doctor – patient relationship that continued once he retired (3 years ago) and we had the joy of hooking up with him this trip! He travels more than we do – he was heading to Madagascar when we connected a year ago, since then he has been to Columbia (the country of) and several exotic places. He is an avid “birder” and both track’s them in his logbook and also takes wonderful pictures of many.

One of Janeen’s things she has missed the most is visiting and volunteering at the Huntington Library and Gardens. For the last 5 or 6 years she has been a docent in the Herb Garden and has loved the experience. She has already visited once since we got back but will be going a couple more times in the next week or so.

So, while there are not a lot of pictures to share, we are continuing our adventure. In a couple of weeks, we fly back to Virginia where we will stick around for a couple of weeks to celebrate birthdays of Terri and Jason and then head back to Illinois to visit with Janeen’s dad. After that the current plan is to head SOUTH towards Georgia! Only time will tell what actually happens, but stay tuned, more adventures to report on as we move along.

 

March 9 – Update

Over the last several weeks we were in Macomb Illinois primarily working to get Janeen’s dad into a good living arrangement.  For the last 10 years he has been living in a Senior Independent Living place that allowed him to do things on his own and they provided meals and various room services (laundry, cleaning etc).  However, after experiencing a couple of falls in the last 6 months a higher level of care was needed.  So, much of our time was getting him situated into the ‘right’ spot which has levels of assisted living.  The more active and independent you are the less they have to provide support.  Right now, Harold needs added assistance and they can provide it.  As his strength improves he can be more independent but still have resources available if he needs them.

After getting him situated we were able to celebrate his 101st birthday.  Friends and family shared the time with him.

The Birthday boy with is ‘Vintage’ cap.
Harold and Karina – a nurse who has taken care of his medications for the last several years.
Janeen sharing one of a number of Birthday cards received

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we got Harold all situated it was time for us to return to Virginia to see our granddaughter, and pack for our upcoming trip to California!  Next Wednesday, the 14th we fly into LAX and stay with friends for 4 weeks.   Visiting close friends we have missed over the last 9 months (it has been since late June of last year when we were last in Los Angeles) , visit various doctors and make sure we are still OK to continue this traveling adventure appointments, eating at some of our favorite restaurants, visiting the Huntington Library and Gardens and of course collecting several cases of wine to bring back with us from our storage spot in Glendale.

So, the adventure continues!