Saturday, January 5, 2019

Holidays in Palm Springs

We arrived and got settled into our Palm Springs rental house on my birthday.   This is a fun house and suits us all well.

front door's view

hot tub's view....ahhhh

  I was too tired from putting up the Christmas tree (tee hee) and filling the house with food and Christmas cheer to go out for our scheduled dinner at Le Vallaurus, so we ordered pizza in, shared a bottle of wine and floated in the hot tub.   Not too bad for a birthday celebration!

Lewis enjoys this house as well, the entire back/side yards are walled in and we keep the large slider door open so he can come and go at his leisure.

are you coming guys?   guys, it's really nice out here, guys, guys?

He enjoys following the pool shark most of all, sometimes he even "catches" it!

But, if you know Lewis you know that most of his days are spent in keeping a close eye on our whereabouts (everyone's whereabouts, which sometimes leaves him exhausted at the end of the day.....) or comfortably snoozing.

we see you out there Lewis, we see you....

watching from under the mistletoe, you know.....just in case.
(keeping the ball in view also is his forte)


Jesse, Erin and Susan (Erin's mother) arrived on the 23rd and we all enjoyed the house and our time together.

Lew gives this "new" person his complete attention

As has become our tradition, Erin (with Susan's help this year) prepared Christmas morning's meal - baked Apple Pancake and Mimosas - Mmmmm.

We had one day of cloudy weather....Christmas.....but the "boys" found something to keep them busy until our retro style Christmas dinner.

the watching of the football game

the careful watching of the baking Alaskas....

We decided to make a dinner in keeping with this house's age and style so we all prepared and enjoyed surf and turf (Lobster tails and Steak Diane Flambe) with individual Baked Alaska for dessert. 

they turned out well, delicious and oh so easy!

my favorite picture

wild sunset!

We all had a lovely Christmas together but the next morning things changed.

waterside breakfast for Erin

Susan was admitted to the hospital with a recurrence of a previous, serious situation and was there until the Dr.'s felt she was stable enough to travel home (January 2).   Erin spent every minute at the hospital by her side and we held down the fort here providing as much support as we could.   She is back at her home in Casper, Wyoming being evaluated.   Erin is with her.

In addition, our dear friend Judi was to arrive here on New Year's Eve but had to cancel at the last minute due to illness.     We all just ignored New Year's eve and were in bed by 9 (hey, that's New Year's in New York isn't it?).

Now Dave and I have good old fashioned colds so we're laying low til it's time to leave.

And we've sunken to a new low.   No more gourmet meals.   Comfort food has been in order.   Don't judge, we're sick.

Today is our last day at the house.    Tomorrow morning we pack up and move back into Beluga.    We'll do some serious shopping to fill her refrigerator/freezer and Monday we move down to Borrego Springs for a month of golfing and Jeeping (finger's crossed for Dave's back.....).    Stay tuned.



  1. Hoping that Susan makes a full recovery and you all can have a Safe and Happy New Year.
    There's no place like Home and comfort foods are a must.

    It's about time.

  2. Yes, fill the frig!! Especially with anything fresh. We picked up everything I decided I needed in Ramona today. Cooking every night uses up a lot of food!

    I love all the Lewis photos. You certainly understand who the star of the show is!!

    See you Monday!!

  3. Our Christmas wish was for rain, sorry the clouds managed to reach to the sunny side, but I suspect there may be some in Borrego too ... but not on your golf days! Hope your colds are now over.

  4. Lewis makes that darling house look even better! After Beluga, he must be exhausted keeping an eye on everyone in all that space :-) Your Christmas menu sounds amazing - and I'm sure it tasted that way too. The health fairies certainly gave you a rough holiday. So scary to have a serious issue far from home. Hope everyone is feeling 100% soon. I think it's delightful that the kids both have Susans :-))

  5. That house is just beautiful! So was your Christmas table. So sorry Susan ended up in the hospital, it's just terrible to be sick away from home on a holiday; just makes it worse. Hope you and Dave are over the colds, mac and cheese has mysterious restorative powers.

  6. Your holiday looked idyllic—up until Susan's health crisis. So relieved to hear that she was able to return home.
    Very fun that you chose a retro Christmas dinner menu in keeping with the very cool mid-century modern decor of the house. Rest up, feel better, and enjoy beautiful Borrego Springs! Happy New Year hugs to you guys!

  7. I dread the word illness especialy occuring on a holiday and away from home. But relieved that you can now exhale and that Susan was able to to go home and continue to heal. And now that you are back in your own sweet home Beluga and back in the desert, the old fashioned stress related cold should now just be gone.
    Lewis was actually the one holding the fort for all of you :)