Indio, California: Behind all the
excitement of The Contest, DT and I have been doing
our usual coffee + email + exercise routine, and we also have been enjoying a
very busy (for us) social schedule.
Friends Joann and John invited us to their campsite Monday evening. They
grilled fresh Alaskan halibut! Imagine that luxury served in the SoCal desert?
We had a lovely time. May I add... they also served broiled tomatoes...
and may I add they grew the tomatoes in their garden here at the
Motorcoach Country Club. So jealous... though I can
honestly say a few of my Roma's are just beginning to turn a little pink... if
After the party Wednesday -
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Wednesday, DT and I had a little party with Mary, Captain
Jim, Crystal and Brent. A recipe for
Roman-Style Braised Artichokes caught my eye this week, so artichokes
focus of the meal plan. I also made a big batch of my super
Turkey Lasagna filling, except this time it was stuffed inside
half-boiled manicotti tubes, covered in marinara and baked to a bubbling
perfection. (I made a double batch, so Lisa and Lenny have a ready-made meal
next week as well.) If I would have thought to snap a few photos... well,
that would have been a plus. Let me tell you, this was one great (make
ahead!) menu - also served with tossed greens and a baguette. Dessert was
super simple - orange segments.
The weather continues to be the lead story. Another storm
blew-through Southern California the past few days bringing rain to Los Angeles
and snow to the mountains. The system, (from Alaska... maybe it brought the
halibut as well?) caused day-time temperatures to drop to the chilly 70's. Very
unusual. At least the wind has stopped blowing!
We continue to enjoy the varied bird life in our resort. The
20-or-so resident ducks have paired-up and are nesting. These three amigos
(pictured below) were left-out. Three drakes short a mate, watching their
friends start families.
They do spend a lot of time in the canal in front of our
campsite, knowing they are in a duck-friendly zone.
Can't exactly explain to you what is happening in the Green
Heron gene pool this spring. Three Green Herons live in this resort. Pretty
sure two of them have hooked-up, but we can't figure which one is the odd
one out, or if they have formed a commune. The Green Herons are excellent
fishers and love to sit on our boat dock, silently waiting for a fat fish to
swim close enough for a sushi lunch.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles...
Lisa and Lenny took Leo to a real restaurant Wednesday
night. They went to an Italian place and all went well until Lisa asked the
server to bring Leo a "chocolate dessert". Little Dude ate the chocolate
cake. Little Dude went to sleep at 11p. Lesson learned.
With the wind finally calmed, we took advantage of the weather
and enjoyed a soak in the hot tub after our runs this morning.
Please don't forget to vote in the "Ode to the Commode" poetry contest. Voting
is open through midnight Sunday pacific. There are nine great poems to ponder!
Until my next update, I remain, your busy correspondent.
SLOGGER REPORT: 5+ miles. Once around the
block and once around the resort.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club - The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites,
three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile
waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, planned activities, perfectly
maintained. Sites for sale or rent.
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