Around Here

Most recently it has been all about Christmas! The lights are up, the house is decorated, most gifts have been purchased and some gifts are wrapped. These pics are from the first weekend of December.

A few favorite ornaments.

The Uptown Whittier tree.

We have the best neighbors who invite us to beautiful dinners with fancy, delicious food. The bravery in preparing Beef Wellington for eight was inspiring and no one can decorate better than this hostess!


Interfaith Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Last Saturday I took photos of and helped out with registration at IFC’s Thanksgiving Food Distribution. It was an important and affirming event. Over 800 families were served by the amazing IFC staff, donors and volunteers.

Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. ~ Jacques Diouf

Chris puts a lot of heart, soul and plain old hard work into IFC on a year round basis. He serves on the board and in the warehouse. He fixes things, solves problems, organizes stuff, supports the staff and other volunteers and has fun doing it. His commitment to those in need in our community is deep and lasting.



We hosted our moms and Cathy and Tom for brunch. The menu consisted of ham, scalloped potatoes, french toast casserole, berries, and chopped spinach salad. Marian brought chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, 

Our neighbor, Heidi, organized an afternoon neighborhood egg hunt. Heidi decorated our yard and Chris and I hid eggs. Very fun!


New Year’s Day in Joshua Tree

Chris and I worked most of the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day so we were not able to take the usual vacation we like to take during this time of year. We did manage a two day getaway to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs. We left about 7am on the first, had breakfast in Riverside and drove out of grey cloudy skies to blue skies and beautiful views of the wind farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass.

We arrived at the park entrance about 10 and hiked 2 trails, only about 5 miles total. It was chilly and beautiful.

We were not at all confident in the trail of our first hike. We left many arrows to help find our way back. We eventually got our bearings and determined we were on a loop trail. 

The temperature increased to the mid 50s and we shed a layer or two.

We drove out of the park to the town of Joshua Tree. We ate lunch at the Crossroads Cafe and then headed to Palm Springs.