January 1st, 2013

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Visit from Sue, Nicole and Ulises (on Sunday, December 30)

Because LiveJournal has been so messed up recently (!!!), I didn't end up posting an entry about the lovely visit Marilyn and I had with sister Sue, Nicole and her boyfriend, Ulises. They came down on Sunday morning (December 30) to our beach house.

Sue brought 'Happy New Year' greeting cards and a Starbucks card for each of us (even though we'd agreed NOT to exchange gifts for Christmas -- but I guess Sue can always say these were New Year gifts, after all... smile...). Well, we're always happy to get Starbucks and the greeting cards were really nice -- so I won't complain. It was thoughtful of her, really!

Sue loved our decorations for Christmas, I'm happy to report. In fact, she raved about the house the whole time she was here.

She mentioned the three of them staying over -- and Marilyn and I tried to get them to do that. But Sue changed her mind (not sure why), so I guess we'll try and have them down another time. There's certainly enough room. Either Nicole or Ulises could stay in my room and the other one could stay in Sue's room -- with Sue on the sofa downstairs. Or one of them could use the ottoman that pulls out into a bed. We don't have bedding for it, but that's no big deal... Or Sue and Nicole could sleep together in one of the rooms, as both my room and Sue's have Queen-sized beds -- certainly big enough for two people...

I'd love to have Sue stay again, as she's only stayed here at the house twice since we got it back in February.

So we chatted here at the house. And we gave Sue her gifts from friend Sue (who had giftgs for the three of us this year). Sue especially liked her new green throw (which she took home with her). Then Sue took the kids into Seaside so they could go to the Seaside Aquarium. (They love going there the way Marilyn and I used to years back... grin...)

Sue came back and we three visited some more. Finally we went into Seaside so we could play Fascination. Both Marilyn and Sue won Coverall games (Marilyn won twice), plus some regular games. The kids joined us at one point, but neither of them won, nor did I. That's how it goes -- sometimes you're on fire, other times you can't play at all. Usually at least one person won't be able to play if you go as a group... I have no idea WHY, that's just how it is! But Ulises seems hooked on playing, just like we are. I don't think Nicole likes it all that much, really...

We also used some coupons and got some things. They had some cool bags in little pouches, so Sue got one for Nicole and Marilyn and I each got one. (I've already used mine -- very handy! So light weight it's easy to carry around in a pocket...)

After that we went to The Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill to eat (the five of us were rather expensive, but Marilyn is very generous and didn't mind). We had a great meal -- they always have good food and the service is excellent, too. It's a place we really love to go (we went there with June and Jim, too, when they came to visit). Sue loves it as much as we do, so that was cool!

Photo Share!!!

These were taken with my iPad. I'm sorry to report that since the new iOS, the camera takes pretty CRAPPY photos! I don't get that at all -- you'd think it would take BETTER photos over time with updates -- not worse. But Marilyn and I believe it's DELIBERATE (thanks, tons, Apple!). Oh well.

(Clicking on these photos will bring up the larger version.


Nicole and Ulises


Sister Sue


Marilyn (right) and me (left)

(By the way, I couldn't BEGIN to get the Scrapbook feature here to work today -- so I'm using imgbox.com (which seems to work well and is free). If you're looking for a photo host, they seem to be highly recommended...)

After we ate, Sue and the kids headed for home -- and we took a walk to sober up. (We'd had another 'bucket' drink, so that was a very good idea! Hahahahaha.) Then we came back to the house.

Anyway, it was a nice day! I'm so glad they were able to come.

happy new year champagne

Goodbye, Christmas. And Heading Back to Portland Tomorrow...

Marilyn and I had a WONDERFUL holiday season this year! That includes the time spent at our Portland house, prior to coming here to Seaside. But it's especially true for our lovely week-plus of vacation time here at our beach house.

We were just talking about the cats (Colin and Henry) and how much they seem to like it here, too. Not sure why -- but it may be about how relaxed we are, as cats are pretty psychic creatures. Maybe if we're really happy, then they are, as a matter of course...

Anyway, we took down Christmas here at the beach house today. We put the tree -- with the lights and decorations still on it -- directly into the garage. The goal will be to get something (a sheet, sheets, plastic... something!) to cover it with. But for now, it's just standing out in the garage uncovered. All the other decorations are boxed (or bagged) up and out in the garage, as well. I remembered to pull the batteries from the two strings of lights that operate on batteries. Interestingly enough, today I got in a drawer upstairs and found some batteries that had DIED -- making a mess in the process. It doesn't matter what part of the house they're in, apparently. We knew there were issues with the garage (not insulated at all), but we've had batteries go bad in several different rooms, after only having them for a month or so (and sometimes less!). You just can't keep batteries here at the beach. I admit I haven't tried the fridge for that, though -- so it might work. I remember Mom always kept them there years back -- but that might be nonsense for all I know! Hahahaha.

Marilyn walked today -- and said there was ice (!!!) out there! It's certainly been COLD here, that's for sure! Hopefully we won't hit any ice when we head home.

I washed my hair -- Marilyn did, too. I need a hair cut (!!!) really bad. Plus I need to color my hair, too. (I knew that before coming here, but didn't want to go for a cut when there was a chance -- and didn't want to bother bringing along the stuff to color, either. Oh well!)

We'll drive home tomorrow, as Marilyn is back to work on Thursday.

I have some reflections on the end of 2012 that I was unable to share due to all the LiveJournal issues in recent days. (It was hard posting at all! In one case I spent an hour to post a couple of paragraphs!)

And I have thoughts about the New Year to share, too -- but I figure any time this month should be good!

This time off has been great -- what a nice vacation! We really needed it -- I'm ready to face this busy time of year after those two weeks ( ) off, that's for sure.

Marilyn and I have the goal to continue to get here to the beach house on a regular basis to stay, even if it's only for one night!

By the way, can't wait for all of our fave shows to be back on TV.

I didn't even mention that we have Charter Communications for both cable and the internet here at the beach -- and we were DOWN for hours today (!!!). How annoying! I'm certainly glad they finally got it back up again.

Also, sure glad the White House, the President, Senate and House FINALLY decided to 'Come Together' and fix this whole Fiscal Cliff thing today!!! You can read more about it HERE. Talk about waiting until the very last minute!!!

I have to admit I wasn't very kind about this. I felt they should have kept their BUTTS IN THEIR CHAIRS until they worked it out -- even if it meant they didn't get to spend the holidays with their loved ones! I mean, they put this country (and the world???) through some hellish times recently with the worry over money and the future. (sigh) What a pain...

I didn't get the stuff about the World Day of Peace in here -- maybe I'll do so (belatedly) tomorrow. I did like a lot of what the Pope had to say...

Anyway, that's it for the first day of a brand new year! Love you guys!