Hello to all and hope 2018 has been treating you well. We haven’t made any big trips so far. There have been 3 small excursions: 3 nights at the Edgewater Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, NV (Jim won some money!); 4 days with cousin Dale and Diana in Stockton, CA with a day-trip to Murphy’s, CA and Ironstone Winery; and a 4 day cruise on the Carnival Imagination (didn’t get off the ship in Catalina or Ensenada, MX).
Weather wise, it has been Southern California’s usual roller-coaster of high and low temperatures (freezing last night), with only 3 inches of rain in 2018. We also had an earthquake of 4.0 with the epicenter very near us. It woke me with a big jolt. Jim thought I had a bad dream and shook the bed all by myself. Wrong!
As usual in the beginning of the year, we try to see as many of the award nominated movies as we can. We really enjoyed “The Greatest Showman,” “Three Billboards in Ebbing, MO,” “The Post,” and “Darkest Hour.”
Our time has been filled with Pickleball play and events, Ukulele and Guitar jams, and making reservations for our big trip coming up in April. We have scheduled hotels, transportation (planes, ship and trains) and an apartment in Torremolinos, Spain. Jim’s sister JoAnn and husband John are joining us there for 2 weeks.
There has been another health issue for Jim; a minor one. He had surgery a week ago for Squamous cancer on his left cheek. They used the MoHs technique and took out a section about the size of a dime. It is healing well and he has not had pain. Considering his complexion and all the “pre-cancer” spots he has had, it is surprising that this is the first surgical removal.
Our grandchildren are growing up so so fast (aren’t they all?) Jerica, our Sweet Sixteen year old continues to excel in both vocal and instrumental (trombone) music. She has added Speech Meets to her repertoire! So proud of her growing self-confidence. The youngest, Lauren, at 11 is in Student Government (also showing great self-confidence), playing percussion (including the bells) in band, and still taking piano lessons. Just recently she entered the scary world of orthodontia, by getting braces on her teeth. It seemed young to us, but good to fix them asap.
Looks like the rest of February and most of March will be the same, but Jim may find some small trip for us; he’s always looking. Our best to all.