Tuesday, December 26, 2017

T Stands for The Last T-day this Year

What a wonderful Christmas we had, even took pictures!!! AND we will do it all over again this coming weekend when our youngest and his family are here. But today DH's cousin and hubby, from up in the San Francisco Bay area, is dropping by.  I've been dashing around trying to remove some of the Christmas Eve all the dishes, sweep and etc., etc.  So, I had not gotten any drink related post ready, and no time to down load photos now :o  BUT, I am having my last cup of coffee for the day!   I really did not want to miss posting for the last Tuesday of 2017..........very hard to believe a year has dashed by already! 

Hope everybody had a very festive holiday and the weather is behaving in your area.  WE have a predicted high of 65' (F), but have had a few days that didn't come close to being this warm.  Well, I hear car doors closing, so I better close and get linked up with the T-gang.  I'll be around sometime this week to check out all the festive photos.........................until then.................
PS:  Thank you to all that sent me such beautiful Christmas cards, I was running so far behind this year I did't get my list completed.......going to stat earlier in 2018!!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

T stands for Holiday Festivities

Helllooooo my lovely, little blog elffies, hope the holiday cheer has descended upon all of you and all is merry and bright.  Christmas is RIGHT around the corner, whether your ready or not!! I think I have most of it under control...........but then....ya just never know for sure.

For all my T-day followers I'll start with a lovely early dinner with Mr. Santa ( or Papa Bobby as the grandkids say).  We had been out scouting appliances........still planning the house build...... and thought Basque food sounded really good.  I think is was because the temperature dropped and they have the loveliest cabbage soup..................naaaaa, we were hungry....LOL!

You must be hungry, really hungry, to eat Basque food, because there is A LOT that will be served. Mr. Santa had beer and water, I had wine and water as my drink choices. I had already tasted my soup, with beans and salsa added before I remembered to grab my phone and get some photos.

They serve everything "family" style, not just plates of food placed in front of you.

After the soup course is green salad, tomatoes with a creamy Italian dressing  and pickled tongue.................yummmmm! 
This was our second plate of pickled tongue........I did bring about half of it home ;)
The white sauce is really the same creamy dressing as on the tomatoes.

Entree is served with french fries and green beans.  This was mine.......garlic chicken!! 
I ended up bringing most of it home now I was full of veggies and tongue....LOL!!

The green beans had a salsa over die for!!!
There are a number of Basque food restaurants in the Bakersfield area, they all vary a little, but not much.  Most don't have a dressing on the tongue.....just regular pickled with vinegar and spices.  The type of vegetables vary, but ALL serve soup, beans, salsa,tongue, french fires and vegetables before the entree.  Entrees vary just slightly from place to place.  It is the BEST food, but there is so much of it I usually shy away...............then BOOM! I gotta have it!

Some Art Time

A church, not far from here, had a "Paint Nite" at their church.  Something a little different from the others I have attended in the past.  This was a much smaller gathering and we painted an 11x14" canvas.  The ladies, from the church, had all kinds of goodies for us to snack on with coffee and tea.  I really enjoyed this group of ladies, they were all so funny, and the instructor actually instructed!! Of course I went off and did my own thang!

My little group.

Last Night
We gathered with family and friends (with us it is almost the same thing) any-o-ways......we went to the Walk Through Bethlehem.  It is an event this church puts on every year.  They have it all set up outside and you get to walk through a simulation of even have to pay taxes to enter  ( well, it was really a large washer they gave us) 

I kept the brochure, I didn't take my glasses so I couldn't read it.....LOL! 

We were first asked to be seated in the sanctuary until our town was called.  Each group of about 20 were given a town name and we had to use it at different points of the tour.
The sanctuary was beautifully decorated and they had a pianist playing Christmas songs. 

I was in love with this wreath!!

I would have loved to sing carols with this organ playing the music.  I bet it sounds amazing in that large of a sanctuary!

Our three younger ones are not shy, when asked if anybody want to stand up front and help sing carols!

The Tour Begins
There are a lot of photos, and I am not going to give a description of each one.

Our young guide also told the story of Jesus Christ's life, but interacted with people in each place we stopped, asking if they had heard any news of a baby being born.  He also explained what each booth  was about and what they did.  It went through the whole life of Christ, the end was Christ risen ( this man was excellent)  Such a great way for the younger children to experience this.

The evening had really gotten cold ( for So  CAL.) we all decided we should get some dinner, so we headed over to La Costa for some Mexican food. Hannah and her dad stayed home, they felt that Hannah should not be in the cold night air.......which I agreed with.  She went back to school today, but still gets worn out easily, but much better than last week. Thank you ALL for all the well wishes for her!!!

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

T Stands for the Dessert

Hello all my little blogland elves, welcome to a flurry of festive photos that I'm sharing for T Stands for Tuesday......oh look! I brought friends with me!!  Our cups are holding sparkling apple cider, as we were waiting for an event to begin.  Our friend , Cheryl had invited us to an annual Holiday Dessert event put on by her church.........and we told to dress festive!

Each woman, in this group had a table to decorate, and provide desserts.  This was our table and Cheryl had chosen a beachy Christmas theme.  The lighting was horrible for picture taking, and I was using my phone too.  This photo and the next one I did run through my photo program and tried to to get the colors a bit more like the original colors.

This is how each our places were set, the bowl and everything in it were ours to take home.
The photos below are unfiltered, but the tables were all decorated beautifully.

 The group from our table.

I'm on "Grandma" duty this week, Hannah had pneumonia and can't go to school, so she is here with me.  She had a tuff weekend, and ended up in the hospital for a day.  She is doing much better now, but her the cough makes me hurt.   She has a doctor's visit this morning, so I better get linked up with The T-gang , then finish getting dressed.
Thanks for stopping by.......don't forget to check out The Altered Book Lover's blog and see who else is playing along and what is in their cup!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

T Stands for Down on the Colorado River

Helloooo! Happy Tuesday! 
This past weekend I got to enjoy an all "girl" getaway to Laughlin Nevada.  Five us loaded up and headed to the Colorado river.  Laughlin is like a little Las Vegas, about 6 casino/hotels along the river bank.
We arrived about 4 P.M. and the sun was starting to sink in the west and made the mountains on the east bank glow.  This is the view from my room.......on the 20th floor.

 Looking down onto the river.....that is a river taxi heading to the east bank to pick up people and bring them over.

Saturday morning I was sitting on the River Walk....a walkway between the river and the buildings.......runs behind all the casinos.  I was enjoying my first cup of coffee as the sun came up.

 There was artwork on the buildings along the River Walk.  I found this one the most interesting.

Back in my room, for one more cup of coffee before joining the others for a hearty breakfast and the days shenanigans. I have never been much of a gambler, or heavy drinker......but I did have fun just "people" watching.  This was Veteran's Day and the casinos had free buffets for all the veterans, which I thought was such a great thing for them to do.  So there were a lot of veterans wearing their baseball caps with their service logos on them, such a heat warming thing to see......and they were fun to talk to.
After a couple hours at the out-let, shopping we took a break.......which meant it was time for a little wine.......

......and a few minutes to prop my feet up.....grin!

 I was just amazed at how clear the water was in this is a muddy dirty river in Colorado, but so clear and clean here!  So I took this from my room, so I could get a shot looking down.......even though the windows were very can see the bottom of the river.

So now it is time for me to take my coffee and wine, and join Elizabeth and the T-gang.
Happy T-day