Spirk (with a small dose of Pinto)

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Pictures from Vacation

I am super busy at work, came home sick, and there are roofers on my condo making unbelievable noise but here are some pictures from my recent vacay. Had a wonderful time. Thank you!

Stopped for great niece’s second birthday first
Dinner one night
Tiki lights viewed from our room
getting ready to go wine tasting
Resort Pool

This Past Weekend’s Project

When we bought our condo in 2006 (hard to believe now) one of the sinks in the master bathroom had a chip. Well, both us and the inspector ignored it.

Until well…years later it became rusted and disgusting. The faucet barely trickled water too.

M looked online at a supply store for a sink to match what had been put in originally and lo and behold found one. Bought it last summer. It’s been sitting in the box ever since until we finally decided we needed to get it done. The old sink was literally putting rust dust everywhere.

Some before and after pictures follow:

eww and with original faucet
Take that thing out!

look at all that rust!
New sink in!
Finished product with shiny new faucet

Ramblings for the End of February 2022

Well nearing the end anyway

I have one more story to write for the Spring Fling but I did write three already. I also have to finish up February flashes.

This past week we took a short jaunt to Solvang, Santa Ynez and the Chumash Casino. I came home with about $800 so not too bad. I thought you might want to see some pictures from our little getaway.

Pastries from our favorite bakery in Solvang, Olsen’s
Flowers in Solvang
More Flowers from Solvang
Wine Tasting in Solvang
We’ve reached the Casino in Santa Ynez now
My strawberry drink, it was called a Russian Rose. It had vodka in it but tasted like a strawberry shake!

My Cesar Salad with anchovies, YUM

My Salmon, note the fancy plating! LOL
A cute machine with a $500 win for the sister, even the Panda’s are excited!
Heading home, a gloomy day in Ventura Harbor
More Ventura Harbor

Next trip is a 5 day one in about a month in Temecula with wine tasting, a resort pool, and Pechanga!

What’s Going On

What’s going on…(isn’t that a Marvin Gaye song)

Here is a picture of the chocolate soufflé M made me for dessert for V Day.

So I am having some eyesight issues. A few days ago I saw flashes of light out of my right eye. I had been reading on my e-reader and I figured my eyes were just tired, closed out, and went to bed.

Alas ever since then my right eye has been experiencing floaters in front of my vision I’ve never had before. I tried to get in to see my optometrist, but he is semi-retired and can’t see me until Mid-March. I don’t want to wait that long so I am trying to get an appointment to see M’s ophthalmologist (M has Glaucoma and has had several eye surgeries). I have self-diagnosed that I have a Posterior Vitreous Detachment, which if so should be manageable with treatment and monitoring, but it could be much worse like a retinal tear, so I definitely want to get it checked.

This means even more slowing down on updates. I am doing some writing obviously but not as much so be warned. I am sure it will ultimately be all right.

In other news I’ll be going away for an overnighter this weekend. I took Monday off of work (it’s President’s Day though not a holiday for us) but I will be back Sunday night.

So that’s the latest. I know we’re all going through something. That seems to be the way of things these days.

Just Stuff

So I managed to not get Covid from my trip a while back to Pechanga so that’s a plus. But this weekend is my great niece’s 4th birthday party. My niece and her husband just moved back to So Cal from Nor Cal and they bought a very nice house in a place called Rancho Cucamonga. Anyway, it’s only family being invited but that thing is everywhere isn’t it?

M’s sister lives in ND and her husband just got diagnosed with it (not to be confused with M’s half sister who also lives in ND whose husband died of Covid in November). He’s miserable but mostly okay with his biggest complaint being his back pain from it. She has tested negative so far.

This is their cat, Mr. Kitty

Don’t be fooled by that cute face. He’s a serial killer of mice and rabbits.

Speaking of cats, here is ours, in her pampered pink blanket she loves

Tomorrow is the last flash for January (I know Monday is January but I explain that in tomorrow’s flash post).

Otherwise, we keep plugging along here. I don’t remember if I mentioned M being laid off last February (got a new job in June) but the old job asked M back you can believe it. It’s more money than the current job, but I have concerns and hope that taking that old job again is the right decision. But M wanted to.

I’m still working from home indefinitely which is the way I like it these days. Have an overnight trip planned in mid-Feb, and then a longer one in March and then relatives come for a visit in April over Easter. So much is going on!

In other exciting news, I may be going to the Star Trek convention this year in Vegas in August. It’s a long way off and anything can change including a certain Spock actor COULD cancel, but right now Quinto is scheduled to be there for the first time ever. Trying not to be too excited because as I said a lot can change in the many months until then.

My updates of current WIPS are going swimmingly and I know you’ve been enjoying them so I appreciate the support.

Until tomorrow!

January Trees

I find January to be one of my least favorite months, if not the least. The holidays are over, the decorations are down, there’s nothing really to look forward to, often the weather is crap, it still gets dark a little too early, etc.

But today I took a walk around my area at a break and took a picture of what our January trees look like. These are not ever greens obviously, I didn’t take pictures of those trees who maintain their leaves year round. But these naked trees are also part of what I don’t like about January. As you will see though you can’t beat that blue sky.

Back but tired

I am back from my short trip but quite tired. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. No I did not win anything this time.

Bloody Mary
Slot Machine
Room view

Glass Sculpture thing in hallway of hotel

Fun times but I sure am feeling glad I took tomorrow off too.

Christmas Lights Walk With Me

There is a neighborhood near us (wealthy LOL) who really do it up for Christmas lights. Every house has decorations. Some more than others, but not a single house does not participate. Since J asked, I thought it would be fun to post the pictures I took of the neighbor hood.

Now you can feel like you went through the neighborhood too! They even play music and have lights across the interlinking streets that connect the whole thing overhead. It’s pretty awesome

Merry Christmas


Today was gone all day to Solvang and Ventura Harbor

Here are some pictures

Coffee and pastries are always on the menu in Solvang
The Harbor was decked out for Christmas
Christmas at the Harbor

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