On Thursday we got up at O’dark’thirty and drove south to the Spokane airport for my trip to Southern California. It was a two leg journey for me. First leg from Spokane to Seattle which is a quick hour up and down trip with not much in the world of perks. The second leg was from Seattle to Orange County (John Wayne Airport also known as Santa Ana Airport). The airport is in the city of Santa Ana which is in the county of Orange.
I’m now in the land of Palm Trees but the sun and blue skies are not breaking through the June Gloom here.
My youngest sister works in a high rise that’s close enough to the airport to see the planes landing and she captured my plane as it came in for a landing. She was looking out for it since she would be picking me up from the airport.
Thankful for another safe landing.
Three of us ‘sisters’ enjoyed dinner out at the Black Trumpet in Huntington Beach before retiring for the evening.
The French Onion Soup was delicious and I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo before I destroyed the top of it!
Today (Friday) my sister Vera and I will have a walk along the Pacific Ocean. June Gloom is still happening here so I’m not sure what photos I’ll be snapping.
Our brother from Texas arrives tonight.
Saturday will be a day filled with many reunions with friends and family as we celebrate the life of our friend Alice.
Our daughter Katie with Alice at Katie’s bridal shower.
Our mom and our life long friend Alice. They are both in heaven now.
On our last night of our Land That We Love Tour we had our favorite meal at the Buffalo Block Prime Steakhouse at the Rex in Billings, Montana. The barbecue we had in Kentucky was real good, too, but Buffalo Block won out with the ambiance.
We chose this spot to eat because the Historic Rex Hotel caught our eye. Dear’s dad’s name is Rex and he was born in Montana and we enjoyed paying homage to him while in the Treasure State of Montana. Montana is also known as Big Sky Country.
French Onion Soup
Bone in Chop crusted in all kinds of yumminess on top of garlic mashed potatoes.
Prime Rib Sandwich with horseradish, aujus, coleslaw and fries.
Lemon Pound cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
If you are ever in Billings and want some upscale food at upscale prices this is the place.
I’ll be recapping our trip with lots of photos starting at the beginning soon.
…I stepped out on my own in Huntington Beach, California, for a walk along the shore and out to the end of the pier.
I enjoy California beaches in the winter.
The day I was walking on the pier was Josh’s birthday. He and Laura were still in California and opted to visit Disneyland on this day with their cousins. My two sister’s who I was staying with were both at work. My walk on the beach alone was good for me.
The storms that were rolling through Southern California made for some dramatic waves.
Before I headed home on the following Tuesday my sister Vera and I had a walk on a beach together south of this one and I’ll share about that later.
Fast forward to today…daughter and I were able to shop at the Navy Exchange. Our son-in-law is a non-active Marine so he and our daughter can shop at the exchange with proper I.D. I’m allowed in as a guest. One of the advantages of shopping at the Exchange is that you do not have any added tax. The price you see posted is the final price. After our shopping we had lunch together and she dropped me off home. I then headed to our local Goodwill and was happy to find these French Onion Soup bowls. Wednesday is Senior discount day so there is an 20% discount. I bought all 4 for just over $9.00. Lion’s head soup bowls.
I’m looking forward to making my French Onion soup again in these lovelies.
Twice in December we drove north to the town of La Conner to enjoy a meal and a stroll.
We enjoy the farm scenes that we pass along the way.
At the end of December we celebrated Katie’s birthday at Anelia’s which features some good Polish fare and other light dishes.
At the beginning of December we ate at the Oyster and Thistle for our anniversary.
I’m linking up to Mosaic Monday with Maggie at Normandy Life.
I’m also linking up for The Barn Collective with Tom The Backroads Traveler.
We had a cold quiet weekend mostly with small projects accomplished and started. I lasted just a very short while outside starting the Apple Tree Pruning. It didn’t take long for my hands to complain from the cold. I’ll be doing that project in short shifts. The Pear tree needs pruning also. January is full of events for us at this Old House.
Today at the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog I posted a French Onion Soup for two recipe. I was inspired by the soup I had at the Oyster and Thistle in La Conner in the mosaic above. Happy Monday!