Arrived in El Centro Friday, Feb 27 2009 

It was a long day yesterday flying on three different flights to get here…but it was worth it in the end.  My suitcases were not over weight and they arrived with me at Palm Springs.  It was all worth it when I got off the plane in Palm Springs and walked outside through their amazing outside walkways to the terminal to pick up my luggage.  It was absolutely beautiful weather with clear skies and stars twinkling overhead and I didn’t even need to wear a coat.  When I walked off the plane in Calgary on the tarmac it was -33 and I glad to have my coat and my gloves that I took at the last minute.  Wendy Cooper was kind enough to take me to the airport and we had a nice visit before I  boarded my plane.

It was really exciting to see Tamara, Rodrigo and little Chela.  She made a little strange when I first picked her up and her bottom lip quivered and she made sure she could see her dad.  On the way home to El Centro I sat in the backseat with her and she never took her eyes off of me until she fell asleep.  She is so absolutely beautiful and has grown so much since the last time I saw here.  She is growing to be a little girl with a real personality.  I could squeeze her to bits…and I have to admit I do give her lots of kisses and hugs.  She is also realizing that this grandma is quite loud and does all kinds of silly things to make her laugh…and she loves to laugh.  She has such a low husky laugh and it is too funny.  She is one busy little girl.

We had a good today.  We went grocery shopping and Tamara gave me a tour of the base.  I love it here.  It is desert but it has a beauty of itself that is very appealing to me.  We walked and it was absolutely beautiful outside in the low 80s with clear blue sky and the sun shining.  On the way home we bought a bagful of avocadoes for $2.00 and a bag of oranges for $3.00…talk about delicious.  Rodrigo is training hard and it was neat as we travelled home last night to see Tamara helping him with the “letter” names of all the places he needs to know.   Reminded me of the good old days when Jerry was training and we did much the same thing.  Today the Blue Angels were training and these jets are flying low over the house upside down…the walls just rattle and you can’t hear the next person talking.  Chela is not very impressed with the loud noise they make.  I love it and know that Jerry would love to be here to watch.  Next year we will come out here for the big airshow they have every year the middle of March.  I could easily spend  a couple of months here in the winter.   Well another day done and a good one it was spent in sunny California.

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Heading to California Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

I am leaving for El Centro tomorrow and arriving in Palm Springs in the evening where Tamara will pick me up and then head for their place in El Centro.  I will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the warm part of the country.  Big snowstorm here today and lots of snow to shovel on the driveway.  Looking forward to some sun and to hugging my kids and little Chela!  I just hope that I can get my two big suitcases into the airport which are full of stuff for the kids.  I will be coming back with empty bags!!!  Hopefully all will go well with my travels tomorrow.  Excited to see the kids but not excited about the traveling!