Home again… Monday, Mar 29 2010 

Well, I am back in Saskatoon after spending 5 weeks in the sunny south…California!  Needless to say, I was not looking forward to coming home, but life must go on and I have to head back to reality.  I left the Palm Springs Airport with my little granddaughter, Chela, crying her heart out and running after me!  I cried most of the way to Denver, but the good thing was that going through security at Palm Springs was much easier as a “crying senior” rather than a “self-confident senior”…they couldn’t do enough to help me through and never even looked into one of my carry-ons.  I will miss that little girl so much!  There is no doubt that she is the light of our lives and brings much joy to us.  Now I will have to rely on Skype to bring her into my life as often as possible.  One nice thing, is that most of the snow is gone and the week ahead looks like it should be nice.  Now to get down to cleaning out my suitcases and doing some wash!  Oh the joys of home!

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El Centro… Sunday, Mar 21 2010 

I haven’t blogged for a while as it has been busy here at Tamara’s and I don’t realize how much time is spent playing and spending time with our little Chela Bela.  She has to be the funniest kid around and I spend most of the day laughing at her except for the times when she is having a “hissy fit” and I am trying to hang on to her so she doesn’t fall or bang herself too hard!  She talks her own language and you can pretty well guess what she is saying by the intonation of her voice.  Her friend Nathan, who is 3, was here a couple of days ago and was pretending to be The Incredible Hulk and jumping off the bed…well now she jabbers away with her arms up in the air and then proceeds to jump off of anything she is standing on…too funny.  When she wants you to listen to her, she makes sure you are looking at her and she puts her head to the side and talks a mile a minute.  I am having so much fun with her.  She can maneuver anything with wheels, backwards, sideways, front…and today she was walking on the curbs without falling…one foot right in front of the other.  Just some of my fun times with my 1 1/2 old granddaughter.  I have one more week here and then I head back home.

Our Small Group skyped me tonight from Saskatoon.  That was so fun and it was so good to see my good friend, Darren & Sherryl, Kevin & Carla, Mike and Sandi…miss those people and will be so good to see them and have some good conversations.

Tamara’s friend Rachelle and her parents are coming over tomorrow to celebrate Rachelle’s birthday.  It will be swimming at the water park and then barbacue steak and coconut cupcakes…delicious.  Another beautiful day in the sunshine is anticipated.

Mom was cleaning her carpet so her play things were piled up!

  1. This is what we do at the mall!!

Outlet Malls… Tuesday, Mar 2 2010 

Well today, March 1st, was our shopping day, so off to the outlet malls we head at 9:00 am this morning.  We arrived before the stores opened so hung out in the sun enjoying the beautiful morning.  Then the siege began!  There is no doubt that the prices are right and there is something to say about the American merchandising…for instance…it is nearly impossible for me to purchase shoes in Canadian that are not an exorbitant price because of my narrow foot.  However, the first store I entered today I had to make a BIG decision about what shoes I would purchase as there was more than one style and more than one pair of shoes to choose from….shoes actually manufactured in a narrow width…and they are shoes that are actually comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time without my feet nearly falling apart…oh the joys of outlet mall shopping.  My most favorite store to shop in is the Carters Children’s Store.  I did have fun again today shopping for little Chela Bela and enjoying the fact that the purchases I were at prices I can only imagine would come to Saskatoon…too fun and the clothes were fun as well.  The rest of the day was spent with Jerry outfitting himself as we both are not shoppers and we only do this about once a year…he was fortunate as well and the sizes here fit him…he even tried on a couple of long sleeved shirts where the sleeves were too long…that just never happens and we had a good laugh over that.  Well, with that day behind us, we had a good meal as we hadn’t eaten much throughout our shopping spree…then went to see the movie “It’s complicated” which was so funny….we had lots of laughs…came back to our condo and now are ready for bed.

Trip to El Centro… Monday, Mar 1 2010 

We got up early, that is, 6:30 am, so we could leave by 7:30 am to give us time to stop at Starbucks and get to El Centro around 9:00 am.  Jerry was driving so we got there in good time.  Benny had to work but we got time to have some eggs and chorizo for breakfast…Benny’s specialty…together with some good coffee and then we took Benny to work.  We saw about two dozen F18s rev up their engines and take off…it was so loud but so fun to watch.  Chela wasn’t too happy with all the noise but was entertained by running around in the big parking lot.  We then headed back to Tamara’s where we checked out Tamara’s garden which is growing amazingly…peas, onions, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, zucchinni, tomatoes and pots with flowers she planted.  Everything is growing and Joanne ate a couple of the peas.  Laila was so excited to get so much attention and she loved all the fuss given her.

Chela went down for a nap and I decided to stay with her while the rest of the troop headed out to the Base runway to see the practice run being done by the Blue Angels as they practiced for their upcoming airshows.  They gave the troop 45 minutes of uninterrupted show of all the maneuvers she would be doing in their upcoming airshows…absolutely amazing…Joanne’s best moment was when Tamara said to her “Watch out Aunti Joanne” and this jet came roaring from behind them going at full speed about 50 feet off the ground…nearly scared the “blank” out of her.  I couldn’t believe that Chela could sleep through all the jet noise, but it didn’t seem to bother her at all.

When Benny was done work, we all hopped in the Pilot and did the grand tour for Dwight and Joanne.  We showed them the fence between Mexico and USA…we went to Calexico and drove right up to the fence where you could be Mexicali on the other side.  They saw all the Border Control vehicles and the sand that goes up to the fence.  We saw downtown El Centro and the headed out to Imperial to our favorite Mexican restaurant where we totally sufficed our appetites with the great food we ate.  We headed back to Benny and Tamara’s and decided we needed dessert so stopped to pick up a peach pie and ice cream…which we ate before we headed back to Palm Desert.  Chela entertained us with her acrobats and dancing and was not a happy camper when we left.  All in all it was a great day.  Lots of fun with the Benavides family and a great airshow put on especially for us…you couldn’t ask for anything better.

Today, being Sunday, Jerry went back to the car show and Dwight, Joanne and I went to the flea market to check out the sales and we came away with some amazing jewellery.  We then headed out to pick up Jerry from his car show and realized that the Canada USA hockey game was on.

We watched the hockey game…Joanne nearly needed to be resuscitate a couple of times…but we did win in the end and we were shouting and yelling…proud to be Canadian.  Then we headed out to the pool and caught up on a little of the sun…went for a walk…and then were excited to be watch the Closing Ceremonies….but we now realize that here in the USofA they did not broadcast these kinds of events live…so we are waiting patiently until 8:00 pm to see…probably…only a snippet of the Closing Ceremonies…very frustrating being here as when it comes to the Olympics…they don’t get it!!  It was a great weekend!