We celebrated three birthdays this week – thedude’s 49th, and Frank and Dorothy’s 70th – at one of our favorite getaways, St. Orres in Gualala, California. We stayed in three different cabins during our trip, including the spectacular new “Black Chantrelle” cabin – Jim’s new favorite. The weather was perfect, and we were the only
While having a fabulous lunch on the balcony at the Paragon Restaurant in the spectacular Claremont Hotel, we witnessed this brilliant 22 degree sun halo. This is not an uncommon event. What made it special (besides the oysters on the half-shell and the wonderful spinach salad) is the rainbow seen at the bottom of the
If you can possibly avoid the usual gathering with extended family, it turns out that Easter Sunday is a great day to get things done. We easily made our way up to Mount Diablo to take in a somewhat hazy, but otherwise perfect view, got the car washed and even ate a little salt-and-pepper calamari
Last night’s celebration was the most subdued ever for thedude. Kelly and I celebrated the arrival of 2004 with just two dear friends – Chris and Ben. As you can see, it turned out to be a beautiful evening. We wish all of you a healthy and prosperous new year!
Our friends Grant and Sandy grilled up a big hunk of prime rib last night and oh my gawd it was delicious. Thanks for a fun evening and for the groovy gifts! Our shot of the day has to be this beautiful sunset as viewed from their back yard patio. It looks too exotic to
Turns out that this lucious liqueur is an essential ingredient for two of Kelly’s favorite cocktails – the margarita and the cosmopolitan. We can never have too much Cointreau. Yum! UPDATE! Our dear friend Tobias suggests that you add one or two of these fabulous gifts to your own wish list!
Kelly and I are doing our best to get into the mood this year. Having the tree up helps. That and the non-stop Christmas music I’m being subjected to. By the way, Internet Shopping Wizard Kelly has already finished all of her Christmas shopping. She did almost 100% of her shopping on-line this year. I
This year’s first holiday party was at Dominic’s house in Concord. Dominic is Kelly’s hair stylist and a Fresno native like Kelly, so we never miss his parties. Dominic has HUGE family – six brothers, seven sisters and about 87 beautiful nieces. His home is cozy with two fireplaces that kept everyone comfortable despite the
The holiday weekend consisted mostly of the usual fare – family and tons of fabulous food. Of course, any outing with the Hunter Clan is guaranteed to produce a few memorable moments. This year was no exception. The first surprise was a doozy… Imagine your standard-issue bar stool strapped atop a custom built five horse-power
I saw so many wonderful costumes this year. Not much scary stuff this year – I saw mostly funny or absolutely beautiful costumes. Enjoy… Some of these shots are from a party at work, the others are from a party at our next door neighbor’s most excellent party. Thanks Han and Caroline! Wish