Today, my MIL asked her daughter to get her a book about Marvin Hamlisch. Wikipedia says this about him:
(June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win anEmmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (also known as an EGOT). He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in one night and the only non-director/screenwriter to do so. He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (Richard Rodgers is the other). Hamlisch also won two Golden Globes.
For me, my mind ran to The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman and the wonderful rag time music in that film.
Marvin adapted Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer for the movie. He won the 1974 Oscar for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score for The Sting. The Sting won 7 awards that year including Best picture.
A great movie and a classic.
Jojoba Hills Resort SKP park has a hiking group. They meet every Tuesday and may plan an extra hike on the weekends. Some of these members hike every day as their morning exercise. Dale joined the group for two hikes and I did one. Little did I know that we were climbing 1000 feet to the top of a mountain!
We drove to San Marcos, home of Cal State of California. They have a beautiful park system with many walking/running trails. One such trail goes around a lake.
We drove this leg in Miss Scarlet with Rick and Grant riding along. We drove south about 30 miles from San Diego to this town. We had to park at the “trailhead” to make it a good 5 mile hike. Others went to the parking lot at an easier beginning to the trail where we walked a quarter mile to! Going was ok but the 1/4 mile walk after the hike was UGH!
I was able to meet the ladies (and guys) in the group and we would all spread out and chat along the way. When RVers and Full Timers get together there is a lot to talk about.
The more hardy hikers took off and left us in their dust. I was just glad I wasn’t the only “lagger” in the group! The climb for the first hour was straight up. Even with a great path, the steepness almost did us in. (proof I need to get on the exercise!)
Then we hit a flat stretch that was also shaded. The sun was hot and I was able to get a good tan. Along the trail others of the group would wave to us across the canyon. So we waved back and just followed. We came to a fork in the trail and turned left to follow them. When we arrived at the rest stop not far off the freeway we knew we made the wrong turn. Come to find out this group lost the first group too and we should have turned right at the fork to go to the top of the mountain.
So we took advantage of the facilities at the rest stop and ate our snacks and got water. We all decided we did not want to go back and find the trail to the top of the mountain and were finished for the day. 3 miles was good and we had 3 miles to go to get down.
Here’s a view of San Marcos. As you can see there is a “marine layer just hovering above the mountains. I was told by 81 year old Billy that California does not have smog. They have a marine layer. This actually was a marine layer but he can’t fool me!
Yes, Billy is 81 and he can out hike all of us. There was also a man hiking who had a 3-way bypass and he went to the top. Of course, my Dale went to the top. He was waiting with the others at the fork in the trail when we came back.
It was a good day. We all stopped at Nessy’s, a long time hamburger joint in Temecula that is just a trailer like building and eating outside. It was full and the line backed up. The hamburger was good (we shared) and had a drink and fries. Them some of the group went off to Rite Aid for ice cream. Our car didn’t want ice cream so we went back to the park.
Once there, the tradition is to go right to the hot tub. So we did and enjoy more chatting with the folks. We will miss them.
Life is so good!
Psalms 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
Here at Jojoba Hills the one exciting thing for sewers is the sewing/quilt room. When we knew we were coming here my first thought was “the long arm quilter!” So I bought material in Yucca Valley to make a quilt for our bed in the trailer. The material was 108″ wide, so no seams. And I could get it quilted for a lot less than a regular quilt store.
And the tools they have for anyone to use! This room is a gold mine. Just a sample!
We were hooked up with Yvonne who said she would quilt my quilt. So Dale and I laid it out and cut it on this cutting board above. We then layered the quilt – top, batting, bottom and Yvonne and I went to the long arm and pinned it on.
We couldn’t proceed because a meeting was taking place in the friendship hall. So we all went to lunch. Dale and I came back a couple of hours later and Yvonne almost had the quilt quilted.
It is beautiful and adds so much color to our bedroom.
Yes, I know…pillow shams are next!
Here is some of the quilts that come out of that quilting room.
And we all know……………
Like many things in our life that we like to do, this quilting can become obsessive!!
I am joining the ranks of bloggers who post TBT on Thursdays. I think this is a great idea to remember the past!
Since I have gotten back into sewing – only crafts and quilts – I thought I would post one of my favorite comedians ever!
She was born August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York.
In 1927 she had started calling herself Diane Belmont, found work as a model, first for fashion designer Hattie Carnegie, and then, after overcoming a debilitating bout of rheumatoid arthritis, for Chesterfield cigarettes.
In the 1930′s work soon followed, including a stint as one of the 12 “Goldwyn Girls” to promote the 1933 Eddie Cantor flick Roman Candles. She landed a role as an extra in the Ritz Brothers film The Three Musketeers, and then in 1937 earned a sizable part in Stage Door.
On April 26, 1989, she died from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
A little something about Lucille Ball courtesy of http://www.biography.com/.
And since I am a quilter/sewer this is my tribute to this wonderfully, funny woman who made millions of people laugh.
I don’t even want to know what happens to this poor sewing machine! Our favorite movie by Lucy and Desi is the “Long, Long Trailer.” And if you haven’t seen it, please do so. It is hilarious. It is also an RVers cult movie!
We like to listen to Old Time Radio on Sirius XM and found Lucy on “My Favorite Husband.” This radio show she was on became so popular that a spin off happened. Yep, I Love Lucy was born.
And that is the first of TBT!!
Had to take in Bingo once while here at Jojoba Hills. They use paper cards with daubers. Our daubers were back at the ranch so they let us borrow some. The folks at home would be glad to know we didn’t win! (because we win a lot when we go to Bingo at home!) It was a fun group and a good evening with new friends.
Saturday was Dale’s birthday. We went to Old Town Temecula with the rest of the million people! They also have a Farmers Market.
We didn’t get to see too much as you can tell. Way too many people to get even close to the vendors. I did get some asparagus.
We did have a good time and Morgan got in a good walk. Now, time to have some lunch and since Dale is the birthday boy, he got to choose.
He chose E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) from Yelp. We had wraps. I, personally, wouldn’t give this place one star for the dry, one slice of turkey and lettuce wrap I got. It was not up to the price they charge. We just have to keep reminding ourselves we are in California.
Dale had a good birthday with calls from family and friends. It was a good day.
Life is good. I love that God smiles down on us.
I won’t bore you with the mundane things like laundry at 8:30 a.m. or breakfast at 10:30 when laundry was done. I will tell you about going to the Air Gun Range and shooting a pellet rifle. This place was so cool and put together by the fellows and gals from funds they collected.
Dale lines up a shot!
Cocking these rifles and adding the ammo would get us killed if the Indians were attacking!
The next part of the day I decided to hit the exercise room and work off some calories.
A nice swim in the pool then a good sit down in the hot tub and finally sitting on the veranda reading my book on my
Paperwhite Kindle. A nice relaxing day.
I then came home and gave Dale a haircut and worked on a square for the Patchwork Posse challenge. My first applique and it was fun.
And somewhere in there I worked in dinner. That was my day! One of the best! Tomorrow will be a good hike with the hiking group!
Life is good as the sun shines brightly. God gives us everything we need to function in this life – in His word.