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I was truly touched to be invited to afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills honoring my future sister-in-law. It was an absolutely LOVELY affair. The hotel is beautiful and unpretentious…they just make you feel very special. It was an unforgettable treat and I couldn’t help but think how much my mom would have loved every tiny detail. The amazing hats some of the ladies wore, champagne, tiny sandwiches, petite pastries, the red velvet cupcake party favor…I could go on and on. Oh, and I can’t forget the most scrumptious Triple Berry Shortcake from Sweet Lady Jane’s.

I wish I had better photos to share with you, but I forgot my camera! Darn it.

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We are having a heat wave! Today will be day 3 of temperatures above 80 degrees. Monday we got up to 90-something, yesterday we hit a scorching 98 and today the high is expected to be in the mid-80’s. HOORAY. I realize for most of you these temperatures are mild as far as summer temperatures goes, but this has been the coldest summer in SF since 1975 so I’m thrilled to get out of the fog…even for a few days. I need to enjoy it while it lasts because we’re supposed to be back in the mid-50’s by the weekend. I welcome the return of the fog too…I miss wearing a down vest every day!

I’m engaged!

Well, technically speaking that might not be 100% true. There are a few details I’m still working out…like how to drop myself into one of the three pools on this $300 million, 390 foot yacht so the owner, gazillionaire Russian Andrey Melnichenko, can properly propose. Sure, his name doesn’t roll off the tongue, but that’s ok…I’ll just call him Husband. Or Bank. And then there’s the teensy weensy detail of his current model wife…here’s hoping the bloom is off that rose!

How did I find my betrothed-to-be? It just so happens that his yacht is “parked” in Sausalito and I spied it while having lunch. Yes, I spotted it with my less than 20/20 eyeballs from Aquatic Park which is across the bay from Sausalito. The boat is VERY large.

Anyhow, I would love to write more, but I’m pulling on my flippers and grabbing my snorkel for our 1st impromptu date! I hope he’ll be impressed by my Russian…”Я потерялся. Где находится туалет?”…Translated it means “I am lost, where’s the restroom?”. Don’t worry, in the event that I run into the wife first I have another phrase ready: “Pri’vet, meenya zavut John.”…”Hello, my name is John”.

What a great weekend! Pookie and Mini-Pookie came to SF for a sleepover! We took the bus (Mom would be so impressed) to Fisherman’s Wharf, checked out the sea lions, rode the carousel, got giant pretzels, picked up Kara’s Cupcakes for dessert, AND opened presents! (There will be more on the gifts later this week). So fun!

My apartment is space challenged so MP had dinner on the sofa with her mac & cheese propped on top of my jewelry box which doubled as her “table”. Pookie & I had a fajita picnic on my bed which was less awkward than it sounds. We had to move MP to the kitchen floor for the cupcake part of the program…I think you can see why…

I would like to thank #7 for alerting me to the fact that it’s Friday the 13th! I can’t believe I almost missed it! Phewf. What a great excuse to curl up and watch a scary movie. What will you be watching? I have a few options: The Bone Collector, Seven, and Silence of the Lambs are at the top of my list.

Oh, if you happen to see this guy in your closet or under your bed you may want to call the authorities ASAP…

I would like to report that being back in SF and work is a big, fat bummer. After enjoying family, fun, sunshine, and fresh air while at the Ranch in Colorado, returning home is a bit of a downer.

I miss getting up to a delicious homemade breakfast and then saddling my horse for a morning ride. (Ok, ok…I lolly-gagged and my niece or one of my nephews would get my horse ready). Heehee. Oh the joys of being “old”. Morning rides, moving cattle, walking with the boys as they fished along the river, homemade lunch, sitting on the front porch watching thunderstorms roll by (LOUDLY), napping, reading with the freshest air blowing through the windows, watching my nephews build a fort & play with wooden guns that my Dad made (oh, their imaginations!), having dinner (still homemade) and enjoying conversations uninterrupted by cellphones or computers…these are just a handful of my favorite things about Focus Ranch. I love it, love it, love it, and miss it, miss it, miss it!!! I especially miss Terry, Reen, and my most favorite horse ever, Buddy.

Thank goodness for photos and plans to return next year…

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Well Folks, I made it to my top-secret destination! I am currently a guest at Focus Ranch which is a working cattle/guest ranch in Slater, CO (located on the western Colorado and southern Wyoming border). The scenery is stunning and it is so quiet! I haven’t heard a horn honk or a siren in over 2 days. Lovely! I enjoy being away from work and my computer so I’m keeping this short. Look for more on Focus Ranch later in the week after I return home. Until then, here are a few pictures I’ve taken over the past 2 days.

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