Happy New Year

Today, January 4, 2016, is the first day back to work in the New Year.   Dear readers, may you be happy, healthy and productive in 2016!


Writing this on Dec 10, 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of my return to Boston, or more specifically, Hull, a small town on the South Shore.  It’s trite but true:  time flies!


 Thanksgiving, 2015:  When I booked my trip back to California in February, I thought it would celebrate my post-knee replacement return to travel.  It was much more:  it was a return to warm embraces by old friends in San Jose and San Luis Obispo.

 I was seeking the past and I found the present—it was marvelous!

 In San Jose, I stayed in the Paris room at Bob and Sandra’s + the perfect dog Rubee, a Golden Retriever.  We enjoyed great girlfriend time, lots of R&R, good shopping, fabulous wine-ing and dining.

 Next I drove three hours south to San Luis Obispo where Don and I moved in 2000.  The weather was great for the whole trip; especially 72 degrees upon my arrival seemed very welcoming!  I met girlfriends for coffee and catching up.  I was invited to dinner at Patti and Robbie’s, who just sold their olive oil and balsamic vinegar company (www.robbinsfamilyfarm.com  It’s delicious!  Order some; they send it to me; you can enjoy it too.  Burt and Diane, my husband’s and my first friends at Edna Ranch where we lived among the vineyards, drove me there.

 Then on Dec 3rd I traveled through time with Sharon and Rich who invited the other four couples of the Wine Club, founded in 2000, for a reunion.  Sandy bought a bottle of Chardonnay from that year…we all tasted it and reminisced.  Yes, we made Chard and Pinot Noir in our garages in 60 gallon French oak barrels.  Each barrel makes 270 bottles.  We were pretty good at it!  My friends still make wine.

It had to end; all vacations do.  I went out with a bang—driving to Santa Barbara with my bead sister, Elaine; shopping at the Gem Faire (3 times as large as what’s available in all of New England); lunching at Tre Lune; shopping on Coast Village Road; and a drop off at the airport for my trip to SFO where a red eye was waiting to whisk me to Logan

It was a great trip.  Very rejuvenating.  Emotionally satisfying; confirming that old friends are still friends

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. So good to hear from you and all your fun travels. I hope to see Sandra when she is in Vegas for my he CES convention. Liz

  2. Oh Priscilla..it was so good to see you and spend time together! You look fabulous and still have your same infectious,charismatic personality. What fun to have dinner at Patti & Robbi’s great new home..donkeys and all. Let’s keep in touch..maybe we will come to Hull one day on an East Coast trip…Happy 2016 Priscilla..love you!

  3. Hello Priscilla,

    A very Happy New Year to you my dear. Glad to hear that life is treating you well there in MA. I walked by the crafts store on Main street next to Starbucks in Los Altos this morning and thought about you and your beading activity and then I get your email this evening. Amazing!

    I spent the last two weeks in SoCal with my daughters and their 6 grandchildren – aged 18 years to 15 months. Good times but certainly not restful. I can’t imagine why older men would even consider starting a new family at their advancing age. ☺

    I can’t believe you’ve been back there for 5 years – wow. It has to be good surrounded by your family.

    All the best,



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  4. Wow, how wonderful for you. So great to have good friends like that – you are blessed. Thanks for sharing and we certainly wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year. I’ll be starting my classes next Monday, but I’ve had a very nice 5 weeks off. Can’t wait to see our new website. michael

  5. Hi Priscilla,

    I am just reading this, having lapsed in keeping up, over the holidays. I’m glad you had such a great trip to your (and my) beloved California. Warm embraces, as you so nicely put it, sure are the gold in our lives if we are lucky to have lived well. I am so grateful when I feel that warmth.

    I am grateful that you live on my street, and I wish you a very good New Year as well.

    Love, Katherine

  6. Hi Priscilla, So nice to hear from you. What a wonderful trip you had back in California. To bad we missed you. We had been in Florida at that time. When you come back here again, please let us know. We would love to meet you and catch up on things. Below is a photo taken in Montecito. Klaus and I had a wonderful afternoon there… Keep us posted, big hugs from both of us,

    Sabine and Klaus


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