We also enjoyed seeing their two retrievers, Rosie and Chester, as well as meeting young Sadie, a chi-weenie. We all went for a walk down at the lake. The weather was temperate rather than cool. In the evening,I walked by the dry lakebed of the auxiliary run-off lake also called the Stanfield wetlands and boardwalk. We went out to dinner at a great fish and steak place, the Captain's Anchorage. I enjoyed my broiled salmon.
Early Saturday morning I walked again on the boardwalk trail. I took pictures of the coyotes in the lakebed and of the sparrows and finches in the trees.
We headed to the Village Inn for breakfast. I had eggs and a huge ham steak with country potatoes. In the afternoon my wife drove to see a co-worker one few towns over. Ken dropped me off at Big Bear Lake Discovery Center. I got some directions from a helpful ranger and set out on a walk. I chose the flatter portions of the trail leading from the center to the lake. I liked the Steller's Jay who mimicked a hawk, in just the same way a Blue Jay in Texas might have done. Ken, Heidi and Bella picked me up at 2 p.m. We all drove in to Los Angeles.
When we got to Los Angeles, the weather was a trifle cool and the air was misty. My wife caught up with us early in the evening. Then we drove a short way to Pitfire Pizza in Westwood. I had a margherita pizza. My pizza was good,but Heidi's Tuscan Bean Soup looked even better.
I got up early on Sunday morning and walked to the Westwood Weight Watchers for my Weight Watchers meeting. I was down 8/10th of a pound. Ten people attended the New Year's Eve meeting. One fellow explained how he had gone to an expensive steak place and had a burger, and that the burger was good but he still lost weight. At the meeting's end, the leader made a joke about the coming crowds and we all chuckled. We know that January is always a time of new resolutions to lose weight.
Later that morning, Ken and I assembled their new electric smoker. I handled the instructions and helped here and there. Ken did all the heavy screwdriver action. The instructions listed 9 steps, each incorporating different screws or bolts. We worked through it all, and got the smoker assembled. We put a beef brisket on to smoke.
My wife and Heidi went shopping for supplies for a dinner they hoped to cook. I walked to Westwood Park on Veterans--about a 20 minute walk away. I hoped to see some California birds. When I first arrived, I saw tents pitched by homeless people, children on the playground, and tennis courts. I thought it was unlikely to have much wildlife to see. But as I walked around I saw some handsome birds--Lesser Goldfinches, Western Bluebirds, Black Phoebes, and White-Crowned Sparrows, among others. I took some photos and enjoyed my walk.
On my way back, I ran into my wife. She was out for a walk. We walked together to Westside Pavilion mall. I got a great Chicken Breast Super Pita sandwich at a kebab place in the mall.
In the late afternoon, my wife and Heidi made a chicken pasta, gingerbread shortbread, and salad. It made a fine meal.
Monday I took the rental car and drove to little 10-acre Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. I've had a fondness for this little park since the days I lived in Los Angeles and fished from a tiny metal fishing dock made part of the park. I believe that the dock is gone, but the little park has some interesting birds. I do not fish much nowadays anyway--bird-watching seems to have filled that space in my hobby life.
I like the group of people dressed in Sunday-go-to-meeting-clothes who gathered to witness a New Year's Day wedding. As I walked by I heard the minister say "Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder". People laughed happily and took cell phone pictures. It was an elegant micro-event.
I saw birds--Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, and White-Crowned Sparrows, among others. I drove back to Ken and Heidi's house. In the afternoon, Heidi and Ken invited over Heidi's father, his girlfriend, and Heidi's colleague and friend Sara. We all had a nice visit. In the late afternoon, the air got cool as we saw in their backyard. Heidi and Ken have a propane firepit thing that was warming.
In the evening, we ate the beef brisket that Ken had smoked, as well as the remainder of the food from Factor's deli. I liked the turkey pastrami.
We all went to the movie Coco at night. We all liked the film.
Today my wife and I caught the plane back to DFW. When we landed the temperature was 4 degrees below Celsius. We took our Super Shuttle home, It was good see Beatrice doing well. I drove into the office and got a few hours' work done. I picked up turkey and vegetables from Boston Market for us to have for dinner.
Now we are watching television and relaxing and the holidays were fun but I am glad they are over.
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