Monday, March 19, 2018


The house we rented in Palm Springs had the cutest piece of art hanging in the dining room:
Even if we didn't have 2 Chihuahuas I would still like this very much.  I like that its very colorful, textural, and a bit abstract.

Its not signed so we wondered if it might have come from HomeGoods, TJMaxx or the like.  We weren't able to easily remove it from the wall to check the back, so its origin remains a mystery.

It produced a smile each time we walked into the room and saw it.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fri funny

When in Palm Springs I saw these tea towels which made me laugh out loud.

I thought about buying them as gag gifts but ultimately decided they were too expensive to risk they'd lay in a drawer all the time.  So I took photos of them instead of buying them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I'd seen on Facebook a sponsored ad for Tags for Hope and really liked the concept. They make hard plastic ID tags for your pets that look like your state's drivers license.  Some proceeds from each tag is donated to no-kill shelters.  How can you NOT love that??

So I had to order them for our boys.
The interface made them super easy to upload your photos and enter your phone number, address, and idenitifying info for your dog. There's even a spot under their photos for extra info so Walter's says "My nickname is Little One" and Marvin's says "My dad calls me Pee Wee".

They arrived while we were away so the boys have been wearing them for almost a month now with no issues.  Previously Walter has chewed other tags but not this one.  They're heavy-duty plastic so I think they'll be really durable.  

I think they're super cute!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Vacation: Wed

After a light breakfast, Spouse & I began to tidy up the house and pack.  Earlier I posted photos of the back yard and pool but I realized I hadn't taken any interior photos so I did that just before we left.
Living room


dining room

Secondary living space
Next we had lunch at Lulu where we both enjoyed delicious kobe burgers.  Then we walked around downtown and stopped in a few stores and galleries.  Having seen my Palm Springs posts on Facebook, my friend Peter recommended we check out a unique gallery/store called AutoErotica. The artist Michael Weems is originally from MD and is friends with my friend Peter. He pioneered a process for transferring vintage male erotic images onto auto parts (fenders, hoods, doors), hence the name AutoErotica.  Fortunately Michael was in the gallery/store so we introduced ourselves and talked for a while.  He was a real hoot!  Later Spouse said he wished we'd met him earlier in our visit because he'd be a lot of fun to hang out with.  Oh, and we loved his art too!

Eventually we had to leave our desert oasis and drive back to LAX.  Fortunately we didn't experience the heavy/slow traffic the Newlyweds had experienced the day before, so we arrived in record time.  We returned the rental car, shuttled over to the airport, and had 4 hours until our plane was scheduled to leave.  We found our gate, went to the bathroom, looked at Facebook, then decided to order a pizza at the Wolfgang Puck place in airport.  Then we picked up some snacks from a store and waited to board.  We had upgraded our tickets from regular coach to premium coach so we'd have a little extra room, hoping we'd be able to sleep on the plane.  Neither of us was able to do more than doze for a few minutes.

After arriving in Baltimore we took the shuttle to the hotel where our car was parked, then drove home to DE, arriving about 8am.  We were pretty exhausted when we got home, but were thrilled to be reunited with Marvin & Walter!  The 4 of slipped into bed and slept til 1pm.  We could have slept longer but I didn't want to sleep so much that we wouldn't be able to sleep that night.  We had a little lunch, watched TV, and relaxed.  All in all the trip home was easier than the trip out there, save for the red eye flight.

We loved Palm Springs and would definitely like to return.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Vacation: Tues

Spouse's cousin Rose saw my photos and posts on Facebook and sent me a message Mon evening asking how long we'd be in Palm Springs.  She and her husband Marc were in Los Angeles and were coming to Palm Springs the next day!  Rose & Marc live in NJ so they're only about 3 hours from us, so we found it funny that we were going to see them in CA. So we gave them our address and Tues morning we lounged around the house waiting for them to arrive.

Rose & Marc got there around 11 and we all sat out by the pool and visited for a while, including the Newlyweds.  Shortly after noon we all decided to go to lunch at Kaiser Grill.  Since the Newlyweds were leaving that day, they packed their car before lunch and then left for the airport after lunch.

Rose & Marc and Spouse & I walked around downtown, poking our heads into some of the shops and window shopping for a while.  In the late afternoon they left too, heading back to Los Angeles, so it was just Spouse & me.  We spent some time in the hot tub, then both showered and dressed before meeting our friend Ed for cocktails at his house.  

We met Ed & his husband Brian about 8 years ago through the gay car club.  They moved out to Palm Springs several years ago so we planned to reconnect during our visit.  Brian was away so we only got to see Ed, but we had a nice time chatting over cocktails at their house.  Then we had dinner at El Mirasol which has a lovely courtyard dining area, probably the most quaint we saw during our trip.

Back at the house we turned on the TV for the 1st time all week to catch a little bit of the Olympics before going to bed.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Vacation: Mon

Mon morning 1 of the Newlyweds went for a hike while the other relaxed at home.  Spouse & I went downtown and had breakfast at Ruby's Diner, which is a chain, but fun and retro.

It was very windy and cooler that day so Spouse & I actually wore light jackets as we walked around downtown in the sunshine.

We returned to the house, picked up the Newlyweds and headed back downtown for a vintage car show.

Afterward we ducked into some vintage shops and saw lots and lots of gorgeous stuff.
Colorful vintage glass
LOVE this china with the Sputnik motif!

So fun!

Next we went inside Shag, a modern art gallery/store.  I fell in love with the art in there and couldn't resist taking photos.  If I had more wall space and a bigger wallet I would buy all of these!  (Click on the images to enlarge them.)

Then we returned to the house for massages.  A friend of the Newlyweds from Portland relocated to Palm Springs and came over to give us massages.  I love to get a massage on vacation; its the ultimate treat.

That evening we had happy hour at Streetbar which was relaxed and fun and then dinner at Lulu.  
The vibe and atmosphere at Lulu were quintessential Palm Springs and the food was excellent.  We had a really great time at Lulu and I'd highly recommend going when you're in town.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Vacation: Sun

On Sun we had a leisurely breakfast, talked, and sat in the sun for a while before getting ready for our 2nd home tour.  This one was not a vintage home, but rather, was a brand new build that was built from a vintage Donald Wexler design.  The home tour was called Steel & Glass. 

While beautiful in its simplicity, I found this home to be far too cold and sterile for my taste.  Some of this may have been due to the furnishings/decorations. I did like how light and open it was.
Living room
Breakfast area looking into kitchen
Pool and spa
Since it was Sun and we saw several open house signs, we decided to pop into some of the open houses.  We went inside 2 large homes near a golf course, both well over $1M, and then 2 more modest homes close to the 1 in which we were staying, priced at $399K & $449K.  It was fun to talk to the agents and learn more about the rental season there, which is understandably much longer than here in DE.

Next we had lunch at Trio which was yummy and then walked over to a vintage sale in a nearby parking lot.  They had a lot of really cool stuff but we all thought the prices were high.  I took these 2 photos because my friend Thad loves all kinds of vintage chairs and Pyrex.
I'd never seen anything like this
Cute polka dot design
Once back at the house we spent some time in the pool and hot tub, then showered and got ready for a nice out.

1st we went to happy hour at Trunks which was fun, then went back to Sherman's Deli to have cake since we were too full on our 1st visit there.  The slices were huge and we ended up taking parts of them back to the house for later.

Then we went to a drag show at Toucan's which advertised appearances by queens from RuPaul's Drag Race Morgan McMichaels, Delta Werk, Pandora Boxx, and Raja.  It was free/standing room only and we really couldn't see the performers from where we stood.  There were some people who rudely pushed through the patrons as if they were going somewhere, so within about 1/2 an hour all 4 of us were over it and left.  Oh well, what do you expect for a free drag show?