Multiple Myeloma World Tour 2006-08-12 13:15:00

San Diego and Del Mar Trip
We have to escape from the desert heat, so we have taken trips to Del Mar, San Diego and Big Bear where is is cool and breezy.
We are SD Padres fans and took in a game at Petco Park. When we left in early July, it was 120 in Palm Desert. We came home on Aug. 6 and it has staying around 104 or so and dry, a relief.

A recent photo of our granddaughter, Annika. She was 3 in Feb. Quite a little gal. Of course, she has all of us wrapped around her little finger.

Father’s Day in the Desert
Rick, Kierstin and Annika came down for the day and we celebrated Father’s Day at Las Consuelas in Palm Desert. They make a huge margarita and I had one. My wife Bonnie gets to tend to our granddaughters managing their every needs.

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

Karen, Annika, Kierstin, Rick and I are anxious to get to the food court and have a breakfast burrito.

The Temecula Wine and Balloon Festival over Memorial Weekend was well attended with over 60 balloons filling the sky in the early morning. What a beautiful sight. We spent most of the day there on into the evening with our son Rick and his family that live in Temecula.

May 26, 2006
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament at Desert Willows Country Club

I played a round of golf last Friday with a group of Rotary Club friends for a fund raiser. Our club raised over $3500 for local community projects that focuses on youth and seniors. Our club’s foundation, which I am president, donates over $20,000 per year back to our community. Desert Cancer Foundation is one example of our donations. The Desert Cancer Foundation helps local cancer patients who can’t pay for treatment & medications.

Sure took a lot out of me, as I hadn’t even held a golf club for over 6 years. Barely made it. Good thing the tournament was best ball. The weather cooperated and was in the 90’s with a good breeze.

Yes, that is a cold long neck beer.

2006 Spring Break at the River

Bonnie and I visited our son Mike and his wife Pam at their getaway home at Hidden Shores, near Yuma, CA. They have a party boat, quads in a resort along the Colorado River. The river was like glass but still cool this time of the year. We had a great time with the granddaughters.

We enjoyed sunsets and evenings on Mike and Pam’s friends patio deck overlooking the whole area. Jaime and Phyllis have a park model done in a tropical theme.
We made the trip with our new Lexus RX400h. It is an amazing suv. The Lexus replaces the Excursion Diesel.

I received my bi-monthly Aredia last Thursday and reviewed the results of recent lab reports. Good news. No m-spike and IGG is at 1200. All cbc and blood panels are normal range. Still on 50 mg Thal 5 times a week for maintenance since tandem auto stem cell transplants in 2003.

Borrowing our granddaughter , Kierstin, during her Spring Break
Bonnie and I visited our son Rick’s family last Friday. When we left on Sunday, we surprized them and our granddaughter came home to stay with us because it is Spring Break at her school. What a pleasure and she is enjoying the visit and extra spoiling by us both. We visited Living Desert, went shopping with Bonnie, was a special guest at my Wednesday morning Rotary Club meeting, spent time with me at computer clients to meet very friendly people, participated in helping close friends get to the airport in Palm Springs and joined me for afternoon walks for exercise.

We spent time playing games and catching up with her activities, both at home and at school. Her Mom and Dad miss her a lot as she misses them, so we are taking her home today. She misses her Bichon Lexie and her younger sister Annika.Lexie_with_the_girls.jpg