Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our Day in Temecula, California

Temecula City Hall

Hi all, Dianne here.  One of the great things about Facebook is the ability to get back in touch with old friends, classmates, and neighbors that we’ve lost touch with in the past.  With our current traveling lifestyle, we can go a step further and actually meet up in person, like we did in Temecula today with our old friend and neighbor, Mike H., who moved to California from Indiana years ago. Mike &  Roger
We first met Mike when we were looking at a house with our realtor in 1979.  He came outside and answered our questions, and told us it was a great neighborhood.  We ended up buying that house and became next-door neighbors.  Mike was a young man just starting out at the time, and both of his children were born during the time we were neighbors. 

We had our own little cluster of six families, all with small children or newly married.  We partied, vacationed and enjoyed a really special time together before all six families “moved on up” to larger homes in better neighborhoods.  Roger and I have had much nicer houses in better neighborhoods than that small ranch on LaCanada in Fishers, Indiana, but never have we had so much fun!

Mike now lives in Orange County, near the ocean, and has done quite well for himself and his family.  We metBank restaurant exterior for lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Temecula called “The Bank,” which really was a bank back in the day.

It was great to catch up on each other’s lives and children’s lives, and to know all’s well with people we care about.

Roger here... Ironically, we met my brother for lunch in the same town three years ago when he had business in San Diego.  We had never heard of Temecula before, but picked it because it was an easy drive for both of us.  (We were near Los Angeles.)  Fast forward to today. At the moment that Mike and I were talking about my brother, my brother called.  Coincidences in life are sometimes amazing.
Temecula street scene
After lunch, Roger and I walked around Temecula for a bit and did a little shopping in the quaint shops.

Temecula street shops

Attention Val, Bonnie, and Linda -- I found some really pretty large, decorative tiles to use on top of our Texas bar outside for happy hours next winter. 
big tile 1big tile 2
big tile 3wine bottles
The fourth photo shows a lighted, decorated wine bottle to also grace the top of our bar for happy hour.  The other two bottles were from
Hart wineryHart winery, where we stopped for a wine tasting on our way out of town. 

Temecula rooftop scene

It was a cold, dreary day, so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon at home catching up on blogs.  This entry is the last of that group.  Friday morning we moved on to Palm Springs, where we had special visitors from LA, our daughter Robyn and her boyfriend Atul!  Check back soon!

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

A great place to catch up with friends and family!