Las Madres '80 East

Valentine tulips

1st     Kacey Sunseri
3rd    Walt Wilson
10th   Shirley D'Agosta
14th   Jim Cuneo
22nd   Cortney Corral
29th   Mathew Hennig

Valentine friends
Month of February
Saturday Coffees

9 am
LeBou at San Felipe/Yerba Buena
Contact: Randi
February 16
Dinner & Movie
5:30 pm
Contact: Tina
February 18
Coffee Field Trip

9 am
Orchard Valley Coffee
Contact: Randi
March 24
Couples 8-Ball

7:30 pm
Casa de Gomez
Contact: Ginny
May 18-20
Los Padres Golf

Forest Meadows
Contact: Lou

February Meeting
When: Thursday, February 16, 5:30 pm
Where: Eastridge Mall
What: Dinner & Movie Night

Our February meeting will be hosted by Tina on Thursday, February 16th.  We'll be going to see The Vow at AMC Eastridge. For those who want to eat dinner  before, we'll meet in the Food Court at 5:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Tina and let her know if you'll be joining us for the movie and/or dinner.

Club Info for 2011
Dues are $20 for this year.  Send your dues to Sue Ballard.  The following are members in good standing:
    Sue Ballard

Feb 16:  Tina - movie and dinner
Mar 15:  Robin - St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
April 26:  Shirley - author Willow Wilson
May 17:  Marti - BBQ?
June 21:  Sally - Alum Rock Park
July 19:  Randi
August 16:  Sally - Bocce
September 20:  Vicki - Walk and dinner
October 18:  Shirley - Randi's play
November 15;  Vicki - Thanksgiving floral
December 13:  Merilee - Christmas party

Spring:  April 19-22 to Ruth’s in San Diego
Fall:     October 5-7 to Janis' cabin in Tahoe possibly

March 24: 8-ball at Gomez's
April 28:  Poker at Pitcher's
June 9:  Bunko at Nevoli's
July 17 - August 5: Pinecrest
September 22: Bocce

Missouri Missive

Happy February from Missouri

Well the house construction is complete, or at least the builder’s finished. We moved in a month ago and have settled in fairly easily. I think I had lived every inch of this house for so long that I knew where everything belonged before we unpacked it. Walt has been busy adding all the “honey do” list of chores like adding paper towel holders, hanging pictures, building his workbench. I have enjoyed decorating the house with my “seasonal crap” The snowmen of January have been replaced with the Valentine stuff.

Missouri weather has been unseasonably warm and that is just fine with us. Last night they said January was 15 degrees above average. Thank you La Nina.  One year ago the Midwest was having the worst ice storms in their history.

Since we are settling in nicely, we have had a steady flow of visitors. Walt’s immediate family (13 of them) will be here this weekend to celebrate his birthday. He is now a senior citizen and is eligible for his “golden age pass” which has lots of perks in Missouri for us to enjoy. We ordered our season pass for Silver Dollar City and appreciated the discount early. Cory is a director at the park and he used to work with Trevor at Bonfante Gardens back in the day.

Yesterday we tackled a bit of the “natural” habitat. There is no shortage of oak leaves to gather and we applied and received our vegetation permit from the Corp of Engineers.  Since they own the lake, they control the waters edge with an easement. They have rules to keep the lakefront as natural as possible so a vegetation permit allows you to clear some of the smaller trees that are less than 2” diameter. We had our first burn day and learned just how quickly cedar trees burn. Glad we are surrounded mostly by oak as Cedar goes up like a sparkler. The deer sightings are diminishing. I guess the sounds of occupants are moving them to new habitat I wish the squirrels would take leave. They are very entertaining but they love to dig in the few plant pots we have.

Just got word that Southwest Airlines will expand their hold at our local Branson Airport. I hope some of you will come check it out......Joan

The Plight of the Peacock Tree.....Randi

The Peacock Tree is moving on... I won't say to where quite yet.  However, Darren and Erilynn returned it to me on their one year anniversary 1/1/12.  I thought I would share what they wrote in the accompanying journal since most people don't get to read it often.

1/1/12  Thank you Marty for the peacock tree-- it was a fun wedding day surprise and we have had it displayed prominently in our living room for the past year.  I definitely think it watched over us during our 1st year of marriage!  Erilynn and I were in New Zealand on our honeymoon when the Christchurch Earthquake hit...Thankfully we weren't  near the quake - but had planned to visit there on our last 2 days.  We were able to reroute our flights to leave NZ safely.  Anyway, we have had a wonderful first year of marriage and look forward to all the years to come.  On our anniversary we will pass it on to a new home.  Thanks LM!  Darren and Erilynn Heinrichsen

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
We meet every Saturday morning at 9 am at Le Boulanger at San Felipe and Yerba Buena.  There is a Starbucks across from it if you need something "special" to go with your bagel or pastry.   For our February "away" coffee, we are going to go to Orchard Valley Coffee in Campbell.  We haven't been there for awhile.  We can also walk around downtown Campbell which keeps getting more and more revitalized!

Hint from Randi:  At Costco they have 4 - $25 Le Boulanger gift cards (no expiration date) for $80.  Since our normal coffee place is there, it is a great deal.  It is like getting $20 free "eats!"

e-Mail Tidbit


1. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water?
Try spelling Evian backwards:  NAIVE
2. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?  (My sentiments exactly!)
3.  OK ..... so if the  Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the 'Jags' and the  Tampa Bay  Buccaneers are known as the 'Bucs,' what does that make the Tennessee   Titans?
4.  If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea does that mean that one enjoys it?
5.  There are three religious truths:
      a. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
      b. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
      c. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or Hooters.
 6.   If people from  Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
7.  If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*
8.   Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
9  Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?
10. Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?
11.   If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it  follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
*~*~*~*~*~*! ~*~*~*~*
12.  If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?
13.   Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? 
14.   What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of  bald men?  (  I saw this happen one time and the clerk looked up smiled when the man raised his hat and wrote gray)
15.   I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me...  they're cramming for their final exam.
16. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use?  Toothpicks?
17.   Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them?
Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?
*~*~*~*~! *~*~*~*~ *~*
18.  If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
19.   You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
20.   Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?
21.   If a cow laughed, would she spew milk out of her nose?
22.   Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
23.  At income tax time, did you ever notice: When you put the two words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells   ... 'THEIRS'?

heart mouse
(How long can you survive?)

President - Merrilee Claverie
Treasurer - Sue Ballard
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Randi Heinrichsen
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Sally Brooks-Schulke, and
Tina Cuneo