You’re not alone! At least one-third of the global population is under some form of “stay at home” or lock down restrictions. Perhaps in no other time in history have we seen this much of humanity being asked (or ordered) to limit their movement beyond their own front door. This has led to tremendous changes for millions of people with schools closed, malls, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and most other retail establishments like hair salons, gyms and clothing stores all closed as well. Of course, this has led to millions of stories of quarantine and lock down.
We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.
On November 16, Valerie’s son Jason and his wife Ashley hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a small family group. They had a beautiful spread and everyone contributed some dishes to round out the menu. It was a terrific dinner and a fun day visiting with family.
We thank Jason and Ashley for putting together this event.
The 2019 installment of the Cooper family reunion held at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake took place on November 8-10. Not much changed, which is a good thing. Good times and good food.
On the front end we spend a couple of nights with my sister Sheila in Tullahoma, TN, and afterwards we visited my brother on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.
Our thanks to everyone for helping to make it a terrific visit with the family, particularly to Sheila, Hew and Nancy for their hospitality.
For those of us old enough to have been around during the presidency of Richard Nixon, we would recall that when the Nixons were able to take a break from Washington, they would head to San Clemente, CA, to “The Western White House”. They owned an oceanfront estate there called “La Casa Pacifica”. We weren’t able to stay at that particular property but we followed the Nixons model and took a short break in San Clemente, located about midway along the Pacific coast between LA and San Diego.
We’ve driven past San Clemente many times, traveling on Interstate 5 to or from San Diego. This time we wanted to take a couple of days to explore this beautiful town and the surrounding area. We enjoyed some fresh Pacific seafood and some nice hikes.
One of our special outings was to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Many people know of the “miracle” of the swallows that return to this town every year on March 19th. The story behind this is that a pastor of the mission was walking through town when he saw one of the shopkeepers using a broom to swat away the birds that were nesting in the eves of his shop. He considered the birds to be a nuisance and wanted to get rid of them. The pastor said, “Come on swallows. I’ll give you shelter. Come to the Mission”. Since then the birds have returned to the Mission every year.
Mission San Juan Capistrano was established on November 1, 1776. This is one of the 21 missions that would ultimately be established to expand the territorial boundaries of Spain and spread Christianity to the native peoples of California. After 1812, the Mission began to decline. Subsequently, it was sold at auction and was a private ranch property for 20 years. Eventually, after California became a state, President Abraham Lincoln returned the property to the Catholic Church. Today you can see the results from many years of preservation and restoration efforts.