Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Los Gatos, California

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Yesterday I met some old high school friends for lunch at Steamers Grillhouse in Los Gatos. We had such a great time and spent hours chatting! It's hard to believe that over 30 years have passed since we were in high school!
Before we met for lunch with the group, my friend September and I met two hours earlier to go take photos around Los Gatos.
There are so many charming old homes there. You may remember this post that I did awhile back.
There were even some roses still blooming...







The camellias are starting to bloom...


The citrus trees and bushes are all full of ripe fruit this time of year...



I hope you enjoyed the tour! Next week I'll share some of the cute shops in Los Gatos!


Today I'm meeting some other friends for dinner and a movie. We're going to see "It's Complicated"! It's been so wonderful having these two weeks off of work! I could get used to this lifestyle...I need a paycheck though! These two weeks have been so busy and the days are just flying by!!! Isn't that how it always is when you are on vacation?

Don't forget...tomorrow is my Year in Review Party!


45 comments:

Debra said...

It takes awhile for it's complicated to get funny, but then it is really great. The home Meryl Streep lives in is amazing. I love Santa Barbara. Enjoy the movie!!!

Susan of Pink Portuguese Roses said...

I never realized how pretty Los Gatos was. It's about 2 hours from me. I will have to take a day trip to visit.

Your photos are so pretty...great job.

Thanks for sharing your vacation!

September said...

I had so much fun yesterday, Cindy! Love your photos. I did a couple of collages of mine on FB....

JBeaudetStudios said...

I've never been to Los Gatos but after seeing your pictures I must go! I love all the houses and can't wait to see the shops! Thanks for sharing them :)-Jennifer

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you are making me homesick!

Let us know how the movie is. I am dying to see it.

Come by and see my new blog layout for January. It is right up your color palette alley.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Cindy sweetie...
How beautiful this city is. I have never heard of it before, but then I am not familiar with California.

I have to tell you I love the yellow one. I want to move into that one. How beautiful it is. Everything looks so beautiful there and so well kept. That is an oddity to see things so nice.

Did you take pictures of the inside of the home where you had lunch? I can't wait to see. Looked so romantic and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing. It is so wonderful you were able to ring out the old year and ring in the new one with friends. Beuatiful.

Country hugs and much love..Sherry

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These homes are so beautiful! It looks like a really nice area to live in. I wish I had two weeks off ~ maybe next year. I just took a few days Christmas weekend so it felt like a week off. I know what you mean though; I would love to win Lotto and take all the time I want!

GWENDOLYN said...

It is so lovely to see flowers in bloom as there is only snow and cold here. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!
Gwen

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Such lovely homes. My husband grew up in Saratoga and we miss having his parents there. It is such a lovely area. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos.

just a little bit shabby said...

The second house is my favorite. Love all of them, though!

PATI said...

Cindi beautiful homes ... ALL YOUR HOME BEAUTIFUL .. my dream .. greetings from Polish to you.

licha20 said...

Hello Cindy
Thank you for sharing pictures with us. Beautiful homes!

Enjoy your vacation.
Evelyn

Baba said...

Hi Cindy, visiting with friends and catching up on their lives is a wonderful way to spend the day...

We have many old and charming homes in Savannah,Ga. ..where I live...it is fun to visit other cities and sight see...

Wishing you and your family a "happy new year"..... hugs, Baba

Elsie said...

Oh Cindy,I want to see that movie.
Wait for me....Oh well...At least
I got to see those gorgeous homes.
WOW!!! I love all of those. That
lemon tree makes mine look ill...
I've already picked mine,I got 67
lemons and squeezed them and froze
the juice for future pies and lemon
aid...Thanks for the tour,it was
awesome.:O)

Rochelle said...

Hi Cindy!
Oh how I miss my younger years when I lived in Campbell and my friends and I would frequent Los Gatos and it's surroundings. We used to go to the Charter House for mud pie dessert....yumm! I can't believe the blooms and the fruit on the trees! It is snowing here today so there is definitely no blooms around!
Have a Happy New Year!
xoxo
Rochelle

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

Hi Cindy,
Happy New Year. What absolutely gorgeous homes. Thanks for sharing that with us today, I needed that!!

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Teresa said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely pictures! I live in Southern California and I am going to mapquest and see how far away Los Gatos is and take a peek and see how much homes are in the area! Absolutely beautiful and romantic!

WendyBee said...

Oh what charming homes! It is so thoughtful of Los Gatans to provide such delightful homes for you to photograph and share with us. I think I'd like to move into any one of them!
WendyBee

Esther Sunday said...

drool....wipe....drool

Glad you had some well deserved time off!

Debbie said...

Oh Cindy, I love the photos of those lovely houses. I used to dream of having a house with a white picket fence and lots of rose bushes. Maybe I need to move to Los Gatos?

I missed wishing you a merry Christmas (better late than never I guess). But I'll check in tomorrow for your year in review.

Blessings,
Debbie

Patriotic Mom said...

Your beautiful pictures made me want a Canon Rebel XSi. I showed my husband and he surprised me with one for Christmas because I had been unhappy with my point and shoot. Now I just need to save up for the zoom lens ...

I saw the movie last night and loved it!

Rosie said...

Cindy
Thanks for sharing your pretty picures! Isn't it nice to meet up with old friends? I just had my 30th HS reunion in Nov. So FUN!
rosie

Rita May said...

You'll love the movie! I just got back from seeing it. I put my roast chicken in the oven, just now (you'll understand after seeing the movie) so now I have time to check on my fav blogs. Los Gatos looks perfect.

Marilyn said...

I really enjoyed the house tour. What a lovely place to visit!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Marilyn said...

I really enjoyed the house tour. What a lovely place to visit!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

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Susan B said...

You took some lovely photos! I love looking at differnet home styles. It's nice to get together with old friends. I get together with friends from high school about once a year. One friend and I meet every month for breakfast. It's so nice to stay in touch.

Have a wonderful New Year with your loved ones!

thefirstlady said...

OMG(osh)! I adore those beautiful houses. Los Gatos is now a must-visit for me. Your feature in Romantic Homes was awesome. I'm sure that the New Year will bring the right opportunity for you to do what you do best - FULL TIME.

Marilyn said...

With several four foot snow drifts in my yard, I am amazed at the green grass, roses, citrus trees, and the other flowers! My geography is poor, especially since I've only been to San Francisco, so maybe you would be able to tell us which direction Los Gatos is from where you live. It sure looks like a lovely place to visit! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you and your family in the new year.

Really Rainey said...

Hi Cindy! Great photos of the charming homes in Los Gatos... I lived there for 5 years in the late 70's. I loved living there! The only reason I left was because I got divorced and couldn't afford it anymore... Even in the 70's it was above a pre-school teachers pay scale! I can't believe that Camellia plant! It was huge! (And beautiful!) Great post... See you tomorrow for the year in review!
~Rainey~

Cottage Rose said...

What a beautiful area,,, the homes are so gorgeous and charming.... I love white picket fences... thank you for the tour.... looking forward to seeing more of Los Gatos

Hugs;
Alaura

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It looks like the weather there is fabulous, too! Happy New Year!

Sarah said...

Beautiful old homes, and you are so thoughtful to take these amazing photos to share with us. Thank you!
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved the tour! So many beautiful homes and flowers. Your post is very refreshing as everything is brown and dried up around here. :(
Happy New year to you and your family!
Glenda

Lynn said...

So glad you are enjoying your vacation Cindy. Enjoyed the homes. Charming area. Loved the house with the circular cutouts on the porch. All the white picket fences! Look forward to seeing the shops next week. Happy New Year.
Remember: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams". Your dreams are coming true, wonder what 2010 has in store? Fantastic time in your life. So glad I can watch and applaude on the sidelines.

Dixie said...

What a beautiful tour and stroll... thanks for sharing this beauty with the rest of us!

see you tomorrow for the year end party!

Anonymous said...

Flowers blooming "outside" in December...I'm so jealous! Only snow, ice, wind chill, and 13 degrees here. The homes are beautiful and cheery...giving me hope for Spring!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

What a pretty town. I could feel at home in any one of those houses. Ahhh those camilias are so pretty. I had those at my last house. I miss them, they always bloomed at Christmas and looked so pretty with my decorations. Love the red petals and yellow centers.
Sounds like you have really enjoyed your time off. You will love Complicated. I laughed so hard, I.... well, you know.
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Becky from Tennessee said...

Thanks for the tour, Cindy!
It is always such a pleasure
"sightseeing" with you. Here
in middle Tennessee we don't
have citrus trees nor do we
have roses blooming this time
of year! Hope you enjoyed the
movie...let us know.
Becky

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Cindy....Those houses are so charming! Nice way to spend some time on a pretty afternoon. I got a copy of Romantic Home yesterday...the February issue. Congrats on your article!~Patti

Chatelaine said...

What a pretty area. Every house is so lovely. Glad you keep in touch with high school friends. I've reconnected with some of mine too.

I put up my year in review mosaic a little early, having a party tomorrow night so I'll be too busy to post.

Have a wonderful New Year

Teresa said...

Oh Cindy!
What a charming little town with those adorable homes!
I know you had a delightful time! I heard It's Complicated is a great movie!
Looks so funnnneeee!
I know you are still so excited about your magazine feature!
XXOOXX
Again...congrats!

Val said...

Your pictures of Los Gatos are beautiful. I love the architecture there. Don't find any here...

Happy New Year, Cindy!

CiNdEe said...

What a small world. Did you graduate from Los Gatos high school? My friend Laurie Santos just had her 30 year reunion there.(-:
I have been to Los Gatos many times over the years. It is a beautiful place!(-:

Amber said...

One of the most charming things about California is all of the sweet little neighborhoods with fun shops and beautiful homes. All of the California ladies' blogs I follow have such lovely tours of small towns around where they live. I adore living in Colorado, but I do wish we had more charming towns like Los Gatos! Thanks for taking us along with you.