Machel's Ranch

Celebrate with your loved ones, even when you don’t feel like it

You know that famous Beatles song, “With a Little Help from My Friends”? Those lyrics rang loud and clear for my birthday weekend. I must say, I wasn’t really looking forward to my special day. In fact, I was trying hard not to even celebrate because I have been grieving over the loss of losing some of my own friends from last year. However, it pays to have a someone you love that helps encourage you to remember all of your many blessings even though life might not be the way we wish it was just one year ago.
I did get by with some help from my friends. To all of them that showed up last minute at Mille Fleurs, thank you for reminding me that life is too short not to celebrate and it’s fine to find a smile when we miss someone we love. Rancho Santa Fe still holds an enchanted feeling at under the stars that reminds me when I am walking down Paseo Delicias, I am lucky to be part of this community.
Around Town
On Feb. 25, Helen Woodward was visited by Ron Oliver from EDC. He took the time to go over the importance of recycling with the Critter Campers that week at Helen Woodward.
I have included a photo of them from that day. Some other important news happening there is the event chairs this year have been named for the Spring Fling “Broad Way Tails.” They are Kerry Payne and Charlene Hooker. The title sponsors are EDCO and the Fish Market. Don’t forget to by your tickets for one of the main events that happens each year in Rancho Santa Fe. Go to listed under “Events” to purchase your tickets for June 4, 2011. Also featured here is Charlene Hooker with her dog, Dot. What a darling photo.
Later that evening, I had dinner with my in-laws at Firenze, and then headed to Mille Fleurs to meet my friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. It was sort of last minute, but the stars were aligned and the evening was truly special to me. Randy Beecher — who has been a consistent part of Mille Fleurs for many years — sang happy birthday, while I enjoyed all of my good friends’ company. Thank you to Holly Manion, Krista Lafferty, Tom and Karian Forsyth and Melissa Willams just to name a few for attending on such short notice. I have included three photos from that evening, which as you can see captures the fun we all had that evening.
On Feb. 27, I met my good friends Bianca and Tony Macaluso in downtown Del Mar under the shining sun. After the heavy rains, Del Mar sure did feel glorious that day. To my surprise, Tony and Bianca had set up a massage for me at L’Auberge’s spa. But first we headed to the beach for a brief walk near the cliffs by the train tracks. Afterward I left the two lovebirds to their own private stroll near the rolling waves. When I arrived at L’Auberge Spa, I met Pia Romano, a licensed massage therapist, and I then spent a private hour with in her good care. Well, if you are looking to unwind or need to de-stress, this is the place to visit here locally. From the soothing colors on the walls to the ritzy steam room, I felt completely rested and rejuvenated. What a wonderful way to turn 40! Call the spa directly to request Pia for your own personal massage at (858) 793-6493.
Later that evening, Bianca Macaluso shared with me that they had attended an Oscar party in Del Mar at David and Becky Vigil’s home. This will be the 20th consecutive year the Vigil’s have celebrated the night of the Oscars with friends. I have included a lovely photo from that evening that captures some of the guests that attended, who are from left, Tony and Bianca Macaluso, the hosts David and Beck Vigil, and Debbie and Mike Chapman from Orange County.
On Feb. 28, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club presented awards to the Students of the Month at Roger Rowe School. Featured here from that day is Rotary President Patrick Galvin with the Students of the Month Garrett Peterson, Skylar Brown, Tess Cimino and Superintendent Lindy Delaney and Kate Swanson. Congratulations on this prestigious award. Thanks so much for sending the photo for this week’s column.