Friday, December 28, 2007


This is yet another fabulous snap mastered by Debra and Charlie. How did they ever get this pose? It's yet another "Where the skies Are not Cloudy all Day" day. We love Palm Springs.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sugarplums dancing in her head...our little Dusty Springfield in her Xmas Finery...

Dusty has been in recovery for a year and a half after being thrown out a car window. Ruby was lucky enough to be there to adopt her.

Feliz Navidog...Lola Blue Rockin' around the Xmas Tree

Lil Louie Lamour Wishes You a Very Special Xmas Eve

Capturing the "soulful" at this special time of year. You can't tell in this particular photograph but Louie has on his new upside down has rheinstone buttons and leggins...his legs actually fit into the ensemble. Very dashing.
Louie was sighted just a few moments ago sunning around the pool. It's a dog's life.
Click on any of these images to enlarge them.

Lola (Riffic) in all her Gay Apparrel...

The dogs are really excited about Xmas!

Santa What Are You Reelie Thinkin'.... PhotoDuoKnows

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa Is Staying at The Sands Preparing for His Reindeer Run

The tree and all of it's ornaments, lights, topper are red this year...extremely festive...The lights are completely hot pink and delicious. Remember Santa knows and he's been talkin'. xoRuby

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jay jones, Jamie Kabler, Bobby and Shari Applebaum

We are all missing Bobby Applebaum...A bright light has gone out...

Bobby crossed over just after Thanksgiving. Fortunately a number of us shared that holiday together at The Coral Sands. Bobby was a tender and very sensitive man.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dog of the Century--Color of the Year!

The unofficial fashion doyenne of the Coral Sands
has been forced to hire her own photographers
Debra and Charles,
in order to get on the blog.
So be it.

I, Ms Lola Falana, while perusing the NYTimes early this morning, read a little item and would like to bring it to your attention. Seems that the posers, I mean powers-that-be have named Blue Iris the Color of the Year for 2008.

Yes my pretties, that's next year.

You will ALSO note that Blue Iris is the exact shade of
the transitional autumn/winter frock that I have been wearing around town.

Some may call it PANTONE 18-3943 TCX,
"Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement"

Yes, I am afraid that IS a direct quote.

Reassuringly, hinting at mystery and excitement, I call it Lola Blue

And so should you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

grrl-la recipes from the south

Now, I know y'all want the best for you AND your families and friendlies. So I am goin to let you in on my favorite fudge recipe. it's a secret so it's just between us . . . no tellin.

My dear friend Paula (Deen) has this on the Food Network site but let me tell you, it is even older than cable, it's as old as cheese food, trust me you'll love it. AND your friendlies will love it too.

Chocolate Cheese Fudge
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, sliced
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts
2 (16-ounce) boxes confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Spray lightly the bottom of a 9 by 2-inch square pan with a nonstick spray.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the cheese and butter together,
stirring constantly until smooth.
Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nuts.

In a large bowl sift together the sugar and cocoa.
Pour the cheese mixture into the sugar and cocoa mixture and stir until completely mixed.
The candy will be very stiff.

Using your hands, remove candy from bowl and press evenly and firmly into pan.
Because of the amount of butter in this recipe, pat the top of the candy with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
Place pan in refrigerator until candy is firm.

To serve candy, cut into squares.

eat eat eat
i like to tell my first time guests what they're eating, after they ask for the 2nd piece.

Much love and Happy Holi Daze,

Barbie Doll,
cookin from Hollywood

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sharon Jones - Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition

Wow...This is a new kind of American Bandstand...looks like equality to me...Ruby

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

All are welcome at the Coral Sands

I am having 30 for dinner for Thanksgiving and I must ready the resort.

Life is good.

It would only be better were you here.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Remembering Mel, on the 2 year anniversary of his passage

Dearest Rube,

We are thinking of you and your dear daddy today.
We know you will be remembering him and his love.

When you talk to him today, send our love
and tell him how much your friends thought of him, too.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Street Art in Paree...Edith Piaf..."La Vie En Rose" Best Film of the Year...go see it.

Ruby and Ruth after walking 20 miles in Paris during the metro strike

Ruby on a lunch date in Paris with Rick Steves...

Happy Birthday to The Coral Sands Experience; Rock On, Blog Nation

It was twenty years ago today!
No, no. Wait. Cut! That was something else.
It was one year ago today that Peaches Chekouras and Ruby Montana sat down at the Green Formica table and launched the blog you are reading now. Here's the first post for you sentimental types (hi, David!):

This is the kitchen clock at The Coral Sands. You'll find most of the after hours action in the kitchen of The Sands at the Green Formica table.
C'mon in!
Ain't it the truth. Of course, we quickly posted photos of Lola and Dusty, Ruby's dad Mel. From there we followed the shenannigans of Ruby and her many pussy posses, boy toys, heroes, winos, artists, gods, and madmen. It's been a fabulous year with over 17,000 visits to the blog thus far and it looks like we'll scream past the 20K mark before 2007 yields to the New Year.
The blog is, of course, thrilled to be a Scorpio, following in the foot steps of several notable Sanders, including our own Ruth Warren, Margaret "Peaches' Sister" Morwood, a certain Mr. Staskowski and many, many more.
Thank you for being readers, cub reporters, R U Hip game players, contributors of photos, and, most of all, THANK YOU FOR BEING SANDERS. My world is empty without you, babe.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Dr. Montana, I Presume?

On this day in history, November 10th, 1871, journalist and explorer Henry Stanley found Dr. David Livingstone in the heart of darkest Africa--deep in the Congo. Dr. Livingstone's European colleagues had not seen or heard from him in years; not since he walked into the jungle seeking the source of the Nile. Five years later, Mr. Stanley found the doctor and introduced himself with the now famous remark, Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

In the picture above, intrepid explorer Peaches Chekouras catches up with Dr. Ruby Montana deep in the Paris Metro system. Using the famous "one arm" approach to photography, Peaches captures the good doctor on her way to Pere Lachaise Cemetery--a trip of its own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Joni, give us all the courage

This Place
by Joni Mitchell

Sparkle on the ocean
Eagle at the top of a tree
Those crazy crows always making a commotion
This land is home to me.

I was talking to my neighbor
He said, "When I get to heaven, if it is not like this,
I'll just hop a cloud and I'm coming right back down here
Back to this heavenly bliss."

You see those lovely hills
They won't be there for long
They're gonna tear 'em down
And sell them to California
Here come the toxic spills
Miners poking all around
When this place looks like a moonscape
Don't say I didn't warn ya...

Money, money, money...
Money makes the trees come down
It makes mountains into molehills
Big money kicks the wide wide world around.

Black bear in the orchard
At night he's in my garbage cans
He's getting so bold but no one wants to shoot him
He's got a right to roam this land.

I feel like Geronimo
I used to be as trusting as Cochise
But the white eyes lies
He's out of whack with nature
And look how far his weapons reach!

Spirit of the water
Give us all the courage and the grace
To make genius of this tragedy unfolding
The genius to save this place.

Copyright © 2007; Crazy Crow Music