Growing up on a dairy farm in West Central Wisconsin we had our share of fresh creamery butter, cream, raw milk, cheese/cheese curds (squeaky or deep fried) and, of course, ice cream.  One of my favorite memories of childhood was my grandmother taking me and my sister to Lookout Store for an ice cream cone.  It was an old fashioned country store that the rural community would go to for items that they needed in between shopping trips to the nearest town 9 miles away. It also had the best summer sausage east of the Mississippi!  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  In my humble opinion childhood isn’t childhood without:

1) Sweet cold watermelon eaten outdoors because it’s too messy to eat indoors. Plus how can you see how far you can spit seeds if you’re inside?  

2) A trip to the drive in “Root Beer” stand for a root beer float or

3) Ice cream in cake cones on hot, humid summer days or any summer day, or evening and morning for that matter.

We carried on the tradition when our twin daughters, Roxy and Chelle, both worked at the Baskin Robbins on Rosecrans in the Village of Point Loma while they were in high school.  One of the side effects of scooping ice cream is they boasted the strongest, most muscular right forearms.  Their reputation for scooping ice cream caused some of their friends to purchase an ice cream scoop for them that looked like a cow and would moo when you scooped the ice cream.  Their stint at 31 flavors left us with a love for Baseball Nut and Love Potion 31.  

Ice Cream at Olson's

Olson's Ice Cream in Chippewa Falls

Papa Todd with his granddaughters Amylia and Claraissa enjoying ice cream cones at Olson’s Ice Cream.  
The white and black fur person is our senior puppy, Toby Wan Kenobi, enjoying his own dish of Olson’s.

Now it’s our granddaughters’ turn to create memories of ice cream adventures.  They are doing that in my husband, Todd’s, home town and what is now their home town of Chippewa Falls, WI at Olson’s Ice Cream.  Olson’s has been in business since 1923.  Let me tell you when you’ve been making ice cream for nearly 100 years, you get really good at it.  If you are ever in Chippewa Fall’s you need to go there.  They are the only place I know that makes licorice ice cream.  My sweetest memory of our visit last summer with our grandchildren, was while we were having supper (dinner here on the west coast).  I leaned over to whisper into Todd’s ear that we should take the kiddos out for ice cream. Our then 3 year old granddaughter, Amylia, must have heard my whisper as she raised up her arms, as if she were the referee at a Green Bay Packer game, signaling that Mason Crosby had scored his field goal kick and yelled out with much enthusiasm, Olson’s!  We had no choice but to take them….

Which brings us to one of our favorite YUM finds in San Diego County. Niederfrank’s Ice Cream in National City!

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Started in 1948, it has the tastiest blackberry swirl that takes me to my childhood in one lick flat!  We love the old fashion ice cream decor with its sweet heart chairs and bistro tables, the mural of downtown National City and Mr. Neiderfranks (Elmer) portrait staring you in the face as you sample their many wholesome flavors.  Yum…

What’s your favorite ice cream memory or YUM find in San Diego County? We would love to hear about it.  If you haven’t found one yet, here is a list to get you started finding your favorite ice cream or gelato.  Keeping cool in summer is easy when you have all of these great places to enjoy in San Diego County. 

Ice Cream in San Diego County

Ice Cream

Cow-A-Bunga Micro Ice Cream & Espresso
10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach,

1038 Garnet Ave., San Diego, 92109

Extraordinary Desserts
2929 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 92103
1430 Union St., San Diego, 92101

Hammond’s Point Loma
3740 Sports Arena Blvd., #6, San Diego, 92110
3077 University Ave., San Diego, 92104
1418 Garnet Ave., San Diego 92109

Handels Homemade Ice Cream
90 North Highway, Encinitas, 92024

Lighthouse Ice Cream
5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach,92107

Mariposa Ice Cream
3450 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

Moosie’s Ice Cream
4073 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

MooTime Creamery
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado 92118

Neiderfrank’s Ice Cream
726 A Ave., National City 91950

Oasis Ice Cream
1832 Coronado Ave., San Diego 92154

Sloan’s Ice Cream
225 Broadway #1700, San Diego 92101

The Baked Bear
11640 Carmel Mountain Rd. Ste. 120, San Diego 92128

The Daily Scoop
3004 Juniper St., San Diego 92104

Tocumbo Ice Cream
1900 Main Street, San Diego 92113

Viva Pops
3330 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

Gelato in San Diego


Bobboi Natural Gelato
8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 92037

Esco Gelato
122 South Kalmia St., Escondido, 92025

Gaia Gelato
300 Carlsbad, Dr., #104, Carlsbad, 92008

Narvalo Ice Cream & Gelato
2205 S. Melrose Dr., Ste. 105, Vista 92081

Gelato Vero Caffe
3753 India St., San Diego, 92110

1602 State St., San Diego, 92101
3650 5th Avenue, #104, San Diego, 92103
4202 Adams Avenue, San Diego,  92116

P.S.  Sunday July 17th is National Ice Cream Day, all the more reason to discover your favorite ice cream YUM find!  


July 2016 Calendar of Events San Diego The Joles Group Livin In SD

Bark for Life   July 9
A Canine Event to Fight Cancer – American Cancer Society. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives.
9am-12pm / Grape Street Dog Park, San Diego
(619) 682-7423 /

Christmas In July Fair   July 9-10
Offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by over 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court, raffle, kid’s activity area and live entertainment.
9am-5pm / Mission San Luis Rey Parish: 4070 Mission Ave., Oceanside

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K   July 10
The event will combine the enjoyment of a 5K with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories and MLB surprises.
7am / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway

Kile Morgan Golf Tournament   July 11
First place winner will be listed on the Perpetual Trophy in honor of the late Weldon D. Donaldson.
12-5pm / Coronado Municipal Golf Course: 2000 Visalia Row
(619) 477-9339 /
Celebrate Coronado 2016 Celebrating All Things Islander   July 14
Join us for this community-wide celebration as we honor our Local Heroes, our City, Mayor Casey Tanaka and all things Islander!
5-8pm / Coronado Community Center Nautilus Room: 1845 Strand Way
(619) 435-9260 /

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party   July 15
We are taking over the streets of Hillcrest with your favorite local DJ’s, carnival rides, dancing in the street and Gogo dancers.
6-11pm / Hillcrest Pride Flag: University Avenue/Normal Street
(619) 299-3330 /

Wine & A Bite Art Walk   July 15
Stroll the Historic Downtown District, stopping at several venues where you’ll enjoy wine, gourmet food and a unique art experience at each stop!
5-8pm / S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 /

Sun & Sea Festival   July 15-16
World-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.
See website for schedule. / Imperial Beach

Rubio’s Coast Fest   July 16
This event will include a beach clean-up and party with live music, interactive vendor booths, food, a kid’s zone and much more.
10am-2pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside
(760) 435-4500 /

FitFest 2016   July 16
An equal dose of group fitness classes, awesome food, music, and activities for the whole family. Fitness experts providing a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from competition body sculpting to children’s yoga.
8am-7pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
(619) 435-9260 /

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market   July 16-17
Ranging from all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, piece of furniture, or other amazing treasures for your home or garden.
9am-4pm / Liberty Station, San Diego

The Museum Ball – Night At The Casbah   July 23
Directly supports OMA’s mission to celebrate art through engagement, education, and innovation.
6-11pm / Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Way
(760) 435-3720 /

Insect & Ladybug Festival   July 23-24
Features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions.
10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas
(760) 436-3036 /

Love Run 5k   July 24
Premier run/walk for anyone who loves to run, loves their partner, is looking for love, or just plain loves life.
7am / Liberty Station: NTC Park
(619) 269-7047 /

WINE SOCIAL Fundraiser   July 27
Raise your glass while raising money for San Diego STEM teachers! 30+ boutique California wineries, delicious bites from the French Gourmet all with a Pacific ocean view.
6pm / Birch Aquarium: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
(858) 771-6481 /

70th Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball   July 29
Get the opportunity to meet with, recognize, and thank local military leaders for their service to our country.
5:30-10:30pm / US Grant Hotel: 326 Broadway, San Diego
(619) 544-1370 /

Let’s Play Golf FUNdraiser   July 29
Join us in our annual FUNd raiser to provide much needed to fund to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and CAST.
10am / Salt Creek Golf Club: 525 Hunte Pkwy., Chula Vista
(858) 220-5487 /


Fireworks 2016 Celebrate America San Diego
4th of July Celebrations
All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.

Camp Pendleton: Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash
10am-11pm / Del Mar Beach Resort – Includes Fireworks

Carlsbad: Red, White and BOOM! Includes Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California

Chula Vista: July 4th Fireworks
9pm / Olympic Training Center

Coronado: 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
5am-10pm / Glorrieta Bay

Del Mar: San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
10-12am / Del Mar Fairgrounds

El Cajon: 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
1-9:30pm / Kennedy Park

Escondido: Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park

Fallbrook: 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Grand Tradition Estate

Imperial Beach: IB’S Red White and Blue – July 2
12-6pm / Portwood Pier Plaza

Julian: 4th of July Parad
10am-4pm / Downtown Julian

La Jolla: Fourth of July Fireworks
9pm / Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Mira Mesa: Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park & Fireworks
8am-9:30pm / Community Park

National City: 4th of July Festivities – June 30-July 4
Kimball Park
(619) 336-4241 /

Ocean Beach: 4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier,

Independence Parade – July 2: 10am / Coast Highway,
Oceanside Fireworks Show – July 3: 5-9:30pm / Rancho Del Oro Blvd.,

Old Fashioned Fourth of July: 10am-4pm / Old Poway Park
4th of July Veterans Ceremony: 11am / Veterans Park
Fourth of July Fireworks: 6-10pm / Poway High School,

Ramona: Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic   
5-9pm / Olive Peirce Middle School,

Ranch Bernardo: Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9:30am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities/Fireworks: 6:30-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 /

Rancho Santa Fe: 4th of July Parade
1pm / 16948 Avenida De Acacias,

San Diego
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops – July 2
7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South – Includes Fireworks

Big Bay Boom: 9pm / San Diego Bay

Old Town 4th of July: 11am-4pm / SD State Historic Park

Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks: 9:40pm / SeaWorld

San Marcos: 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
6-9pm / Bradley Park & Double Peak

San Ysidro: Independence Day at the Border – July 2
3-9pm / Cesar Chavez Park

Santee: Santee Salutes – Includes Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Park East

Scripps Ranch: All-Star 4th of July Parade
10am / Red Cedar Place to Hoyt Park

Vista: Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
7am-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park


Bankers Hill, The Park

June 8, 2016

Have you ever wondered what they do to put in the foundation of a residential high rise building? Zephyr Partners as put together this time lapse video of their new community going up in the Bankers Hill area, called The Park. Check it out, they take it from tearing down the old building to its current foundation status.  It’s pretty amazing.  

If you would like to take a look at this amazing project, or any other new construciton give me a call.  I would be happy to tour you.  Rosemary, 619.405.7673,

The Park, Bankers Hill Timelapse from Zephyr Partners on Vimeo.


It is amazing to me that this can happen in a real estate transaction, but it has and can again, if you are not careful as a buyer. Thieves are everywhere even in the realm of a home purchase.  Watch this video from our Fidelity National Title team Alix Kammeyer and Shawn Harris to get the latest scoop on this new wave of thievery hitting the buyers throughout the country.


Songs About and For Fathers from theJOLESgroup on 8tracks Radio.

Being a father is no easy task. It is unfortunate we don’t receive a parenting handbook with each child as they come into the world. 🙂 However, most parents do the best they can with the knowledge that they have in raising their children. One thing I know for sure. The majority of Dad’s are fierce protectors of their children and they love them deeply, even when they can’t put that love into words. This playlist covers the gamut of all of the ups and downs of being a Father. Enjoy.