Alan Smith, Erin, Dave Smith – Fri. 11 Jul 2014

When I arrived home from bridge this afternoon, there was an SUV in the driveway with 3 bicycles
on top and on the front. My nephews Alan and Dave (youngest and oldest children of my sister Joan)
and their friend were visiting on their way to join some 3000 other cyclists for the Death Ride
tomorrow. It takes place in the California Alps in the region South of Lake Tahoe. They make
5 trips over passes which are about 8500 ft in elevation with a total rise of about 15,000 ft in

Clark says that Erin was very talkative with her cousins and didn’t have too much trouble
word finding.

Geraldine Erin Michael – Wed. Jul 9, 2014

Erin’s friends, Geraldine and Michael, from London came to see her today. They are headed to Seattle,
Vancouver, and the Rocky Mountaineer train. But, they flew into San Francisco last night and then
came up to Sacramento this morning, and then are flying to Seattle this evening – all so that they could
see Erin. It is most generous of them.

Michael was looking very sharp wearing an EV1 shirt which Erin had given him years ago when she was promoting the Electic Vehicle 1.

Erin met Geraldine in London in 1994 when Erin worked for about 7 months there for Foundation Health.
Geraldine came over for Erin’s wedding in 2001, and then Erin went to Geraldine’s wedding
in England a few years later. When Geraldine visits her brother in LA, she frequently visits Erin also.

Erin got tired today, but their visit really perked her up.


Erin & Clark Spa Watching – Sat. July 5, 2014

Colleen, Deke, and his sons Max, age 13, and Sam, age 12, arrived this afternoon
from Boulder. They are going up to Camp Sacramento in the morning for 3 nights.
They will get to see Wheeler at work with the campers.

Erin and Clark were watching Deke and the boys relax in the spa. (Diving pool in the
background.) They ended up closing down the pool at 10 pm. The air temperature
was 90 degrees, but there was a breeze and I wore a sweater and Erin wished that
she had one with her.


5 Year Survival – Friday, July 4, 2014

5 years ago today on July 4th, Erin was diagnosed with a brain tumor which turned out to be a glioblastoma (GBM). The mean survival rate for a GBM is 14 months, so Erin has beaten the odds and survived 5 years.

She had planned to go with Clark and me to Brandon and Lisa’s annual 4th of July party, but in the midafternoon, Erin decided not to go. She is sleeping heavily and has just uttered a word or two when I have talked to her.


Farewell Colleen – Sat. June 21, 2014

As I write this, Clark is taking Colleen and Deke to the airport.for their
flight to Boulder, CO. Colleen is moving to Boulder where they
have a home with a view of the flatirons. The house is large
enough for Deke’s sons ages about 12 and 13 and for Wheeler
should he decide to move there. (Wheeler is working at Camp
Sacramento for the summer.)

Salvation Army took old furniture away on Thursday, the movers
came yesterday (Friday), and today was cleanup. Colleen brought
2 bags of groceries over including Spam for Clark and sardines
for me.

We will miss Colleen. Even though there were times when I might
not see Colleen for 2 or 3 weeks, it was nice knowing that she
was 2 doors away. Erin will especially miss Colleen whom she
has always looked up to, Colleen being 6 years older, and 5 inches


Below is a photo of Colleen and Deke watching Erin try out her
new bed which Colleen left behind.

Joanne Erin Barb at Pietro’s, Lodi Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Erin has been very depressed the past few days and has pretty much slept round the clock
since Sat. She has cancelled appointments and social engagements. So, this morning I was
pleasantly surprised that when I woke her up to go lunch in Lodi with my friend, Joanne Donovan,
Erin immediately got up, though slowly. Erin is very fond of Joanne and wanted to go. I had
expected that we would have to cancel the trip. Erin didn’t say much and could hardly keep
her head up.

This photo was taken in the beautiful courtyard at the restaurant. They have lush tomato
plants espaliered and squash plants and herbs planted. The food was yummy.
Clark must have been shaking when he took this photo … it is rather blurred.


Erin out for a “walk” – Sat. June 7, 2014

Erin propelled herself around the circle yesterday with my straggling along behind
her. It is a distance of 2/3 of a mile. We went at 1 pm when the temperature was
81 degrees. It eventually got to 96 degrees. She was planning to go by herself
today, but it is already 81 degrees at 10 am and is supposed to be 100 by 2pm,
so I doubt that she makes it.



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