Erin at Bruchi’s – Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

For today’s Tuesday-out-of-the-house we went to Bruchi’s for lunch, then to Costco to replenish our bare cupboards.
Clark and I shared a Greek salad which was very good. The rolls they use in their sandwiches are the freshest around.
We all brought home half of our sandwiches.

Barbara

A 4th celebration of Erin’s Birthday – Sun. Sept. 18, 2016

Brandon and Lisa invited us for dinner tonight which turned out to be a 4th celebration of Erin’s birthday. Friday night out with the girls was the 3rd celebration, but I did not get any pictures of it.

Erin and brother, Brandon.

Brandon barbecued salmon and filet mignon steak. And Lisa served roasted potatoes, kale salad, a Bon Appetit recipe for garbanzo beans, and cauliflower roasted in hot oil which, surprisingly, 7 year old Beckett really likes.

Erin and Lisa.
For dessert there was Apple Hill apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Brandon, Lisa, Beck, and Lisa’s folks, Chuck and Joleen had gone to Apple Hill this morning. Joleen furnished the pie, including a piece of pumpkin pie for Beck.

The apple pie was decorated with a group of 4 candles and another group of 5 candles for Erin’s 45th birthday.

It took several puffs to blow the candles out.
Erin held up well and actively participated in the conversation. The temperature was perfect for eating outside.

Barbara

Cupcakes for Erin – Fri. Sept. 16, 2016

Standing: Mary Claire    Barb     Seated:  Erlene    Erin

Yesterday afternoon my friend Mary Claire called and said that she had made cupcakes for Erin and would like to come by this afternoon. Mary Claire also brought our friend Erlene who lives near me, but doesn’t get out much these days.
We began by giving Erin a toast with champagne. Mary Claire suggested that Clark join us for the toast.

Then Mary Claire brought out the cupcakes, and we lit a candle, and sang Happy Birthday.

Erin has always enjoyed Mary Claire’s carrot cupcakes. We also enjoyed the chocolate covered cherries and cherry flavored gum drops which the boys sent for Erin’s birthday. Mary Claire’s husband, Jim, is Erin’s godfather, and he sent his happy birthday wishes.

Now Erin has just left with Cindy to join Shannon and Annissa for dinner at the Zinfandel Grill. Erin seems quite tired, but I imagine that she will rally being around her friends.

Barbara

Happy 45th, Erin!! – Wed. Sept. 2016

Today was Erin’s 45th birthday. In the middle of the afternoon she received 2 packages via Federal Express. The boys sent cherry candy, chocolate covered cherries, and cherry flavored salsa from Cherry Republic near Traverse City. Colleen and Deke sent the very sophisticated looking tower of goodies which Erin is holding. Erin called the boys and Steve. She can’t get over Paco’s deep voice. Tommy didn’t want to talk until I asked him about Pokemon. He likes his new 2nd grade teacher.

Mom gave her the usual clothes.

For dinner Erin wanted to go to Chili’s near Howe about Arden. I don’t think that I have ever been in Chili’s in the many years that it has been just a couple of miles away. For some reason I thought that it was like a diner, but it was not. The strawberry margarita which Erin ordered was huge, and she only finished half of it. She ordered a plate of 3 tacos and I think took one or two bites from one, and didn’t like the flavor.

But, early on she wanted the dessert of peaches, cake crumbles, and ice cream. Clark snuck a note to the waiter to put a candle on it. Note the 3 spoons. Erin took a few bites, then Clark and I finished it off.

At first Erin wanted Clark just to pick up some food and eat at home, but I was glad that she rallied to go out to celebrate.
Barbara

Erin & Patricia at Wildwood Kitchen & Bar – Mon. Sept. 12, 2016

For the last night of Patricia’s visit we went to the new Wildwood Kitchen and Bar restaurant in the nearby Pavilions Shopping Center. The temperature was about 78 degrees tonight which would have been perfect for eating in their beautiful huge outdoor patio, but the patio is now open only for drinks. There will be outside eating in a couple of weeks. Ceramicist Ruth Rippon’s 2 matronly ladies, the Lollies, adjoin the patio.

The restaurant is the newest venture for the Haines brothers who also own 33rd St Bistro and Riverside Club plus other Bistro 33s. We were definitely not the target demographic. The place was filled with young people and was very noisy. … difficult for 3 hard of hearing people and Erin’s words were coming out as word salad.

Erin had sweet corn agnolotti. I had fried green tomatoes. The tomatoes were hot and delicious, but they were garnished with cold crab and cold corn. I would have preferred the whole dish to be hot. Patricia had hummus and freshly made Naan bread, and Clark a hamburger and fries. Afterwards, we went to What’s the Scoop to bring home Gunther’s ice cream.

Today also was opening day at our new bridge club which has been under construction for over 10 months in the building next to our temporary quarters. There were a record 28 1/2 tables. As the welcomer said, it involved a lot of time, treasure, and talent. There was a very festive mood.

Barbara

Happy 7th Birthday, Beck – 10 Sept. 2016

Today was the celebration of Erin’s nephew Beck’s 7th birthday. Beck is the son of Erin’s brother, Brandon. Beck’s actual birthday was on Thursday. Erin said she was feeling lousy, and elected not to go to the celebration which Clark, Patricia, and I went to.

Lisa went all out with decorations in a Minecraft theme. Lisa drew a black Minecraft symbol on the lime green drinking cups as well as the children’s favor bags. There was lime green creepy juice. Lisa made black spider decorations by spray painting lollipops and then for legs she twisted 3 black pipe cleaners around the lollipop body.

There was a jump house as well as Beck’s trampoline. The 5 little girls seemed to gravitate to the trampoline whereas the 5 or 6 boys controlled the jump house. There was a piñata which the 4th child in line broke open.

The cake was made by a friend of Lisa’s. It must have been 5 inches high, so the serving were huge. All in all, a fun party for about 11-12 children and 13-14 adults.

Barbara

Erin Patricia Colleen – Tues. Sept. 6, 2015

Erin is listening to Patricia and Colleen’s discussion of new books to read. Colleen heads home to Boulder tomorrow. She arrived last Wed. and stayed with Erin while Patricia, Clark, and I went to the Hyatt in Santa Clara for a Regional Bridge Tournament.

I have gone to the Hyatt for the past 12 years for this tournament, but I think this year is the last year they will host the bridge players. The 49ers Levi stadium is about a block and a half away, and this past Sat. night Coldplay was giving a concert and it raised havoc for the tournament. Local bridge players arriving by car were told to park in a lot a couple of miles away, and then a bus shuttled them to the hotel. The last shuttle to get back to their cars was to run at 10 pm because the hotel said that once the concert let out, the area around the hotel would be like a parking lot. So, they moved the start time of the evening bridge game from 7pm to 6 pm, and cancelled the 6:15 pm speaker.

The hotel advised not to go out for dinner, but there was going to be a 25 minute wait for the hotel restaurant, so we just ate food that we had brought in our rooms, in order to get to the 6 pm start time for the evening game. After the bridge game, we were going to get something to eat in the bar-lobby area, but it was jam packed and the noise was stifling.

We ran into families attending the concert, and they said that it was wonderful.

Barbara