Erin at Roma’s – Tues. July 26, 2016

For Tuesday lunch out today we went to Roma’s Pizzeria II on Folsom Blvd. Erin loves their lasagna. She has enough left for several more meals.
Afterwards, we went to the nearby Raley’s supermarket because there was something she wanted to get. She couldn’t explain what it was, so she looked around for quite awhile and finally found what she wanted: Vitamin water.

Barbara

Delightful Day in the Delta – Sun.July 17, 2016

Today Clark and I and my brother Bob drove to Discovery Bay, about 18 miles West of Stockton, to celebrate my sister-in-law’s, Pat’s, 75th birthday which was Friday. (Erin was too sleepy to go, so she stayed home with Wheeler.) Pat is the widow of my brother, Tim. Pat has a house right on the delta with a party boat, ski boat, sail boat, a couple of row boats, and a raft, so there is plenty of activity for the kids and younger adults.

Brandon, Lisa, and Beck joined the celebration. They are shown here with Pat. There was a cotton candy machine, so Beck had some which he reluctantly gave me a piece of. When Beck saw me, he said that he had a Physics question for me. He had 2 identical looking small blocks and one floats and the other sinks in water and he wondered why. He said that his Dad said that one must be hollowed out, which seems like a possible answer.

Beck enjoyed the new plastic raft.

Here are the old folks: Pat, Clark, Barb, Bob, Beate, and brother Jim.

The party was hosted by Pat’s daughter Kathy and husband Lloyd. They got up early yesterday morning to drive from Oakland to Half Moon Bay by 6:30 am to buy salmon and scallops from their favorite fish monger there. Lloyd is famous for his ribs which he slowly cooked on the barbecue for 3 hours. He served the grilled scallops as an appetizer. Then in addition to ribs and salmon for the meal, Pat’s son Tim made 10 pounds of potato salad using a modified version of Pat’s recipe, Kathy made cole slaw, daughter-in-law Bridget made a fruit salad, and there were 5 different kinds of homemade cookies. When we left, we took plastic containers of each.

It was a fun, beautiful day.
Barbara

Erin Shannon and Crepe Myrtles – Sun. July 10, 2016

I thought that I had already posted this photo to the blog, but it doesn’t seem to be there, so will try it again.

Yesterday, Sunday, Shannon picked up Erin and they went to their favorite Roxy for lunch.

This picture shows the crepe myrtles in full bloom. They are a little pinker than the photo shows. They love the Sacramento heat. The lawn has brown spots, but there is more green than the photo shows.

Barbara

Visit from Colleen and Deke – Mon. July 4, 2016

Colleen called yesterday afternoon saying that they were at the Embassy Suites right on the river in downtown Sacramento. They were exhausted after a week of traveling along the California Coast from Santa Barbara to Jenner, which is about 90 miles north of San Francisco. The month before they had rented a house in Montecito (Santa Barbara area), where Deke could work in Carpenteria for the company he contracts with. They came over this afternoon to hang out at the pool, buying an enormous number of snacks at Trader Joe’s on their way over. I had thought they would come back to the house for supper, but they enjoyed just hanging out at the pool and then were anxious to get back to the Embassy Suites before crowds of people gathered to watch fireworks.

Clark and Erin joined Colleen and Deke for the last hour at the pool.

Clark Erin Colleen

Clark Erin Deke Sam Colleen and Max after a relaxing afternoon of swimming and snacks at the Campus Commons pool. Wheeler swam for awhile, but by the time this photo was taken, Wheeler had left to join friends to watch fireworks.

Colleen, Deke, Max (15 1/2), and Sam (14) leave in the morning for a flight back to Boulder.

Happy 4th to all!
Barbara

This iPad is Frozen – Sat. June 18, 2016

We were invited to Brandon’s and Lisa’s for dinner tonight to celebrate Father’s Day. Erin was tired and elected to stay home and sleep. Instead of relaxing for his Father’s Day dinner, Brandon barbecued filets and salmon and baked potatoes. Lisa cooked homemade cornbread as served at Bandera. Joleen (Lisa’s Mom) cooked zucchini and onions, and Chuck (Lisa’s Dad) bought his own Father’s Day cake from Ettore’s Bakery.

Beck invited Clark to come over next Saturday and make robots out of Legos.

Beck is presenting Brandon with his Father’s Day presents and card.

And inside the card it said, “Dad, you can fix anything”.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there who fix everything.
Barbara

Patricia and Erin – Farewell Dinner – Tues. June 7, 2016

Tonight was our last dinner with Patricia. She leaves tomorrow to return home to Denver. During the 14 days that she was here, she played bridge twice a day for 10 of those days and once on the remaining 4 days. Neither of us feels bridged out!

Erin enjoys chatting with Patricia, and today, especially, Erin seemed very lively and more articulate than she has been lately. Erin and Clark went out for lunch at their favorite sushi spot, and Erin brought home extra for our after evening bridge snack.

We look forward to Patricia returning in Sept.
Barbara

Nothing Further Needed – Fri. June 3, 2016

Good News!  The following is the message which Erin received this morning from Dr. Cua:

“Hello Erin,
Your recent core biopsy results showed scarring of your muscle.
There is no tumor. Nothing further is needed.
Please reply to this message if you have any questions.
Warm regards,
DAVID JINGMAN CUA MD”

It seems unbelievable because I had read that it was not unheard of for GBM to metastasize in long term survivors.

Barbara

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