Erin Saw Ophthalmologist – Sat. Nov. 21, 2015

Erin had been complaining a lot about double vision lately, so we took her to see Dr. Gutmann, the ophthalmologist, Thursday. We have been seeing Dr. G for over 25 years. When Brandon Sr had trouble with double vision, his neurologist had recommended Dr. G as being the closest thing Kaiser had to a neuro-ophthalmologist. Then Dr. G did iridotomies for me in 1992, and cataract surgeries a few years ago.
Erin last saw Dr. G 4 years ago, and he always asks me about how Erin is doing. Dr. G said that the normal brain coordinates 2 images into one. But, when normal patients are under anesthetic, their brains no longer have control and some patients become cross-eyed or wall-eyed.
Dr. G sees lots of patients with brain damage who have double vision. But, Erin is the only one who can merge 2 images when looking to the left, but cannot do it when looking to the right. He didn’t have much of a solution. He said maybe in a year, she could have her prism increased.

Erin did not go to bridge lessons this week. She preferred to sleep. So, maybe her bridge career is over. Barbara

Erin Declaring 2S – Wed. Nov. 11, 2015

Erin went to her 3rd bridge lesson tonight. She is shown declaring 2S. She made 3. I had thought that she might have trouble declaring because she has trouble calling out the names of the cards. But, she just tapped on the card she wanted dummy to play or I said, “Play low.”

She is surprised by how much she knows from watching when there was social bridge at our house and from playing whist with the boys.


Erin at Sushi Hook – Mon. Nov. 9, 2015

Tonight after bridge, we went to Sushi Hook for dinner. Erin managed chop sticks with her left hand. Shown are Clark’s Beef Udon Noodle Soup on the left and my sashimi salad on the right. 2 kinds of sushi are in front of Erin. After the above photo was taken, Erin’s plate of sashimi arrived: ono which is very buttery tasting and she really liked, salmon, and regular tuna, albacore shown below.

Erin went to her 2nd bridge class tonight. She was very nervous about it ahead of time. But, Bob, the teacher, was very welcoming, and she said that she enjoyed the class more than last time. Again there were 2 tables, but I think only 2 of the other people who were there last Wed. returned because of conflicts.

Bob discussed hand evaluation counting an A as 4 points, a K as 3 points, Q as 2, and J as 1. Erin had no trouble with this, but she can’t add 4+2, for example to calculate the total high card value of a hand. Erin has no trouble following suit, or knowing not to play a high card if someone has trumped. She can name Ace, King, Queen, Jack, but she can’t say Ace of spades, or K of spades, etc. So, I don’t think she will be able to be the Declarer and call out the cards that she wants the dummy to play. But, as long as she is having fun, we will continue to go to the classes.


Erin at Bridge Lesson w/Bob Locke – Wed. Nov. 4, 2015

Erin went to a bridge lesson this evening for absolute beginners. It was taught by Bob Locke, a friend of ours. He has taught bridge on cruise ships, and Erin really liked him. She managed to keep up, and is planning to go to the 2nd lesson next Monday. Barbara

Erin and Gumbo – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015

We went to Apple for a 5:30 appt this afternoon. Erin’s laptop wouldn’t type correctly. For example, for the letter p, it would type the Greek pi. We spent almost an hour on the phone with AppleCare Wednesday night. Finally, the rep decided that it was a hardware problem and made the appt for us for this afternoon.

After spending an hour and 15 min at Apple, the genius discovered that the option key was stuck, hence all of the crazy letters being typed. They have to order the new keyboard, so the repair will take 3-5 days.

Afterwards, Erin wanted to go to the nearby Cheese Factory for dinner. We ate outside. …Perfect weather.

Erin ordered the chicken and seafood gumbo which she liked, but she brought most of it home because it was quite spicy.

It brought back memories for Erin and me of when we went to New Orleans with Jane “Bombi” and went to Paul Prudhomme’s for gumbo.


Erin at Cornerstone; Eating Halloween Cookie – Tues. Oct. 28, 2015

Today we went to Cornerstone for brunch-lunch. It is a block from brother Bob’s, and we were hoping that he could join us, but unfortunately, I was not able to reach him.
We went to Cornerstone occasionally with my mother-in-law, Jane “Bombi”, so it brought back fond memories for Erin and me.

As you can see the portions are generous. Erin and I both ordered the spinach-cheese omelet. She ate about a quarter of hers. I have to admit that I ate 3/4 of mine. And Clark enjoyed all of us beef barley soup and club sandwich.

After lunch I was napping, when Erin came into the room, quite excited. She had just retrieved a package which had been delivered to her patio door. I guess the UPS delivery man couldn’t find the front door. My friends from El Cerrito had sent her a box of Cheryl’s Halloween cookies. The cookies are delicious.
(Sorry for the red eye. I can fix it on my iPhone, but can’t seem to fix it on the MacBook Air even though it looks as if it should be the same process.)


Erin eating Cannelloni – Sat. Oct. 25, 2015

Tonight Erin wanted some Trader Giotto’s Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni which she had bought on her last excursion to Trader Jo’s. She shared some with me and wanted to know how I liked it. Erin really liked it, but it didn’t quite compare with what I had in Spain in 1962 or in Italy in 1998. I have very fond memories of those 2 experiences.

In 1962 I travelled for 2 weeks with my French friend Marie-Cécile and her younger sister and another friend of theirs. (Hi, M-C, if you are reading this!) We had visited her older sister at a beach house in La Escala, Spain, on the Costa Brava. We then drove in M-C’s deux chevaux Citroën to Valencia.ën_2CV
We camped out for 4 nights, each night pitching a tent on hard ground using “pics”. The campgrounds were open lots, not in the forests and parks that I was used to in California where I had never slept in a tent. We arrived in Valencia exhausted. We stayed at a lovely old hotel with an open cage elevator. And that Sunday afternoon… I had cannelloni for the first time … delicious!

In Assisi, Italy, in 1998 my sister, Patricia, and I had gone to visit the mountain retreat where St. Francis used to go to pray. On our walk back down to the city, we came across an isolated restaurant on the road side, and I had a marvelous cannelloni made with homemade pasta. Oh well, I guess Trader Giotto will have to do for now.



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