Monthly Archives: March 2015

Erin – Dinner at Matteo’s – Sun. March 29, 2015

Tonight we went to dinner at Matteo’s pizza in 5 Points Shopping Center in near in Carmichael. Clark had pizza and Erin had gnocchi with prosciutto and spinach which she raved about. (Middle and Right photos)

I had the pan seared cod with white polenta and asparagus. (Left photo) The polenta was to die for, probably the best that I have ever had. We ordered a tiramisu to share, but Erin resisted, and Clark had a few bites. So guess who ate the rest? It was wonderful. They make it themselves.

It was a delightful night to have eaten outside in their pretty patio area, but we automatically asked to eat inside. It was 82 degrees at 6 pm … the perfect temperature for outside eating in Sacramento.


Visit to Rehab – Fri. March 27, 2014

I took Erin to her 4th visit to Kaiser this week. When she saw Dr. Lallana on Tuesday, Erin complained about not being able to read more than a few words at a time or to write the way she used to. So, Dr. Lallana said that he didn’t think her speech could be improved at this date, but that maybe there were reconstuctive methods of improving her intake of communication. So, he referred her to Speech Therapy.

The speech therapist was happy to see Erin again. He said today was old time day; he had seen another former patient today. I did not mention the reconstructive idea and didn’t go into the office with her.

When she came out, I was disappointed that there wasn’t another appt scheduled. Erin thought that he wasn’t sure why she was there. But, he did give her his card, and said to call him if she wanted to.

Erin seemed in good spirits afterwards, and has mentioned him several times since the appt, so I guess it was worth the visit.


Erin at Starbucks; Great MRI- Tues. Mar. 24, 2015

Erin saw Dr. Lallana, the neuro-oncologist, this afternoon, and he said that the MRI

taken yesterday afternoon was great. Erin was shocked. She thought that the tumor

had recurred. Clark had just the opposite feelings. He thought that it was not

productive for her to be having an MRI every 6 months … that they wouldn’t find


When Dr. Lallana said to return in 6 months after another MRI, I questioned whether

they had to be that often. He said that if she were 80 with a short life expectancy,

then he would have her return in a year or two. But, at her age, when she may live

for another 20, 30, or 40 years, he would like to have her have an MRI every 6 months.

The tumor could recur in 6 months or never. 95% of the people with her history are

dead. So, treatment at this point is a guess.

Afterwards, Erin wanted to go to Starbucks. She used the card that Paco and Tommy

had given her, and treated us.


Wind; Erin Clark/Barb- Sun. Mar. 22, 2015

Clark and Erin whose hair didn’t get blown in the wind.

We took Erin for a routine MRI this afternoon. Kaiser was nice and uncrowded on a Sunday. Erin thinks that this is about her 15th MRI. I have never had one. She was anxious ahead of time. But, when she saw 2 of her familiar technicians, she was very happy and said that this was one of her best MRI experiences.

Afterwards we went to dinner at Carmichael Cafe and Deli which I had read about in the paper. Clark’s Monte Cristo sandwich, Erin’s turkey and mashed potatoes, my salmon Caesar salad, and a shared coffee milkshake were all good.


Wild Turkeys: Happy 85th, Ralph – Sat. Mar. 21, 2015

Erin and I were sitting at the kitchen table talking when I looked out the window and had a full head on view of the turkey on the right preening. Pretty soon he was joined by the turkey on the left, then 3 more.

Happy 85th birthday, Uncle Ralph!! (husband of my sister, Joan).  Climbing those 42 steps to your front door for 50+ years has kept you young!


Clark and Erin – Corned Beef Dinner- Mar. 16, 2015

We had corned beef, Colcannon potatoes, whole wheat soda bread, and Irish butter for dinner tonight. I wasn’t sure how much time I would have for cooking tomorrow.

But, Erin pointed out that when we we were eating at about 6:30 pm, that it was already St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland! Barbara

Erin w/ St. Pat’s Beads and Irish Soda Bread – Sat. Mar. 14, 2015

My Irish American friend Joanne Donovan in Lodi sent Erin some fun St. Patrick’s Day beads today. They say, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”. The color of the beads exactly matched the green shirt that Erin was wearing. She has an amused look on her face as she is watching one of her favorite comedies on TV.

At my request to my cousin Eily in Ireland, her daughter Edel emailed me Eily’s recipe for Irish soda bread today and I made it today, Pi day, 3.14.15(9). So, I tinted a little of the bread dough green, and put the Greek symbol for Pi on top of the bread. Note the “Happy St. Patrick’s” across the top of the bread in the photo of Erin with the bread.

Erin, Paco, Clark, and I had Eily’s delicious bread when we were at the Canty Family Reunion in Ireland in 2007.