Monthly Archives: April 2015

Erin & Clark Enjoying Dinner from Bandera – Mon. Apr. 27, 2015

I took Erin to AT&T late this afternoon and next door is Bandera’s restaurant. She wanted to get their chicken and mashed potatoes to take out for her dinner. So, we stopped in at Bandera’s first to leave her order. The friendly hostess mentioned that Erin could take out a whole chicken and a side of mashed potatoes for the the same price. Then we found out that for $3 more she could get a whole quart of mashed potatoes. She had planned to bring home a side of cole slaw and a side of corn bread for Clark. She ended up with a complete dinner for all 3 of us. In fact, there was enough food for 5 or 6 people.

The hostess said the order would be ready in about 20 min. So, we said we were going next door (not mentioning AT&T.) We had been at AT&T less than 5 min when the hostess arrived bearing a shopping bag full of Erin’s dinner purchases. The AT&T clerk kept mentioning how good it all smelled.


Tommy’s first lost tooth! – Thurs. Apr. 23, 2015

Tommy came home from school today missing his lower front tooth. It had been loose for about a week. The teacher gave him a cute little plastic treasure chest to keep it in.

He is getting so big!

Erin: No Bridge Talk! – Wed. Apr. 22, 2015

(I am reposting this blog with larger photos.) Erin is pictured at lunch at Les Baux restaurant on Monday where she was having French onion soup.

Tonight we ate at La Rosa Blanca for an early dinner. As we were approaching the restaurant, Erin announced that she didn’t want any bridge talk when we were having dinner. She must be feeling better. She is making up rules!!


Remembering “Bombi” – April 19, 2015

“Bombi” was Erin’s paternal grandmother, (Lora) Jane Goodman Wheeler, who lived to be 100 years and 9 months. Jane died 10 years ago today.

Erin and I are shown calling Erin’s Aunt Jan, who lives in Willits, CA. Jan is Jane’s only surviving child.
We spoke with Jan for about 45 minutes tonight, using the speaker phone. Erin was very animated and
was able to convey her ideas to Jan.

Jane was a very earthy person, lots of fun. She moved back to Sacramento from Fort Bragg, CA, in 1979, where she lived at St. Francis Manor independent senior living. We would go to breakfast every Sunday with her and her best friend.

In 2003 I was going to Oaxaca for 4 weeks to study Spanish and she wasn’t feeling well. Jane waited until she knew that I was safely on the plane before she called 911. She stayed in the hospital for a few days, then she needed to go to a skilled nursing facility which Colleen picked out. The last 2 years of her life she lived at Asbury Park, less than a mile from here, where I could visit every day.

Erin used to bring Paco up from San Jose about every 2 weeks to see his great-grandmother.

Erin says Bombi was a fantastic woman!


Erin looking for Lightning – Tues. Apr. 7, 2015

Erin and Clark love rain. I realize that rain is very necessary
for our current drought conditions, but I prefer a sunny day.

Erin was watching for lightning bolts and then counting the
number of seconds until we heard the thunder. At first, it was
about 5 seconds, so the storm was about 5500 ft away, then
4 sec, then 3 sec. Then, we had a downpour.

Erin has been very cheerful and happy the past 3 days.


Eggs – Fri. Apr. 3, 2015

They are very creative in Traverse City.

Tommy and Egg – Fri. Apr 3, 2015

Tommy is enjoying coloring Easter eggs. He likes to ham it up. Barbara

Erin and Easter Cookies – Fri. Apr. 3, 2015

Erin received Easter cookies, soon after the
boys received some from her.

Tommy and Paco Easter Cookies – Fri. Apr 3, 2015

Erin sent Tommy and Paco a pail of Cheryl’s Easter cookies which they received yesterday afternoon. Shortly after we received these photos from Steve, Erin received an egg carton of cookies from my Berkeley friends, also sent from Cheryl’s cookies.

Happy Easter to all!