Monthly Archives: November 2017

More Photos of Colleen and Husband, Deke McClelland – Thurs. Nov.23, 2017

A young girl attending the dinner volunteered to take these photos.

Colleen and Deke with their groomsmen: Wheeler Strand and Sam and Max McClelland  –

Willa Kveta Photography

Newly Married Colleen and Deke – Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner and a Wedding in Albion- Thurs. Nov. 23, 2017

Every other year Colleen and Deke have spent Thanksgiving with their friend, Toby Malina, and her husband, Jim Heid, who live in Albion, a few miles south of Mendocino on the northern California Coast. This is the 4th year that they have set up a tent in their yard to entertain 40 or 50 guests.

Below Colleen and Wheeler are admiring the setup before dinner began.

This was the table for the 10 of us complete with place cards:

Deke McClelland and Colleen are enjoying the delicious dinner:

There were 5 tables of 10. That is Clark and Brandon at the table on the right:

When dinner was over, Toby announced that there would be a wedding! Colleen and Deke were married by Toby who spoke eloquently about them. This was a surprise to most of the guests, though our family knew about it for several weeks.

Wheeler and Colleen; Deke, Max, and Sam enter the tent after the main dinner.


Colleen’s son Wheeler and Deke’s sons, Max and Sam McClelland, were the attendants.


Toby announced that dessert would be wedding cake.

The wedding cake

Today was Brandon and Lisa’s 15th wedding anniversary, so Toby had a cake for them, too.

Cutting the cake: Congratulations, Colleeen and Deke!!

It was an exciting day!


Dinner in Ft. Bragg on Mendocino Coast – Wed. Nov. 22, 2017

Colleen, Deke, and their boys, and Brandon, Lisa, Beckett, and Clark and I are spending Thanksgiving on the Mendocino Coast. From 1968 to 1978, Erin’s paternal grandparents operated Wheeler’s Delicatessen, a Mom and Pop type deli in Fort Bragg on the coast, about 10 miles north of Mendocino. The deli occupied the space on the left below. A restaurant called Cafe Verona now occupies the space as well as the space on the right.

Tonight we all had dinner at Cafe Verona.

L to R: Brandon, Lisa, Beckett, Deke, Colleen, Deke’s boys Sam and Max, Wheeler, and Clark

Colleen, Wheeler, and Deke in front of the old entrance to the deli.The building used to be white. Now it is painted a red brick color.
Tomorrow we will have Thanksgiving dinner at a friend of Colleen and Deke’s in Albion, a few miles south of Mendocino.