Just received this message from Steve:
Paco was inducted into the National Junior Honors Society this evening. The woman in the white sweater is the school principal.
Paco looks so grown up. So happy that he is doing well. ….. Barbara
Tour de Force: a French expression meaning an exceptional creative achievement, a particularly adroit manoeuvre, or a difficult feat
Colleen, Deke, and Wheeler arrived in Sacramento about 12:30 am this morning from Boulder. They were too late to get a rental car, so caught a cab to the Citizen Hotel downtown. Then today Colleen and Wheeler walked about a mile to pick up a rental car at Enterprise.
The purpose of their trip is to pick up Colleen’s Mazda and get it ready for her and Wheeler to take a road trip back to Boulder. Colleen has an appointment at DMV tomorrow to get it properly registered,and they need to get the brakes checked.
This afternoon Colleen and Deke dropped Wheeler at a friend’s, then went to have drinks at the new Wildwood Kitchen and Bar in the Pavilions. They joined us for an early dinner at Cafe Bernardo. Then we all came home here and watched the debate.
Erin got to talking with a charming lady with an English accent. She had been in this country for over 40 years. Erin told her about working in London for 6 months in 1992. They chatted for quite a while.
Wheeler is spending the next couple of nights with us. Deke flies back to Boulder tomorrow, and Colleen will stay here until she is sure that the Mazda is ready for the trip.
Brandon and Lisa invited us for dinner tonight which turned out to be a 4th celebration of Erin’s birthday. Friday night out with the girls was the 3rd celebration, but I did not get any pictures of it.
Erin and brother, Brandon.
Brandon barbecued salmon and filet mignon steak. And Lisa served roasted potatoes, kale salad, a Bon Appetit recipe for garbanzo beans, and cauliflower roasted in hot oil which, surprisingly, 7 year old Beckett really likes.
Erin and Lisa.
For dessert there was Apple Hill apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Brandon, Lisa, Beck, and Lisa’s folks, Chuck and Joleen had gone to Apple Hill this morning. Joleen furnished the pie, including a piece of pumpkin pie for Beck.
It took several puffs to blow the candles out.
Erin held up well and actively participated in the conversation. The temperature was perfect for eating outside.
Standing: Mary Claire Barb Seated: Erlene Erin
Yesterday afternoon my friend Mary Claire called and said that she had made cupcakes for Erin and would like to come by this afternoon. Mary Claire also brought our friend Erlene who lives near me, but doesn’t get out much these days.
We began by giving Erin a toast with champagne. Mary Claire suggested that Clark join us for the toast.
Erin has always enjoyed Mary Claire’s carrot cupcakes. We also enjoyed the chocolate covered cherries and cherry flavored gum drops which the boys sent for Erin’s birthday. Mary Claire’s husband, Jim, is Erin’s godfather, and he sent his happy birthday wishes.
Now Erin has just left with Cindy to join Shannon and Annissa for dinner at the Zinfandel Grill. Erin seems quite tired, but I imagine that she will rally being around her friends.
Today was Erin’s 45th birthday. In the middle of the afternoon she received 2 packages via Federal Express. The boys sent cherry candy, chocolate covered cherries, and cherry flavored salsa from Cherry Republic near Traverse City. Colleen and Deke sent the very sophisticated looking tower of goodies which Erin is holding. Erin called the boys and Steve. She can’t get over Paco’s deep voice. Tommy didn’t want to talk until I asked him about Pokemon. He likes his new 2nd grade teacher.
For dinner Erin wanted to go to Chili’s near Howe about Arden. I don’t think that I have ever been in Chili’s in the many years that it has been just a couple of miles away. For some reason I thought that it was like a diner, but it was not. The strawberry margarita which Erin ordered was huge, and she only finished half of it. She ordered a plate of 3 tacos and I think took one or two bites from one, and didn’t like the flavor.
But, early on she wanted the dessert of peaches, cake crumbles, and ice cream. Clark snuck a note to the waiter to put a candle on it. Note the 3 spoons. Erin took a few bites, then Clark and I finished it off.
At first Erin wanted Clark just to pick up some food and eat at home, but I was glad that she rallied to go out to celebrate.
For the last night of Patricia’s visit we went to the new Wildwood Kitchen and Bar restaurant in the nearby Pavilions Shopping Center. The temperature was about 78 degrees tonight which would have been perfect for eating in their beautiful huge outdoor patio, but the patio is now open only for drinks. There will be outside eating in a couple of weeks. Ceramicist Ruth Rippon’s 2 matronly ladies, the Lollies, adjoin the patio.
The restaurant is the newest venture for the Haines brothers who also own 33rd St Bistro and Riverside Club plus other Bistro 33s. We were definitely not the target demographic. The place was filled with young people and was very noisy. … difficult for 3 hard of hearing people and Erin’s words were coming out as word salad.
Erin had sweet corn agnolotti. I had fried green tomatoes. The tomatoes were hot and delicious, but they were garnished with cold crab and cold corn. I would have preferred the whole dish to be hot. Patricia had hummus and freshly made Naan bread, and Clark a hamburger and fries. Afterwards, we went to What’s the Scoop to bring home Gunther’s ice cream.
Today also was opening day at our new bridge club which has been under construction for over 10 months in the building next to our temporary quarters. There were a record 28 1/2 tables. As the welcomer said, it involved a lot of time, treasure, and talent. There was a very festive mood.