Colleen and Deke with their groomsmen: Wheeler Strand and Sam and Max McClelland –
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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.
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.
Cutting the cake: Congratulations, Colleeen and Deke!!
It was an exciting day!
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.
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.
Talking about Tommy trick or treating, Steve said, “He didn’t last long. It was cold. At least the snow stopped as it got later.”
I never thought of worrying about snow today, though it did feel nippy here in Sacramento this afternoon.
The owner of this house really goes all out with all of those carved pumpkins and skull heads.
Steve wrote that Paco had a follow up appointment in Grand Rapids today. All is healing well and the doctor gave Paco the green light for bowling and throwing again… just needs to start slowly.
The surgeon also recommended some exercises with one of those rubber bands to strengthen Paco’s rotator cuff muscles.
We also had a doctor visit here. Clark saw his internist for a general physical. Clark has been in a lot of pain due to the pseudogout in his wrist and elbow. He is wearing a brace on his right wrist. He cannot grasp things. The doctor said there is no remedy for pseudogout which is deposits of calcium compound crystals.
I just checked on line and it says: “True gout (uric acid crystals) is a metabolic problem and can usually be brought under control with dietary measures or specific drugs.
“Pseudogout occurs when calcium pyrophosphate crystals form in the synovial fluid in the joints. Crystals can also deposit in the cartilage, where they can cause damage. Buildup of crystal in the joint fluid results in swollen joints and acute pain.”
After Clark’s appointment, we headed to Lodi and took my friend Joanne Donovan out to lunch for her birthday. We went to Wine and Roses Inn which I had not been to in probably 15 years. The gardens surrounding it have grown very lush. I had a very tasty Tamale Pancake which I had never heard of before- a masa pancake piled high with chicken and avocado salad.
Joanne is shown below admiring her birthday dessert: chocolate torte – that’s a yellow snapdragon decoration on it – accompanied by a little bit of mousse and some ice cream in a chocolate shell.
Happy Birthday, Joanne!!