Erin’s 44th Birthday – Mon. Sept. 14, 2015

Erin’s birthday celebration began with the ring of the doorbell at 9:30 am. Relles Florist delivered the bouquet of bright flowers and mylar birthday balloon sent to Erin from Paco and Tommy. (5 days ago she received a beautiful bouquet from her former next door neighbor in San Jose.)

The cleaning ladies wanted to come today instead of their usual Tuesday, so we got out of the house by going for lunch at Cape Cod fish and chips, followed by a little shopping at nearby CVS.

Brandon, Lisa, and Beck joined us for dinner at Ernesto’s Mexican Food downtown, and then we came back to the house for a Baskin-Robbins chocolate brownie ice cream dessert, which neither Erin nor Brandon partook of. I appreciated their joining us because they had a busy day yesterday belatedly celebrating Beck’s 6th birthday at a jump house. His cake was remarkable made by a former teaching colleague of Lisa’s. I’ll post a photo of it below.


Beck’s Birthday Cake – Sept. 13, 2015

Beck plays a video game called “Plants vs Zombies”, so Lisa had a former colleague make a cake with this theme.

Patricia, Colleen, Erin at Roxy – Tues. Sept. 7, 2015

After lunch in Walnut Creek with sibs, we arrived home from Santa Clara in the late afternoon. Patricia wanted to take us all to dinner at Roxy. She and Colleen have interesting philosophical discussions. Colleen leaves tomorrow afternoon to return to her home in Boulder, CO. And Patricia leaves Wed. to return home to Denver.

Patricia and I had good results for the first couple of sessions in Santa Clara, but after that it was all downhill. But, we had fun. Clark just read a new bridge book, and joined us for dinner, and for discussion after the evening sessions. He did not play. He just likes soaking up the bridge tournament atmosphere.


Erin’s Aunts and Uncles – Mon. Sept. 7, 2015

At the Cheesecake Factory in Walnut Creek: Ralph and Aunt Joan, Aunt Patricia, Beate and Uncle Jim, Barb and Clark

We stopped in Walnut Creek on our way home form Santa Clara so that Patricia could see her sibs.


SF 49er Stadium – Thurs. Sept. 3, 2015

This is a view of the stadium (mentioned in blog below). Photo was taken from the 10th floor of the Hyatt. Barbara

Clark Colin Barb – Thurs. Sept. 3, 2015

Clark and I are attending a bridge tournament at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, The SF 49ers stadium is about a block away. They were having a pre-season game tonight, so the lobby of the hotel was bustling with activity. We ran across the 49er quarterback, Colin K and posed for a picture with him. My sister Patricia went out for a walk this morning and said she passed the stadium in all of its ugly glory.

Colleen and Erin had a visit from Wheeler yesterday. He has gone back to Camp Sacramento for some end of the season work. He has cut off his long pirate hair. (The theme of the season was pirates.)


Erin and Patricia with Enstrom Almond Toffee – Sun. Aug. 30, 2015

Patricia arrived today bearing gifts. She brought boxes of both light and dark chocolate almond toffee from Enstrom, a candy store in Denver. She also brought some solid chocolate critters which her son Tom purchased at Enstrom for Erin. (See photo below.)

Patricia has come out for the Regional in Santa Clara which she, Clark, and I are going to on Wed. morning. Colleen is coming out from Boulder Tuesday evening to stay with Erin for the week. Patricia and I played bridge today.

This evening we went to dinner at Roma’s Pizzeria. When we got home, Patricia helped me to dig a well around a dogwood tree which looks like it is dying. I have been throwing shower water on it for several weeks, and the soil is finally loose enough that some of the water seems to be penetrating.

Patricia rehearsed Erin with words which we have written on flash cards. These are words which Erin has grappled with in conversation during the past couple of weeks. Tonight Erin could quickly read apple, cheese, peach, tortilla, bed, bridge, glasses , horse, and Clark. She stumbled and said something similar to avocado. But for beans she could only say “be”. She said it was her favorite food. So, she could recognize the meaning of the word, but couldn’t say it.



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