Erin Celebrating Clark’s Birthday – Mon. Feb. 1, 2016

Tonight we went to Hoppy’s Brewery on Folsom Blvd. to celebrate Clark’s birthday. Erin ordered the fried ravioli for all of us to share and she also had a delicious mushroom and onion melt sandwich.

When we were at Hoppy’s a couple of weeks ago, I was disappointed to learn that they no longer had the vegetarian gnocchi on their menu. But, tonight one of the week’s specials was the gnocchi! I was so excited, because I think their gnocchi was better than anything I had ever had in Italy. However, tonight the chef had added Jerusalem artichokes to it. They looked like sliced new potatoes, but were crunchy like jicama. Also, it was luke warm, so I brought half of it home to have hot tomorrow.

Clark liked the bacon and lentil soup (though he had ordered the mushroom soup!), and he also liked another special, the barbecued beef sandwich.

Afterwards, we drove next door to What’s the Scoop and picked up a quart of hand-packed Gunther’s ice cream. The new special was strawberry nutella, so I got that and jamoca almond fudge. Note the candle in Clark’s ice cream in the photo above.

Last night Clark and I celebrated a day early with his son Dan and wife Anne. They took us to Lou’s Sushi in midtown. I discovered a new item I will search for whenever I am at a Japanese restaurant: hamachi kama. It is the collar of yellow tail fish … absolutely delicious!!


Paco Skiing – Mon. Jan. 25, 2016

Here is a link to a video of Paco skiing yesterday at Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI. Paco, you look so cool! … Like an experienced skier.


Tommy Skiing with Steve – Mon. Jan. 25, 2016

Hope you can see this video of Tommy skiing with Steve yesterday. Barbara

Paco, Tommy, Steve Skiing in Glen Arbor, MI – Sun. Jan. 24, 2016

The boys had great fun skiing today. I tried to post a video of Tommy skiing very smoothly as he held on to Steve, but I don’t seem to be able to post videos. Gorgeous setting, just a half hour from their house in Traverse City, MI.

Wheeler put to Work – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016

An interior recessed light burned out, and first Clark tried to change it using the step ladder. But, his arthritic hands couldn’t get the burned out bulb to twist. Then I tried, but couldn’t get the bulb to turn because I couldn’t push the bulb up enough.

Wheeler is going to Sac City College and is staying with us for a while, so I asked him if he could try. He didn’t use the ladder, but just reached up and twisted the bulb effortlessly.


Erin and Shannon headed for an Adventure – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016

Erin and Shannon are shown this morning before they headed to Rocklin for a movie.
Erin came home from the adventure bubbling over with enthusiasm. Erin says that other than visits from the boys, this was the most exciting thing that she had done in the past couple of years. Life in Sacramento is not as exciting as life in Davis.

Erin said the waitress took their orders for drinks. Then they pushed a red button to summon the waitress to order individual pizzas. She said all of the ordering did not interfere with watching the movie. Erin laughed repeatedly as she related the events of the adventure. They thought that the movie, Sisters, was so-so. Erin is still giggling as she is telling me about the experience.


Erin and Shannon having Cocktails at the Movies – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016

Shannon, who lives in Folsom, brought her daughter in to Sac State this morning for a daylong rehearsal for the Honor Choir. So, Shan picked up Erin to go to a movie. Now that there is construction going on downtown for the Arena and the nearby Century Theaters are being torn down this week, Shan couldn’t find a movie to go to. So, she decided they would go up to Rocklin, 25 mi away, to go to a theater that Shan had been wanting to try: the Studio Movie Grill where waiters serve you meals and drinks at your seat. They were planning to see “Sisters”.

They also went out for dinner Thursday night during another rehearsal. They tried to eat at Bandera, but it was jammed, so instead they had a good dinner up the street at Zinfandel Grill. Erin bought home leftover risotto which I could only eat half of, the portion was so generous.



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