Today in My History
2000:When Life was Simple
2001: Sleeping Sickness
2002: Making the Commitment
2003: Revenge, Passion, Lust, Greed and Love
2004: Welcome to My Desk
2005: Working for Peanuts
2006: It Sneaks Up on You
2007: Progress Milestones
2008: Flag Waving
Rose Colored Glass
Books Read in 2009
"The First Family
Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
VIDEO OF THE DAY / WEEK / WHATEVER
Ned's Video with excerpts from the FTS picnic
and on You Tube
WASN'T IT YESTERDAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG?
1 June 2009
First off, let me say that the design for this month indicates that in a mere 21 days, Jeri and I will be jetting off to Paris to start our two week tour of France and Italy. I'll be talking about it more as the date draws closer.
Last night we drove to Santa Rosa to help our friends Dick and Gerry celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. I hadn't seen them in over a year, but Walt had dinner with them twice while he was down taking care of his mother and they talked about the anniversary celebration at that time (Gerry had sent me an e-mail about it earlier).
The original plan was to get together with us and with the woman who had been Gerry's maid-of-honor for her wedding (Walt and I were both in the wedding party). But it ended up just being the four of us for dinner.
We met them at their motel and I asked Gerry where we were going to dinner and she mentioned some restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. As we started looking for the restaurant, I suddenly realized it was all familiar and as we passed the restaurant, I realized that it was so familiar because I had actually eaten in that restaurant when my friend Mary was here visiting from Wisconsin last year. I know one restaurant in the whole city and that's where we were going. I was actually delighted because I remember that it was a great restaurant.
We started with sparkling rose and gave a toast to the anniversary:
(Funny that it's Dick and Gerry's anniversary and the only person who shows in this picture is Walt!)
We went on to have a fantastic dinner. Dick and Walt each had some seafood stuff, Gerry had duck ravioli
and I had butternut ravioli, which I discovered when I read my previous entry about this place, was exactly what I had ordered the last time too. It didn't disappoint the second time around.
It was a lovely dinner, nicely avoiding all the hot button topics that sometimes get us into trouble.
Then, because we are all crazy for used book stores, we stopped at one which was just across the street and browsed for awhile.
I picked up a couple of coloring books for Pedro. The information about him says that he is interested in art. You can't send an envelope that is more than 1/4" thick, so I found a coloring book with lots and lots of intricate shapes and can send him several pages at once over the coming months. I also found a coloring book about the history of California that I thought he might like as well.
I also found some Albert Payson Terhune books. I collect them--not passionately, but I loved them as a kid and have several. This was not one that I already had, and I recognized a couple of beloved stories in it, so I bought it too.
We finally ended the night by driving back to the hotel and
retrieving our car. It was really a lovely evening. But surely it can't have
been 45 years since their wedding! Wasn't it only like...yesterday?
PHOTO OF THE DAY
MILES TO NOWHERE: 109 miles