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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Retreat Treat


The office retreat to the San Francisco County Fair Building had me in the Arboretum before 7:30 a.m. for a lovely walk throughout, memories coming to me at every turn, where I'd taken my children over the years. After a delicious, satisfying lunch I walked to the Bandshell where we rode bikes for Thursday concerts. At the afternoon break I walked to Shakespeare Garden and read his quotes in bronze. All in all it was quite a treat to be in Golden Gate Park again, which happens too infrequently nowadays.
 San Francisco Botanical Garden. We called it the Arboretum.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A long weekend with Paul and James




Paul and James arrived Friday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. I expected them about four hours earlier so had taken the day off. The highlights of the weekend are memorable starting with temple attendance at 8 p.m. that night. We ate at Applebee's Grill & Bar in Walnut Creek afterwards. Saturday morning I took an early swim for 30 minutes prior to cooking my vegetable dish and setting up around 10 a.m. at Holbrook. This year's guest list for the family picnic included Joy, Paul and his good friend James who traveled from Orem via Las Vegas to pick up James to spend the weekend with me. Eating under the giant tree on a hot day was wonderful as was a game of Scrabble together, minus James. We rallied a few minutes with the volleyball after Joy left and called it a day at 4:40 p.m. Then it was off to haircuts for the boys followed by some Los Gallos tacos and burritos near by. We tried to see Wonder Woman and had success at the second theater. We all thought it was phenomenal and great entertainment. I was grateful to have Paul's help to shop and get the 25# bag of carrots.  On Sunday I walked to church and enjoyed sacrament meeting then went with the boys to the Richmond YSA branch from noon to 3 p.m. The boys shared their deli food at the outdoor table in the breeze with me, we talked to Adam and Stephanie and though we couldn't get in touch with Richard we headed to Napa to visit him on Father's Day. He answered his phone and we had a great visit one day after his 84th birthday. Paul and I asked him lots of questions and got good answers and some interesting stories. He joined the Navy at 18 and saw action on a destroyer in the Korean War going to Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, etc. He said it was great fun being on his own and away from home. After more than an hour we left him in peace and I drove Paul's car to Glen Ellen to see Jack London State Park which was closed but we loved our self-guided walking tour in the beautiful Benziger Family Winery. At the top of a short hill we had a 360 of the entire area that was breathtaking. James was very impressed and glad to be there. Paul mentioned A Walk in the Clouds which we watched back home after some heated food and Paul opening a coconut from Thailand. Monday morning I was in the pool for laps at 7:40 a.m. and was told it was 108* Sunday in Concord! There were five other lappers. I made a waffle and omelette breakfast and the boys packed to take off for Orem, dropping me at the train station where I caught the 11:23 for a half day. Thank you Paul and James for a walk on the wild side. It's been fun.
Richard as his handsome, younger self.
 Father's Day in Napa with Richard, 84, Paul and me.
 Richard and me.




 Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen when Jack London State Park was closed.










Friday, June 2, 2017