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Memorial Day Weekend


This weekend is not about how many fun events I can attend or how many houses I can show. This weekend is about remembering those who served to maintain our freedoms and being thankful for the lives we have due to the fact that we live in the best country on the planet. I made the decision that this weekend was about friends and family. My weekend to feel and act truly thankful.

I began my Sunday morning with a walk down Joe Rodota Bikepath to the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market.  One thing about this market is that there is a bit of everything.

Whether you are looking for produce, meat, clothing, flowers, baskets, breads, hats, etc., you will find a variety at the Sunday morning market each week. There were imageso many choices that I could not make up my mind.  I decided that it was best to browse the rest of downtown and see what sales were being offered for the weekend. I love Sole’s Desire for shoes and  Silk Moon for clothing and I was able to resist the temptations. But I was caught by a sale at Copperfields Book Store and seduced into purchasing two books so that I could get a third free. While standing in line I saw a new release (hardcover, of course) of Sweetbitter, a novel previewed in Bon Appetit this last month. So off, I go with four books instead of lettuce in my shopping bag.  After having succumbed to my fatal flaw – books, I decided to risk visiting Cultivate, the best kitchen and entertaining shop in Sebastopol – or better stated – west of Santa Rosa.  It was not two minutes before I saw “the sign.” It is the perfect gift for my latest buyer. I am planning on seeing her on Sunday and this is perfect.

imageI buy the sign, slip it into my bag and head for home the fastest route possible. Have I ever mentioned that getting home from downtown is mostly uphill? So off I traipse with four books and a wooden sign. Deciding to make the trip as pleasant as possible I walked to Florence Street to look at the beautiful gardens and Patrick Amiot sculptures on my way back. Feeling content, I arrived home and had a pleasant evening recovering from a walk with a heavy load.

Memorial Day is finally here! Today is sharing time and food with friends. I had a quick trip to the local market and finished making the salad right in time to leave for lunch. A group of us took a picnic to our friend, Phyllis, whom we can no longer take out.  So off we go to Primrose. It was a wonderful lunch.


With a half hour to spare, I was off to deliver the sign. The ride to Monte Rio was traffic free and the river was beautiful. Nothing like a happy client (now great friend) at her river home.


Memorial Day Weekend – Back on the Page

imageI have been absent from my blog and a bit from my life for the last year or so.  Maybe even before that but I can’t really remember.  In honor of Memorial Day, I am returning to both!  I started this weekend with a return to my much younger self by having a dinner party that was a flash from the past.  Julia Child & Company  was the inspiration and I had three couples over for a wonderful evening.  I got so involved in the cooking, serving and imagedrinking that I forgot to take pictures!  The meal was enhanced by consuming Walker Station 2012 “Leslie” Pinot Noir and Siduri Ewald Vineyards 2009.  Neither the Ewalds or the Walkers could join us so we included them by having their wines. Needless to say, they were both fabulous and greatly enjoyed. To add to the meal of pork tenderloin and all the other great foods that go along with it, we had rosemary focaccia from Nightingale Bakery in Forestville.  The bakery is not often open but when it is, there is a line out the door. Look for it in downtown Forestville.

imageSaturday morning I was off to SF to pick Jen up from an evening of visiting friends.  I have not been in San Francisco (other than to run down to the DeYoung a few times) in ages and it was a beautiful day for visiting some old haunts.

I am sad to say that Alex Bakery on Clement Street is no longer open. For those of you not local to SF, Clement Street is populated with a plethora of Chinese dim sum eateries – mainly for take out.  The Alex Bakery has been a favorite for years. Made the best steamed pork buns around. Not to be denied dim sum, we needed to browse the other places and settled on imageGood Luck Dim Sum just a couple of blocks down the road. Jen thinks that the name was not a good choice for a restaurant but the food was tasty.  I think it was meant to tell us we would have good luck if we ate there and she thought it was taking a chance.  Oh, the differences in perspective!  We took in the culinary sites on our way back to the car. Fresh durian and soft shelled crabs made me reminisce about my days in Singapore and Malaysia. The streets were bustling with shoppers and I am sure some tourists but this is a really local neighborhood without the tourist places of Chinatown.  We ate it on the way home – by the veterans’ cemetery in the Presidio which was decked out with flags are every gravestone and the Golden Gate Bridge was brimming with people presumably celebrating its anniversary. It was a great outing with little effort or money.

We drove home via Valley Ford where the Oysterpalooza was going full steam. If you have never been there and love live music put it on your calendar for next year.  It has been going since 2008 and will certainly return next year.  Even the small town of Bodega (and that is not Bodega Bay!) was hopping. Can’t wait for Day 2 of the weekend.  Check back to see what else is happening in my village.



May 2016


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