When it looks like the rains have stopped for the season and before the weeds turn to fire-loving dryness, it’s time to mow.
This is also the time of year to appreciate a son who has a tractor and comes over to mow (and disk the perimeter).
Earlier today, Chef Justin of Atria El Camino Gardens came to Mom’s unit to demonstrate how to make milkshakes in different flavors.
He entertained everyone a bit and passed out many samples.
Dry Creek Ranch House Pioneer Memorial Rose Garden.
This week’s favorite bloom.
I’m not the only one who volunteered today. Ralph Hants was on the tractor. Al Taxara supervised from the golf cart.
Our caretakers were also busy: Josh Klein worked on the new irrigation system while
Stephanie Nebuloni assembled the units.
For the past 8 weeks, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, I taught English at Hagginwood School. Parents from Castori were also invited to attend. Today, 32 hours of instruction ended. Three students in this class had perfect attendance: Yuridana, Gabriela, and Rosana.
Another special memory was being invited to the home of Rizwana and her husband for a traditional Pakistani lunch a couple of weeks ago.
Sadly on April 9, Dick’s mother passed away. She was a vibrant 90 years old. Today in Palo Alto the family had a memorial service.
All the grandchildren and Great-grandson Luke.
Dick’s brother Tom and family.
And, yes, many of us were curious about Daniel Ben’s hair.
Today I was asked to go by Dry Creek Ranch House and take some pictures of two tractors in front the the house and rose garden to use on promotional items for Farm & Tractor Days. Ralph Hants took me up in a lift.
Here is the best picture I took. It will go on thank-you plaques for sponsors and mouse pads.
Today we went the the FINAL appointment with Mom’s colon cancer doctor. She is cancer-free.
A few of you have commented that you like seeing what’s been created in the Sewing Cave. This is a very large beach bag for Pat in Lihue Hawaii. She likes black and white, we picked out 12 different black/white fabrics and the lining when I was there last January dealing with the boat disaster.
An embroidered pocket on the inside.
A bigger pocket on the other side and an easy snap for keys.
From the scraps a few zippered pouches. Two of them will go inside Pat’s beach bag as a bonus.
And a couple of t-shirts and few pair of capris for me for the warmer weather.
The walnut trees at Justin’s are flowering.
These are catkins, the male part of the walnut tree ie. “a slim cylindrical flower cluster with inconspicuous or no petals.”
They are wind pollinators and have been known to pollinate trees a mile away. Once their job is done, they fall to the ground,
and, wah-la, baby walnuts are born.
I just blogged about the Sunday Social at
but had to add this note here. Janice Bierman and I worked together in the 1970s at Rio Linda Elementary. We had the best time and she was one of the best para-educators I ever worked with. What a wonderful surprise to see her again! Beside her is husband Carl.