Religious experience

So, today was the Blessing of the Animals at church. Hmmmm … I think I should check on the walnuts instead. Beautiful weather, quiet pastoral setting, peacefulness, animals on the other side of the fence.
I’m so glad to have a wagon and the Weasel Nut Gatherer. The tree branches are so low to the ground that stooping is still required – along with banging your head on a branch every now and then.
There weren’t too many walnuts on the ground but look up!
Prying off the green husk results in brown-stained fingers:
Hanging by a thread:

19 pounds. The season begins!!

Soccer practice

Billie left early Tuesday morning. Time to get back to the regular routine, like – Project Ride Smart at Natomas Park Elementary. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, I took Sophia and Avery to soccer practice. How to entertain Grandma: pedal a tractor while carrying a crow and wearing a miniature Teddy Roosevelt hat.

Billie’s last day

I wanted Billie to see what teaching Project Ride Smart was like. Today we volunteered at Natomas Park Elementary to help Deanna and Gina with blacktop drills.

Later we met Adrienne at Zocalo’s in Roseville for appetizers. Fun!

Pushkin’s and a movie

This morning, Billie and I grabbed breakfast at Pushkin’s,then a drink at Starbuck’s, and went to the sitting area outside Tower Theater to eat. Then we saw The Wife with Glenn Close. Excellent movie.

In the evening, Billie made pizza (that’s wine-braised onion):

Jazz evening

Too much fun. Billie and I went to Jazz Night at 4 Seasons Westshore. Thanks to my alley-neighbor Kathie, all of the ladies at our table lived on Crete Island. Yay! My neighbors.
Great music by Westbound Groove.

Soccer morning

Sophia plays on a big field and the only patch of shade was FAR away, but worth it.
Being cute for Grandma:
While Thais was trying to have a conversation with another soccer mom, Carson showed me repeatedly how good he was at crawling behind Mom and over her purse … much to my delight, but maybe not his mom’s.

Chico and walnuts

Today we drove to Chico to have lunch and to explore in some of the shops.
On the way home, we stopped at Justin’s. He’d taken to day off to work on his landscaping project.
I wanted to check on the walnut trees. There might be a few on the ground…?
A few. The harvest begins!

RVs and dinner

Billie is thinking of sellling her house and buying an RV. This morning, we checked out what’s available around Sacramento.
I walked around fantasizing about buying the tiniest teardrop trailer I could tow behind my Subaru (couldn’t find any) OR buying the most expensive Class A coach on the lot ($386K, discounted $157K btw – woohoo). Never.

La Mesa RV in W Sacramento had a very nice huge indoor showroom.
In the afternoon, we went to Ade’s for dinner. Wonderful shrimp sandwiches.
I really wanted Billie to see Ade’s monkey chair: