50th anniversary party

Congratulations Bill and Ann Brooks.
Family and friends – a lot of us worked together as teachers in the Rio Linda Union School District – which no longer exists, it blended into Twin Rivers Unified.

Kathleen Fairwell, Kathy & Dennis Wymore

Val Sills, Susan and Mike Rieff

Ron Chaix, Rich Schmidt, Ray Willett

Rich and Diane Schmidt, Val

Bill Brooks (standing), at right his mother

Backyard Tour at Four Seasons Westshore

Next Saturday from 4-8 pm, six homeowners will open their backyards to visitors from the community. My backyard will be one of them. This evening, the six homeowners toured each other’s backyards.

1. Clayton Blakely
The designer, Clayton’s mother:

2. Denise and Cheryl Chapel

3. Janet Galliani

4. Me – you’ll see pictures in a future post.

5. Kirk and Holly Talon

6. Paul and Lauri Ponzelli

We hung out a while on the Ponzelli’s patio, Kirk played the guitar and sang a very special original song.

A totally fun pre-event!

San Giovanni Day

This year, Adrienne, Linda Chaix, Kathy Wymore, and Sandi Guarello came over to help make nocino. I thought I took several time-lapse pictures but … apparently I didn’t. Darn! We had breakfast, made nocino and tasted three previous “vintages”. Adrienne’s face was probably the funniest – I don’t think she liked nocino very much.

Merge 2019

A “Creative Collaboration Event” where local designers from the top architectural and interior design firms in Sacramento turn architectural materials into fashion. Over the past two weeks, 13 teams have designed and created wearable fashion from plastic laminates, carpet, textiles, paint chips, wall coverings, tile, etc. Tonight one model from each team walked down the runway in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Materials boards:
At right is the board for our team – LPAS:
None of my pictures of the fashion show turned out (darnit). So these pictures are from Southaphone Phommalinh who works at LPAS. When I first met Southaphone, she explained how to pronounce her name, “like sit upon a chair.” Here is the first of thirteen entries. From ATI:
On the way back down the runway came the reveal:
CSUS students:

HGA/KBM Hogue:
Lionakis, also Casey Wong, winner of the Best Model:
The reveal included a wig removal:
LPAS. We won Best of Show! Our model, Isabel, was great!

A close-up of the earrings, made by Heston who also cut all the vinyl flooring pieces on a band saw.
Williams + Paddon:
Thank you Southaphone for the great pictures. This was so much fun! I loved every minute of the evening and all the preparation. What a great group of young creative people!

Sophia and Avery

A couple of times this week, I picked up Avery at St Ignatius then drove to St Francis to pick up Sophia from volleyball camp. After stops at their favorite fast food places, both were content with just hanging out at home for the rest of the afternoon. When Thais got home from work and I was getting a bar stool out of my vehicle, I found a couple of plastic swords. I needed help assembling the first bar stool and asked Thais for help. Meanwhile, Sophia and Avery got busy with pillows and belts. A really good sword fight was coming.
The battle ranged from room to room.
By the time the bar stool was put together and I’d been given some tips about assembling the next three, Thais thought it would a good idea if I took the swords home with me. LOL.

Merge on Wednesday

The last evening to make final touches. After I whip-stitched the facing onto the waist band, other team members poked holes and added brads.
Wrapping the wrap-around skirt on our model, Isabel.
As it turned out the brads at the waist band came apart easily, so they were all removed in favor of small grommets. Practicing the skirt flipping reveal:

Merge on Sunday

More triangles of vinyl flooring were added and the carpet circles were attached with brads.
Use your imagination: the model walks down the runway wearing a little black dress and a circle skirt …
and unwraps the circle skirt and flips it around to reveal:


Fingers are crossed that this actually works the way it’s envisioned. The skirt is really heavy and unwieldy.