Perhaps. I posted a huge long blog this morning and the computer crashed just as I finished. That has never happened to me. Couldn’t have been at a worse time unless there was something major important going on; probably anything other than a BLOG.
So, I’ve been away….helping Paul take his boat south. That will be an ongoing project as we don’t have the time now so we’re doing it piecemeal with various friends helping out. It’s now sitting in Annapolis waiting for someone to move it further. We can take off after the 10 th. of December – Gundalow getting launched on that day. Still Paul will be working here so it’s going to be a vaca place wherever it ends up.
I’ve just gotten back from Oakland, California, visiting our granddaughters for a week. I am exhausted. They are 2 and almost 4 now. While there I stopped in at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley – a mere few blocks from our kids house. My friend Barbara Chase’s daughter sells beautiful jewelry there. Of course the books are fab too. I can’t pass up anything by Heidi Swanson – a cookbook, foodie person from San Fransisco. Her latest is called Super Natural Every Day. Amazing. We (which probably means just me) love Kale. First one I tried! It’s kale tossed in a dressing of olive & sesame oil, tamari and unsweetened coconut. You dress it and spread it out on baking sheets, baking for 15 minutes till crispy. Beautiful and delicious. She suggests serving it on farro, mine was served on cheese ravioli.
I spent some time at the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building in San Fransisco….a trip and a half. If there is an oddity “out there” it’s at the market. I’m always in awe. I buy my brown rice and roasted almonds from a company called Masa Organics….terrific products….nothing, nothing like what you get in the store. I just got a shipment of almonds & rice (5# almonds, 25# rice) but they had a box filled with just tons of almonds and I couldn’t resist getting more. Next up: Heidi’s Granola.
I altered her recipe and used Masa Almonds (of course). Her liquids are butter and maple syrup – perfect. It’s a loose granola but simple and tasty! Again, the large unsweetened shaving of coconut.
She has a baked oatmeal that is ingenious. We’ve had that for breakfast all week. My little west coast girls eat oatmeal everyday..I’m hoping they’ll try this recipe cause it doesn’t get any easier. Just zap a bowl or plate every a.m. done!!
Tuesday – first day home I made the Rye Soda Bread with herb butter – includes spreading in goat cheese. Yup we loved that too.
Can you tell I would recommend this book. You have to be kind of an “organic” type as it’s basic healthy food but nice. Just up my alley.
My younger son, Paul, was with me for the week – the World Surfing contest was supposed to be happening but it ended the day we arrived. Darn. This was the most time I have spent with him since he was born I think. We had a fun time. We went up to Healdsburg to hang out for a day,spent the night at the L&M a 50’s motor lodge (awesome place), I’ve stayed there 4 times so far – doing the Alexander Valley Vineyards…all of them…..oy vey. We had fun. It was so quiet, no cars, no people, most pleasant vineyard owners in the world. So accommodating. We started off with Lunch at a Roadhouse that has gotten lots of press lately, Food & Wine mag. too bad – waaaay too trendy for me but the food was good it was just too cute! Mid winery drinking – we actually shared flights and they only give you a taste anyway, not much. But, mid way we stopped at a remote, kind of hidden winery. What drew us in is there was a very long road to it….kind of appealing, like wonder whats down here??? Turns out we got there, to this remote spot, looked like a dump….dogs, etc. roaming, no cars, broken down barn – not really somewhere anyone would get out of their car. Paul wanted to leave but that is just up my alley – I love finding out whats around the corner. Some very old woman came out of a travel trailer with a zillion dogs following. She didn’t say a word just followed us in the barn. Scary. Did I mention I’m currently reading Stephen Kings new book? So I had that heightened AWARENESS thing going on. Anyhow, got in, freezing cold, dark, dank, ick. It had a huge organ against the wall. Like one of those things you’d see in church perhaps – about 50 years ago. I asked about it, she didn’t want to talk but as we sipped our samples I guess she liked us because she started messing with the oldest computer I’ve seen. It was actually a word processor, big square box with a little screen. Everything was in dos – remember that?? Well, we’re sipping away, eyeing each other with the “do you think we can bolt now” look in our eyes. All of a sudden we were rocked off our feet. The dos thing started up the organ which was also attached to all these old instruments on the ceiling, walls, floor, etc. We didn’t notice that other stuff. The walls were the baffles. The music – no kidding STAR WARS. We thought, I’m not sure what we thought except we could not shut our mouths…when it started you just gaped. It was astounding. Beautiful, loud and beyond anything I have heard or seen. Paul and I both just laughed and laughed – just didn’t know what to make of it. And, the old lady was delighted watching us. It’s a 1923 Morgan (I think) Theatre Organ. Only three in the world and this is one. Unbelievable. How it all kept going was truly astounding. We got the history of it all and then got the story of the kids outside playing, the wind storm, the dogs, her trailer – I think she liked us (finally). The winery is called the Johnson Family. We bought a bottle of wine. Paul said he was just about ready to open his wallet and throw it all at her he was so excited. JUST GO is all I can say.
The next winery we stopped at was called Soda Rock – 100% opposite, very nice, clean, rich tasting wine but oh so mediocre after that experience. And, we were told – they never play that organ for anyone except once a year they open for a concert. Just one day a year. Were we blessed or what?
This is Zoe, 2 years old on Halloween. She doesn’t talk much; very serious. Her mother is worried she’ll look like an old lady by 2 and a half as she wrinkles up her face in concentration. She’s experimenting with biting and pinching now but when she’s working on it she scrunches her face up and drops her shoulders, hunkers down and gets ready….you kind of have a clue to be prepared. She says her name is “Me Too”.
She’ll be 4 a few days before Christmas. She screams allot now, tough to take. But, she plays cool games like redlight. She spends quite a bit of time bossing Zoe around. Zoe calls her “Boy”; somehow that has come out of the word Colbie. She’s precious – very energetic, bossy all those things 4 year olds are; still a cuddle bug though.
That horse type figure in the background is their dog Paco – what a patient, sweet giant of a dog. We take him up to the hills overlooking the bay to run. He needs some serious space. I don’t walk him out there as he’s so large and strong; he could drag me in the street. And, you have to pick up poops…..no way.
And, lastly, Coffee shops. They are on every corner. Multiples within the corners. Who the heck is drinking it all?? Jesse was telling me that they now ban people from using their laptops on the week-end and sometimes during the week as people will hang all day with only one cup of coffee. I don’t get doing your work (is it work?) at a cafe anyway. But, the newest in the neighborhood……
Interesting perspectives….the person I was with saw the name different from me. Of course, goof ball that I am I thought gee, that’s nice kind of like Good Morning! Noooooo the other person saw guess what?
Oh well. I take St. Johns Wort, maybe that’s the difference.