Things and Stuff
Yesterday at 1pm we joined a couple of hundred other music aficionados in Vacaville for a Tribute to Don Johnson of Winterhawk Winery fame. He passed a few weeks ago and has left a hole in the venue availability box. The event was held in the De Ville Theater which was blaringly alive as we came through the doors...so much so that we returned to the car to fetch Kelly's supply of ear plugs! We took seats high up in the upper balcony and enjoyed the show. So many bands with so few breaks in the action is was a Scene alright that would have made Don very happy indeed. We saw and heard many friends from our Chris' Club Daze and while we didn't seek them out it felt like we were in friendly (if all white Vacavillians) company. Even Ronnie of the Bay Area Blues Society brought his group along to finish up the show at 5 pm. We had a good time in this new, possible venue with it's great acoustics, comfortable seating and enthusiastic crowd. The fries were excellent at $4.50 a bunch and the IPA on tap was delicious! Hope they can make this a regular venue, it's be a real attraction. R.I.P. Blondies...this is right down the street, easy parking too!
Well my darling Ashley came to visit a couple of weeks ago and stayed a week and a few to brighten up our life. Sweet, charming, outspoken as ever, her life in South Carolina is both interesting, enjoyable and problematic. She is married now after 40+ years of being on her very own. It likes her I think, she is learning how to be married. 'Tain't the easy road all of the time, many compromises along the way. The house is theirs, a huge project underway with walls, floors and everything that goes with it to be yet finished. I'm proud of her and Andy for their undertaking such a labor of love and endurance. It mirrors our own experience "back in the day(s)". Some health issues bother them but hey! they're not spring chickens anymore and nor are we. Our weather here for her visit was largely unusually warm and sunny, the first January in decades with ZERO rain! That's BIG in a state where it's been in drought conditions for the last three plus years! A record. We liked it though. Mostly we all sat, talked about things and stuff for hours on end, sorta getting to know one another again after a long pause. Change comes fast sometimes. Even Mike, Jess and Jordan came to visit one night! Unusual! But great fun, smiles and giggles.
Supposed to rain today, I used Google Earth to check the whereabouts of this great storm...HA! and yes there is a blob southwest of us out at sea but heading our way, should be here in a few hours to wet the day thoroughly. We need it! I need to download the pictures from yesterdays music bash and just installed Picasa to help in the process. Then I'll get them up here in a while, so check back later today.
What a Month...December, Bah and a Big HUMBUG!
Only good thing that happened, well...there were 2...my daughter Audrey drove up from Phoenix for a weeks stay and I survived a Suicide by Raw Chicken I attempted. That's it. 2 of the nicest gifts, a smiling, happy and entertaining time with Audrey and a grip on Life again. Thank you Kaiser Vacaville and all the wonderful nurses, doctors and technicians that practiced their very best on me. Food poisoning is a bitch! And cleaning poultry is a wonderful way to nearly kill yourself as I discovered Sunday morning about 2 am. Woke up throwing up, choking in fact and this repeated itself three times over a period of 4 hours. Contents? Oh...a pint or so of bright red blood. Very green was I with nausea. Off to Kaiser at 9 am. Tests, tests and more tests, retelling the tale a dozen times, on and on. Stayed Sunday and Monday afternoon they sprung me loose. Awful! Awful!
I'm back to work on the bathroom again, more tile installed this morning after Audrey headed south to migrate back to Arid-Zona. We waved goodbye about 10am and she was off with some Peanut Brittle and a Focaccia I made yesterday. I made and distributed 4 loaves of bread yesterday to my neighbors to make up for my missed distribution on Saturday and Sunday as is my usual schedule.
Had a great time at our friend Christine's house on Christmas Day, a ball actually! Great food, lots of laughs and giggles, some wine to wash it all down with. Fabulous indeed to have such friends!
Happy New Year to all my readers! Peace!