Only a few weeks ago, I wrote about how overwhelmed I was feeling. Well, actually, I’ve posted on that subject quite a bit. In fact, it’s a pretty common theme these days with us baby boomer women. But, after spending ten glorious sunny days in California, I feel somewhat renewed. No whining for me for a while. I guess more vacations are in order.
My nephew’s wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon was beautiful as was his bride, Noelle. Her family came in from Hawaii and it was great meeting them as well as their Bernese Mountain Dog, Walter, who was actually in the ceremony. What an event. My sisters and I rented a cool house in Santa Monica for the week, and although we didn’t always agree on little things like what bread to buy for the house, or which coffee is better, it was wonderful spending time with them.
In Santa Monica we went to a cool flea market with wild stuff, stuff I don’t see too much in Asheville, like tons of vintage clothing and art deco furniture. Then my nephew took us to the Santa Monica Food Truck Lot where we feasted on Lobster Rolls, Peking duck tacos, and even curried fries. Yummy. Then, there was the Getty Museum which I had never seen, and how lucky was I to stumble up on a Vermeer exhibit?
Once the festivities of the wedding were over, I visited two friends I hadn’t seen in years, and what a treat that was. One friend took me to the Shoah Foundation (founded by Spielberg) after Schindler’s List where I discovered my dad’s s cousin had given a four hour interview/testimony about her experience in Auschwitz. I will write about that separately, when I can process that experience of just listening to her and what happened to many members of my family.
To end on a happy note, we finally got a puppy. After losing both our dogs several years ago (you remember, Gus and Carli), we found our dear little Chesapeake Bay Retriever from an incredible breeder only 40 minutes from our house.
So, let me introduce you to Whiskey Creek’s Terra Cotta – 11 weeks old. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Terra in posts to come. She’s pure joy – well almost. Still potty training her…