Whew! Have we been busy…

After ten straight days of out of town guests, all of whom we really enjoyed, I trekked down to LA to celebrate Estee’s 6th birthday and party.  She had wanted a home party so her Mom made sure she had exactly that…from a ten foot bouncy water slide, to a candy-filled pinata to a Barbie birthday cake.  What a great event.  Lunch was catered for all of the kids and their parents.  It was great getting to be with all of my nieces, nephews and their kids and all of our friends and family in LA.  Truly a special day for a special little girl.  I then spent the next few days babysitting for the girls.  We all went to see Winnie the Pooh and managed to eat most all of our meals at their favorite restaurants.  It is fun to see how they have grown up and matured…they even agreed to Japanese one night and Marlie even wanted a cucumber roll!  They have come a long way from pasta and pizza.  What a completely delightful few days with them.  It could not have been any more fun.

Steph and I then drove back to Napa where we have had a great time together, walking, talking and cooking.  I really miss her when she is not here.  Vin Dame is her new company and really doing quite well.  I am so proud of her.

This weekend we had Lee Broad our friend and author at a book signing at our home for his new novel, The Masada Protocol. Excellent read and very exciting.

The garden is prolific. We have so many cucumbers, artichokes, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green beans, lemons, apples and pears. The blackberries are going crazy and the figs and raspberries are in their second round of production for the summer.  Every morning when I get back from my walk I carefully pick fresh blackberries from my cereal.  We have had so many blackberries and raspberries that I have made 4 crisps with them this summer….Delish!

Two of the three chickens are still laying eggs daily. Even with this reduced production we still have more eggs than we can use.

I hope all of you are having a very special summer.

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