Tired of the heat this summer? You should go where we went this weekend. Instead of the usual souvenir post card, I bought myself a pretty new wool knit hat and gloves. Brrrr…. It was cold! But the cold felt very good after recent days of triple digit numbers in Martinez. I’ve camped with my family many times in Yosemite National Park over the past fifty years. We have hiked popular trails of the valley including to the top of Half Dome. We’ve enjoyed the campfire programs.
In 1983 I got a call from my niece Teresa. “You want me to do what?” I asked with disbelief when she asked me to make her wedding cake. Talk about Heart Attack City! I immediately signed up for a Wilton’s advanced cake decorating class at the local JC Penny’s. The first wedding cake I did was for 500 people. Seven tiers with columns. Good thing I didn’t know what I was doing or it would never have been attempted. It didn’t fall down and I lived to tell the tale.
Thank you Chris Caras, Carol Raifsnider, Kris Carlock and Dean McLeod for hosting a fabulous block party! Jeff and I had a great time Sunday. It was fun visiting with neighbors –some we’ve known for a long time and others we finally met after waving to for years! Curious as to how Block Parties became a ‘thing’, I asked my friend Wikipedia. According to Wiki, block parties, or street parties, started in the UK after World War I.
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Selecting a term
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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