Hello and happy weekend to all of you💜 I'm going to start this by saying I've definitely slowed down but have been able to make the most of it and will continue to fight this crazy disease. I haven't blogged in over two months. Not because I didn't have anything to say but mainly because it takes a lot of time and a lot of brain power to write these days.
So that being said, this blog is dedicated to LOUIS BURNS! Last Saturday several of us went to a celebration of life for our Intel buddy Earl Whetstone. He was well a special man well liked and sometimes feared.
I was honored to be able to attend the event at Birks - one of the restaurants near RNB where we all worked. The first person I saw when I walked in was Louis. He gave me a big hug and talked about how my blogs have been helping him and others. I mentioned that they are hard for me to write, take a ton of time and afterwards I'm exhausted. He encouraged me to KEEP GOING! They are important to him and if Louis wants to hear my story I'm sure there are many others that do too. So that's what I'm doing today. It might take me several hours to get this done but I'm going to keep this trend for as long as I can. Thanks for the encouragement Louis😍
So onward to what I've been up to. I'm definitely staying connected and reaching out to friends and family almost every day. I've had several lunch dates, walk dates and plenty of phone calls that help me stay connected. I started another adult Paint By Number kit and enjoying that again. I have read a ton of books but I also am enjoying my naps!
My birthday was April 15th and we hadn't celebrated with friends and family since COVID. So this year Bob made sure it was a special event! We had a fabulous meal at Postino in Lafayette and I think there were over 30 people in attendance. I was in heaven and it was so nice to see everyone. Not everyone knew each other so I asked everyone to let folks know who they were and how long had they know me!It was a good way to get the conversations starting! Two of my high school best friends were there too - they actually surprised me! They RSVP'd NO but secretly talked to Bob and let him know they were coming. Of course when I saw them walk in I couldn't stop crying. Crying is my thing now BTW - Lots of emotions that are so close to the surface. I'm doing my best to embrace the emotions and not stress about it. My brother and sister in law were there too and I'm always thankful to have time with them. My moto is FAMILY FIRST.
So before my lovely birthday dinner I was living the life of luxury with one of my best buddies Monica! She flew out from New Jersey and we went on a road trip to see our other buddy Monika. She and her husband Louis live among the beautiful redwood trees!
Afterwards we stayed at one of my favorite hotels - The Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. Monica hadn't been there before and she was in love with the ocean and the cool sea air! Before we took off for our trip to Half Moon Bay we had breakfast with my nephew - Braden! He and his wife live in Santa Cruz and I'm so glad we could spend some quality time with them. I just love him to pieces💗
|Monica & Pam at the lighthouse
|Much needed sweatshirt on the coast
So onward we went up the coast and took a lot of pictures and enjoyed the lighthouses. Oh - and the sea otters too! The accommodations at the Ritz Carlton were lovely and Monica treated me to a very special birthday dinner. We were in the 'fine dining' area and the chef did a fabulous job.
|Sunset's at Half Moon Bay
|Pre Birthday celebration
AMAZING lamp chopsSo that's all the good stuff that happened over the past few months. Thanks to Melaine, JeanAnn, Jane, Joy, Rebecca, Carol, Debbie, Buck & Karen and anyone else I forgot. All of these men & ladies took time out of their busy days to spend time with me. Special shout out to Rusty for being by my side and for Bobs love & support❤ For Kristen and Ryan and Celly too! And Much love to all of you too! Your friendahip means the world to me.