Some Mother’s Day FUN at the Japanese Garden/Sewage Reclamation Plant in Balboa Park.
Angela, her mom Liz, and the grandgirls Kaitlin and Lilly…
That’s right, my valley girl friend Marsha who doesn’t eat onions, doesn’t eat food with ‘too many colors’, doesn’t eat food with ‘too many ingredients’ chose for us to go to dim sum. Where they serve chicken feet.
I could see why from what she ordered – there are several plain things and she knew all of them.
I don’t know why this came into my mind but I got the idea to study up on Eisenhower. In my childhood I thought my father was like him for no reason but looks, and that my father was both bossy and bland. I was young and they were old.
I’ve watched an Eisenhower biopic and WWII fiction and an interesting documentary from 1945 put out by the War Department that has that newsreel-propaganda feel.
Then the tornado that surrounds dinner.
From the front: chicken and duck from Chinatown in San Francisco, all the delicious succulent salmon you can eat, boiled potatoes in the skin, layered stirfry with baby bok choy on top, broiled tomatoes with Parmesan and herbs, shredded vegetable salad, behind the potatoes are ravioli, then a chopped vegetable salad and a green salad.
Then our program and then dessert. Good thing I took that two hour nap!
In the morning I had noticed that there was a sight that we had missed all these years and for good reason since they are open for 3 hours twice per month, that’s it.
But we hit it on the nose and got to see this interesting place, the Lawai International Center. First, tea and sweets from one of the many volunteers.
Here it is, built in the mid-1800s by Japanese immigrants on an old Hawaiian heiau … “who sought to replicate an ancient 900 mile pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan. It’s rumored that a handful of dirt from each of the 88 Shikoku shrines lay in the foundation of each miniature structure.”
You can see some people up there in the upper third doing the trek.
May 20 National Mother-of-the-Bride Day!
In honor of National Mother-of-the-Bride Day my sisters took me to the Korean Spa where we luxuriated in hot water from a great number of delivery systems, and enjoyed a fantastic scrub and a massage.
AHHH. And then we had some nice soup for dinner. .a near perfect day, the only thing needed to make it absolutely perfect would be the Bride, but she was a couple of thousand miles away.
I asked Lilly if she wanted to get a book for us to read and she went directly to the floor of her closet and retrieved the vegan cupcake cookbook she had stashed there and wanted me to read her this recipe. Really.
So I asked her if she would like it if we made those cupcakes. Whooo, NOW, she would like it if we made those cupcakes NOW.
On a side note, I didn’t have my little flash and used the built-in instead this picture being a nice reminder of how much better the other one is with the nasty shadows.