McDonald’s breakfast with Mom on our way to Trader Joes. Daffodils .99 a bunch so we got two. She put some in a clear vase and a few in a “pretty blue vase” that can sit on the table by her chair. Daffodils are just so cheery.

Washed the floor, cleaned the bathroom, finished up the dishes, watered the porch plants and packed up my stuff. Kissed Mom goodbye. Headed to Napa for a meeting.

Great (hands free) conversation with friend, eL. Stunning scenery along the way. Some things I noticed:

Trees starting to bud out.
Trees flowering exorbitantly in pink and white
Highway hillsides covered with daffodils
Blues skies
Green earth and brown spring water in the chanels.
Then a huge white egret spread her wings and flew right towards me landing just yards away from the car on the roadside. Whew.
eL’s laugh is like a refreshing waterfall and her still joyous outlook on the world even in the midst of the busyness of school and community life and the sad note from a Bolivian friend is like balm.

Then the blowout on the highway. Hmmm. Well, there you go. No matter what plans you make, you just aren’t really in charge. I was actually going to be on time this time! Sigh. So, I knitted the twenty minutes waiting for the AAA fellow to arrive. It was a dangerous part of road, so I stayed put. “Wrong move,” said the police officer who stopped to “push” me off the road. His advice – officially given – no matter what, drive the car off the road (I thought I had, but not to his satisfaction,) so you don’t get hit. It’s dangerous out there.

Thirty minutes of meeting, ten of chatter after then headed back to San Francisco in time to go to friends’ for Oscar. Door prizes and this was the menu:

Menu for the Seventy-Sixth Academy Awards
(C and S’s Sixth Annual Party)

Dinner

Julia Roberts Stars in

MYSTIC PIZZA

Terrence Malick’s masterpiece
THE THIN RED VINES

The Horror Classic
CHILDREN OF THE (POP) CORN

The Drama of Race in America
RAISIN(ETS) IN THE SUN

Al Pacino’s Classic New York Summer
HOT DOG DAY AFTERNOON

Dessert
Ze French Feel Good Hit
CHOCOLAT (PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES)

Yay, Renee and Tim. Sorry Bill.

I want to thank Mom, Lorraine, Chad, Shannon, Kate, Tom, the tow truck driver and you, God.

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