I had such a great weekend!
On Saturday I met an old friend for breakfast, someone I’ve known since we were in grade school. She was in the area for a memorial service and told me that her aunt, who died at 96 after a battle with lung cancer, told her that no one should cry for her, that she’d had a good, long life. What a positive and powerful message to hear from someone. That is quite a span of years.
My friend and I go back many years which is nice. We reconnected easily. We met at the Worth Our Weight (or WOW) Cafe in Santa Rosa.
This is from the website:
WOW apprentices are young people from 16-24 who have faced major challenges in their lives, including foster care, difficulties with the law, homelessness, and significant family disruption. We provide tuition-free culinary and food service training.
The fruit and pastries in the first photo were presented to us as we were seated, a really nice touch and they were all delicious, including the little pot of grapefruit marmalade.
Lisa had Eggs Florentine with spinach and cheese that came with home fries and she got an English muffin on the side. The muffin was without any butter, but she shrugged it off.
I chose a vegetable bowl and poached egg with a side of chicken apple sausage. They vegetable assorted was great, including sweet potato, white potato, chard, kale, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and bell pepper. It was served with a spicy/sweet tomato chutney on the side that was a perfect accompaniment to the dish.
The cafe ran for five years with a ‘no-prices, pay what is fair’ policy but they had to end that because some people short-changed them. Although service wasn’t top notch, we both felt good about supporting the program and tipped the young servers well. They were learning, after all.
The check comes with a little bag of fresh-baked cookies, also delicious. It is worth a visit.
Driving home I stopped at Michaels for some fun Valentine supplies. That afternoon I sang at the bedside of a choir client, a woman I have been singing for nearly every Saturday for about 4 years, with another choir member. Her smile was warm and she mouthed the lyrics along with us as we sang. Who can say who benefits the most from this interaction?
Rem and I had haggis for dinner that night, a first for both of us. He’d seen a link on Reddit for ordering haggis, and since Saturday was Burns Night, celebrating Scottish poet, Robert Burns, when haggis is traditionally served, he ordered one, more for curiosity, I’m sure, than to honor Burns! I was glad to learn it is no longer made in a sheep’s stomach, or at least not for export, they use sausage casing now. It was better than I expected and now I can say I’ve had it.
I don’t have a picture of the haggis, suffice to say haggis is not really very photogenic.
Sunday was a day of crafting Valentine’s and I had the pleasure of doing it with a group of women that I’d gone to grade school with. We’ve only seen each other sporadically over the years and had become Facebook friends. I suggested crafting together and the response was enthusiastic.
Our somewhat tongue-in-cheek name for the event was “Craft & Flash” as we are women of a certain age and hot flashes are ever-present for some of us.
Four of us were up to our elbows in paper and ink, embossing powder and heart punches. We had lace doilies, glue sticks, little jewels, washi tape, baker’s twine, and lots of hearts. It was wonderful!
The conversation and creativity flowed. At the end of the afternoon, we had quite a gallery of beautiful, handmade Valentine’s.
Victoria had picked up some treasures from Target $1 bins, like this cute owl that she featured on a card with some black lace patterned washi tape and a silver embossed greeting.
Clare worked steadily and managed to create 10 cards, including this one with red lace washi tape, a handful of hearts and a sweet little tag tied with baker’s twine.
We had three sweet dogs keeping us company, including Shorty, Victoria’s rescue pup that she’s had since Christmas Eve.
What a cutie, right?
Phoenicia made two banners, including a funny one for her daughter with old photos from a magazine.
She also made a delicious Thai curry chicken vegetable soup (maybe she’ll share the recipe). We feasted on “Ham and Eggs” – stuffed eggs garnished with bacon, pigs-in-a-blanket, apple slices, grapes, cheese and bread.
My busy weekend was full of friends, laughter, reminiscing, good food, singing, crafting and love. It was easy writing something for my Gratitude Jar.
Thank you for coming by.