We got up at 2:30 on Saturday morning and were on the road about 3:00am. We drove up to Marin for a memorial for Ruth. We stayed at the house where the memorial was held, Ruth’s daughter and partner’s house. It was quite a lovely home in a beautiful part of the state. We got there about 10:00 am giving us about three hours to help set up before it started at 1:00.
I had only met Ruth a handful of times. She is the mom of Lori’s childhood friend and the reason we took the road trip last Thanksgiving.
The memorial was lovely, low-key with family and friends mostly visiting. One of Ruth’s cousins spoke and invited others to talk as well. Ruth had a stroke three years ago and it has been a very hard three years for her and the family. It was heart warming to hear about her during times that she was mobile and adventurous. I felt so bad for her grandson, he is a teenager and has been the one to help her in and out of the wheelchair and van, sometimes the only one she cold tolerate. He was so very upset during the time when everyone was sharing stories.
The conversations and food were wonderful. Maybe just because it was catered by a friend who is a vegan and I could eat almost everything there. Beet Salad, Lentil Salad, Green Salad, Quinoa Salad, Roasted Veggies, Huumus and a “cheese spread” that really was almond that was unbelievable. Great looking bread made with ancient grains and lots of fresh fruit. It is rare that I can or want to eat everything served and it was even better that it was so delicious.
Sunday we awoke to the sound of the chickens wanting their breakfast. We left and headed over to concord for even more yummy food. Janet had taken some of the roasted veggies and fruit home. She had made delicious fritatas and fruit salad. After visiting there was headed out about noon.
We swung through San Jose to surprise Flo and Celeste. Flo is heading to Peru for four months, which I didn’t actually know when we pulled in. We had a lovely visit and we went to lunch. We went to Aqui Cal-Mex grill and although I ordered something small because it had only been a few hours, it was fantastic.
I had a nearly vegan weekend and also had some of the best food I’ve had in months. That coupled with some great people and conversations, it weird to say I had a great weekend when the focus was a memorial.
We headed out from Flo and Celeste about 3:30 and got home at 10:00. I know that was two days ago but I am just now getting my feet under me and tomorrow is the middle of the week already.