- Ted & Debbie (Photographers)
Friday ends with a record 5th bond fire in a row. I didn’t really attend last nights evening circle. Just a brief appearance to say hello and goodbye. Slipping in and out of the shadows.
It’s Saturday morning, Debbie has gone off to the Hanalei Farmers Market, and all is quiet around Hale Mahana.
A routine of sorts is settling in, with everyone defining the word vacation in their own way.
Dinner has been a little rushed with the anticipation of fires at the beach. Debbie got some super spicy peppers which were sliced super thin and place on Ono shashimi with cilantro and ponzu sauce, paying homage (copying)Â Nobu’s yellow tail.
I think I’ll shave today, do a little carving and maybe, just maybe another fire tonight?
I really don’t like store bought flowers. There’s something about the green filler, the cellophane and the ribbon which makes the experience so far removed from where the flower comes from that I don’t like. I know it is the thought that counts but hey, maybe it’s just me. Today for Debbie’s birthday Theo, Ollie, Simon and I went to Temescal Canyon to pick a birthday bouquet. I know this is probably illegal but Mommy is worth the risk.
Of course Simon fell asleep on the way but it is no problem because Vin Scully is on the radio. It’s get away day for the Dodgers and that means a rare Thursday day game. I have no problem with waiting with Simon while Vin tells his tales. Theo and Ollie run off armed with buckets and nets to the creek.
By the time we make our way to the creek I discover that no wildflowers have been picked but 3 salamanders have been captured. “Mommy will love these!” they say. We bring our 3 captives on our flower, acorn and pine cone hunt but all agree to release the captives.
Back home, the Dodgers lost in the 9th, it’s time to get ready for birthday dinner at the Korean Kogi Taco Truck which just so happens to be parked at Santa Monica College from 3-6 pm today. The idea, since we’ve never experienced the Kogi truck before, is to slowly order a few items and picnic on the small grassy area in front on the SMC library and just keep on ordering till we are stuffed. The Kogi truck has other ideas. At 5:00 it takes down its sign, rolls off the blocks and closes up the kitchen. With us still hungry,Â we run after it and unbeknown to me as dozens of our dear friends are either just parking and are on their way -one of which has champagne!
Still hungry and a bit down hearted I take my three little salamander hunters to Beard Papa’s for cream puffs and The Wine Expo for bubbly. The Wine Expo is a wine store with heart and an understanding for food. I go in andÂ say, “We just had Kogi tacos, and are having Beard Papa’s for dessert, can you recommend a champagne?”Â The clerk say, ” I wouldn’t go for a Champagne, I would recommend a Prosecco or a Cremant.”
Back at our place, we light a fire, pop a cork, open a few beers, the kids are playing the piano, guitar or hide and seek all at the same time. Debbie is opening up gifts and blowing out a candle on her cream puff. Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo. It’s a nice zoo though.