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My Baby is 40

February 26, 2016

Forty, yes FORTY, years ago today, this angel come into my life. We pretty much grew up together. She put up with her young mother and made me a better person. I love her with all my heart. Happy Birthday Lina!



This one was from when she played Clara in The Nutcracker.


And here with her beloved Lola (RIP).


What a wonderful person she turned out to be!


Happy Birthday, Lean Bean!


February 25, 2016

This is the weekend we look forward to twice a year. 10 (or so) girls make the trek to Bodega Bay! We started out scrapbooking. Well, I never was a paper scrapper. I still just bring my computer. But the nice thing is, NO ONE brought scrapbooking stuff this trip. They brought taxes, books, games and tons of liquor. It's a more kinder and gentler time than when I first started coming 15 years ago and the goal was to scrap as many pages as possible.

Now, we take a few hours to get to the house. We stop at wineries, have a leisurely lunch. It's SO nice!

This trip, we stopped at Merry Edwards winery. Our wine embassador, tasting coordinator was Brown, from Nigeria. He was very knowledgable. Love him! I didn't get a selfie with him although I should have.

Merry Edwards Winery

After our tasting and purchasing spree, we decided we'd better have food. So we went to the Woodfour Brewery in Sebastopol. This check proverb caught my eye since my Little Honey Bunch's heritage is Czech.

Woodfour Brewery

Best food ever! We had a chicken sandwich, a lamb sandwich, some squashed potatoes, curry cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. And a bottle of Taft Pinot. We ended up going to Taft winery after.

Woodfour Brewery

Oh, the chicken sandwich!

Woodfour Brewery

There were these lovely artichoke plants all over The Barlow.

The Barlow, Sebastopol

We had a lovely bottle of Taft Pinot at lunch so we decided to do some wine tasting there before heading out to the house. Our wine guide here was a lovely young gentleman from Russia, Sasha.

Taft Winery

So, we finally arrived at the house. Fireball Cheesecake shots ensued.

Bodega Bay

Followed by a beautiful sunset.

Bodega Bay

I'm sure there will be more beautifulness tomorrow!


February 21, 2016

It's been a little radio silent around the Burb. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything. Well, sometimes I'm not doing something. Sometimes I'm velcroed to the couch watching Housewives and what not. It's a wonder my Little Honey Bunch likes me in spite of my laziness.

Anyway, I had a funny story to share but I didn't want it to be the only thing so I put together this little slide show of what I've been doing since my last post. Mainly, I've eaten; we had a Zumba Toning Master Class; had lots of date nights; played pass the baby on Superbowl Sunday; my Little Honey Bunch is working on yet another project; ate some more; saw BeNita at Zumba in Antioch; Spring came early; ate some more; took a picture of the moon; went to George and Lisa's in Benicia for third quarter birthdays; ate some more; took a selfie; the cat took a selfie; got beautiful flowers for Valentine's day; took another selfie; had date night. It's sounds a little 'Ground Hog's Day', huh? Creatures of habit I guess.

So my TMI story...I went to teach my class at In Shape in Pittsburg last week and I got the urge to purge. So I go in the bathroom, and this woman is talking loudly on her phone. Not only that but she also has it on speaker. Double annoying. So I'm in the stall doing my business and I hear her walk into a stall, still talking on the phone mind you. I hear her tinkling and so forth. She's still talking. I wonder if she's going to care that she's on the phone when she flushes and that her person will hear it. To my horror, SHE LEFT THE FREAKING STALL WITHOUT FLUSHING! Ugh, People, what the frick is wrong with you? Horrified Emojis


A Lovely Penny

February 3, 2016

So this morning, I headed out to teach my Zumba Gold class at In Shape in Pittsburg. I walk into the room and the first thing I notice is a random penny on the stereo equipment cabinet.

A Penny from Heaven

Oooooo! Who could this be? I don't have time to look at it before the class so I wait until after class. It's a 2006. I can't recall off the top of my head who that would be. Then I wonder if it has something to do with the old friends I'm having lunch with today.

A Penny from Mel in Heaven

I have known Donna and Ellice since we were in High School. Donna married Mel, P-Rez' best friend. They were like brothers. Our children call themselves cousins.

Ellice, Donna, Rosy

So I get to El Mono, a Peruvian restaurant in El Cerrito, (which by the way was delicious!) and I ask Donna, "What year did Mel die again?"


Well, that explains it. Mel knew I was going to see Donna and sent me the penny for her. Ain't that sweet? Hello, Mel! I gave Donna the penny!

When I got home I had to pull out old pictures. Here's one when a bunch of us went to Tahoe. Julie, Donna, Mel, Kathy, me and P-Rez hiding behind me.

Lake Tahoe

This is Mel and Donna. It might have been on their wedding trip. They were married in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe

I remember fishing in this stocked pond, the lot of us. Only time I ever caught a fish.

Lake Tahoe

And as I was looking through pictures, I found this one of me and Lina. She was just about a week old. AND SHE'S GOING TO BE 40 IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS! At lunch Ellice kept saying, "Did you say 40?" She could not wrap her head around that her little Lean Bean was going to be 40! I had to leave the rounded corners. Remember back in the day how when you got pictures developed, they came back like that? What were those cameras? Instamatic 110 or something.

The main reason I'm posting this (besides remembering that I'm about to have a 40 year old daughter even though I'm only 35) is because of the oval frame in the background. I have described it to many of you. It's an ornate frame with a black velvet background and the vase and flowers are made out of costume jewelry. It was one of my mother's prized possessions. We even displayed it at her funeral. But alas, somehow in the aftermath following her death, none of us know where it ended up. If you ever see it, please let me know where!!! Please and thank you!

Rosy and Lina

Birthday and More Messages

February 1, 2016

We quietly celebrated Nic's 20th Birthday yesterday. Just me, my Little Honey Bunch and Ollie. Happy Birthday to my lovely 3rd born!

Nic's 20th

Also, I watched more Medium shows. And, I got more messages. This is turning into the Messages in the Burb! But it warms my heart.

These were the references:

"Was in a motorcycle accident." Baby.

"Mother died on the couch." My mother took her last breath on the couch in her living room with all of us at her side.

"Mother died and couldn't communicate at the end." With her throat ravaged by throat cancer, it had been years since she could talk. This reminded me of the story I wrote about the day she died. Post here.

"Mom passed from a long term illness." Yes, she had battled throat cancer for years.

"Whose middle name was Dominic?" Nene. Actually, he didn't have a middle name but his confirmation name was Dominic and was so noted with a D on his tombstone.

"Who died of a heart/valve issue?" Nene.

"I find dimes all the time." I find pennies all the time.

The end. Until I watch next Sunday's episodes!


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My name is Rosy, Chacha, Meez, Mama, Mother...take your pick. I am the sort of stay at home mother of 4. Sort of because of my Zumba and my Rodan and Fields jobs.

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