Today we took mom and dad to the Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank area to visit with my mom’s sister Mary, her husband Jim, and her sister-in-law Rosie. Which to me means, Aunt Mary, Uncle Jim and Aunt Rosie. Jim and Mary live in Escalon, Rosie in Oakdale, and the Perko's Farm Fresh Café us in Riverbank…all about 90 miles from Citrus Heights. Mom was one of eleven kids, only her older sister Mary, and the youngest brother Paul are still living. Sister-in-laws Rosie and Vera are still living too…we last visited Aunt Vera in the Kansas City area last year when mom and dad flew there in October and we were in the area at the same time to visit my youngest son. From my mom’s side alone I had around 60 first cousins, and on my dad’s side I had eight from his older brother who, as a widow with four kids, married my Aunt Florence who had three…and they decided to have one together to make eight. Yes, I come from a very large family in many ways.
Perko's is a nice, mainly California Central Valley restaurant chain. I had been to a Perko’s before, but it has been a long, long time. Glad to be back, pretty good for a Franchise style restaurant. I think we need to go back for breakfast sometime…although Marcia and Aunt Rosie decided to have breakfast for lunch today.
Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary are Almond farmers, pronounced “Amond” by them because when you harvest Almonds, you knock the “L” out of the little things to get them to drop from the tree. When I was in my “youth” I would visit them in their old Modesto location where they also had Almonds.
Someone got a haircut yesterday….it sure makes it easier to make those giant jumps (pretty high for a short legged little thing). Bubba was sweating it out yesterday….but his turn is coming soon.
Bubba sure is Arney’s “Shop Dog”….
…and boy does he pick up “stuff” from the floor of the shop.
Ever since we arrived, this large, Asparagus looking thing has been looming over the shed from a next-door neighbor.