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Capital SparkFriends in the Capital! #11, 2014 Trip

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Definition of "capital" as an adjective -- "excellent or first-rate: a capital fellow or girl, a capital hotel."

I was recently with capital friends Kathy (ATRANSFORMATION) and Vivian (MISS_VIV), each welcoming me into their Sacramento, CA area homes and sharing a gracious spirit of hospitality. The return visit has been a long time coming and I deeply enjoyed the time with them as our friendships grow and deepen. This is the merest glimpse of my time there with these precious friends.

I drove the Dolphin from Marin Co. to visit Kathy and Tiger Lily first, parking in the driveway of her lovely home framed by the stately redwoods.

Tiger Lily, sweetness herself!

Kathy and Tiger Lily bathing in backyard bliss!

Kathy is on the long and arduous journey of reclaiming her life after losing her friend and husband, her life partner. Among other things, we enjoyed quiet time, social time, eating in, eating out, going to the movies for fun...and for greater awareness, and lots of evening walks with Tiger Lily. And Vivian joined us for a swim, dinner and the movies.

The girls know how to eat healthy -- a blueberry, apple, and walnut salad after a swim, before heading to the movies.

I helped Kathy prepare for the memorial party, one year after the accidental death of her beloved husband. It was a beautiful gathering of friends, all reaching out to Kathy in love, enjoying socializing, eating, and drinking. Kathy made a delicious taco buffet, complete with all imaginable trimmings. At the end, we "went on pilgrimage" from Kathy's house to the lovely neighborhood park, where thoughtful neighbors had purchased a bench with a beautiful commemorative plaque.

A few of the guests on the way to the park

The memorial bench, for "...a kind and gentle man who always had a twinkle in his eye."

Christening the bench with "sacred water" from the swimming pool.

Kathy arranged for me to borrow a bike from a neighborhood girlfriend, enabling me to go for a spin each morning before the heat hit. Yippee!

The spectacular trail:

My reward on one of the mornings -- breakfast at the end of the trail at Karen's Bakery and Cafe -- YUM!

Kathy even took me to the infamous Folsom State Prison:

The old prison, still in use

The original guard tower

My time at Vivian's was also overflowing with joy -- we enjoyed the farmer's market, walking the labyrinth, meals in and out, neighborhood walks and she introduced me to her great automotive shop where they prepared the Dolphin to pass the California emissions test.

Morning coffee together at Vivian's; the Dolphin happily resting in her driveway!

Morning in the garden with Vivian


Fun! Kathy gifted me with a pedicure; more adventurous than me, she chose blue! Vivian painted her own toesies!

Vivian's beautiful yard of flowers and veggies

some of the gifts found within the graden's magic:

...and with magical creatures, like Goldilocks!

The Carmichael Farmer's Market:

Two stylin' broads at the Market

Two young ones mesmerized by a musician

I found arepas! These were very similar to the Colombian ones I'm accustomed to.

Vivian relaxing while I eat an arepa!

The beautiful Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, where Vivian and I hiked the lovely trail of the stations of the cross and walked the labyrinth:

A photo of the labyrinth from the Retreat Center Photo Gallery

This is merely the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in trying to capture the experience of being with two dear friends who reached out to me unconditionally in friendship and love.
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