Leslie & Billie reliving our old ritual of wandering the Farmer's Market
(although it was usually in Kansas!)
This market is a happening!
The balloon man has an enthusiastic audience
We regrouped and drove to Santa Monica to wander around, and we visited a cool store that offers all sorts of craft-related endeavors. Alissa is considering learning how to sew, so she wanted to check it out. Additional sightings included a woman from "House" (which I have never seen, so it meant nothing to me), and Mary J Blige, which was cool. We had a gorgeous, perfect day to walk around. It is easy to see why people fall in love with Southern California weather.
We drove over to Alissa's house and started preparing dinner: roasted golden beets, leeks, carrots, and potatoes; two roast chickens stuffed with lemon, onion, and garlic; pan-seared asparagus, fresh snow peas, french bread and butter, a pan-reduction sauce, and strawberry-rhubarb pie that was purchased at the market. Yum yum! We had a lot of fun cooking together in Alissa's kitchen. She is a very good cook: so much better than I was at her age. My oldest is in town on business and came over for dinner, and we had so much fun spending time together! It was one of my greatest pleasures of the trip to see the two girls become reacquainted with one another.
We returned to the hotel late, but very happy. Tomorrow we must travel home.