It was so much fun to spend 3 days with my niece and her son. On the Thursday before Christmas, we had a family get together with The Doctor's brother's family. 10 people in a tiny living room, cozy.
On Friday, Christie's husband, Ray joined us. We had early presents. Yossi is only a year old, so it was technically his second Christmas.
Grandpa and Grandma Ravera.
On Christmas Eve the whole neighborhood is a wash with candles. This has been growing year by year.
Random work of art. An alley in Cairo, Egypt painted by my mother-in-law from a photo she took.
My sister-in-law and I share a love of jigsaw puzzles. So does Mario.
Wednesday after Christmas, we took BART to Castro Valley to have a sleep over with Neil and Elissa. This time we sat the whole way. The next day we had a day trip to Half Moon Bay. Beach trip in December? Yep. Turned out the be the warmest day of the trip, 68 and sunny.
The Doctor and his new trekking sticks. They fold up and fit in the suitcase.
Rainbow surf! Half Moon Bay is about 25-30 miles south of San Francisco and is shaped in a crescent. When I was a kid, back in the early 60's it was a fishing village. Now it's $$$. There are some fun places to shop and lots of cute B&Bs.
We had lunch here.
But inside sitting had over an hour wait. Remember my weather report? 68 and sunny?
Take out window and picnic tables. Maybe a 20 minute wait. We had fish, of course and it was amazing.
After that I was taken on a forced march up a mountain. Ok, it was a hill.
Mavericks is a big wave surf spot. The biggest waves outside of Hawaii. Not that day.
After the hike. Yes, I hike in cashmere. Mavericks is behind The Doctor's head. There was a couple of surfers in the waves over my right shoulder. Guessing that the surfers are 6-feet tall and the wave was twice their height....12 foot face. Not big enough for the contest.
The next day, Neil and Elissa took me for a farewell lunch. We went to Oakland.
Here, Chalita Linda on Telegraph Ave.
Taco. One fish, one chicken, blackberry/lime aqua frecsa. Yummy.
All the trash cans where decorated with skulls.
We had an awesome time. Now back to work today.
Everyone have a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!