We guessed (hoped!) we were about mid-stream of the Covid-19 panic and we CRAVED some togetherness…
Day 1, Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, home to Craig’s Castle, a very short drive of about 25 miles…
We were invited by our son, Craig, to spend Mother’s Day at his lovely home on the delta waters in Stockton, CA. I asked if that included Big Blue as well, and of course it did. So we’d park on Craig’s driveway and after the celebration of the day, we’d spend the night, too.
We had less than usual to pack for the one-night stay, but it still required the usual work to get loaded and underway. The plan was to arrive at The Castle about 1330 hours, and we arrived at exactly that time.
We adhered (mostly) to the new customs of separation. We shared no hugs and no hand shaking or holding. (I have a lot of hugs to catch up on when this time is over!) Even so, the day included much joy and family warmth. And of course, food, and lots of it!
Big Blue set up for Mother’s Day (and night) at Craig’s Castle. (Click to enlarge.)
There were to be just the four of us, but we heard that Breanne, Craig’s daughter, would also join us – and that was good news! We hadn’t seen Bre in weeks as she has huddled close to, and worked from, her home in the Bay Area.
The five of us would enjoy our Mother’s Day dinner of rib-eye steak, chicken, salads, taters, and fresh strawberries and ice cream for dessert. I was especially looking forward to Craig’s promised chicken thighs grilled black, and with the skin on, which is how The Good Lord intended for us to enjoy chicken! (Don’t question that; it’s in the Bible somewhere.)
Celebrating Mother’s Day properly – with margaritas! That’s my dear Lavonne (L), Craig, Breanne, and that Tom Selleck look alike fella enjoying the margaritas that Craig loves to make and we love to enjoy. Laura also joined us later, as she spent some of the afternoon with her daughter at her place. (Click to enlarge.)
From that balcony (above photo) this is the delta view.
Dinnertime was the highlight of our day – or maybe it was the margaritas. Laura joined us well before dinner and helped with dinner along with Breanne, even though she was a mother and should have been served all day long. Craig was the master chef and grilled up the steaks and chicken to perfection!
I never heard of virtual hand holding, much less ever done it – but here we are doing just that, and ready for Craig to say grace before dinner. Of course we were smiling from ear to ear – it was time to eat! (Click to enlarge.)
Dinner was served buffet style, as usual, and I loaded up with a steak grilled perfectly rare along with a couple of those wonderfully blackened (at my request) chicken thighs done just right! Naturally, I sampled all three salads and mashed taters. Delicious!
We enjoyed the fine dinner in celebration of Mother’s Day. Laura, the mother of Michael and Carly (who couldn’t be with us), and my dear Lavonne, our family matriarch, were celebrated right proper!
After dinner and dessert, those without adequate cooking skills began the kitchen clean up – that would be me. As stated here in the past, it’s good to know one’s place in the grand scheme of things. (Click to enlarge.)
After the fine dinner and clean up, we visited around the dining room table. As usual, I was the first to thank everyone for the lovely day, then excused myself and headed to the coach for the night. When the celebration wound down and everyone headed for their homes, Craig and Breanne escorted our matriarch to the coach. The celebration was over, and we enjoyed the benefit of having our home just outside Craig’s front door for the night. It was nice not to have to drive back home that night.
Day 2, a short drive home…
We enjoyed a restful night aboard Big Blue. Around 0630 we were up and about preparing for the day. Craig joined us around 0800 hours for a nice visit over coffee before he headed to his business. Eventually I set the coach up for the short drive home, and we pulled out of his driveway sometime around 0930 hours. It had been a memorable Mother’s Day celebration!
Over the years I have posted many exciting fishing and boating stories here, but now in my seventies, it was time to sell the boat and find less demanding pastimes. All the fishing stories are still here! I will now post my travels aboard the motorhome and other activities. I hope y'all will still enjoy the fishing and boating adventures and perhaps peek in on my post-boating activities on occasion. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoy your visit.