Megan and Mike had little Jack with them and didn't want him exposed to the police and paramedics as they were trying to save her .While Mike ran into the house Megan sat in the car down the road from his parents house with little Jack until we arrived. We took our grandson home and sadly got the call she didn't make it.
Christine who had been an art teacher had been taking care of her husband who had dementia for the last couple years.Bob was in the last stages of dementia which is not easy.Unless your around someone with this condition you have no idea how hard it is to see them go down this horrible path. Between trying to place his father in a facility and planning a funeral it mostly rested on my son in law. Bob who also had been an art teacher and a great potter went down fast after she died and last Friday night he died in the hospital.
Losing your parents in about a month and a half of each other is not a common event and is a hard loss to take for anyone.So this Monday another funeral this time little Jack isn't going it's too much for a little guy to grasp.Little Jack is being more clingy then normal and didn't want to leave his Daddy when he got dropped off at preschool. I will baby sit him for the day with a visit to his great Aunt Sophie and a stuffed dinosaur present from my cousin..
Talk about feeling guilty I wanted to go to the Del Mar fair and we had been looking forward to the fair. We were going on a mini date which seems to be getting harder and harder to arrange. There was nothing we could do right then so we went for a couple of hours which basically all I need to see everything. I needed to recharge myself. Sometimes being there for others can be harder on you then you think. You can't take away the pain of grief of someones loss. There are really no words! I just try to stress your faith is what gets you thru this short life.
We met up later in the afternoon so we could babysit little Jack as Megan and Mike met up with his brothers to plan another funeral.
It seems like lately in the last years there is always a story behind the story I am telling you and I catch myself thinking should I be so honest and open. Hummm then I think maybe just tell a happy story. The truth of my life is filled with moments like this. The only way to survive this life with a good attitude and be a help to others is realize we need to take some time for ourselves to recharge ourselves for the ones we love.So on to my story!
You have no idea this California girl has a history of enjoying turkeys in so many ways.
When I was a kid we would take the bus to school . The big yellow school bus would wind down the road and eventually we would see a turkey farm filled with turkeys . I was always looking out the bus window daydreaming. Those fat birds can always made me smile.The not so good part was shortly before Thanksgiving we would drive by the Turkey farm and there would be no more Turkeys.
Next I was living in Sheridan Wyoming in the 70' when my girlfriend asked me if I wanted a wild turkey. Her husband was a game warden in the Big Horn mountains and this turkey had been shot illegally and if I would pluck it she would cook it. So with my pliers ready I plucked away.Jeanie singed the turkey to get rid of any small hairs on the turkey.In honor of that turkey I kept those turkey feathers for years.
When we got back from Wyoming I would take drives to Julian and several times I saw groups of wild turkeys running along the base of the mountains.
As our families gobbled down the turkey I felt like pilgrims sharing that Wyoming meal. I recall a distinct nutty taste to that bird .I am not kidding that was the best turkey I have ever had in my entire life! Maybe it was the work involved or maybe because that turkey had a great diet but it was super moist and delish.
So when I saw the sign Turkey Stampede it caught my attention.Not to mention all the people walking around munching on giant Turkey legs.
California is known for many thing but I bet you didn't know that Ramona was the turkey capital of the world at one time.So grab your smiles and enjoy the pictures of the Del mar Fair
Get that food!
Winner Winner Turkey dinner
I took these pictures from the Ferris wheel
Behind that building is the Del Mar horse race track
Where the surf meets the turf
Animals and Kids at the fair
4H rabbit judging
Del Mar beaches from the ferris wheel
Next blog post on Thursday