April 2015 Recap
While in Colorado Roberta received a phone call from an Austin school in which she had worked a few days in February. They asked if she would be interested in a full time position as a TA in a special ed classroom until the end of the current school year. She gave it a lot of thought then decided to do it. Upon returning to Austin in early April, right after spring break, she started her job there.
Great Thai food as well as a great sense of humor!
Roberta also had been playing a lot of tennis with several different meetup groups she had joined in Austin, and her efforts were beginning to pay off as she found more and more players at her level who love tennis as much as she does. It was at one of these meetups where she met her future mixed doubles partner, John Foster, who was about to become her co-champion……..
May 2015 Recap
The month started out with a celebration of Dave’s 56th birthday at a local restaurant that he loves named Threadgill’s.
One of Roberta’s tennis groups had been advertising a tournament coming up in May at a place called Horseshoe Bay, about an hour drive from Austin, and Roberta decided to ask John to be her partner in the tournament. It was a gorgeous place, with (pseudo) red clay courts but Friday evening it rained continuously, so they were not even able to get on to a court to practice. Instead they found a local carnival and had some fun (see below, lol) In spite of the rain the courts remained dry long enough on Saturday and Sunday to play the matches without too many delays.
Roberta monkeying around with a new friend at the carnival
Roberta enjoys the scenery at Horseshoe Bay
What a great view from the tennis courts!
Red Clay…..sort of
John serving during his men’s doubles match
And lo and behold……Roberta & John won first place in the 3.5 mixed doubles category!!!
Horseshoe Bay 3.5 Mixed Doubles Champs 2015
What a GREAT Mother’s Day weekend!!!
The rest of the month was pretty uneventful. John and Roberta became good friends and he, being an Austin native, was kind enough to show her many “tourist” places (when they could tear themselves away from the tennis courts) and to help her sample many “native” Austin foods.
Roberta really enjoyed her job at the elementary school and learned a lot from the awesome team that she had the pleasure to work with there. One day the team decided it would be fun to teach the students all about “mock apple pie”.
Ms. Cherry teaching the fine art of making a mock apple pie
Crimping the edge of the crust
One Sunday morning, during Dave & Roberta’s traditional watching of “Sunday Morning” on CBS, Roberta decided to try HER hand at making the migas that John had taught her to make. Voila!
June 2015 Recap
The school year ended on June 4 and Roberta was looking forward to the summer break!
Maplewood Olympics June 1st
Peace to all!
The wonderful SBS staff at Maplewood ES – Mr. Rider, Ms. Carter, Ms. Cherry & Mr. Williams with Roberta
June 4th was Water Day!!
Ms. Carter overlooks the water fun
Water fun for all
Roberta ready with her squirt gun
Shortly after the end of the school year Roberta & John entered another local tennis tournament at Lost Creek. There was only one other entry at their level in the mixed doubles competition, but they beat them, despite brutal humidity that almost knocked Roberta out, to win another trophy. They celebrated at County Line Restaurant in Austin with their famous ribs.
County Line ribs – now that’s the way to celebrate
Roberta eating ribs???
Roberta continued to unwind from the stressful job she had just completed by listening to music and cooking, while Dave continued to work at the MegaPlex next door to the RV park.
Ahhh….Leonard Cohen rocks!
….and cornbread, yummy
Next, was a trip to Fort Worth. Roberta had to fly to St.Louis for her annual doctor visit and it was best for her to fly from Ft. Worth instead of Austin, so she took the bus there and Dave drove there to pick her up when she returned. At least that was the plan. What actually happened was that Dave got stuck at the RV repair shop in Fort Worth for 3 days alone, while Roberta’s return flight to Ft.Worth got diverted to, of all places, Austin! due to very high winds and lightening where she had to stay with a friend until Dave drove the RV back, alone, to Austin, after not even getting to see the grandkids at all because he couldn’t get a ride to their house. Weird, but true!!!!!
Harly using Tank as a pillow
We all love Tank
Tank cuddles with Roberta
And now for the highlight of the month of June……the much anticipated trip…..months in the planning….the 5oth anniversary Fare Thee Well Concert of the Dead in Santa Clara, California!!
Roberta flew to Phoenix, Arizona the Wednesday before the concert weekend so she could visit her mother since she had recently relocated to Scottsdale. Then Roberta was able to pick up her stepdaughter, Aubrey, and fly with her to San Jose. Dave’s two sons, Geoff and Joel, drove up from Southern California Friday and Dave flew in from Austin on Saturday afternoon. We stayed at the beautiful San Jose Garden Airport Hotel, which was just across the street from the light rail that took us directly to Levi Stadium in less than 20 minutes.
(Be sure to scroll over each picture to read it’s caption)
Roberta and Aubrey at SkyHarbor Phoenix Airport on Saturday morning waiting to board their plane to San Jose
The gazebo at San Jose Garden Hotel
The hotel grounds were lush green and beautiful!
Whoa! Did I step into a time machine?? It’s 1960 again!!!
This is the line for the registration desk at our hotel AFTER we waited 40 minutes to register!!
Shakedown Street – 2015 style
Walking toward Levi Stadium after disembarking the light rail
Fare Thee Well!!
The stage is set at Levi Stadium
Sunday morning Roberta did a little exploring by herself in downtown Santa Clara.
Downtown Santa Clara
Downtown Santa Clara
A city park in downtown Santa Clara
And, of course, since this was the first time in 20+ years that Dave had his three kids together, at a Dead show no less (!) – family pics were a must =)
Family reunion Dead style!
This is a re-creation of a photo taken at a Dead Concert in the 90’s
Roberta’s son Kevin and his girlfriend , Vanessa, joined them at the Sunday concert for a belated Happy 30th Birthday for Kevin
The whole gang is here!
And so began the summer of 2015 ………