Going To California

In case you missed it on Facebook, my son Max and I spent the last week visiting the very lovely Linda Medrano and her husband Alex, in Alameda, California.

Navajo man, blond woman, husband and wife

Aren’t they just the most gorgeous couple you’ve ever seen? That little bit of black hair by Linda’s right shoulder along with the pasty white knuckles by her elbow would be me trying to squeeze in on their awesomeness.

Linda and Alex are two of the most wonderful, charming, generous people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Within minutes, they made us feel like family. Well, not like my family. Nobody took out their teeth or told me about anybody’s hemorrhoid operation or anything like that.

Over the past 3 years, Linda and I have gotten to know each other through the Internet. We were continually struck by how much we had in common – from our love of shoes to our love lives – we seemed to have lived a parallel existence.

blond woman, brunette, mother and daughter, two women

My cheeks hurt from wearing that big goofy grin all week long. When we weren’t grinning like mad, we were giggling hysterically.

Finally meeting her in “real life”, it was like we’d known each other forever. We shopped, we drank lovely wine, we ate delicious food, we talked, we shared secrets, we were silly, we laughed until we nearly wet ourselves.

And one of the loveliest things of all was watching Max bond with them.

mother and son, pier 39, fisherman's wharf, san fransisco, california

When we got on the carousel at Fisherman’s Wharf, Max completely panicked because he thought we “lost” Linda. He was SO relieved when I pointed to her and told him she was just over there taking our picture.

Alex and Max were just the best of friends, especially after Alex taught him to play chess.

man and boy, chessboard

Max lost the first game – thanks to his mother’s incompetence – but managed to win the second game after banning me from the room.

 And even language barriers didn’t seem to stop them from enjoying each other’s company.

naval base, alameda, california

Alex and Max, walking Harry and Zoe (ZoZo) on Coast Guard Island. I think this is one of my favourite pictures.

Thank you is such an underwhelming thing to say after the past week. I hope maybe one day, I’ll be able to repay their hospitality.

Max and I miss them both a great deal.


  • I love that photo of them by the water, too.   So glad you and Max got to have such a wonderful trip and visit and special thanks to Linda for sharing you.  😉

  • Sounds like a great week. We’re meeting up with Cheryl Duford (Dockside Thoughts) tomorrow for lunch. I’ll be sure and say hello. That last pic almost made me cry!

  • I was so fortunate to have Nicky and Max come for a visit that I am totally overwhelmed.  The sun just isn’t shining as brightly, and the moon has lost some of its luster since they left yesterday morning.  I will remember till my dying day that beautiful boy throwing his hands out and calling to us on his second evening here  “My Friends!  My Friends!  The Moon!”.  Max gave us the moon and stars!  But he took our hearts!

  •  Oh, please do send her my regards! Have a great time, Dufus. And that last pic was payback for those videos you posted!

  • That picture was taken the day before we left and on the way back to the house, Max told me he didn’t want to go home. He had an awesome time. We both did. And I really appreciate you and Margaret coming to see us! It was such a lovely weekend.

  • I adore the photo I took of you and Max snuggling at the German restaurant.   Oh, and the photo of the four of us that Max took didn’t come through.  Can you e-mail it to me again?   

  • Thanks so much for everything, hon. You know, had we stayed at a 5-star hotel we wouldn’t have had as lovely a time as we did staying with you. You and Alex are, as Max would say, magnifique!

  • Wordless and teary-eyed. Family is embodied by the company we keep.

  •  Nicky, anytime you want to run away (and bring Max), we’re here!  The pleasure was really all ours!

  • I resent it!

  • Nicky, there were two tiny keys left on the vanity table in your room.  If you need them, I can mail.  I don’t think they are mine.

  • Now you’ve got me teary-eyed, Lauren! That is exactly how I feel.

  • I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, though I somehow knew you would 😉
    The photos are all lovely!

  • So, so cool! Loving the pictures! I think that Linda set the bar so high that the rest of us will never be able to meet up with any internet friends! WOW!!! What a great sounding time – even if we can only imagine the fun.

  • -and a good time was had by all.

  • It’s okay, hon. They are for the locks for our suitcases, but I had extras in my purse.

  • I never really had any doubts either, Babs. It really was the most incredible trip!

  • LM, awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it! It was totally unforgettable.

  • Exactly!

  • Barb

    Sounds like a wonderful visit! Glad you had so much fun!!

  • I’m envious of all you bloggers that meet up 🙂

  • It really was, Barb! It actually seems a little weird to be home..

  • We’re going to have to get you over here on this side of the pond, Babs. I know a few bloggers, myself included, who would love to meet you!

  • Oh that’s right, Max is a little Frenchie! Well, I’ve been reading everything I can on your visit there because I’m so jealous that you got to meet her and Jane, and they got to meet you!!! YOu know, I’ll be in TO in October at the ShesConnected blogging conference…ahem…if you’re…you know…not busy or anything we could spend two days making fun of other bloggers.

  • Seriously? When in October? I’m going to have to check it out!!

  • Oh my goodness. I have nothing smart assy to say about this, because I fell in love with that last picture.

  •  I know, Margaret. I couldn’t do it either. 🙂

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! This post just makes me all warm and fuzzy all over! I love the BOTH of you SOFA KING MUCH!

  • We love you too, sweet thing! 🙂

  • xoxoxo

  • P.J.

    It sounds like it was an excellent trip! I have not been to the West Coast, but I would like to. And it sounds like Linda served as the perfect hostess!

  • P.J., Linda and Alex are the absolute ideal hosts and the West Coast is gorgeous. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely visit!


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