First the local news, then the Washington Post, the NY Times and The Getty and People, and to add to the list, CNN! So thrilled that we get to be a part of Meals on Heels!
111* in St Helena, 108* in Moraga, over 100* in SF… but there’s no such thing as global warming? Sheesh… what will it take?
Woke too early, with bad dreams about family members and friends succumbing to Covid. First time that I have had those dreams, but I guess my brain is trying to work it all out. Got up around 6 and went downstairs to meditate, pull cards and try to get a little peaceful time in before it got too hot. I needed to roast the squash and sweet potatoes for the Butternut Squash soup, but at least that early it wasn’t too hot. Out into the world to go get supplies and then back home in time to zoom-tune in to the celebration of Bob Dutton’s life.
This new Covid life sucks in so many ways, but I do think that we have gained something valuable in the new zoom world. The fact that so many folks could join in to celebrate and mourn together from all over the country was very powerful. He touched so many lives… in his work in theatre, teaching, film society and family. Sitting in my own home, plugged into my computer in front of a small candle felt both horribly removed and also completely connected. I know if this had been normal times, there would probably not been a way for all of us to get back to the island to be together, so this way seemed really good. I imagine that even when we get to the “after” times that folks will continue to include their loved ones via video… we are used to it now and know that it can be done. Now if we could only figure out a way to give a hug through the ether. The service was simple and beautiful and heart-opening. So much love reflected back by the many many people he touched. If love is a testament to a good life, Bob had one of the best. He will be sorely missed, but his memory will be cherished.
Too hot to get much done this afternoon but we put together a dinner with Jamye and Chris. It had been almost a month since we have gotten together for dinner and it felt really good to sit around a table and talk. Willi did most of the cooking but I threw together a cake from some leftovers from Friday. Inspired to create a S’Mores cake. Turned out pretty fun. Thinking it might be a fun one to offer if anyone is interested. Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker Crumbs and White Mountain Icing (marshmallow-y) torched into little curls all over. Fun to eat too!
Today we also got word that Oasis’ Meals on Heels (and MARTHA AVENUE!) have been featured in several new press outlets….In addition to last week’s Washington Post article, there is also The Getty, People, CNN and an upcoming article in the NY Times! Snippets of the various press coverage has also been picked up by The Seattle Times, The Chronicle (online), GScene (Queer Guide for Brighton, England), The Press Democrat, The Miami Herald and a whole bunch of other Associated Press outets. Not all the articles mention MARTHA AVENUE directly, but it is still a thrill when we do get a shout-out.
If you want in on the Meals on Heels fun this week, we are serving a Provençal inspired menu with a Niçoise Salad with Seared Tuna, a Lemon-Herb Roast Chicken, a Pistou Pasta, Dark Chocolate Torte and a Pavlova with Fresh Berries and Cream. You can order directly from the Oasis site for delivery on either Thursday or Friday at: www.toasttab.com/oasis/v3
Our regular menu is below. Orders for Wednesday (SF and East Bay delivery) should be placed by Monday evening.www.marthaavenuefood.com
I will close for now and go take a cooling shower and try to get some sleep. I hope that you are able to find some respite from the heat and the smoke. Be good to your heart. Know that you are worthy and loved. Hug yourselves for me. Xoxo