Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This morning we lost one of those special friends who was family to us.
After a few very hopeful days with small improvements,
After a few very hopeful days with small improvements,
our friend Rocco passed away this morning. He put up quite the fight
and hung in there for quite awhile. We are sure going to miss him
alot! We are just walking around pretty stunned and shell shocked right now.
Life can turn on a dime - make sure to enjoy every moment with your loved ones!
Posted by Cathi at 9:40 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
As challenging and heartbreaking that this year has been in many ways, I've always been extremely thankful for the many blessings it has had too (especially two little baby boys named Hudson and Mateo). These past few weeks have been very stressful to say the least with our friend Rocco being in a coma and both Alex and I coming down with that awful stomach flu that tends to hit us each year around this time - we are on the mend and so grateful to be feeling healthy again. Our friend Rocco's family had been torn apart many years ago by the death of his mother, niece & grandfather to a drunk driver. Tragedies either bring families together or they pull them apart as we all well know. For years I've been hearing about his family, and although he loves them dearly, they also drove him crazy at times. I met them for the first time a few weeks ago in his hospital room and I absolutely loved all of them and as much as he didn't feel their love thru the years, I have to tell you that they have been by his bedside daily since he went in for his operation and thru this ordeal his family totally come together. I keep thinking that I can't wait until he wakes up to tell him how much his family has been there for him...hours each day sitting by his bedside, talking to him, reading to him, telling stories and then driving a few hours back home, not to mention taking care of his day to day duties with his home and bills. That is love to me and as messy as it gets at times - it's still there. No matter what happens they are family! I talk to his sister several times a day and yesterday she told me that he opened his eyes and was somewhat aware of his surroundings. That made my heart soar - I can't tell you how happy that made me feel and also so very thankful! He is still fighting a very uphill battle though. No matter what is going on in your life - like the saying above goes - there is always something to be thankful for!
Happy Monday, Friends
Posted by Cathi at 10:44 AM
Monday, November 18, 2013
Two weeks ago today - my friend/co-worker/like-my-brother, Rocco went in
the hospital for a very serious and complicated surgery. He has been
in a coma since then. He was stabilizing the first week after a very
frightening 48 hours and things were looking good. We felt comfortable
enough to head out on our long awaited trip to New York and kept in touch
with his family several times a day while we were away. This week has
been a roller coaster ride, but I have hope and refuse to give up on him.
On Saturday, I sat at the hospital with his sisters talking to him, joking with
him and frankly telling him he has had enough sleep and its time to wake up.
His sister was reading him Peter Pan, as it was a fave book of his as a child and
I just thought that was such a sweet thing to do and to witness. We all shared stories
about him, and all agreed that he will be none to thrilled that we did when he wakes up.
I just talked to his sister a few minutes ago and he is still holding his own. He is stubborn
and tends to like to do things the hard way - but that attitude shows his fighting spirit.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers - he means the world to us!
Enjoy each moment!
Posted by Cathi at 10:48 AM
Friday, October 18, 2013
Last Saturday I took myself on a little early evening adventure
to a pretty cool restaurant in Venice, Ca called Gjelina.
I had read about this delicious salted caramel butterscotch pudding
that they make and just had to try it. So I took a nice drive over
Topanga Canyon and drove along the coast enjoying the ocean view -
there is nothing more peaceful and beautiful than the ocean,
especially in the early evening hours. I arrived just in time, right
when their dinner started and just before the mad rush - whew!
the ambiance was gorgeous - rustic yet casually elegant.
Just my cup of tea!
I had never been to this part of Venice, so I was happily surprised
at all the fabulous shops and restaurants on this street - I am definitely
going back to do some more exploring again. Loved it!
I was sat at a community table with a few other people, and I truly
enjoyed that. It's always nice to meet new people and chat away.
One couple was visiting from back east and another couple
were local - so the stories were interesting from both parties!
Loved the outdoor patio - a much coveted spot
I had a delicious pomodoro pizza - the crust was so light and the grilled
broccolini with garlic and chile was divine!
"the piece de resistance" - the salted caramel butterscotch pudding
was everything I had imagined it to be and more!
My dinner date with myself was a success!
After dinner, I took a nice leisurely stroll down a few blocks
checking out the neighborhood. On the way home,
I stopped at the beach and watched the sunset - it never gets old!
A great evening all in all. I went home with a very full tummy
and a big smile on my face!
Cheers to a fabulous weekend, friends!
Posted by Cathi at 12:16 AM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
and I have to be honest - I totally blame my mom! She definitely passed that
addiction on to me and I happily admit it! It's one addiction that I
truly don't think I can ever kick - so I am going to just give in and enjoy it!
I have always lived by the quote " Life is short eat dessert first!" haha....
When I was pregnant with Stephanie, I worked in an Italian restaurant that had
the best chocolate mousse ever - I had at least 2 bowls of that rich creamy dessert
every single shift. It's a wonder I didn't gain 100 pounds! How I loved that dessert!
After she was born, I just couldn't bare to eat more than a spoonful of it...go figure!
This whole post started tonight with the very first photo - a butterscotch salted caramel
with creme fraiche pudding. It's at a restaurant in Venice, California called Gjelina
(which is about 30 minutes from where I live on a good traffic day, which isn't often).
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm in a butterscotch salted caramel
mood this week and I'm obsessed with getting myself to
that restaurant this weekend - just trying to plan
the road with the least amount of traffic which is
pretty laughable in LA especially on the weekends.
I am thinking heading over Topanga Canyon is my best bet
a much prettier drive and I can see the ocean on the way!
(any local friends that want to join me, give me a call....)
I then decided to take a look at my dessert board on Pinterest called Yum - and I
found so many fabulous desserts that are making my mouth water (and my thighs
thicker too......haha.....) Anything with chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, shortbread
peanut butter or coffee wins my heart every single time!
I haven't tried these scones yet, but I have it on good authority that
they are absolutely drool worthy! Right, Lori? :)
Be still my caramel loving heart!
If you'd like to get the recipe for any of these photos, except the first one
You can check out my Yum Pinterest board
Nothing goes better with dessert (or in it) than coffee - so good!
I'm off to go walk on my treadmill after looking at all of these photos -
I think I just packed on a good ten pounds just thinking about eating
these gorgeous pieces of art! haha......
HAVE A GREAT WEEK, FRIENDS...
(have something sweet ....)
Posted by Cathi at 10:13 PM