Marti’s Birthday Month (Deb’s Birthday Too!)

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It is dinner time and we have reservations at Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen.  We arrive at the restaurant and find that it is packed.  Even with a reservation we find that we need to wait.  Standing by the bar David, Jessica, the birthday girl Marti and I wait for our table.  Six minutes later we are sitting at our table and reviewing the menu.  We order drinks and place our dinner requests.  I can see that Marti is happy with the restaurant, company at the table, and our food.  We laugh, talk and enjoy our dinner the food is excellent and prepared with skill.  We enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant.  We pass on desert because we have a special fruit tart and chocolate back at the cabin.

After arriving back at the cabin we set out the tart, special candy and David and Jessica’s homemade Lemoncello.  We have tried an earlier batch of the Giudicessi Lemoncello during a visit to David and Jessica’s home.  However, the Lemoncello David brought to the cabin was part of a new batch; it was different from the batch we first tried at David and Jessica’s.  This Lemoncello was smother and more delicate with a fine lemon flavor.  Marti was very happy with the new Lemoncello.  With a slice of tart and a small piece of chocolate and of course her glass of Lemoncello in front of her, we all wished her a happy birthday.

After enjoying our deserts we relaxed and soon it was time for bed.  Marti and I head upstairs to our room for a night of sleep.  After changing into our pj’s we climbed into bed warm and ready for sleep.  Before closing my eyes I ask Marti if she enjoyed her birthday.  Marti was so animated in her reply.  She went on to say how much she enjoyed the company of David and Jessica, the Serra Nevada Mountains, the cities of Murphy and Arnold, the beauty of Blue Lake Springs, the cabin and our walk in the forest.  She did state that our visit to the city of Dorrington California was the least enjoyable part of her birthday weekend.  Happy that Marti enjoyed her birthday I went to sleep.

Waking up Sunday morning was wonderful.  Marti was still asleep so I crawled out of bed and headed into the bathroom.  With my teeth brushed, and body showered I walked downstairs to the family room.  Today we need to return home.  Marti needs to go to work on Monday so today we must return to home.  Together David, Jessica, Marti and I started preparing the cabin for our departure.  We washed and replaced the dirty items in the cabin and basically readied it for the next visitors.  By mid morning we were in our car and heading home.  I was sad to leave.  I will return to the cabin with David and Jessica again.

Time moved forward and it was the last weekend of Marti’s birthday month.  We had planned a dinner with friends to celebrate two birthdays.  Regardless of what Marti thinks other people were born in her birth month.  Even though February is the shortest month of the year it is Marti’s birth month. Most of us are lucky to celebrate part of a day on our birth day.  Marti on the other hand has been able to stretch her birth day into a birth month.    We started the month off with a wonderful present that was ordered on-line with an estimated delivery date of her birth day.  We are still waiting for this present to arrive.  We ended her birthday month at another Italian restaurant with six other friends.  (Rumor had it that one person at the table also celebrated her birthday too.)  Happy birthday Debbie!

I am sure Marti enjoyed her birthday and each day she did not work in her birthday month!

The Frank & Rose Giudicessi Reunion – Continues

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In the fall of 1946 Frank and Rose were blessed with a beautiful baby boy.

They were speechless with the beauty of this child and as we all know there is something special about the first Italian son born to Italian parents. They choose to name this special young man John Alan, after his grandfather, and thanked God every day for blessing them with such a wonderful boy child. Shortly after the arrival of this child Frank and Rose were provided another boy child. This child was named Samuel, he was named after Rose’s father, but please remember he was the second boy child, not the first, so he could not be as important as first born boy John. We really do not know how (and I am sure that Frank and Rose did not know either) but some time later a fourth child was born to Frank and Rose. This child was a beautiful baby girl named Jessica after Rose’s mother. So as you can see that Frank and Rose Giudicessi Family had begun.

Marianne and her first husband Gary Stephen had three boys Frank, Gary and Brian. Marianne and Gary divorced and after a reasonable time both remarried. Marianne married Bill Corcoran, and they have been very happy for 18 years. John Alan’s and his wife Monica (now deceased) were married for thirty-eight years and had two daughters Deborah and Susan. John’s family now consists of his two daughters, his partner Marti and her two children Alexandra and Chris. Sam’s and his first wife Gail had two children Rose and his deceased son Jerome. His divorced wife Gail will always remain a Giudicessi family member.

Sam and his wife Debbie have been together for many years now. Jessica’s family consists of husband David and their three children, two sons Josh and David, and one daughter Jennifer.

The four children of Frank and Rose Giudicessi and their families would become the initial group to participate in the reunion.

The event takes place at the “Buonarroti Ristorante” in Lincoln, California

starting at 1:30 pm and ending at 4:30 pm. The adult menu comprised of the following:
Garden Salad with House Vinaigrette, Fresh Baked Baguette with garlic butter, and a choice of one of the following entrees:
Three Cheese Ravioli Stuffed with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese tossed in our signature red sauce
Chicken Piccata Boneless breast of chicken sautéed in white wine, lemon, garlic, and capers, served with sautéed vegetables
Skirt Steak Marinated in citrus juices, grilled to perfection and topped with fresh gorgonzola cheese. Served with sautéed seasonal vegetables
Followed by your choice of one
Dessert: Tuxedo Mousse Cake, the Lemon Cake was lost so all who ordered it were out of luck.
The Kids Menu
includes a beverage and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and one of the following:
Chicken Strips with French Fries
Spaghetti with garlic butter or red sauce you can add meatballs
Buonarroti’s Mac and Cheese
Cheese Pizza and you can add pepperoni