Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

It's still 2016 as I start to write this, but 2017 is less than 9 hours away.  I can always come back and edit this post if something happens during those 9 hours.

2016 went fast.  Too fast.  And I'm just guessing, but 2017 will probably go even faster.  And will probably full of surprises, good and bad, too.

There is a new President and a world gone crazy.  But the economy is better than during the past 8 to 10 years.  At least that's a good start.

I won't dwell on the problems we Earthlings face.  They are too many and the only way most will be solved is for there to be a total annihilation of the human race.  Well, we certainly don't want that so it behooves us to get along better.  I'll try if everyone else will.

Once again 'diet' raises its ugly head.  Yes, I've got to re-start mine.  I've already recorded all my vitals including blood pressure, pulse, weight, BMI, Body Fat, Visceral fat, Body age, and even visited with my doctor two days ago to make sure I'm okay.  He gave me a thumbs up.  So there should be no reason for me to go softly into my diet.  But first, there's a ribeye to be cooked and eaten tonight.  After that I'm thinking there will be lots of chicken and bushes on the plate after that.

So like everyone else on Earth, I'm waiting to see what 2017 brings.

Christmas 2016

Once again, Judy and I drove to New Orleans for Christmas.  Seems a lot easier than all of them coming here.

And once again, we ate a lot of good food and gave/got some nice gifts.

But this year we also got to see Joyce and Allen's new home being built in Terra Bella, in Covington, Louisiana.  It looks to be about 1/3 along but the construction people move fast and I'm sure it will be ready to move into in March.

The trip was also the longest yet in our new Honda Pilot (almost 800 miles) and we were very happy with the comfort and performance.  We averaged 28.1 mpg if you believe the on-board computer, but 25.1 mpg if you actually calculate the fuel purchased.  Still not bad considering it's a much larger car than the Toyota Hybrid.  It may well be our last car to buy.

It was a fun trip with some time leftover for packing china and cleaning out closets.

Now to lose the eight pounds I put on.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is usually associated with family, food and football, but this year it included making stained glass.  Yes, the stained glass workshop (our garage) was busy with glass being cut, ground to shape and fitted into a pattern where it was eventually soldered into place and ending up as a work of art to be fitted into a custom door for Joyce and Allen's new home being built in Covington, Louisiana.

Meanwhile, Sandra was learning how to make mosaic art, this time a garden stone with a dragon fly. It turned out really nice and she is excitedly planning her next mosaic art project.

We had the usual food items for Thanksgiving dinner but we decided to cook the turkey 'spatchcocked' style instead of the usual way.  Spatchcocked is a galic word for butterflied, if you were wondering.  We also wanted to try some new seasoning created by our friends at Dizzy Pig BBQ Company in Virginia.  And naturally, the turkey was cooked on the Big Green Egg.

It turned out really well.  As is typical of spatchcocked chicken and turkey, it was easy to cut up and was very moist throughout.  It went well with all of the other food we had laid out for the six of us.

Anyway, it was a wonderful holiday.  And I took some photos which I included in this video.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed living it.

Thanksgiving 2016


43rd Wedding Anniversary

December 1, 1973...  I remember it well.  It was the day my Sweetie and I were married.

And we just celebrated that day for the 43rd time.

I was feeling poorly and we had to postpone until today our little celebration in style.  But we did go for a special lunch yesterday at a popular new restaurant called Cape Code Cafe.  Our neighbors joined us.

Reviews all gave it high marks and advised people to be prepared to stand in a long line for the evening meal. So we though it best to get there when they opened at 11:00. It pretty much filled up by the time we left.

We may have been a bit over hyped by the reviews but we didn't like it.  We even ordered their signature dish, a lobster roll, which we didn't like at all.  We also ordered cups of lobster bisque and New England Clam Chowder.  The bisque was weak in flavor and the lobster bits in it were tough and stringy.  The Clam Chowder was only pretty good.  We make better at home.

We even ordered the Sampler Platter that  included some crab cakes, fried clams and French Fries. Really bad.  We can't wait to NOT go back.

Even so, it was a nice outing with our neighbors.  It also let us know that our tastes are definitely not for New England style seafood.

I slept most of the rest of the day.

But today I felt better and we both went for pedicures.  And I have to say, an occasional pedicure is worth it, even for the manliest of men and the most frugal of women.

Then we had a delicious lunch at a favorite Chinese restaurant just across the street from the spa.

No sooner than we arrived back home I was ready for a full nap.  Apparently, I needed it.

After 43 years, celebrating it doesn't actaully have to be on the same day.  Today was much nicer.

Happy Anniversary Love of my Life