Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get a Clue . . . Go Letterboxing!

My family discovered letterboxing quite by accident while I was searching through the world wide web for fun ideas to do with the grandsons. We found our first letterbox on July 18, 2007 and we were hooked.

Have you even heard about this great creative hobby? Letterboxing combines artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: an image from a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation. For more information please check out http://www.atlasquest.com/

One of my favourite things about the Ontario letterboxing community is that we have a yearly event every September called Box ON! This year we will be meeting up in Stoney Creek for a day of socializing, eating and (of course) letterboxing.

I just did a search to find out how many boxes are hidden within 25 km of St. Thomas and the answer is 49+.

Not all boxes are hidden in the "wild". Often they are in plain site.  They might be in an urban area. You can search for boxes that are called "drive bys", go for a stroll, a hike . . . or even try some extreme letterboxing for a true adventure.

And sometimes they are virtual letterboxes. Anne's Snack Bar Letterbox is just such a box. Here is the clue . . .



or you can check out the clue here http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=172325.

If you think this might be something interesting you would like to try but you have some questions, just let me know. I'll be happy to help.

And here are a couple of how to videos you might enjoy.





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy 25th, Deb & John!!

Good evening dear friends.

It has been a hot, busy, fun day. It started out at Holy Angels church where dear friends Debbie & John began the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary with mass. I took photos and tried not to do anything stupid . . . which is hard since I had no idea when to stand up and when to sit down.


Krista and her adorable daughter invited me out for lunch at Rail City Bistro and it was awesome as usual. We are really looking forward to tucking into some Australian grub this weekend there.

I was home less than an hour, edited 80+ photos and posted them to FB . . . and it was time to head up to the Roadhouse for the reception. I took lots more photos and had a nice time visiting with everyone.


Home again, into my jammies and edited 60+ more photos before loading them to FB.

I am tired but very satisfied with my day. Tomorrow is going to be extremely busy since I have ignored my Dreaded To Do List for 2 days . . . and I am having lunch at Asuka . . . yay!!!!!

I'm hoping to talk Timothy into taking my car around for a couple of estimates to repair the damage because even in this day and time I have found that women tend to get ripped off by mechanics. I don't really believe they are all like that . . . but it has been tried on me a time or three or four over the years. Please, Timmy?

I'm about to find a good book (because the one I have been reading needs to not be read) and calling it a night. Good night dear friends.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When people behave badly . . .



Good evening dear friends.
Today has not been my favourite day . . . mostly because I have high expectations of human behaviour and I am disappointed when those expectations are not met.
It started out fun . . . going out for coffee with Nancy, Doug, Nanna and Mom. On the way home I stopped at Walmart to pick up a few things and then I went home. Nanna called and asked me to take her shopping. I called Hal (who was out for breakfast with a friend) and he agreed to take Nanna shopping but he was stopping at home first. When he pulled in the driveway he saw that my car was damaged on the passenger side . . . a lot. The air was blue with his displeasure. Hal is always offending by vehicle damage.
I, on the other hand, was really upset and disappointed for a different reason. How could someone do that much damage and just drive away? I couldn't do it. I would have had to wait for the person to come out of the store or at the very least leave a note. Nothing. Who does that? What is wrong with them?
And that is how my good mood got kicked in the ass.
It has taken a lot to get past my anger and disappointment and shock. I was not fit company for anyone. Even Hal was smart enough to find excuses to disappear for long periods of time. And I did get past it or at least I've contained it . . . for now.
Three things helped me . . . having a good cry, Shaw's Ice Cream and doing something nice for someone who was a complete stranger. And the raspberry and truffles ice cream was deeeeeeelicious.
Tomorrow I'll begin the process of estimates and paperwork. But for tonight I'm feeling pretty good right now. It is just a car after all.
Good night dear friends.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The morning after a busy weekend is never pretty . . .


Good evening dear friends.

I was up at the crack of 9ish this morning with a mission. To wrestle control of our apartment back from the dust elephants. I always pick a corner and work my way out when I am tackling a big job like this. I started in the bedroom and made it all the way out to the dining room. But the kitchen . . .

Oh my, the kitchen . . . everything that doesn't have a home is now piled up in there because it is the furthest reach from the corner I began in. All the coolers and "stuff" from the reunion on the weekend are piled up in there. I've actually been using paper plates all day so at least I don't have a huge pile of dishes to wash.

But it isn't going to happen today. So I guess the corner I start in tomorrow will be the kitchen . . . and work my way out.

So all this hard work equals 2 days and 24 tasks scratched off My Dreaded To Do List . . . woo hoo!!!!

Now I am tired. I am planning on calling it a night soon because I want to be up by the crack of 9ish again tomorrow. Nancy Rose will be in town and she MIGHT want to go out for coffee or brunch or something and I want to be ready this time . . . just in case.

Hoping to get an invite out for sushi this week. I haven't been in a couple of weeks . . . hint hint . . .

I guess that is all for tonight. Good night dear friends.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The best part of a family reunion is the pot luck . . . LOL

Good evening dear family and friends.

Today was the Hewson Family Reunion.  When I woke up at ugly o'clock this morning I had absolutely no idea how many people would be coming . . . well I knew, Hal & I would be there, and Tim & Krystel, and Jana . . . okay so I kinda knew it was going to be okay.

The first big surprise of the morning was when Uncle Martin and Aunt Joan pulled in from Parry Sound.  That is some long drive for lunch . . . LOL.  So happy to see them.  And then more began to arrive.  It is always satisfying to see people who take the time and make the effort to reconnect each year.  All my kids and grandkids were there.  Only a few in my extended family were missing because of work or long distance.  And they were missed.  So awesome to see everyone!





One of the most adorable moments of the day was when little Anna (my 2nd cousin 2x removed) was so very sad because she couldn't find her new best friend and cousin (my great-nephew Aiden).  Once she found him she was happy again.

I know a lot of people may wonder why I put so much importance in family reunions.  I have learned over the years just how important family is.  Sadly, large families such as ours often become disconnected due to distances, history, a disagreement or sometimes just apathy.  I think in our new smaller world we should take a step back towards each other and forget whatever created the distance.  We will all be richer for it.  I truly believe that.  And it is so much easier to reconnect and stay connected these days.  We have the internet and improved transportation to thank for that.

To all the aunts, uncles and cousins who joined us today and those who wish they could have . . . Thank you.  You make me a better person and truly have a positive impact in my world, and even if it is only for a few hours once a year, I hope I've made an impact in your world too.  

Oh yeah, before I forget . . . cousin Paul, you did a great job passing the hat this year.  Enough to pay for the pavilion this year and next!!!

Good night dear family and friends.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

So today really is Saturday, right?


Good evening dear friends.

It sure got quiet on the world wide web in Canada tonight.  I wonder why . . . LOL.  

It has been a busy day mostly because we are preparing for tomorrow's Hewson Family Reunion and getting Hal packed for work since he has to leave right after lunch.  

But first we went to . . . guess where? . . . you are correct . . . Rail City Bistro for lunch.  Fabulous as always.  The tomato soup is the best I have ever tasted and I have eaten some pretty great baklava in my life but the slice I had today was past amazing.  I even saw Tim's eyes roll up into the back of his head with the joy.  I can't wait to see what the special is next week.

After our leisurely lunch, Hal and I headed out grocery shopping.  I should know better than to take Hal shopping, especially since his back is bothering him.  So I forgot a bunch of necessary stuff and had to go back out tonight.

I've made a mac & tuna salad and a perogy salad as our contribution to our family pot luck.  If I do say so myself they are both pretty darn delicious.  

I'm setting the alarm and heading to bed.  I want to be ready early enough so I don't feel rushed.  I'm thrilled with all the help I have for set up in the morning.  And on the off chance that we do get a little rain I have packed some fun things to do in the pavillion.  And of course, there is the splash pad and who cares about the rain then . . . 

Good night dear friends.

Friday, August 19, 2016

But I was sure it was Saturday . . .

Good evening dear friends. 

Sometimes . . . just sometimes . . . I get really confused.  Hal was home today which means it must be Saturday.  Right?  I called my son and asked him where he was.  At work, duh!  That's when I realized it was not Saturday.  I lost track of how many times I thought today was Saturday.  I blame Hal . . . LOL.


Anyway, between Hal and I we took care of lots of jobs around the house.  Hal's jobs included getting prettified with a new haircut (that doesn't look like crap . . . yes, still a little bitter about my hair) and picking up a part for the van.  That part is now in the middle of my dining room with a shiny coat of Toreador Red automotive paint which is very stinky.

I nearly made it through the whole day in pyjamas until we received a text from our friends, Wayne & Laura, inviting us out to dinner at Braxtons.  We do not get to see each other nearly as much as we would like to . . . so I did a quick-change into some real clothes and off we went.  The only thing that could possibly make the evening better was the fact that they paid!! in honour of our upcoming 33rd wedding anniversary.  And we got to torture a new server just a little bit.  He was warned about us so he was a really good sport and gave excellent service.  

Tomorrow is shopping day with Nanna plus I have to get my contributions to Sunday's pot luck made AND get Hal's laundry done so he can get him packed up to leave for the open road again.  Don't worry . . . he has a to do list to get through as well tomorrow.

Good night dear friends.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I warned you there would be days like this . . .


Today has been one of those days . . . not bad . . . just boring.  I have absolutely nothing exciting to say.  I knocked a couple of days off the dreaded to do list.  Watched some Olympics coverage.  Watched Carla & Connie.  


Now I'm watching Priscilla Queen of the Desert.


Apparently I'm having a drag queen sort of a day.  

Tim & Krystel were in for a visit.  Krystel has figured out how to make my hair not look horrible for the family reunion on Sunday.  That is a huge relief.

Lori & Jana popped in for a few minutes and to borrow a saw.

These are the highlights of my day.  

Well I think I shall return to the world of gaudy makeup and glittery costumes.  Good night dear friends.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Having a bad hair day . . .

Good evening dear friends.  It has been a rough day.


I hate my hair.  I hate getting hair cuts.  I have very fine hair but it is really thick and unruly.  It never fails but every second or third hair cut I get is an absolute nightmare.  I'm not naming names because the doer of the deed this time is a lovely lady who did a great job the last time she got her shears out.  I don't know if we miscommunicated or if something went horribly wrong and this was the best it could be fixed . . . but my hair cut is BAD.

I'm tired of short hair so I've been trying to grow my hair out from the usual short cut for quite a while.  I asked to have my hair trimmed to even it out and just above my shoulders.  The result is long bits of hair at the front and large hunks of hair hacked out of the back, shorter than the front.  And neither the front or back is anywhere near my shoulders.

In my defense, I am blind as a bat without my glasses and hoop earrings.  And Nanna was behind me,  head under a dryer, sans glasses, and glaring at me with one eye shut.  Yeah, she is blind as a bat too.  By the time I realized what had happened it was too late.

I cannot look in a mirror because it makes me cry every time.  This is weird behaviour for me because I am the furthest thing from a vain person.  I think life should be lived in comfy clothes and comb & go hairstyles.  My idea of makeup is every once in a while I use mascara and if it is a big occasion I might put on some lipstick.  

My lovely friends are telling me it isn't too bad but I can see the pity in their eyes.  I do appreciate them trying to make me feel better though.  My usual hairdresser says there isn't much she can do until it grows out a bit . . . sigh.  I'm hopeful my daughter-in-law-to-be can come up with a good idea of what to do with this mop because the family reunion (and the required tons of photos) is happening on Sunday.

Wish me luck!

Good night dear friends.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A rainy shopping kind of day . . .

Good evening dear friends.

I think the title of this post tells it all.  I spent half the day out shopping with Nanna again.  I nearly called our trip off because the northside of town was getting some pretty heavy rain and wind.  But I braved the weather and as soon as I crossed Talbot St. it was just spitting.

We started out at the Salvation Army thrift store looking for a twin mattress and bedside table for my oldest grandson (Nanna's great great grandson)'s dorm room.  $299 for a new twin mattress.  They looked really nice BUT that is a little steeper than we wanted to pay.  

Next stop was to TSC for udder cream.  Nanna swears by it for her legs and who am I to doubt her word?



Off again to Walmart.  We picked up silverware, a couple of really nice bath sheets (black . . . because you know he isn't going to sort whites from colours . . . LOL).  And we bought a mattress.  Now this is a very exciting special mattress.  We actually have them in our apartment and they've lasted for years.  The packaging is what makes them really special.  After they roll up and wrap the mattress in plastic at the factory they must suck out all the air because the mattress fits into a box the width of the twin in height and about 10" x 10" across.  The box even has two wheels on the bottom and a handle on top to make it easy to transport.  It seems impossible that the box can hold a twin mattress . . . but it does.  My greatest fear is that one of the "boys" is going to get curious and open the box.  Once the mattress is out of the box it will not go back in.  And in the box is going to be the easiest space-saving way to get it to the dorm.  They've been warned.

We dropped our purchases off and then headed to Nanna's hairdresser.  While she was under the dryer I got my hair trimmed as well.  

And the sun came out!

I've just been hanging around the house working on a few chores and watching the Olympics.  Hal just called and he is on the way home.

Good night dear friends.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday has been a quiet day

Good evening dear friends.

So two very busy updates today . . . but now it is Monday and I've had my nose to the grindstone all day.  In My World it is now December 22 since I've managed to knock 2 days off My Dreaded To Do List.  That is the equivalent of 34 tasks completed.

The biggest chore today was sending out reminders to all my Hewson cousins to remind them about the family reunion on Sunday.  I sure hope we have a good turn out.  I don't mind doing the work when it goes well.

On the subject of the family reunion, in regards to the pot luck lunch . . . Nanna says she is only going to do some baking so if you want Green Glop or sandwiches you will have to make them . . . LOL.

Have you seen the new challenge floating around Facebook the past couple of days?  I decided to answer the questions.

Challenge accepted
Tattoos - none
Piercings - 2
Marriages - 2
Divorces -1
Been engaged - 2
Gotten a ticket - no but I've been pulled over a couple of times
Been arrested - no
Been to jail - just to visit
Been in a fist fight - once or twice or so . . . a LONG time ago
Want to Donate your Organs - yes
Shot a gun - no
Surgery - 6
Dance on a table - never, at least not that I remember
Been In a wreck - I assume a fender bender doesn't count as a wreck . . . so no
Jumped in Freezing water - does sticking my feet in count?

Played sports for fun - when I was a kid
Driven more than 5 hours - no, 2 hours seems to be my limit
Just hold your finger on it, hit copy and paste to your wall - you can change the answers!  If you don't want to copy, paste, answer or share I don't care.

Well that is all the excitement for today.  Good night dear friends.

A Day Out with Nanna

For those who may not have been lucky enough to meet her yet, this is my 99&2/3-year-old grandmother, referred to by one and all as Nanna . . . 


 . . . and various other relatives at a recent family function . . . LOL.

Nanna and I had a date to go shopping at Freshco on Sunday since our Saturday shopping trip ended early due to rain.  In Nanna's mind this actually means "let's make a few stops and one of them just might be Freshco."  So as we are pulling away from her place I mention that Hal is working over at the "kids'" house on the bathroom.  Guess where our first stop was?

When we arrived at our first destination, Greg came out to help her up the front steps and into the house.  The grandsons all gave her the required amount of fuss, hugs and kisses to make her happy and we sat down for a visit.  

Finally on the road again, we actually made it to Freshco . . . who did NOT have the one item she wanted to go there for.  A couple of weeks ago they had small containers of ice cream for $1 which were just perfect for her.  So now she had to buy 1 litre of ice cream!

When we got back in the car, she said she wanted to go for lunch but she wanted a REAL meal.  I dropped her groceries off at her place and put the ice cream in the freezer and off we went for a REAL meal.  Guess where I took her?  

Yep.  You are right.  Rail City Bistro.  We sat at a window table so we could watch the world go by.  Nanna ordered the braised beef on a bun with a salad.  I ordered the roasted veg panini and a bowl of tomato bisque.  When our order was delivered Nanna started eyeing my bowl of soup.  I had two big spoonfuls and then "graciously" traded her salad for my soup.  She really enjoyed her sandwich and soup and the leftovers were packed up for her supper.  

Did she want dessert?  Well she probably shouldn't since she couldn't finish her meal . . . so we ordered dessert.  I was so happy to find out there were a couple of slices of the cherry cheesecake left from the grand opening.  Nanna ate every bit of her cake . . . LOL.

Finally she decided it was time for her to go home.  Oh yeah . . . she paid for lunch!!!!




In My World . . .

It has become my habit over the past couple of years to post a nightly status on Facebook chronicling the highs and lows of my day.  Turns out some people seem to really like my posts.  I've even been hugged in grocery stores by people I barely know.  (See this blog post and this one to understand why this is such a big deal to me).  My Mom called this morning to make sure I was all right as I had only posted a few words last night because I was so tired . . . LOL.  I know of a few people who wait for my nightly post before going to bed.  This both compliments and mystifies me.

Anyway, many times I have wanted to add links or photos to my posts so I have decided to switch my nightly post to my blog.  So . . . some nights you will hear a lot from me and on the more routine, hum drum sort of days you may only hear a little.

This past weekend requires a lot . . .

Since I already shared my Saturday with all my Facebook friends, I'll just post my status here.


"Good evening dear friends. I am very sleepy but I thought I should pop in and say hello.
It has been a busy day. Nanna and I went grocery shopping today and got most of it done before the rain started. We are planning on a Freshco run tomorrow (which is now officially today).
This afternoon we attended a surprise birthday party for our friend Jen. The food looked delicious but I was saving my appetite for our final engagement of the day.
Hal and I attended the grand opening of the Rail City Bistro. The Walpole family and friends are all very talented and funny. The food was spectacular. I took lots of photos but I won't be posting them until tomorrow. If you haven't been to this restaurant yet, my only question is why not?
Now I need to sleep so I am ready for more shopping with Nanna in the morning. Good night dear friends."

The first thing I would like to share is some photos taken at a fabulous little restaurant that is new to town, Rail City Bistro. It is located right beside the L&PS Station/Tourist Bureau on the corner of Talbot and St. Catharines Streets. I posted a review of the bistro after my first TWO visits.

Hal and I attended the Grand Opening of the Rail City Bistro Saturday night as an early celebration of our 33rd wedding anniversary. (Actual date is the 25th but Hal will be on the road.) I am so glad we went. I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos but they were taken with a tablet. Here are some photos I took of the food . . .

I ordered the almond-encrusted salmon which is a menu item.  It was delicious.  For dessert I enjoyed the New York style cherry cheesecake and it was perfect.
 

Hal really enjoyed the Chicken Beurre Blanc and had the chocolate cake for dessert.  Sorry I wasn't able to get a photo before he started eating his cake.  I just wasn't fast enough.
 

A young lady who sat at our table enjoyed the tomato and chickpea curry.  It certainly looked good.
And here are some event photos.  Same problem, taken with a tablet.  From now on I bring my camera.



The gentleman in the centre is Chef Jared Walpole.  Singing to his right is Aaron Walpole.  And on the left, Shawn Buck.  They really kept us entertained with their music and banter.
 




This is our hostess, Lindsay.  I certainly had a hard time getting a photo of her standing still . . . LOL.

Stay tuned.  I will be posting about my Sunday adventures later today.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Storms of War by Kate Williams



I recently finished reading The Storms of War by Kate Williams, a very interesting historical novel about the de Witt family during WWI.  The de Witt family are German which is not a popular thing to be during this time.   Before the war they were tolerated by their neighbours but as soon as war is declared the eldest daughter's fiance calls off the wedding, the father is detained as a possible spy, the eldest son refuses to come home, the younger son joins the army and the youngest of all, Celia, is left trying to survive the tumult of the times.  

An excellent summer read.  I haven't given away more than a few little secrets.  Much more to the book than that.  Enjoy.

Goodfellas is #18


Goodfellas 1990

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #18 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Goodfellas (1990)


Apparently I love gangster movies. Of course this another one that was shot back in the day when we didn't have to see all the gory details. Most were just suggested. Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, a quiet young boy who gets involved in the mob and works his way up through the ranks. When drug addiction and a couple of mistakes torpedoes his career he decides to not be so quiet.

Goodfellas is a movie that typecast so many actors as mobsters for the rest of their acting careers.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Home Fires by Julie Summers

 

I just finished reading this book and I have to say it is not everyone's cup of tea.

If you love history non-fiction than this book is for you.  The author spent a great deal of time researching the Women's Institutes of England during WWII.  A bit of trivia . . . Women's Institutes were started in Canada.  According to  Wikipedia:  The Women's Institute (WI), a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.  

Julie Summers includes quite a few interviews and personal stories which really make the book a good read.  It is amazing what a group of women can do when challenged. 

Did you know that even Princess Elizabeth, her mother, and grandmother were also members of the WI?  

I recommend this book.  I am now off to watch the Masterpiece PBS series of Home Fires which is based on the book.




Monday, August 8, 2016

#15 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

I have reviewed this movie before because it was on another Best Of list at this link.  The only change is that then it was #21 and now it is #15!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

#14 Forrest Gump (1994)

Have you noticed how much I love lists?  I really do.  And I'm very excited to see how many of the Top 250 movies I can watch in 2016.



#14 Forrest Gump

I have reviewed this movie before so just take a look here.  One of my favourite movies of all time.  It began my love affair with Tom Hanks.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Hattie Big Sky Book Poster Image

Hattie Big Sky is meant for preteen and teen readers but I think grown ups are allowed to read it as well.  

I read this book quite a while ago and wish I'd blogged about it then so I could give you more detail than I can now.  The story is about a young orphan who is constantly moved from one relative to another, never knowing a home.  She is the beneficiary of her Uncle's homestead in Montana and decides to take the risk.  She shares her adventures and misadventures in letters to her friend Charlie, serving on the front during WWI.  

I was about to tell you how it ends but I'll leave that for you to find out.  I do promised it is not what you might expect.

I think this book is a great summer read.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I am excited !!! about a new restaurant in town --- Rail City Bistro

It has been a very long time since I have been excited about a restaurant in town.  The last time I got excited was when Asuka Japanese opened.  And you all know how much I LOVE Asuka.  I don't want to make my favourite restaurant jealous BUT I have a crush on a new place in town . . . 

Rail City Bistro.




This little gem is located at 599 Talbot Street here in St. Thomas.  I saw a couple of different people posting photos on FB and was tempted . . . and then I saw their weekend special and I knew I had to try it out.  My mom, Grace and I made a date to go for lunch on Friday for the fish and chips special.  

I walked in and, although the restaurant is only sparsely decorated, it is clean and bright and comfortable.  The tables are set with black tablecloths and pretty centrepieces of greens and pussy willows.   

Our server was welcoming, friendly and very helpful.  In fact, she told Mom and Grace about the size of the fish & chips dinner and suggested they could split the dinner.  Turns out that was very good advice as the servings were very substantial.

But I digress . . . I spotted something on the menu that piqued my interest and, of course, I had to order it . . . Deep Friend Macaroni and Cheese Balls with Homemade Tomato Sauce!!!!  OMG but it was fun and cute and, most important, DELICIOUS!!!  Can you sense my excitement?  Grace didn't think she wanted one but I talked her into trying half of one.  She ended up taking the rest of her ball . . . LOL.



Entrees . . . Mom and Grace split an order of fish and chips.  The fish was perfectly cooked.  The tartar sauce was deliciously homemade.  I ordered the chicken saltimbocca panini and salad which is on the regular menu.  I always love a really good sandwich.  Homemade herb pesto (which I would have eaten with a spoon), mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, seasoned chicken breast, and sliced tomato all perfectly grilled in whole wheat bread.  Served with a salad dressed with perfectly homemade red wine vinaigrette.  My meal was perfect.  (I could only eat half the sandwich and brought it home.  Guess what?  Had it for lunch today and it was just as delicious cold.)




Dessert . . . you must order the panna cotta, a velvety baked Italian custard topped with raspberry compote and a crispy sugar tuile.  Mom was trying to figure out how to lick the bowl without being noticed . . . LOL.



Anyway . . . Friday evening rolls around and Hal and I are trying to decide what we want for supper.  Tim and Krystel come in and they are thinking about what to have for supper.  I started telling them about my new crush . . . and off we went.

Well, as you know, Hal hates everything.  He can be a most frustrating diner.  Well, Hal loved everything.  We started with an order of macaroni and cheese balls . . . of course.  Hal and Krystel ordered the chicken pot pie which came with a salad.  It was huge and hot and delicious.  Tim ordered the Asian stir fry which is a menu item and he was absolutely thrilled.  I ordered the fettucini Alfredo  (also a menu item) and was very pleased with it.  We were all stuffed but I was determined to try the sticky pudding so we ordered one and all had a taste.  Excellent texture to the cake, caramel sauce drizzled over and vanilla ice cream.  Any time this dessert comes up in the menu, I will be there!!!!  And yes, Hal did lick the plate . . . sigh.



So I guess you know what I'm going to say next.  Please continue to support Asuka . . . but when you want something non-Japanese, go to RAIL CITY BISTRO.  You won't be sorry.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Art Journaling Finishes in November 2015









Knitting finishes for November 2015


Love these dishcloths that look "normal" on one side and show off a great picture on the other.



I guess it is pretty obvious that I ran out of purple cotton and couldn't find any more . . . sigh.  Oh well, my dishes don't care what my dishcloths look like.