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The football result was a bit of a shame last night, but England did play quite well. Not sure it was worth being awake for 19 hours though….! MM, I’m sorry you both had to miss it! And still no news about the ring??
My daughter is very very very over excited. She leaves tomorrow for a 5 day school trip, an adventure week doing archery, quad biking, zip wires, climbing and abseiling, and all sorts of other challenging stuff. We are going to miss her a LOT. It will be very quiet here! Lady Hawke, you have my endless, sincere admiration for being part of your daughter’s camp. I am in awe of the teachers accompanying my daughter and her classmates, but to put yourself through that voluntarily……wow! I am impressed you survived, and glad that it gave you a deeper insight into your daughters world.
I’ve had a nice phone call with my Dad, and I think my DS has enjoyed his day.
Lady Hawke, I have been thinking of you and yours today. I hope it wasn’t too hard.
MM, did you and your DS get to see your delicious Grandson?
Graymayne, will BigG be able to visit soon? How is he getting on?
Asti I think I would be a nervous wreck in your shoes because those kinds of activities are foreign to my nature. Strangely enough though, I have ridden pillion hundreds of miles with my DS on his motorbikes then spent fourteen years riding my own little Honda 90 when we moved to the country.
BigG Is really enjoying life. He thrives on mental challenges and enjoys the company of clever people so I reckon he has found his niche. His social networking skills seem awesome and he enjoys his bushcraft weekends and his ancient weapons events. I doubt that we will see him before the winter solstice unless unexpected family events crop up or we have a technical disaster. We keep in touch with random emails and text messages.
My daughter: “Can you keep a secret.”
Me: thinking – I have for weeks and weeks.
ME – “yes of course I can.”
My daughter: “I went to the mailbox today and there was an envelope from Kay’s Jewelers in the mailbox.”
ME: “and? What did you do?”
My daughter: “I left the envelope in the mailbox and went back inside the house.”
ME: “maybe he bought his Dad a nice watch for Father’s Day.”
My daughter: “seriously Mom? I bought the gift for his Dad.”
“I heard him go for the mail and I asked him if there was any mail and he said NO.”
ME: “Good Girl.”
You will all be proud of me. I did not say a word.
Oh, MM, I don’t know how you kept your mouth shut. You are a loyal person with a healthy fear of making your SIL to be angry with you. I also wonder why she even noticed the envelope from Kay unless she is suspecting something. We have junk mail all the time from places we have never frequented. It must have been a plain, white envelope that did not look like a mass mailing but if he has been waiting for the ring to be ready you have to wonder why they didn’t just call him on his cell.
ASTI, I would be a little nervous about all those activities too but I know they are the big new hot outdoor activities. I’m sure she will have a great time and will be well supervised. I had to drag a First Aid kit with me everywhere I went for the week and we were not doing anything more challenging than a game of kickball. I can guarantee she is going to come home exhausted. We can hardly move and this is our third morning home.
Lady Hawke I don’t think I would enjoy your camp. I hope you enjoyed some aspect.
Thanks for the birthday wishes. I have now passed the age I was worried about. My grandmother, my mother, and my brother all died at age 66. I am now passed that road block.
Beth and her family were gone over the weekend. They went to a wedding out of town. Jennifer called and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her to town. We have been going to shopping malls so I can get in my walks. She took me to Red Lobster for a birthday dinner. We got stuffed mushrooms and shared a lobster dinner. It was so good and by sharing, it saved her at least +- $30.00. Since I am on a limited income, I enjoyed our dinner better since it did not cost her so much. I usually pay for our dinner when we go out so it was nice to have somone else pay for a change.
After dinner we went shopping. I got a new security light hoping it was like the one that I already had. I also got a screw, nut, and washer to repair my gate. I don’t know why I had not thought to get this before since my latch has been messed up since cold weather. Later we went to Saturday Church in Greenwood. This is where Jennifer goes even though it is so far from where we live.
Yesterday Jennifer came over. She climbed the ladder and replaced the bulb for the security light. We also repaired the latch and re wired the bottom of the gate. These were two things that I was glad to get repaired. She also pruned my rose bushes and my trees that are in the yard. It was so nice when the light came on last night. None of my close neighbors have security lights so when I don’t have mine working, it is really dark in our neighborhood.
I should be outside working in the yard again but decided that I would just rest and take it easy today.
I cooked a Posh Meal tonight…..sea bass, (on very very special offer,) roasted new potatoes and samphire sauteed in pesto butter. I have never cooked samphire before, and it was delicious. The whole meal was, and I’m feeling quite pleased with myself, lol.
My DS and I both start work so early, it was down to my son to get daughter to school for her trip. Usually she walks to school by herself, but she couldn’t manage her luggage all that way, so son helped out, bless him. I have been missing her all day, which is silly, as I don’t see her during the day anyway!
I am a little nervous about her, but I remember a similar school trip I went on aged 12…… Although challenging and scary at times, I still have such clear, uplifting memories. This will stay with her for life.
CoolG, I am glad your daughter was able to help with your repairs, and even gladder to know you had a lovely birthday.
MM, how exciting! The Moment must be getting close……..but what a shame your daughter saw the envelope! And very well done and big pats on the back to you!
How are you feeling? Are you all better?
Graymayne, it’s lovely to hear that things are going well for your son.
Asti – the antibiotics are doing their job. No pain but maybe once in a great while. Not constant like before.
I’m watching the USA vs. Ghana. They are winning 1-0 at minute 40. Right be gore the half. GO USA!!
MM Full marks for being an excellent secret keeper with great presence of mind. Yes, I’m proud of you:-)
Asti Posh meal without a doubt! I have eaten neither sea bass nor samphire but I’ve heard of the latter on TV programmes. Isn’t it great having reliable and responsible sons? I hope your daughter has a wonderful time on her school trip with memories to treasure.
CoolG It is surprising how family trends in age at death can cast a gloom over the living. Both my parents died at 72, my sister at 76 and my maternal grandmother at 78; two down and two to go. Both my grandfathers were dead before I was born, neither due to war.
Half past twelve! I should be in bed.
Weather getting a little goofy here. Cold storm coming in tonight. Snow down to 8000ft (2438M) with
4-6 inches possible. High tomorrow 54f (12.2c) Low Wed. morning of 44F(6.6c) .
I have never even heard of samphire but it looks like something I would like. It appears to be similar to asparagus. I’ve never had sea bass either.
ASTI, how did you prepare it? Is samphire something you find on offer in restaurants? Is it usually available in grocery stores? Is it similar in taste to something else I would be familiar with?
I’ve often wanted to try fiddle head fern as well but have never had the opportunity.
Asti: Which type of Sea Bass did you have. I love Grouper which is popular in Florida.
Black Sea Bass and Striped Bass are true Bass. White Sea Bass is actually a type of fish called a Drum, which is not really a
Bass. The nearly extinct, but very popular Chilean Sea Bass is actually a Patagonian Toothfish; not something you’d order off the menu. Giant Sea Bass are Groupers. Anyway, you get the idea. Those doing the eating really don’t care too much about scientific names. If it tastes similar, cooks similar, and looks similar, they are Sea Bass. Now that’s logic
If Grouper is Sea Bass then I have had it, most often when I was in Florida. I just didn’t know Grouper classified as a Sea Bass.
I have eaten several different kinds of fish but my favorite is cat fish. The DS’s family use to take vacations to different parts of the country just to fish. When they got back, they would have a big fish fry. Still couldn’t beat the local cat fish to me. In fact they use to make fun that I preferred cat fish over bass. Lol
I decided that I had enough dishes to wash. Actually I had more than a drainer full which was unusual. Probably because I had a few pans plus bowls. As I was washing I saw that I need to do a big cleaning for the cabinets. My back is usually hurting too bad to do it while I am wasing the dishes. I always have to sit down and rest after I finish. Then I will forget about doing a spring cleaning. Probably only Graymayne will understand this. Lol
I wonder if you could guess by the above post that it was me. Evidently I was not signed in.
Cool G: I like fresh water bass over catfish by a small margin.
Lady Hawke. When I lived in Tarpon Springs Fla. I used to go to a little place and order
“Grouper Fingers” that were deep fried like chicken fingers.
The first grouper I remember was at Port St. Joe, FL. We went into a shabby little place overlooking the Gulf. My mother ordered a grouper sandwich because they told her that was the thing to have. It was a fried fillet, big and thick. She let me try it and it was wonderful.
COOLG, I generally prefer salt water fish but I like catfish if it is well prepared and not greasy. Greasy, fatty catfish can be pretty awful but it is great if well prepared. Sometimes I crave it.
I had no idea that “sea bass” could be so many things! I have never seen grouper on a menu here, but, when we eat out, sea bass is one of my favourites. it is usually served as a fillet, which fits easily on one side of the plate. The entire fish is not big.
Last night’s meal was pretty much a re creation of the meal I had when my DS and I were away. That was the first time I’d eaten samphire. I don’t think it’s something you want to overcook…… A few minutes in a pan keeps it crisp and fresh, enough to bite into with an undercurrant of salt. The pesto butter I melted into it as it cooked made a nice little sauce. The sea bass fillets were also pan fried, for about 2 minutes on each side. It is a lovely soft, delicate and subtle fish, and the crunch of the samphire comlements it well.
Tonights tea was ham salald, not nearly as posh!
I am really missing my daughter!
CoolG LOL! Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about, been there, done that, got the tee shirt.
IRONSOS, for lack of a better sentiment, “EWWWWW”, dunking PB&J into vegetable soup sounds revolting.
I have done almost nothing productive today. Yesterday I took my mother to the cemetery to place some flowers, went to lunch and took her to see a friend we had not seen in 13 years.
This has been my first day at home in well over a week. I simply couldn’t manage anything.
In my home county, Yorkshire, there is a tradition of eating a piece of hard cheese together with apple pie, hot or cold. Another one is to eat hard cheese along with rich fruit cake. I also came across the apple pie/cheese custom in Herefordshire when we ate lunch in a small cafe attached to a working cheese dairy. The taste experience is similar to eating cheese with a sweet chutney which would be standard in the traditional Ploughman’s Lunch. In the light of these taste experiences I could entertain the idea of chicken soup as a dunk for pb&j.
I was just over on the news page trying to find out more about Rupert Grint and his scheduled appearance in a play on Broadway. Nothing has shown up yet and I noted none of the news articles over there have more than three comments. Some of them have no comments. It looks as if Leaky is dying. Very few people are following the news articles over there.
Maybe the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie will revitalize things again.
GRAYMAYNE, when I was a child the local cafeteria where people flocked to have lunch after church had a choice of apple pie with or without a chunk of cheddar. There was a food line from which you made your choice and the cafeteria ladies served your plate. At the end you were at liberty to choose your own pre-sliced dessert selection. They always had apple pie and some of the slices had thick slices of cheddar wrapped in Saran wrap and lying on top. I always chose the ones with the cheese. That is the only restaurant I can remember seeing cheese served with apple pie but I have seen recipes that make that as a serving suggestion.
When I was in the UK I chose Ploughman’s Lunches as often as I had the opportunity.