For the second time this weekend, I took a ride to Silver Lake in Sharon. Kid2 was dropped off, and along with Counselor Asst. Kid1, they will be there until Saturday. I have written about this before, but it bears repeating that it is a bit strange for both to be gone even for this short time. If you visit Patti's blog today about this, there is a picture of the two urchins taken yesterday at camp. I appropriated the picture to the right from the lovely Patti's blog to emphasize this point. Kid1 was in second grade, Kid2 beginning Kindergarten in 1995. Then it was backpacks, yesterday it was: duffel bags, portable fans, sheets, a sleeping bag, pillows, canvas totes, a saxophone, and a hardbound copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They are not exactly roughing it, but we may be, a bit...This was our ride, our steed, or our Conestoga wagon for the ride up and back. Compared to a car, it is louder, has a harder ride eats more fuel. But harping about the vices of this particular vehicle misses the virtues when compared to an actual Conestoga: 1) Paved roads; 2) Front and rear A/C; 3) Six speakers; 4) No horse dung, etc. We went out to Bertuccis (chain in the northeast) for a sausage pizza, with a salad of mozzarella, tomatoes and greens in a balsamic vinaigrette, Merlot and a cappuccino. A nice dinner together sans children. To avoid dwelling on anything, perhaps we will prepare a dinner tomorrow of be pasta with artichokes and pancetta. The thought now, anyway at 21:57 EDT
Saturday, July 28, 2007
This part of CT is really beautiful, being nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires. The 'over hill, over dale imcludes climbing into and out of two substantially hilly river valleys (Naugatuck and Housatonic). There is a preponderance of two kinds of farms, dairy moo-cows and horses. The farms are stunning. The whole area is a beautiful, albeit isolated area. Towns like Canaan, Salisbury and Norfolk are attractive with nice restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts, etc. Nice places. Someday, I'd like to find a charming whelchair accessible B&B to stay at...
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This has been presented to me by the tired one Lynn, Mama extraordinaire. One of the aspects of this award is for those that make visitors feel at home on their blog. I see this blog as an extension of our home, and as such, welcome to my home. I am not shy, but reserved at the first meeting. I do warm up, but I want you to be comfortable here. I have points of view on many subjects, including politics, but I only want to talk, or invite conversation. To Lynn, I thank you. Also, there is the Bayside connection...I never could have connected SoCal and Bayside if not for some thoughtful bloggers.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
There is a mini-golf place in the center of town. It is old, not like the ultra-modern golf palaces on Route 28. Because it is old and worn I can get my wheelchair on and off most of the 18 greens and actually play a round. In golf, the high score wins, right??
Beautiful weather while at Craigville Beach. Blue skies, sun, and the view of Nantucket Sound while seated in a beach wheelchair watching the sun worshipers and doing absolutely nothing. On vacations, the biggest decision of the day is where we are going to have dinner...
And of course, being with the family. This view is on Orleans in 2001. The kids are bigger and older now, but the feeling is the same...together. We will travel east again, but the great memories are quite a souvenir...
Friday, July 20, 2007
I didn't take this one, but Kid1 did in Paris in 2004. I really enjoy this one, even though she and Patti were actually there and Kid2 and myself were home in the Naugatuck Valley. As the story goes, they were on a tour bus, and the picture was taken through the window. Wow. I would love to go to Paris, but it will take much planning (and $) to make a trip like this work with the wheelchair, but I can still dream. I was told that the elevators on la Tour Eiffel should accommodate a wheelchair.
As promised earlier, I am showcasing the 67¢ basting brush the F.O gave me last week. Isn’t it a beauty? Agreed that there are many things to be concerned about in this world, so why not get excited about an item I can and will use? In this photo, Kid2 is basting chicken on the grill. I like it. The humid weather has passed and it was a delightful 77 deg. F with dry northwest winds at about 15MPH. A great family day.
To Lynn, I am honored for the award and will post about this real soon.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
1955: Mike Scott (same day) pitcher extraordinaire for the Houston Astros. My memories include the 1986 NL playoffs. If the Astros beat the Mets in game 6, they never would have beaten Scott in Game 7. And my RedSox might have not been star crossed in their Game 6 with the Astros instead of the Mets...
1822: Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of many parks, two of his most famous being Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
1984: 'Count' Basie. Jazz big bandleader and composer. Wrote one of my favorite swing era classics, the One O'clock Jump, as well as April in Paris (pour mon amie)
1973: Irene Ryan, the irascible Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies. As for her recipies, I'll pass on the squirrel and possum, but wouldn't mind sampling the wares of her famous jug. I can't say if it is moonshine or an octane booster, remember the drag race that the Clampett's truck won after Granny put some of the contents of the jug into the gas tank?
Confederate Memorial Day in Florida and Georgia (Empress Bee take note).
1986: Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded and released a radioactive cloud over the Ukraine. Actually, that event actually happened on 4/25 in CT, given the seven hour time difference...
1564: William Shakespeare, aka 'The Bard' was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
1865: John Wilkes Booth is cornered and killed by Federal troops.
Merci, mon amie. I love the research!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
"The patio was washed down with care,
with the hopes that Grille Man would soon be there"
So Kid2 and I purchased a new charcoal grill at Ocean State Job Lot (the regional equivalent to Big! Lots). It was only $35, and the closest to a Weber kettle grill that I can handle - the Weber doesn't have a hinged lid, and is too heavy for me to lift. The new one has the hinges, so I can operate the lid from my wheelchair.
I made pork marinated in limes. I used a pork tenderloin sliced into 6 pieces, marinated in lime juice, crushed red pepper, fresh garden basil and Rosemary and peppercorns. Later the grille was prepared and I worked with the grilled Portuguese bread prior to cooking the pork. The pork is in process, and the already grilled bread on the plate has just the right amount of char, as it was coated with an olive oil/butter mixture first. It's foolproof.
Of course, the meal was really good because all four of us were there. Enjoying a meal together is really the best. We are going to cook chicken on the grill tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it, as Patti has purchased for me a new basting brush she picked up from Big! Lots today. I will get a picture of the 67¢ brush tomorrow. In fact, summer closeouts are happening now, so maybe more grill accessories will be in our possession soon...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
With apologies to Steubenville's favorite son,Dino Paul Crocetti, (okay, Dean Martin). I figure that Michael C , who's very blog being started with the Rat Pack, would get this. Although I've never considered him to be a skeptic about Steubenville, but for those who truly are skeptics, I offer the following visual stimuli to convince you that the 'Ville is worthy of some consideration:
Or maybe not. I happen to like what I would characterize as an old mill town. The primary manufactured item there is steel. I have an affinity for old mill towns, and where we live now is a town of that sort, the big metal here is copper...Still, Allegra will have her proof when we take our trip here someday...
Monday, July 9, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
"Oh, I'd like to know where you got the notion...” which is of course Rock the Boat by the Hues Corporation, same year, same place. Catchy tune and a dance beat, and not nearly as obtuse as Mott the Hoople. Lots of other songs I relate to my freshman year of 1973-1974, including Band on the Run (one of McCartney's best albums) and We're an American Band. Actually, I run into these songs and many older oldies on our favorite 102.9 almost as often now as then!
Okay, back to Steubenville. Kid1 thinks the place is not real. It sounds like my imagination is on the loose. I try the facts... It is on US 22, 39 miles west of Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29 miles from the Pittsburgh airport. Then I try the songs argument: "I know the place exists because I heard that song! I guess that we are going to have to take that 10-hour drive to prove my point. In addition, Patti has seen the place, although she might not admit it...Although, the attached graphic might (should?) be proof enough for Kid1...And Follansbee is a real place, too!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
We all complain about the weather. But when you hear about the excessive temperatures in Phoenix, the I.E., Vegas, etc. as being excessively hot, 115° F, it seems as if it would be impossible. I was speaking once with someone who lived in Tempe and his opinion was that hottest part of the summer was like the deep of winter up north, maybe that's true. I've gone on vacation to some hot places over the years: Phoenix, Virginia Beach, Omaha (102° and humid), New Orleans and Biloxi...every place was hot, and the humidity was oppressive everywhere but AZ. I was visiting people I liked, so who cared. But hot is hot. Check our unique holiday decoration from a few years ago. This cheap Chinese import was supposed to stand upright on the lawn, but the junk collapsed. We attached it to the ramp in the corner. It fit perfectly, the proverbial lemons to lemonade (preferably with plenty of ice!). And then it snowed a couple of inches, and the flash reflected off some flakes. Voila, a picture for the ages...we are not a pros, but I like this shot! I did notice in AZ that 102° seemed to be much cooler than 110°, the max I felt in my visit. If your imagination can make you cooler, check out the snowy orbs encircling our Chinese tree...
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Lynn had channelled both Patti and Myself regarding food recently. I had replied that you can prepare elegant yet easy recipes. On the left is the shrimp-n-pasta that is made with canned chicken broth, canned diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, onions and defrosted medium shrimp. Over angel hair, the prep and cook time is not more than 25 minutes. That's it! On the right is a steak salad...sirloin tips covered with a peppercorn rub, cooked in a skillet and added to the lettuce..add what you want! In Feb, and it was frrrezing outside, but this summer salad had mushrooms, sliced banana peppers from a jar, grape tomatoes and a sharp Gorgonzola cheese. And the obligatory (but I never get tired of it!) local Portuguese bread. Total time? 20 minutes at the outside.
I only talk about this because good food is easy. And if you don't want meat or fish, use all the vegetables you want: fresh green beans, Garbanzos, zucchini, whatever. And we aren't anal gourmands...when I made my first steak salad in 2001, (insert hushed tones) I...used...a...bottled dressing...Horrors!!! (Cains Peppercorn Parmesan from Boston was the offender). I grew up as part of a family of seven kids and two adults, and my mother couldn't spend all day cooking (except for Thanksgiving) and made Chili and many soups that did not take much prep time...and were excellent!
Am I a gourmand? No, but what is the best thing about eating with your family and/or friends? You linger over the food, you talk, you laugh, you enjoy your dinner mates. There are no bad meals...not with those you like to be with!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Three cheers for the red, white and...kielbasa?
We made the annual trip to Michele's for the celebration of our Independence. And as always, the day was great. We see people that we don't see that often, and the food was wonderful. As for the food, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some of the usual/unusual: Corn dip for scoop-able Fritos, Onion Soup dip (a staple for parties in my family since I was 6), potato-egg salad, a delicious rice salad, a great taco salad, grilled kielbasa, hot dogs and burgers. I should probably lose weight, but not today!
And it was cool that Patti's mom came with us. Baby Adam was there, and what doting parents Sue and Steve are, and Adam is so healthy and far away from his 2 lb 12 oz preemie days. And relatives, cousins, nieces and nephews.
And the fireworks. Michele lives close to the next town, and they held their yearly fireworks yesterday. The group hikes up to a church about 1/2 mile away and we watch the fireworks, themselves being launched about a mile away from that. The views are clear and you can get pictures. I like the picture above, because it is in motion and squiggly (no tripod). Thank you Kid1! And have you noticed the latest in fashion in glow-stick wear? Bracelets and necklaces and headbands...Oh My!!! The whole visit is just a nice time. Happy Birthday, America.