Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lunch with a Blog Friend +

Vicki and I have been blog friends for at least 10 years; although she doesn't write her blog any more and mine has only sparse updates. We had lunch today at my favorite Mexican place - Los Tres Magueyes - and it was, as usual, very enjoyable to be with her. Once again, however, I forgot to take photos - not even of the food. I had arroz con camarones (rice and shrimp) and Vicki had carne asada tacos, which she said was very good. I do love Mexican food, even though I am not very adventurous with the menu. I love fajitas, and chimichangas and tacos that I make at home. I use the "stand and stuff" taco shells. 

I wanted to see her beautiful granddaughter Arleigh, but she was at daycare today. I surely hope I get to see her again soon. Last time was months ago and babies change so much on a daily basis. 

Now for the  +.......

We have Blue Cross insurance and they have been trying to get me to have a home health visit for the last 2 years. I didn't feel as though I needed it, since I see my doctor regularly, and I turned them down repeatedly. Now they are giving out a $50 giftcard to one of four places, if you will agree to the visit - so today I did. The nurse was delightful and she checked my medicines, asked questions, took my BP and listened to my heart - and that was that.  I am glad I finally agreed to do it and glad it is over.  

My husband says I am becoming too social. I belong to two book clubs, a scrabble group, a club for women named Judy and a neighborhood lunch group, as well as my old neighborhood group of women who get together once a month. Hubby is feeling neglected, since I am gone often.  I do try to make sure that he has something decent to eat when I am away - but it is not always to his liking. 

The cat doesn't seem to like it when I am gone either - but I am not changing my habits for either of them!! As the nurse aid this morning,  "You are not letting any grass grow under your feet, are you?" and she's right, I'm not!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

An Invitation Gone Awry

Three days ago, a small envelope arrived in our mailbox, addressed to a man who lived here before we did - and before the people who preceded us. We have no forwarding address, so I wrote that on the envelope and put it back in our mailbox. 

On Friday, I checked the mail, and found the same envelope. As I thought it was some kind of invitation, I opened it - and found a "save-the-date" card for a wedding to be held in July. On it was a wedding website address, which I located and left a message that the man doesn't live at this address now - and we have no idea where he is. 

Having been a wedding florist, as well as the mother of two brides, I know how important responses can be when you are planning a wedding. So I left a note telling the happy couple that their intended recipient did not get the save-the-date. I suspect she will try to track him down. 

Would you have done the same thing? Or was opening the envelope the wrong thing to do? 

Monday, March 06, 2017

Early Easter Dinner Party (late lunch)

I invited some friends for a late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. I had bought flowers to match my tablecloth, but the centerpiece needed something else - so I got out all my Easter decor.  

Immediately, I remembered dealing with all this last year - as Moppet decided these were her personal playthings. She jumped up onto the sideboard and started trying to dislodge some eggs from the bowls. I sprayed her with the mist bottle - and she retreated. 

Last year, every time we left the house, we returned to find eggs, chicks and ducks all over the kitchen floor.


I was pleased with the way it all turned out, even though my green dishes don't really match or blend well with the table
cloth. As usual, I forgot to take photos of the foods:  pork tenderloin with cherry sauce, mac and cheese, asparagus, watermelon salad, hot bread and apple pie.   

The flower-painted glasses were a gift from a good friend, and they looked great with this cloth and the flowers. 
A close-up of the centerpiece. The pink Fenton vases (or my blue ones) always work well. They are very simple to do, but they pack a visual wallop!







We enjoyed our company (three members of the Day Family - Mel, Billy and Sandra) and we hope to see all of them again soon.  Those of you who know them know that they are the "salt of the earth". We are lucky and blessed to be in their acquaintance. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Our Trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art

I was very late getting onto Facebook today (not that it matters.) I left home at 10:15, to meet seven women from my old neighborhood at our art museum, to view an Ansel Adams exhibit and have lunch. We all enjoyed the exhibit; there is no denying Adam's talent and his choice of subject matter showed us places we might likely never see.

We met in the lobby of the "old" building; saw the exhibit and went to the "new" building for lunch at IRIS. 
I ordered a turkey and provolone sandwich, with sweet peppers accompanied by sweet potato fries.  It was all very tasty and I ate all but 4 of the fries and had 3/4ths of the sandwich. It is a shame I didn't know how badly it would affect my stomach. I have the worst case of indigestion I have had in years. I ran an errand afterward and then came home and slept for 90 minutes. It still hurt. I am going to take a pill for it and pray it goes away soon. There will be no dinner for me tonight; I can't add to my misery.


This is my plate.












Kale and squash.













Pulled pork and onion rings.













Chicken salad and greens.













Which would you prefer?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Maggiano's and Friends

We went to Maggiano's restaurant in Durham on Saturday, with friends. I had tilapia, which was divine, and I don't use the word often. 













Lon and Jim, who was still chowing down on meatballs and angelhair. He chose lasagna to bring home. Did you know that Maggiano's has a buy one - take one home program?  








Lorie and her husband, Lon. 













Stu and Audrey













And Sophie, who belongs to Laurie and Lon. She didn't go to lunch with us, but we went back to their home afterward and visited with her. She is a wonderful, affectionate dog and I would love to see her more often. 















I worked the "scrabble" table at our clubhouse games expo last week. We had a few people express interest in joining, but none of them showed up at the games on Tuesday. People seem to be afraid that they will be ridiculed if they are not good enough - or can't spell. We play in good fun and no one is chastised for not being good enough. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Odds and Ends

Forty (plus) Women Named Judy:

That's how many of us  (women named Judy) live here in my neighborhood. Fourteen of us gathered on Wednesday for a meet and greet; involving food and coffee. It was a surreal experience - but also fun to get to know some of them.

One woman had compiled a list of questions for us, and she provided pads of paper and pens so we could write down our answers. All the questions pertained to our time in both high school and college. We discussed some of our answers, and a few women told funny stories. We were told to bring our senior annuals, but I forgot to take mine. I am already looking forward to their next meeting, in June.

The Inauguration:

I cannot pretend to be pleased today. I am not a fan of Trump and I doubt I ever will be. He sickens me and I have trouble understanding how anyone (especially women) can support him. I have been watching The Borgias, and tonight I was struck by the similarities in the story to the current situation. In the 1400's, a man named Borgia (from Spain) was in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church as a Cardinal in Rome. When the old Pope died, Borgia bribed the others into voting for him as Pope. Then after he was installed as the Pope - he put his two sons into high office. It sort of reminded me of what has been happening lately. History always repeats itself, we're told.

A Book Recommendation:

"The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George

I loved this book and I can hardly wait to see it made into a movie. I want so much to see who will be chosen to play the 4-5 main characters!  The neighborhood book club ladies suggested Richard Gere for the main lead and I have NO problem with that!!

My old neighborhood book club will discuss this book next week - I am looking forward to seeing who they would select as the leads!  


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ricci's Trattoria is NOT OPEN YET!!

If you saw this website for Ricci's Trattoria, you would assume that the restaurant is open, wouldn't you?  We did;  but when we drove up to the front tonight, the lights were off and it is obvious that the place is not ready to open yet. 

Why in Heaven's name would the owners put their website on the internet - and not mention they have not opened yet?? 

The former restaurant in this site closed last year and the sign saying that Ricci's is coming has been up for a long, long time. There was no activity for months - and we were excited when we thought they were already open.  POOH. This stinks.