Thursday, November 17, 2016

The "Old Neighborhood" has plenty to offer too....

This is my friend Nancy's home, decorated for Thankgiving. She hosted our book club on Tuesday night. We discussed "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys. We all liked the book - but we're tired of reading about WW2 and Nazis!!

The table was set so nicely, with a bountiful centerpiece and "crackers" for each plate. I think we were supposed to keep them, but we all thought they were just decor.  

This darling turkey graced one end of the mantel. I hope his foot doesn't get singed  when the fire goes on!

The sideboard had its own decoration and candles too.  Too bad we didn't get any pics of the foods, but we had great appetizers, salad, scalloped potatoes, green beans, roasted pork loin and apples, and cupcakes and brownies for dessert.  It was all yummy, as usual. We have chosen our next book - "The Little Paris Bookshop", by Nina George.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Our New Neighborhood...

has something for everyone to do or get involved in and I pity the people who don't take advantage of the offerings.

On Sunday afternoon, The Veteran's group put on a fund-raiser for the local USO, and about 85 people attended. They showed a compilation video of comedy films from the 50's through the 70's; and two emcees announced the shows. They also had two contests and a raffle. The contests were to name shows or people in comedy TV and each table submitted answers to 15+ questions. It was fun trying to remember who did what. The only hiccup came when they couldn't get the video working at first, but then "an expert" in the audience helped and all was well.

We were told to bring food and drinks for the table, and so we did!  We had invited 2 friends of ours who are big supporters of the USO. She brought an authentic antipasto plate; salami and prosciutto with cheeses, olives and pickles, as well as small bags of chips, pretzels and popcorn. I took deviled eggs (25) and small sandwiches of either chicken salad or pimiento cheese, with a partial jar of homemade pickles (which are dynamite) and no, I didn't make them! We also had wine, beer, soda, and Pellegrino sparkling water. 

It was a good thing that we brought all that food, since our 4 tablemates had failed to see the memo about bringing anything. We were happy to share; they were grateful and pleasant company and a good time was had by all. 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

We Drank the Kool-aid

I worry about four years of a presidency with a man who thinks climate change/global warming was made up by the Chinese, that Putin is a good leader, and Hitler might be a good role model.
           I worry about the next four years with a man who thinks bankruptcy is a preferred method for getting 
           out of debt.
I worry about four years with a man who often refuses to pay his working men and small businesses because he doesn't like the result of their work. Or that he believes he knows more than the Generals do, and doesn't need advisors.
I worry about the next four years with a man who has been married three times, cheated on his wives and thinks he would date his daughter if he were not her dad. A man who speaks of "grabbing pussies" and "dropping to your knees". 
          I worry about  four years with men who will repeal our health insurance and have not told us with what                 they will replace it. With men who will repeal Roe v. Wade, and have little thought to the women who have          benefitted from it, or mothers who will die if they don't have an abortion (especially those with other                     children to raise.)

          I worry about having a First Lady whose nude photos are available all over the internet. And a man who                thinks it is okay to walk into the dressing rooms of Miss America contestants and ogle their bodies.  I                   worry about illegal aliens who work hard and send money home to their families, but must be sent home             because they didn't come into this country the right way. I worry about their children, who were born here,           but may have to go to the parents "former home" because their parents are being deported. I worry about           Syrian children who are orphaned by war and have nowhere to go.

          I don't like a man who speaks of any woman, saying "fat pig" , "bitch" and that to be a "10", you can't be             flat-chested. I don't like a man like that and I cannot imagine the next four years with him as president of               the  best   country in the world. 

         I know that many of you are tired of hearing me say will take time to process, so I ask you to bear                with me as I try to figure out how I can live with what has happened; it won't be easy.

*Note: blogger is being weird tonight - please excuse the odd spacing. I can't figure out how to repair it. 



Thursday, November 03, 2016

A Birthday Celebration - and Other Stuff

On the 29th  (the day before my birthday), my three children and several granddaughters gathered for a spectacular meal, cooked by my son-in-law. He made beef Wellington, stuffed mushrooms and chocolate chess pie - all of which were excellent! We enjoyed the meal and the company of each other. One granddaughter had just returned from a trip to Northern Ireland and Scotland, to visit her handsome boyfriend, whom she met last summer while attending classes at Edinburgh University. Now she is back home at UNC - Chapel Hill. The other one is in school at UNC - Greensboro, so they are both close enough to come often. We are fortunate to have four of them so close by! One grandson went to the NSCU football game and his brother was returning from a conference in Spartanburg, SC, where he presented a paper. The baby is in the flag patrol at her school, and they had a performance that day. 

On October 31st, I bought new hearing aids. It is so pleasant to be able to hear people and not have to ask them to repeat everything!! I go back in 2 weeks for any adjustments that might be necessary, but so far, they are working well. I am having to get used to hearing more noise than I've heard in years. I went to a restaurant today for lunch and I nearly removed the hearing aids - that place was so noisy!!

I got my teeth cleaned this morning - and it was long overdue. I had an appointment in March, which I had to cancel because I broke my collar bone. I am just now getting around to it. I love the feel of clean teeth!

This Saturday, my daughter and I will go to an appraisal fair (with Antiques Roadshow), held here in Cary. Each person can take 3 items, so we will have six things to appraise. I hope I get lucky and find out something is worth more than I have thought. I doubt I have anything worth thousands, but you never know.....LOL. Unfortunately, you have to carry anything you take - they do not provide carts or dollies. I'm going to pack my things in a rolling suitcase.  If I find that I have anything of value, you'll be the first to know. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Eating Out Again!

  • The ladies (twenty of us) from my new neighborhood went to Maggiano's in Durham last week. I ordered eggplant Parmesan and one to take home. They have at least six or seven entrees where you can order one and take one home - and they don't have to be the same foods. Interesting concept!  The food is good, but the marinara sauce is a bit too tart for my taste. Jim likes it, though, so he had that for dinner that night.
Last night we went to dinner at Lugano's in Cary with our across the street neighbors. It is a very nice ristorante, with good ambiance, and (as of last night) - poor service.  We ordered; then waited - and waited - and waited. I noticed that people in a booth behind us were seated well after we were and they were served much sooner. A question as to why elicited a response that the "meatballs" took longer. Apparently they ran out and had to make more. I wish they had told us earlier in the process.  By the time our meals came, we were all so hungry that we literally attacked the food. I had shrimp oreganato, a Caesar salad and for dessert - the 


Italian donuts tossed in cinnamon-sugar and drizzled with our homemade caramel rum sauce. Served warm with vanilla ice cream. This stuff is Heaven on a plate. Be sure to save room for it!!

When the bills came, they were all messed up. They had my entree with the neighbors and vice versa. It wasn't a huge problem, but it took time to redo them. By that time, we had been sitting in one spot for almost 4 hours. People of a certain age can't do that and expect to be able to move quickly afterward.....LOL  We were assured that our neighbors have been to that restaurant many times and the service has always been good before. I guess it just wasn't our night.

I just looked at my post list and discovered one I wrote 2 months ago about eating out. I lamented the fact that my clothes were all getting too small; now I am making it worse!

Sunday is my birthday, and tomorrow the family is gathering for a dinner. It will be great to see everyone again, but I am sure to eat too much again. Somebody slap me!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Can we please agree to limit the use of.......

a few words that are being overused lately?

Sometimes I think if  hear the words awesome and amazing again, I'll scream. That is the reason I sometimes mute the sound if I am watching HGTV. When the clients are shown their newly re-done homes, they shout "Oh, my God (or goodness), this is "awesome" and or "amazing". It doesn't seem to matter which program it is; they all do it. Geez, people, there are other adjectives available to a person who reads and occasionally checks the dictionary or thesaurus. 

It happens on award shows too; especially on the red carpet?  "Who are you wearing?"  "Oh, you look amazing!"  "Those shoes are amazing!"  Your dress is "awesome!"  On and on, ad nauseum.

How about fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous, terrific, beautiful, exquisite.......and the like?  Or awe-inspiring, which preceded the new, shorter word "awesome."

Don't mind me - I was in a nasty mood when I thought of this post.  But my spirits were lifted two days ago. I got a message in email saying that I had a package delivery coming on Monday. I couldn't recall buying anything, so I thought I had ordered something and forgotten it. "I can't be that bad, can I?" I said to myself, not wanting Jim to overhear.  

My granddaughter came over after lunch and when the package arrived, she got it off the porch for me. From the size and shape of the box, I thought it might be a dress. I proceeded to open it and got the shock of my life - it was a laptop computer!!  My granddaughter looked very knowing, so I asked her if she was aware of this delivery. She admitted she was - her mom had ord. ered it for me and she was here to help me get it set up.  YAY!  Considering all the trouble I had been having with my old laptop, I am supremely happy with this new one.  It is an early birthday present!  Thanks to both my daughters for all the blessings they give me, just by virtue of being in the world. My son is a blessing too, of course. We are going to his home for a meal this Sunday, and looking forward to it! I am a lucky woman!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Too much to write about!

I just posted on Facebook that I could not access Blogger from my husband's computer. I was wrong. It used to be my computer, and I guess the links are still good - thank Heavens!!

On Monday night, we went out to dinner with some good old friends who live in Beaufort, SC now, but had to evacuate in advance of the storm. They came to Raleigh to stay with family, which was our good luck - as we had not seem them in over a year.  Time spent with old friends is so rewarding!! Too bad it cannot be more often, Sam and Sally!!

On Tuesday, a group of women from my old neighborhood went to volunteer our labors for a group called "Wake Smiles".
They provide inexpensive dental care for indigent people. We stuffed goody bags with info sheets and things such as gauze, and dental goodies. Unfortunately, we had signed up for 2 hours of work and they only had enough for 1 hour 10 minutes. Maybe it was that we were so efficient - yes - that's it!!  After we finished, the head of Wake Smiles gave us a tour of their dental clinic, most of which was furnished by donations -
as is the dental work. Dentists from around the area give them time every month - which I think is wonderful.  

After that, we went out to lunch at 18 Seaboard, a restaurant downtown near the old train station.  I had cornmeal-breaded catfish, which was served on a triangle of cornbread, over sauteed spinach and corn, swimming in some kind of sauce, a good one!!  

Politics is about to be the death of me. I am very opinionated and I cannot resist responding to the posts on Facebook, although I'd be better off if I left them alone.
Last week, I posted something, and a guy friend of ours posted a negative response to my post. About six of my women friends took him to task for posting something on MY face book page that was in direct opposition to my views.  One response,  in particular, made me very happy.  But by the time I searched for it again, to read to Jim, it had been deleted because the guy deleted his comment.  OH, well.  That should teach me a lesson, right?  Luckily we only have a few weeks to go and it will all be over.  NO, no it won't!!  Just like four years ago, the people who wanted the other party to win (but lost) will make life a living hell for all of us, once again, with all their dire predictions of terrible things to come. I wish there could be a moratorium on Facebook, that once the election is over, there are to be no more political posts.  Fat chance!  I guess that starts with me, though, huh?

Moppet continues to bedevil both of us, although she IS a bit better than before.  She is just a slow study, maybe. At least I hope so, because if things don't change soon, her days are numbered here. I hope I can find her a good home, if it comes to that.  

Jim went to a new dentist today for cleaning - here in this area - and he was in the chair two hours. Of course, that meant I was in the waiting room for 2 hours.  At least I had a cup of tea while I was waiting.  Neither of us does well sitting on one position for hours on end.  We get stiff as a board.  I finally asked about him at the front desk, and they assured me he'd be out soon.

An alien potato?  I found this in my pantry, along with 3 others that were more normal looking. This one is intent on making babies and sprouts!

One - and only one good thing about bad storms is that all your friends call or text or email to see how you fared during it. I am happy to report that we had no problem at all. The trouble here in NC is all to the east and south of us.  Those poor people down east may never recover, and it is always the ones who can least afford it who get hit the hardest.  I pray we don't have any more bad storms this fall.  I don't want a lot of snow this winter either, but if the almanac is to be believed, we will.  Not looking forward to that!  

Thanks to everyone who defended me on Facebook; to those who inquired about our status during the storm and to those who continue to amuse me or show me love!!  I hope I can return the favors.