Tuesday, August 20, 2019

T Stands for 34

On Sunday, Himself and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary.  We went to the UxLocale, a favorite spot for us for special occasions. The restaurant is in a rustic setting. There's a patio, but it was too hot so the patio was closed. Sunday hours are only from 4 pm - 7pm so we got there just as the restaurant opened.

Inside it was cool. Chef Elaine used to work at the art museum. At the museum I called her My Favorite Elaine. She came over to our table to say hello, and she told me she didn't have any clams left for my favorite dish, linguine a la vongola even though she said she bought 50 lbs of clams for the weekend. She said next time to call ahead. So sweet she remembered what I liked.

There were other delicious selections on the menu to choose from.

The waitress brought a basket of bread and gravy (tomato sauce). 

I had a Rosé Prosecco for my beverage and Himself  had a coke. While we waited for the appetizer, we reminisced. Well, I did as Himself said he didn't remember much about the wedding.

After the bridal party went down the aisle, the doors to the church were closed and then opened for my entrance on my dad's arm. Just as the doors were opened, Dad whispered, "This is what it must be like?" 
"Walking to the electric chair."
"Thanks, Daddy."

Himself did remember that he couldn't get the ring on my finger. It was hot inside the church. The fans at the front didn't really help. My fingers had swollen like little sausages. He was trying to put the ring on my finger, but didn't want to hurt me. I think he was afraid he would break my finger.
"Here. Give me," I whispered, and took the ring and jammed it on my finger. Himself reminded me that technically he didn't put the ring on my finger. "Tough, we're married." I told him the official time was 3:30 PM as I had looked at my watch.

We had the Wild Card Sampler Board as an appetizer.

In the limo on the way to the reception, a couple on a motorcycle waved at us and gave us a thumbs up. Himself was surprised I could remember something like that. It's a savant thing

The official photographer was a royal pain. She was crabby, and yelled at everyone because she wanted people to stand with their feet at a 45 degree angle. That's why my Mother-in-Law and us are looking at the floor. Terrified our feet aren't in the right position. I didn't want her as I had a friend who was a photographer, and I wanted him to take photographs, but she came with the wedding package. So she took the official photos, and David took all the candids.

Our meals came with a house salad. Elaine has such pretty presentations with her food.

We didn't get a chance to eat much at the reception. People were interrupting us with pictures or having to do some wedding thing like

 our first dance. Only You by the Platters 

And then there was the Father-Daughter Dance, Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler Mother-Son Dance. Dancing was torture to Himself as he doesn't like to dance.

We didn't have to worry about not eating at Elaine's. Himself had Opah, a fish a bit like swordfish in a  chimichurri sauce. It was delicious. I got a bite.

and I had beautiful pan-seared scallops

The wedding cake was made of plaster of Paris. A chocolate sheet cake was cut and boxed up for guests to take home. At the time, the signature dessert of Lombardo's, where the reception was held was Cherries Jubilee. The lights in the ballroom were dimmed and the waitstaff brought in flaming bowls of cherries. The flaming concoction was ladled and swirled like a fire dance and poured over vanilla ice cream. Oooh, aaaah!

While waiting for dessert, I had a cup of tea

We didn't see much of each other at the reception. After going around to all the tables thanking people for coming, Himself went to chat with his friends, and I danced with The Brother, all my uncles, Himself's uncles, Himself's cousin and 

my dear friend, Derry.

I asked Himself if he remembered my Uncle Tony, singing and dancing. Nope. Uncle Tony rarely went to family functions, but he seemed to have a good time at our wedding.

For dessert, Himself chose Uncle J-J's Key Lime Pie. Also very yummy. 😋 Ask me how I know?

I had Vanilla Ice Cream and Almond Joy Macaroons. All to myself because Himself hates coconut.

I couldn't finish dessert so got to take the macaroons home.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Progress on Ink's Portrait

When I was a kid and did a paint by number kit, I began in a very linear fashion and started with all the number 1s, onto 2s, etc.

Winnie's Pick's kits have very general instructions. Taping the canvas to a piece of sturdy cardboard or foam core, and just begin painting. I had a large sheet of cardboard and taped the canvas to that. I like the fact that I can move the canvas and paint out in the sun room.

 It was suggested that right-handers start in the upper left corner and Southpaws in the opposite corner.

I also decided that I would start on the background around Ink. The tapestry background of my our his chair may prove to be tedious.

I thought by starting with the background, I might be able to feather the edges around Ink to suggest fur. His fur wasn't very fluffy, more sleek, and soft like velvet.

I didn't like either of the small, round brushes that came with the kit. The brush hairs were uneven and too long so I switched to a small, round 0 brush I had.

This was after the first session.

After the second session, Ink begins to take shape. Project total: approximately 5 hours.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?

A Monarch caterpillar? Nope, according to Google, a Milkweed Tussock Moth. And look don't touch. Those spiky spines can cause mild to severe skin irritation.

Lots of milkweed pods

He looks like a chocolate bunny. So cute, I could bite his ears off.

Sun shower

Timex came to gather the seeds I threw in the grass

A rose bush is coming back. 

The weeds in the Zensical garden and the meadow have been having a field day. The bunnies haven't been eating the weeds fast enough. Get cracking, bunnies!

Butterfly eggs? Nope, Milkweed Tussock Moth poop. 

A couple of hornets seemed interested in Gruff's bench, 

This oak tree will need to come down.

And a new Garden Kite for today.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:

Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) Spencer Tracy, Richard 😻Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Maximillian Schell

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available on Amazon Prime. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. After vacations, appointments, and illness finally got back to walking with Red.

2.  Enjoyed teaching The Art of Stress Relief: Gratitude Journal at my local library. I think the participants enjoyed the workshop, too.

3. To get me to go food shopping, Himself bribed me with going out to eat. Brunch at IHOP

4. Started working on the paint by numbers kit.

5. With zucchini coming in, we bought a spiralizer, and I made zoodles (zucchini noodles). Not bad, but I think I prefer zucchini bread.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

This and That Thursday

I was up at 5 AM mainly so I could have the dorm style bathroom to myself and out at 7 AM to spend a half an hour at my little beach watching the sunrise, and meditating while doing Qi Gong exercises movements. I knew no one else would be at my beach so early in the morning. Wading in the water, looking for shells and beach stones was a great way to start the day

After Mass, the priest called all those who would like to have their hands blessed to come forward. In my past experience, this was reserved for the artists taking the workshop. But if you think about it, everyone uses their hands for their work. So a blessing to do the best work you are able.

We spent the morning practicing Uncial, the hand we would letter the House Blessing. After lunch I wandered around the gardens. The dahlias were just starting to bloom so I was happy to at least get a glimpse of them. They won't be fully in bloom until later in August, and they are the show stoppers of the gardens.

When we returned to class, we made shell gold from sheets of loose leaf gold, gum Arabic, and water. It's called shell gold because the medieval artists made and kept the gold paint in a sea shell. We would use this paint as part of the gilding process.

I think the church doors had been painted since I was last on the island in 2015. I was happy to see the doors are a bright, TARDIS blue.

After dinner, a walk to unwind. I found an adorable stone kitty with a bird faucet handle. I also found a secluded spot on the opposite side of the causeway and my little beach to watch the sunset.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

T Stands for Longfellow's Wayside Inn

We attended a funeral for a friend. After the services, we decided we'd have a late lunch or early dinner. Since we were all dressed up and close by, I suggested we have lunch at

Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts along the Boston Post Road (US Rte. 20)
The inn is the oldest, continuously operating inn in the United States and was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who took inspiration from the inn and countryside and wrote a series of poems. You can read about the Inn's history here.

A glimpse of the Inn from the parking lot.

The main entrance

Some interesting facts

Since we arrived after 3 pm, we were too late for lunch (served until 2 pm) and too early for dinner (served at 5 pm). We were invited to eat outside on the Patio.

I had an Arnold Palmer (named after famed golf legend. The drink is half lemonade and half ice tea.) Himself had a Coke.

The Garden Patio Menu

On the way to the Ladies', I snapped a picture of one of the private dining rooms all set for the evening.

We had Red Pepper Humus with Pita Chips for an appetizer

Himself had a cheeseburger as he didn't want to have

Lobster Roll (again!) It was delicious. 

We were a little disappointed that there was too long a wait for dinner as it seemed a waste to be all dressed up to have a hamburger.

However, activities going on made up for that (at least for me). 

There was a Minuteman (reenactor), a civilian colonist who was part of the militia. Through the magic of PSP, I covered his face with the old Patriots football team logo, Pat the Patriot. 

A bagpiper in full regalia also passed by us, but I couldn't get a picture of him.

What was going on?

A wedding!

We saw the groom and his groomsmen being driven away in a red Lincoln Continental convertible.

A flower girl was twirling in her floor length, white tulle gown.

The bride and her father were driven to the service on the grounds in a horse drawn carriage. I heard the driver call, "Walk on, Molly." I assumed he was speaking to the horse and not the bride, her mother, and other members of the bridal party. They were getting a lift in the white limo.

The reception was going to be held in the Wedding Tent

George Washington slept here, sort of. The marker reads:

passed this place
on the way to Cambridge
to take command
of the Patriot Army
June 1775 July
Erected by
Old Essex Chapter S.A.R.
Lynn, Mass

The Inn's white hydrangeas don't seem to be suffering the same lack of blooms as blue hydrangeas.

Holly bushes

And another type of bush

The wedding service was taking place at The Martha Mary Chapel. We did hear bagpipe music
 If you enlarge the photo, you might be able to see a knot of people on the left of the chapel. That was a group of 4 Minutemen. I bet after the I Dos after the couple rings the chapel bell, the Minutemen will fire a volley and shout Huzzah! Or maybe the Father of the Bride hired them to threaten the Groom. Don't you dare make my Little Princess unhappy! 

After the ceremony, the bridal party will have photographs taken at the Grist Mill Best wishes to the Happy Couple.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.