Tuesday, February 18, 2020

T Stands For Lunch on Valentine's Day

I had an appointment on Valentine's Day and asked Himself to tag along. Since it would be lunch time when I was done, I thought we could go out to lunch. Not a romantic lunch. Just lunch. Valentine's Day isn't a big deal holiday with us. It never was. 

We didn't have any idea where to go for lunch. Himself suggested the 99, but we've eaten there so many times lately, I wanted something different. We thought we would try Harry's a little hole in the all place with some of the best seafood. Harry's is always busy and on Valentine's Day, there wasn't even a place to park in their postage size stamp of a parking lot. And Harry's doesn't take debit or credit cards. Strictly cash which neither one of us had on us at the moment. Sure, Harry's has an ATM machine inside the restaurant, and you can get cash, but it didn't seem that important to get whacked with the fees from the banks.

Where to? How about Bertucci's? We haven't been there in a long time. Bertucci's is a chain that specializes in brick oven pizza and dishes and a favorite spot when Himself would hob nob with the other Wizards at the college where he teaches.

I usually get the Rigatoni Abbruzzi, rigatoni pasta with sausage, but since it was Valentine's Day, the restaurant was running a special. Soup or salad, several entrees to choose, and a dessert to share. Perfect.


I started with a glass of Prosecco and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Himself had a cup of minestrone soup. The waiter also brought rolls with infused olive oil for dipping.


Himself had the Shrimp Rossini. It was delicious. Ask me how I know?


I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana


The portions were so large there was plenty for another meal or two. The waiter came to the table and boxed up the leftovers.


I told him all he had to write for me was M-I-N-E. I label all my restaurant leftovers that way. The waiter found that especially amusing and added a little extra. He didn't know Himself's name so thought it should be Bob.


For dessert the choices were Limoncello Mascarpone Cake or a Cannoli. We had a Cannoli to share. The cannoli was delicious, studded with chocolate chips on the ends, but not the best choice for a shared dessert. The shell is very crispy (just perfect!) and was hard to break. And from an Italian point of view, not very abbondanza. It wouldn't have broken the restaurant to bring 2 cannoli.

We decided to get extra cannoli for a treat later in the evening, and one to bring home to the Young One. The waiter also tossed in some extra rolls and cups of infused olive oil. See, that's abbondanza.


When we got home, there was a Valentine from The Eldest. A sweet ending for a perfect day.

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, February 17, 2020

Happy Mail


A real surprise in the mail, a Valentine from my Table Mate from 26 Seeds , Reggie Ezzell's year long class. My class in 2017 was called Reggiment. Lee's art always has sheep in it. I like her return address label, too.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Alphabet Sunday


Today, my favorite image from this series. The letter, L, on the Tardis Blue door of the church. Enders Island.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


Panic in the Streets (1950) Richard ๐Ÿ˜ป Widmark, Paul Douglas, Jack Palance

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for free on YouTube.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

 Image from https://www.clipart.email/
because we ate them before I thought
to take a picture
Five good things that happened this week.

1. Informed Delivery  from the Postal Service notified me Happy Mail was waiting. Even though I had picked up the mail a couple of days earlier, I went back to the post office to pick up the mail.

2. While grocery shopping, Himself picked up chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapple. Such a delicious treat.

3. Two different friends paid me the same compliment on the same day.

4. Another piece of Happy Mail arrived

5. Another missed storm for my area. Just a dusting of snow before changing over to rain.

How was your week?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?


It's been awhile since I've taken pictures of the garden. Welcome to February


A nice picture of Papa Cardinal as he checks out the honeysuckle vine. 


The Frost Guard (a Christmas gift from Himself to both of us) goes on the windshield in anticipation of another snow,sleet, frozen rain, rain storm. The Little Princess doesn't have to scrape ice or frost off the windshield anymore.


Friends from Europe posting pictures of snowdrops and daffodils in bloom have me jealous. The only things blooming in the garden are the ton of gravel tossed onto the lawn from the snowblower and shoveling.


The mailbox kept blowing down in the wind or by the slipstream of trucks as they whoosh by. I got tired of picking up the mailbox several times a day so took it down and put it in the garage. I notified the post office, I'd be picking up the mail from now until sometime in Spring when we decide how to replace the mailbox.


The February garden flags blows in the wind.


Heavy winds and rain have brought down lots of branches


The ground is so wet it can't support the shepherd's hooks.  Two of my garden kite still remain. The rest have gone with the wind.


Temperatures have been fluctuating. A few days above normal. A few days at norm. A bit of ice in a puddle as a cold front moves in.


A milky sky as clouds move in with another sloppy storm


And much to our surprise and delight, the pear solar light decided to glow.


Another storm averted. Just a half an inch of snow before turning over to rain.

How does your garden grow?


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

T Stands for Dreaming of Summer

After a doctor appointment, we decided to stop and have lunch at the 99 Restaurant, one of our favorite chains. We had been there the week before and the restaurant was offering a Lobster Fest, either Lobster Mac n' Cheese or a Lobster Casserole. 

Since I had the excellent Lobster Casserole, I was thinking of getting either salmon or Sweet Potato Encrusted Haddock, when the waitress said, "Did you hear that the Hot Buttered Colossal Lobster Roll is back on the menu"

Say no more! Summah Time!


For my beverage, I had the Bubble Green Tea (peach green tea with a splash of orange juice and mango flavored pearls).  Himself had a Pepsi. We also had a bowl of popcorn. Eaten before a picture was taken.


We decided to make our meal a 3 course meal. Add soup, salad, and get a petite dessert. I chose Seafood chowder and Himself got a salad with ranch dressing.


Oh, we also ordered the Short Rib Flat Bread. From their description: Crisp flatbread glazed with red pepper pesto topped with caramelized onions, braised short ribs, mushrooms and mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Delicious!


Himself likes the Smothered Sirloin Tips, mashed potatoes and Cole slaw. Don't eat!


I ordered the Hot Buttered Colossal Lobster Roll with fries, cole slaw, and a side of Summah sunshine. Oh, wait. That's a cup of drawn butter. Is it July, yet?


I forgot to take pictures of the desserts. Himself had the Peanut Butter Petite Treat (picture from the 99 Restaurant Menu). I had the Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Scrumptious!

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, February 10, 2020

Happy Mail

Happy, holiday mail arrived in my mailbox this week. Well, actually at the post office. The mailbox kept blowing down so mail is being held at the post office. I had already made my post office run for the week, but when USPS Informed Delivery notified me on Saturday that these were waiting at the post office, I made another trip.


From Finnbadger at Envelope 100, this wonderful Year of the Rat ensemble, a cutie rat card with a handmade envelope. Thanks, Finn. 


From MB, a friend I met at "coloring camp", AKA the Sacred Art Institute on Enders Island, this delightful, hand-lettered Valentine. Thanks, MB.

What's in your mailbox?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


Oliver (1968) Oliver Reed, Mark Lester

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube.

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1.  Ran errands to get a Mr.  Long arm extension pole to be used with a hard, foam pad to rake snow off the solar panels. Recommended by the electrician

2. Skyped with the Eldest

3. While Himself watched the Super Bowl, I watched Kiss of Death, Richard ๐Ÿ˜ปWidmark's film debut.

4. Medical and dental appointments went well with no issues

5. Nasty, slippery weather and we didn't have to go anywhere.

How was your week?



Thursday, February 6, 2020

When You Try to Explain a Joke

So, I seem to have caused a lot of confusion about yesterday's Wordy Wednesday (or Wordless Wednesday) selection of two monks discussing the correct way to portray a rabbit in an illuminated manuscript. I got lots of "I don't get it"

So, these types of illuminations are found in the margins of some manuscripts. Oddities of marginalia are called Drolleries. These are images that turn the world upside-down. In the example to the left, we see a rabbit posed as a nobleman going out for a hunt, riding his dog, and carrying a snail as if it were a falcon. Knights fighting snails human heads on animal bodies were also popular subjects.

Some scholars would argue that these images were Medieval political commentary. Perhaps, lower-classes trying to get above their station.

One of my colleagues commented that it would seem the monks were served the abbot's "good" wine at the noonday meal. Everyone was in their cups as they went back to the scriptorium to work. Besides wine, maybe mushrooms (as in magic mushrooms or psilocybin.) were also served. Their bread may also have been contaminated with ergot which can cause hallucinations.

I think the main takeaway is the scribes were bored. They drew funny pictures in the margins of the texts they were copying. Drawings that mostly had nothing to do with the text. Just like we doodled in the margins of our textbooks or while taking notes in school or at meetings. (At least I did) The drawings were droll. Just a joke. ๐Ÿ˜บ

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

T Stands for Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding


I schedule most of my blog posts ahead of time. Sunday is usually the day I work on the blog. So while trying to think of what I could write for a T Day post, I took a look at the blog, Cake Wreck's. During the week, Jenn shows cakes that go horribly wrong from professional bakers (mostly grocery store chains). On Sundays, she showcases really gorgeous cakes.

This Alice in Wonderland cake just floored me. I thought it would be perfect for the Tuesday tea party. The Alice blue layers remind me of Wedgewood. Stunning.

Jenn didn't have the name of the baker, but this cake was a center piece for an Alice and Wonderland themed wedding. She did have a link for the photographer's blog, and you can read about his experience as he captured the magical Alice and Wonderland wedding at Arnos Mano Hotel Bristol

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, February 3, 2020

Happy Mail

Last month, Gemma Black, Australian calligraphic designer, artist, teacher, and my friend had offered Pieces of Peace. These were small works about 6 inches square with Gemma's gorgeous lettering and gold work. Gemma had offered these small works and would donate a portion of the sales to the  Rural Fire Service via the Australian Red Cross in light of the devastating fires in Australia. I believe one of Gemma's brothers is a volunteer firefighter.

I thought it was a wonderful way to help a worthy cause. By the time I got to take a look at the artwork most were already bespoke. I chose this piece titled #19 and happily, it became mine and arrived this past weekend.

The substrate was made to look charred like the scorched earth of Gemma's country. The goldwork reminds me of Aboriginal art. I think this looks like a sun symbol. No matter the changes to the landscape, Australia will always endure. Like the sun.

Gemma also announced on her blog her 2020 teaching schedule. At the end of this year,  Gemma will retire from teaching. I'm saving my pennies because in September, Gemma will be coming up over to teach a workshop for Masscribes at the end of August.

You can see more of Gemma's work at her website: Gemma Black artist

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Alphabet Sunday


The letter, J. Enders


And for Second on the Second, the letter, J from Alphabet Sunday around my home in 2011

It's your turn to play. From Elizabeth: Now it's time to share your Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable.  Join hosts Bleubeard and Elizabeth to see what else is being served up the Second Time Around.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


No Way Out (1950), Richard ๐Ÿ˜ป Widmark, Sidney Poitier



Richard Widmark salutes legendary Actor Sidney Poitier at the 20th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Sidney Poitier (1992).

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube. You might be able to find it for free there, too.