Saturday: Didn’t hear Dave get up at 6 to go to his daughter’s house to get Ralphy. He hung out there awhile so I could have some quiet before the storm (that is Ralphy lol).
I did two loads of laundry, walked and fed the dog, relaxed with a combo of FB, email & the book I’m reading (Two Coots in a Canoe) and fixed myself a breakfast of leftovers (cold corn off the cob, bbq chicken, cherry tomatoes, radishes with a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar & salt). Just as I sat down to eat it, Dave & Ralphy came home. Dave asked me to fix Ralphy something to eat (my turn now lol) but he said “he had food at home and didn’t want anything (this was a theme all day). I had boiled some eggs that morning and noticed one of them had not only cracked but the end of the shell had popped off. I showed it to Ralphy, he giggled and I had him touch it which made him giggle even more. Then he asked if he could taste it, sure! He liked it, so that was his breakfast (with ketchup on top, of course). Funny how those things work out!
Then Ralphy and I went to my boss’s house, she was having a yard sale (Dave went to practice with his brother and some other guys…turned out they had a great time and stayed for almost 5 hours, the brat LOL). Ralphy had the time of his life at her house…her grandson was there, whom Ralphy had met once before at a local park. They played with remote control cars, ran through a sprinkler, and shot baskets (both of them are obsessed with basketball).
While I was there, I got stung by a yellow jacket (there is a nest in the siding of my boss’s house, I am to remind her to CALL THE EXTERMINATOR on Monday). This ruined my string of only getting stung once in my life (I was 3 the first time, I loved grasshoppers and ooh look, there’s one on the stairs, let’s play with it…OUCH! Wrong bug…it was a wasp.) My screams of terror at this yellow jacket on my foot alarmed, then amused the kids. My boss, after apologizing all over the place, laughed and said she’d never seen me move so fast Anyway, we were there for about 4 hours and I was on my feet for a good portion of that time helping the kids shoot baskets.
Came home and fed the snapping turtles down by the slowly dwindling pond.
After that, we crashed for a bit in the AC watching a nature show.
Poor Ralphy had the poops twice (post dinner pre-and during ice cream eating) (he didn’t have ice cream. I did. Ever try to wipe a kid’s butt holding a cone in one hand in a port-a-potty? YUCK!!!) (too much apple juice was the cause, Melissa said). After the second time he said that poop was REALLY loud and I laughed to myself
Sunday: Same as Saturday, except I had two boiled eggs and watermelon for breakfast.
How was your weekend?
Last Monday, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Mrs. G., her lovely daughter Caitie and another long time blog friend, Erin! Also got to see Erika again and that was a pleasant surprise! I was happy to meet some new
derfs folks, one of whom, Deb, lives less than 5 miles away from me and at whose lovely home we all met. She put on quite an amazing spread and her children (in their late teens or early 20s, I believe) helped her by doing most of the cooking, serving, and cleaning up! It was a magical night, truly. Lots of laughter, good food and drink and some new friendships made. Thank you, Deb, for opening up your home!
Last weekend, Dave and I went to the White Mountains and it was just awesome! This is one of the things I love most about living in New England…beautiful places are not very far away!
If you want to see bigger pictures, just click through to flickr…most of them have explanations and/or funny stories, too!
How was your weekend?
My friend Maureen and I drove to Jamestown, NY to visit our friends Kim and Kris (Dave stayed home and took care of Wolf) and luckily the trip coincided with my birthday hehehe. The first night we made the most delicious salad from Wegman’s salad bar.
we love Wegman’s!
Up early the next morning for a long walk with Mo (as is our habit when we visit Kim). Then off to Lilydale where I had a past life reading (my friend Claudia mentioned she’d like to hear about the reading and it’s kind of long, so that will be a separate post up soon), as did Maureen and then we wandered around Lilydale for a bit.
Later that evening we went to Forte, where the girls treated me to a lovely dinner. I had something called Corn Agnolotti; it’s described as “home-made stuffed pasta filled with corn, polenta & Marscapone cheese tossed with delicate crab, green peas & carrots in a corn milk cream sauce with a hint of truffle” and holy MOG was it GOOD! We shared a couple of appetizers, too: a devilled egg platter (the chip & dip one was amazing) and drunken mussels (described as “a traditional Belgian preparation: one pound of mussels sautéed with home-made crumbled chorizo sausage & onions in a mellow beer broth alongside french fries & a Pommery mustard aioli”). Also had two bottles of wine!
For dessert, chocolate stout cake and a ginger cupcake with green tea ice cream. I was stuffed at that point and only had a few bites!
But it was delish, especially the ginger cupcake with it’s yummy bit of candied ginger inside.
The next morning we took a trip to Amish country and stopped at so many amazing places.
My mother was from Lancaster, PA which has a large Amish community and we spent a few vacations in that area, so this kind of felt like home to me.
And after THAT we went to a party at Kris’s house and sang songs and had a great time.
After all that eating and drinking, I still lost a pound when I weighed in on Tuesday!
All in all, it was a fantastic time and I’m so glad we made the trip!