Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Mistletoe Made Me Do It


Today we all went to the movies to see the 3rd Hobbit movie.  I noticed a photo booth and just had to step in to take a picture.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cookie Trees


I can't say the men in my life were excited about decorating Christmas Tree cookies but they showed up with smiles on their faces.

I had the tree that had 14 cookies.  I decided the boys would lose patience on the big tree; so I got them short little trees.


First you had to glue the cookies together with icing.  Not sure why my tongue is hanging out.


Alex actually seemed to enjoy working on his tree.

He got very creative with the green and white icing.


Gary also seemed to be enjoying himself.

Of course he could have been pretending also....


Alex's tree......


Gary wanted to really sink his teeth into his tree.


The trees are done.



Don't we look proud of our creations?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Walk Through the Lights

Although the temperature was 33 degrees; Gary and I decided to walk through the park to enjoy the Woodland Lights.


The air was crisp, no clouds overhead, a perfect night to take a long, long walk.


The paths and bridges were shining brightly in the dark.  I really loved the above bridge.  Perhaps one day when I finally get my log cabin I'll have a decorated bridge like this welcoming me home.


Even Santa dropped by to check on all those boys and girls that were screaming with excitement on the many paths at the park.  I'm pretty sure a lot of those children got bumped up to the "naughty" list.


Gary and I finally met up with a reindeer.  He allowed his photo to be taken.  His antlers were amazing.


He even allowed us to take a photo with him.  By the way -- the family in front of us had a little girl who didn't want her picture taken with the deer.  Instead she wanted to look at his butt.  "naughty" or "weird" list???


If you are ever in Centerville from December 5th through December 30th -- you need to drop by.  I'll link their website below.

http://www.washingtontwp.org/recreation/woodland-lights-2

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Orleans - Part 2

Visiting the cemeteries in New Orleans was on the top of my list.  I love to visit cemeteries (Woodland in Dayton, Ohio has been shared on this blog countless times).  I knew they would be old but I didn't realize they would be falling apart.


Name plaques fallen to the side or completely gone; or numbers instead of names was quite common in this particular cemetery.  And bundles of bricks were laying everywhere.


The air was musty and damp.  The cemetery was so quiet.  We walked from one section to another section in total silence.  You could almost feel the souls of those departed glancing over your shoulder as you stopped by their grave reading their names and stats.


I wondered about these three people and how they had died on the same day.  Then I googled the date and found that 6 people had drowned that day on Lake Pontchartrain.   The link for that article and photos of the above people can be found at CreoleGen Tragedy.


There were flowers on some of the tombs but the majority of the tombs were old; names so worn down it was hard to read.  And yet here the tombs stood, waiting.


This tomb had 5 figures on top of it - two which were headless.



Although the angels head is missing - he still stands guard so regal.  

This particular cemetery - St Louis #2 had three large sections.   The oldest births listed that I saw was 1780.  

Below are some more photos from our visit.





As we were leaving the cemetery we came across an actual funeral procession with a large band and a glass carriage.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sneak Peek


I'm finishing up my Christmas decorating.  We removed the mantel from the fireplace so this year I'm using the bar counter as my "mantel".

I'll post more pictures later this week.  In the meantime  -- what is your favorite holiday tradition?


Friday, December 05, 2014

Challenges


New Orleans - Part One

Gary and I went to Mississippi for Thanksgiving.  We spent a couple of days with my friend, Kathryn.  She delighted us with prime rib roast for Thanksgiving instead of a turkey.  I shared my perfect mashed potatoes in a crockpot recipe with her.  The meal was wonderful.

On Black Friday we (Gary, Kathryn and I) ventured further south to New Orleans.  This was my first time to that city.  We rented a home which was in the Bywater district.  This house was very eclectic.

 Standing at front door looking in to house.

Living Room

Bar area

The house was filled with old stuff, new stuff and lots of art from area artists.  It also was primitive in certain ways and none of the doors actually closed which was upsetting for me who already had bathroom anxiety; but hubby rigged up two socks and created a tie and lock closure for me.

New Orleans is the town to go if you want to experience good food.  I've been in a cooking slump but now I'm excited about trying new recipes, new foods and new spices.  Here are just some of the foods we ate:

Shrimp & Grits - at Nola's

It was on top of my list to visit one of Emeril's restaurants.  I decided on Nola's and it was more than I expected.  The food was excellent and the servers were amazing.  We ate in the dining room on the 3rd floor which was filled with exposed bricks, lots of wood, low lighting -- just beautiful.  

Brie Fries at Baie Rouge

The fries were thin and crispy and baptized with melted brie.  I became a believer of this sinful concoction.  

Pork Belly at Baru Tapas

Pork belly -- AMAZING.  I savored every fat moisture from this incredible.  There was much moaning as every one ate.

Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's

I've never had a praline (and never actually tried one in New Orleans either) but I did try this bacon on Sunday, again on Monday and well of course on Tuesday.    FANTASTIC.   I can't even begin to explains the salty, sweet taste of this bacon that just melts in our mouth with flavors blasting off to your brain.  I will tell you that at the first taste your eyes will close and your head will lift to the skies. It's a spiritual moment.

We did do other things besides eating and I'll share that with you tomorrow.  

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

December 2nd -- Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

Gary surprised me with a new Pandora bracelet (my 4th one).  This is the first leather bracelet I have.


He had it wrapped in a beautiful bag with lots of silver ribbons and it was waiting on the bed when we got back to our room.  He's so thoughtful.

It just seems so weird to think I've been married 25 years.  The time flew by.  It doesn't seem that long at all.   I'll be 83 when we celebrate 50.  Damn I'll be fucking old.


Monday, December 01, 2014

Hello December


December is one of my favorite months for many different reasons.  I love the colder weather.  People seem nicer.  The air is crisp and full of Christmas secrets.  And on December 30th; we would celebrate Grandma's birthday.

This year we will need to come up with another way to celebrate our Grandmother.

Last day in New Orleans.  Heading home tomorrow.  Have enjoyed the trip; the food; and being with friends, old and new.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17th -- First snowfall of Winter


It's so nice to peek outside and see a thick blanket of snow and know you can crawl back in bed.  And I did for another hour. Eventually I got up, woke up Hubby and we went to PFChangs for lunch.  The restaurant was deserted which was sort of nice.


Monday, November 03, 2014

November 3rd

The colors of Autumn are explosive this year.  I'm thankful I live in this neck of the woods so I can enjoy the beauty.




Sunday, November 02, 2014

November 2nd

Becky and Margaret came over on Saturday the 1st for lunch, games and a movie.  We had fun goofing around for the camera.





Our lunch was takeout from PFChangs.  Dessert came from Ele'; we love the cupcakes.

Time changed this morning.  I woke up at 6:55 (on a Sunday --- no).   But the house is quiet as the men are sound asleep.  The heater has kicked on and I think I'm going to get cozy with a blanket and watch a movie.  

Enjoy your day.

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