We spent the day in Portland and I got a new computer! Apple has great entrance doors. So up-t0-date and a bigger space with lots of people checking out what's in store. I'm having some fun and some frustration learning about my new purchase.
We had to stop at Chick-fil-A, because we have never tasted one. Everybody says how good they are. I must say both Leon and I thought it was one great sandwich.
I can't wait to share the meal we had on Monday. That will be on tomorrow's blog post!
We drew and the winners of peanut brittle this week are Ellen McMullen (living in Georgia) and Kizzy Fore (a former student). So watch for the sweets arriving soon.
Hooray for you guys!
Yesterday was a day to feast on hors d'oeuvres and the person
that does a great job in serving them is Karin!
We began our dining with Karin's scrumptious soup, adding a
special cracker that Rhoda fixed.
Then on to adding some special treats that Karin is always testing out -
new and different tastings.
After sharing lunch with friends...
and much conversation and lots of laughter, I went snooping around. Finding a decorative table of pumpkins. A masterful table setting!
Karin, when I step into your home I always find something new happening. A special tasting treat. An adorable table setting. A view from the house that can't be beat. AND YOU! Thanks so much for that appetizing and pleasurable lunch gathering.
Would you believe I am still celebrating my birthday? My MahJongg
buddies took me out for lunch with cards
and feasting on a scrumptious dessert. Oh, my!
Then Karin arrived with package wrapped in luscious black.
A gift certificate to a Garden Shop in Rockland. Can't wait to find out what a treat I am going to find there. I am so lucky to have such caring and loving friends. It's a constant reminder to cherish every day they are in my life for a special birthday card or a FACEBOOK piece means the world to me.
Our peanut brittle winners this week are Robin Spear (a Clam Cove neighbor) and Linda Sink (once a neighbor who is visiting for a couple of months from North Carolina).
Congratulations! Your winnings will be delivered this week.
While a group of us dined on one delicious lunch in Rockland today,
my family was dining in Lucca. This popped up from five years ago when we were right there enjoying a bit of wine and a homemade dinner. There is nothing like it.
My sister and cousin and ERIC there right now!
Here is Spencer, sleeping at home in Maine, not caring one bit about eating out or good food being offered. Isn't life interesting from day to day?
Look what Leon got me for my birthday! LOTTERY TICKETS!
Of which none yielded anything.
The presents were not over. Leon also gave me a TJ Maxx gift certificate. Only there was no message or dollar amount written on it! So does that mean I can
spend any amount while shopping?
Then I got two of these outdoor lights with 8 different ways to
sparkle them from my cousin, Mary!
These are just a few of the choices of outdoor lighting in the gardens or this winter in the snow. I turned them on in the house. Isn't it neat?
Then Michelle stopped over with gifts galore. I cannot wait to use the Baked Brie present sitting in a beautiful blue dish with a BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL COOKBOOK and some chocolate. Michelle knows I am in the cooking mode right now so I'll attempt some blueberry tastings for the next meal.
But the dearest present of all was the card I got from Leon. I read it over and over and over again - loving every single word. It happened to be one of
the greatest birthdays ever.
This week's draw announces Kathy Westfall from Dallas and Kris Mikkelsen from Camden as the winners. We will be sending yours out this week, Kathy.
Leon will deliver yours, Kris! It tastes just wonderful!
Leaving family and Iowa. Boy a week goes by quickly. On our first day we had a gathering of family with a ghost watching over us!
Happenings during the week included taking Lucy (in yellow) and her friends to swim after school. Competitions took place over the weekend.
We are so proud of Lucy's accomplishments!
A Little Free Library was spotted in Gibertville, a small and tiny town close to Mary's.
I'm so happy it's there.
Mary's home, indoor and outside, was decorated throughout. Very festive!
But PACO, our daily visitor, came over to say hello.
Another year! Another trip to Iowa. It couldn't get much better than that!
Let me see. Where do I begin this day? Treats? People food? PACO is not sure where to start as he visits Mary's home.
We took a trip to Williamsburg to check in with Katie and Jason! They just moved up to Iowa from Dallas months ago and I just l0ve their new home!
Katie has it decorated for fall throughout the whole house. It's simply l0vely!
Of course, Lily and Daisy were wondering who we were and
who might be coming to their home!
Their Texas stone came with them. A reminder of where they came from!
Then off to meet Danny and Mary for lunch. It was such a treat to see them and catch up. Always planning our next adventure.
I had another tenderloin and Leon and I both tasted their delicious dessert. That's caramel and crust on the bottom. SCRUMPTIOUS!
Back to Mary's to catch up on the football world. The COWBOYS won! Taped the games so we were "football watching" the rest of the evening before falling blissfully asleep.