Category: Friends


Bye Mij 👋

Mij was planning to stay a few more days, but the incoming storm had her rethinking.  She is living near DC and was driving by herself. So, after breakfast, she packed up, bundled up, and said good bye. The dogs are 😞 

We had a good visit, and it was nice to see someone besides each other 😹🙀😻




Be Safe !!!

Julia Child Came for a Visit

We had a very special treat last night. Mij prepared a delightful beef bourguignon, ala Julia Child. She spent most of the day in the kitchen, chopping, stirring, and optimizing our most flavorful dinner. I will let the photos tell the story:






Thank you, Mij!  Always fun to have a celebrity chef in the kitchen.


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Chef Louie Strikes Again!

You didn’t really think Lou would let the holiday go by with just bratwurst for dinner, did you?  Although I will say, the bratwurst was a treat after trying to eat mostly healthy for the past few months.

Lou outdid himself once again. He cooked a beautiful standing rib roast and all the trimmings. The meat came out perfect, and we enjoyed a delicious meal. Our friends, Donna and Pat, joined us. As I mentioned before, they are in our neighborhood bubble (the only ones, I might add).  Pat brought a nice salad (forgot to get a photo!), and Donna supplied dessert. They also each brought an appetizer.




The roast was perfect, and we all went back for seconds and more. We also had mashed potatoes, gravy, peas & carrots, and salad.


Donna surprised us with chocolate mousse with raspberries and whipped cream. A nice way to top off an amazing meal.

A sincere thanks to Lou for cooking such a nice meal, even though he is still a bit sore from the fall. And we appreciate having such wonderful neighbors and friends to help us celebrate the season. Thank you for joining us, Donna and Pat !


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What’s New?

Let’s see … we started the week with a nice visit from Kathy. She introduced me to the Hallmark Mystery Channel. Yesterday, Emily came by and we visited, and she joined us for pizza. It was great to catch up. She is doing well, is married to a nice guy (Dave, who we met last year), and is teaching high school in Rockland.

I had my annual mammogram, and all is good. That makes year No. 6 in the clear. Fortunately, I don’t worry about it, but it is nice to get the good result.

Lou is busy working on trains and projects. He doesn’t seem to have enough hours in the day to get everything done – whoever said retirement was boring?

I finished my #30faces30days challenge. This was all about doing a new portrait each day for 30 days. There were 6 instructors who each lead 5 lessons over the course of the 30 days. I liked 3 of the 5 instructors, but didn’t care for the techniques or teaching style of two of them. Good to have a variety! I learned a lot. Went from tracing most of the subject, to being able to draw the faces before painting. Also learned more about using the iPad app to draw and paint.

I am going to redraw the guy in the first lesson (top left photo), to see if I can make him look less like a serial killer.

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Happy Birthday, Amy !!!

We just got off a surprise Zoom Birthday party for Amy, arranged by sister Claudia. It was fun. Hope the rest of your birthday is great, Amy!

To celebrate, let’s take a quick tour of our last visit with Amy – our trip to the Galápagos.

Happy Birthday, Amy!!! Come for a visit, and we can share a real life toast, not just a virtual one 😍

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope everyone enjoyed a nice day. We had planned to go out on the boat, but the weather did not cooperate – foggy and misty. The flag pic was taken on the 3rd, when it was bright and sunny

We enjoyed a socially distant bar-b-q with Donna and Pat, our neighbors. Pat cooked brats and burgers, and Donna provided a Holiday dessert.

Who would have guessed we needed a fire on July 4th???

It was a nice gathering. We all make sure to give each other space, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. We have limited contact with the outside world, and the same for Pat and Donna.

Be Safe!!!