It also feels like I haven't been home much, what with my wonderful vacation, the Irma evacuation and a weekend in NC for a family reunion. So, I'm hoping to have some treasured home time over the next week. I wasn't ready to leave home again for the reunion, but I'm glad I went and I really enjoyed it. As usual, there was lots of good food. Laney, my cousin who always has a great garden, sent me home with lots of eggplants and bell peppers. As soon as I got home I made a quick and simple eggplant stir-fry. I shared some with friends and then made the dish here, mainly because it looked so pretty. Well, it smelled wonderful while cooking and it tasted great......and I still have enough to make a Chickpea Eggplant Stew! If you're interested, I combined these two recipes: How to Make Perfect Ratatouille and Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomato Gratin. Enjoy!
It's been a very busy week. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act was prevented so we political junkies (the Resistance) are taking a break before we tackle the tax "reform". It seems like I've eaten out almost every day this week, but the real treat came when Chris emailed to ask if I wanted to join her and Sue, a friend visiting from Milwaukee, for an evening at the beach. It was such a fun event to look forward to that I got motivated - two packages in the mail, car washed, began scanning my mother's old photos (lots of fun to see), and more. It was like someone lit a fire under me! The evening was just as relaxing and fun as I'd anticipated. Chris brought some scrumptious sandwiches and I brought the wine, disguised as apple juice! A few minutes after we arrive, it was like the temperature just dropped a few degrees. We sat and watched the sun set and marveled at a little one-legged sea gull that kept hanging around. We also noticed three other ladies doing exactly the same thing! What a great way to end the day! I've already mentioned to Chris that we need to do this more often, along with other friends, and to make it a tradition when Sue visits - lots of good conversation, laughs, and the beauty of nature!
File this under More Than You Want to Know! I began scanning my mother's old photos because when I went to the reunion, my cousin had scanned theirs and distributed the originals to the family's shown in the photos. It was really fun to see them all and listen to comments and stories. I came home determined to do the same so I could share them at the next reunion. These are a few (of the best ones!) she gave me. The first thing that struck me is how dark my hair was.....once I got some! I'm about 1/3 through my mother's photos and am enjoying seeing them again. I'm also noticing things I hadn't noticed before. Maybe that's the eye of age!
Ana, my neighborhood buddy and zentangle partner, is moving to San Antonio. We went out to lunch yesterday and she gave me these beautiful plants. I don't have the green thumb that she has, but I'm going to make every effort to maintain them. I'm planning to get one larger pot for all of the cacti and hope that I can transplant them without killing them! I do fairly well with succulents, so I'm being positive!! They will also be an excellent reminder to Ana and Lou. I'm going to miss them, but I know they are excited about the move and will enjoy being near her family.
I have to confess to still viewing my vacation photos....and loving every minute of them! This past week was the first time I had a chance to show them to the hospice ladies I visit. One of the ladies is a native of England and I knew she would enjoy them. Every week I visited her before the trip. I reminded her that I was going to the UK. She always asked when. When I said "August" she assured me that was the perfect time to go. Anyway, when we got to this photo, she commented on how beautiful Katie looked, how lovely the flowers were, and then she said, "and Martin looks quite pleased with himself"! That really tickled me! I assured her that Martin was a proud father.....and he did choke up a bit during the father-of-the-bride speech. Both ladies enjoyed the photos and it was an excuse for me to see them again.
This week, while being busy for me, has also been a busy birthday month. I'm very behind in everything, so I want to wish Carolyn and Sandra my very best BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes!! I hope you both had wonderful birthdays and that it carries over into the coming year.