Let’s Don’t and Say We Did...

Jan 11, 2016 by

The first week of the new year is just about over and the fail safe greeting of “Happy New Year” is soon to be unacceptable.  Yep, it’ll be back to the stale, generic “Hello” or in our area, “How have you been?”.  I’ve packed away the Christmas decorations and again, I understand why my Mother’s tree got smaller and smaller.  I’m seeing the attributes of a table-top tree.  And then, there was New Year’s Eve……… Denny and I decided to “stay in” on what we call amateur night.  You know the night where people who never go out during the rest of the year, except for Valentine’s Day, and get gussied up to be in a room full of people they don’t know in a place that has jacked up the prices of Sysco...

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The Best Birthday He Never Had

Oct 26, 2015 by

The weekend didn’t turn out like I had planned—what an understatement.  Today is Dennis’ birthday and I had made plans to celebrate in San Antonio at La Cantera Hill Country Resort for the weekend.  We had dinner reservations at Silo and a tee time after a Sunday brunch, the next day.  Francesca was going to keep Mitch—–it was going to be a fun weekend.  Was.  I’m trying to remember the exact chain of events that caused the weekend detour. I reserved a ninety minute massage for Dennis on Friday afternoon to get the weekend off to a relaxing start.  That went well, he loved it.  The next morning, I made coast toast-an attempt to recreate a wonderful brunch dish we had in La Jolla.  At this point, I ask you to refer back to...

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I HAVE SEEN THE PROMISED LAND

Oct 15, 2015 by

And, it’s called La Jolla.  Yes, I have been to the mountain top.  It certainly wasn’t my first time to be there, but every time I go, it just gets better and better.  There’s no such thing as a bad trip to southern California.  You’ll probably be reading a lot of posts about this last trip, but for now, I’m just gonna concentrate on the food.  OMG, how can it be sooo fabulous?  I know, everything is fresh.  Everything.  I did not see one Sysco truck—they probably are outlawed.  I bet they stop them at the state line.  And there are so many choices of divine places to eat….and so little time.  Before the trip, I did tons of research.  Trip Advisor, Zagat, etc.  The pressure was on because it was my turn to...

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I’m just a-hunk a-hunk of burnin’ somethin…...

Aug 18, 2015 by

What’s a girl gonna do?  After all—it is Texas and it is August, so you do the math.  Yep, it adds up to M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E in any language, especially Texan.  It’s the time of the year when the lucky ones go elsewhere—like New Mexico or Colorado or the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.  (I know, up there)  My friend, Tina, just got back from San Miguel. Denny and I are trying to hang in there till we go to La Jolla in a couple of weeks.  The thought of being in Switzerland last year about this time is just a dim memory in the back of my scorched, little brain.  When I say scorched, I know there are hotter places on earth like Death Valley or those poor people just down the road in Llano—-they...

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Oh Shit-did I really just turn 63?...

Jul 24, 2015 by

I know I’m going to wake up.  I’m not saying it’s a nightmare, it’s more like an out of body experience.  A 63 year old body experience.  No way!  I remember my Mother used to say the older you get, the faster time flies by.  That’s when I thought forty was old.  Not only do I see my Mother’s hands when I look down at the end of my arms, but I’ve starting to see her face when I look in the mirror.  Where has the time gone?  The strange thing is, based on my genetics, I’ve got about thirty years left in the tank!  What the heck am I gonna do the next thirty years?  Of course, everybody’s usual answer is “Travel!”  Maybe this is a sign of getting old, but I’m really starting...

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ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Jul 12, 2015 by

Teresa and I made a quick trip to Austin a couple of nights ago to see the obnoxious and entertaining, Anthony Bourdain.  I couldn’t keep track of all the F bombs and thought the first part of the show was a little narcisstic, but I either got anesthetized or just went with it and found myself enjoying what he was saying—especially his take on social media. Bass Hall was packed and obviously, he has a cult following.  I forgot to mention we went to a wonderful Mexican food restaurant before.  I have not had Mexican food since the Maxican closed in Burnet.  I googled places to eat near Bass Hall and this one popped up.  It’s called El Chile Cafe and Cantina and is right across the interstate from the UT campus.  It would...

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THE PARTY’S OVER

Jul 6, 2015 by

I’m on the sofa, watching the women’s soccer final and I can’t believe I’ve been inside all day long.  So different than  yesterday, July 4th.  What a fun day that was.  It’s always been one of my favorite holidays, full of food and getting outdoors.  I have noticed as I get older, I really do remember to thank and mindfully honor our country and it’s world changing beginning.  I think about how lucky, no blessed, I am to have won the lottery and been born in the USA.  But back to the supersized celebrating.  This year, we hadn’t made big plans, we were still basking in the memory of being in Switzerland last year at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  So, this year, it was “just play it by ear”.  About a week before, my...

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