, I haven't posted since May. Well, as you can see from the photo, I've been very, very busy with family business. Like teaching the grandchildren
how to make homemade linguine. We used the 9 egg yolk recipe, which yields, a rich, firm pasta. The kids have been here--one, two, or all of them--since early May and we've been having a great time, cooking, gardening, caring for the rabbits and poultry, catching toads, feeding the fish and frogs in our pond and going swimming. While they're here Jay Jr. and Celeste take them overnight and they stay up late, play video games, eat candy and drink soda with Jay and then Celeste makes them pancakes for breakfast. Danny comes home from work and wakes them up in the middle of the night, gives them treats and they roughhouse and watch movies until morning. Poor kids, no one loves them.
We had a big graduation party for Celeste, celebrating that she is officially an RN now. We're very proud of her and I admire how steadfast she's been and how hard she's worked with school and two jobs.
The party was so much fun. We got to see some of Celeste's family again as well as old and new friends.
Speaking of parties, I'm putting it out there now as a save the date, I'll be 60
.....ugh, how weird to say it...anyway, my birthday this year is on a Sunday, September 20th
and we're having a pig roast, so put it on your calendar now.
Jay and I celebrated our 31st anniversary on the first and Jeanie and Derek celebrated their 10th
on the third. Congratulations
We had their kids that week, while they went to new York, so we went to meet them there and all of us spent the day together. We went to FAO
Schwartz, Central Park and the Central Park Zoo and petting zoo--what an experience, it was more like a circus!--and finally to Isabella's for dinner, which was no great shakes, but they were very nice to us especially since Isabella has the same name.
I've painted one picture since the last time I posted. A watercolor of the frogs in my pond. I'll post it, eventually.
The garden isn't doing all that well this year, probably because of all of the rain and cold, but it looks like we'll get out first tomato/es, tomorrow or the next day. I have several real Italian tomato plants from Chris Boyd, my friend Karen, the "Orchardess's
" brother. They finally have flowers on them, but no tomatoes yet. I cannot wait. It's such a great story. I'll get around to it another night.
I've been feeling really lousy, a lot of pain and fatigue, so I've been going to bed earlier, but getting up later. One good thing about it is that I've been reading a lot more. Three, Ann Rule books, a D.H. Lawrence compilation of short stories, Alice Waters and I recently finished "Julie and Julia", or is it the other way around? Anyway, it kind of guilted
me into getting back on here and writing. It's been made into a movie, which to me is odd, because even though I enjoyed the book, I didn't think it was all that. I was surprised that the whole thing got that much notoriety
, although I did love how brutally honest and intimate about herself and her friends Julie was. It takes some real big ones to share that kind of stuff with the world. That's probably what did it.
It's getting late and I'm sleepy, but just one more thing, if you get a chance, go to Alba
. If you like a creative and interesting slant on Italian, you will thank me. Seriously, we had a handmade, rabbit agnolotti
with the pasta so small (as in the size of your thumbnail) and as thin as tissue paper, but firm and delicious with tasty rabbit inside in a savory, velvet broth. I was so impressed. It must take hours and hours for the girl that makes them to produce all that they'll need for dinner service. The foie gras
, the Muscovy
duck breast, just amazing. Go.
OK, really, one last thing, speaking of Muscovy
ducks, Gussie had to go back to the farm where we got him. Not only did he try to run away because we didn't have a wife for him....thanx
for saving him Rich...but he also suffocated and crushed Frida
and Beatrice by trying to have his way with them. Hopefully Jamison found a wife for him.
That's it, I'll be back tomorrow.