Another One Of Those Nights

It was thirteen years ago today we walked out of Boeing for the last time with our hopes and aspirations in high gears ready to spend the rest of our lives side by side enjoying life. I miss you!

We so enjoyed life just being together doing “stuff.”  In 2008 we spent a week in Sedona Arizona playing golf.  Lisa was with us as Pete was overseas.  We had a wonderful time.

Right down the center of every fairway, she never got to see the real wildlife (the things I saw looking for my ball).  We played this course several times while visiting the Red Rock area.

Today started at 2:30 AM, I tossed and turned until I just got up!  I just miss her so much!

I went to the Taste Of Home website and printed off about 20 “old fashioned” recipes like Saucy Pork Chop Skillet and Chicken Cordon Bleu and others I am going to be making.  I shall study them, assuring the ingredients are readily available and then proceed to the kitchen with my fingers crossed!

At 5:00 AM, I tried again and got a little bit of sleep, but at 9:00 AM, that was it for the day! I made mu coffee, moved some furniture in preparation for painting, and have a small hardware store list of items to get at 8:00 AM when the store opens.  I figure as long as I spend most of my time outside the store and go early just after everything has been disinfected, it was reasonably safe.

I selected a beautiful pink for the living room accent wall; Sue always liked pink!  I finished that off in about 90 minutes flat and used about a quart of paint.  Looked pretty good to me!

I am sure Sue would be happy with the choice!

So after planting the new herbs, I got on the ladder and cut down the top of the tangerine tree as it was hanging over the herbs.  After eating three tangerines, I tossed the rest of them since we have so many!

The blossoms for next years fruit is already forming on the tree,

Cabin fever was getting me, and I knew I was doing steak tonight, so I went to Ralph’s and got asparagus and some A-1 sauce plus a new cast iron pan with grill marks on the bottom!

After chatting with Colleen and Mark, I decided it was time for dinner since I had not eaten since 7:00 AM this morning, and that was cold cereal.

Into the frig on a search, I went.  I came back with .88 pounds of filet mignon.  So I was, forced to cook up a 14-ounce steak.  I swallowed my little black heart and went to town.

While searching for the steak, I found some mushrooms that were getting close to the expiration date.  Sauteed mushroom atop filet mignon?  Yes!  The fungus required about 30 minutes of sauteing on low, so I started them first.  It looked a little boring, and then I remember what Sue would do, into the pantry I dashed and came back with a package of Lipton Onion Soup mix.  I poured in about a third of the mix into the butter and mushrooms and set the heat on low and waited until the onions were soft.

The asparagus looked pretty good, so I cleaned up eight spears, made then into bite-size pieces, and sauteed them.

Then came the steaks.  I salted and peppered them and dropped them onto the new pan, which was coasted in butter olive oil, 5-7 minutes aside.  Success, everything is looking good!

It smells pretty good!

The new plan worked well, leaving grill marks on the steaks just like I was hoping it would!  I put the mushroom atop the steaks, and it was a meal fit for a king, albeit a little more than I needed!

I have here about 880 calories of delicious eating. I may have to walk in the rain tonight after all!

Fantastic, my timing was right on!  Everything finished in one big crescendo!  The plated the components and headed to the table to enjoy my creation!

Now I sit me down to eat!

I was half asleep after finished this meal when the Bat Phone rang, I ran for the closet, put on my Batman costume, and headed to the Bat  Phone.  I may be called upon to stop a robbery or something like that!  Egad, I was right!  The bank robbers were on the other end of the connection!

We talked for quite a while with me, giving them the blow-by-blow description of my most recent cooking adventure!

It was Robin calling Bat Man! (No Bob, NOT Fat Man)

It’s getting to be 8:00 PM, which means I assume the position in front of the living room TV and watch the tube for an hour before heading to bed.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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