Often when you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.
Hard to believe, my parents got their marriage license 94 years ago this July!
On the freeway, bright and early at 6:30 AM so I could join Mary for coffee before her Zoom Meeting at 7:00 AM. The freeway had a lot of cars on it even this early. Don’t people ever sleep? Upon arrival, my coffee was available, and Mary had just sat down at the computer to Zoom!
After Zooming, we had to go drop of Mary’s truck at the local auto maintenance store. It needed standard stuff like new brakes. Mary had the brakes redone three weeks ago, not that she drives fast or anything.
We decided to try Rockwell’s in Villa Park for breakfast at Mary’s suggestion on our way home.
An excellent suggestion as their breakfast was terrific. Mary dined healthily while yours truly did biscuits and gravy with two rooster eggs!
My southern roots clicked in. I could not finish it all, so they will still be there tomorrow morning.
We were two blocks from our favorite person, so we brought her breakfast also. Well, it was an interesting breakfast, a cinnamon roll and a case of wine! Jan had a good laugh at our delivery!
Upon arriving at home, Scout (the Wonder Dog) said, “Barf Bark, Bow Wow, Woof Bark Art!” which, when translated, means, “Take me for a walk or I will bite you!!” I speak fluent Scout these days!
As we walked, the neighborhood dog, Yukon, watched us from his garage.
We returned to Mary’s to go to work. She headed for the office, and I headed to the kitchen. But first, we did some decorating on her Valentine’s Tree. Mary keeps her Christmas tree up all year long and decorates it for the holidays. I did not do a Christmas Tree this year, but I remembered I had a slew of “heart decorations” that I wanted to share with Miss Mary. We put them on her tree this morning.
Valentine’s Day is coming and my mind, or what’s left of it, wanders. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? But wait, there is more… What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus? Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand?
I thought about ordering out for dinner; then I remembered what happened the last time I did that. I ordered 2000 lbs. of Chinese soup. It was Won Ton.
To the kitchen, I was ordered with whips and chains. I sliced, diced, cut, squished, measured, and one hundred other things. The first half of the meal was in the pot by 12:40 AM. So at 5:40 PM, I will add noodles, ricotta cheese, spinach, and eye or neut plus vat wings, and all should be well! To figure out how to best chop up the butternut squash, I turned to Alexa and YouTube, sure made it easy! Then I had a thought, always a dangerous thing. Why do the French eat snails? They don’t like fast food!
While I was slaving away in the kitchen, working my little fingers to the bone, suffering from the broken knee and developing dish-pan hands, Mary sat in the air-conditioned office (in her Snow White costume), sipping cranberry juice and reading the mail while whistling her rendition of the tune “High Ho.”
The phrase “Heigh-Ho” was first recorded in 1953 and is defined as an expression of “yawning, sighing, languor, weariness, disappointment” and is sung daily by a group of seven dwarfs as they come home from (and go to) work in a mine with diamonds and rubies, in Walt Disney’s first feature film.
Mary’s version is similar but involves a single poor old man, well into his seventies, being forced to do seven chores around the house while going from room to room. The poor guy (me) was so tired and dehydrated that my whistler didn’t even work; I had to resort to using Mary’s Christmas present to make the necessary sounds (If you do not know, do NOT ask!)
The soup turned out amazing! I had a large bowl, and Mary had two small cups before we began watching TV. We have plenty remaining, and it went into the freezer and will feed us a few more days. Scout, the Wonder Dog, was not helping this evening; he fell asleep on his new bed.
Tummy full, time to rest and have one more small cup of soup! Not so fast; a massage is required first. We watched a Chuck Norris movie called “Top Dog,” and we laughed all the way through it.
Since we are both dog lovers, we found the movie quite entertaining. MAry darned near fell off the massage table she was laughing so hard!
By the end of the movie, the soup was ready to be put into the freezer, and we were full! I asked Mary if I was a good cook, and she said, “Well, dear, after dinner, I don’t brush my teeth, I count them.” I should know about my cooking by now. Every time I go near the stove, Scout starts to howl!
Scout, The Wonder Dog, also liked the movie and jumped up on the couch and watched it with us.
It was late, and I still have a 25-minute drive home, so into The Silver Fox and start the countdown. I was home by 10:30 PM.