Hello Friday! It’s Gonna Be A Great Day!

Grandchildren are the rainbow of life. Great Grandchildren are the pot of gold!

Happy first birthday Remington! A year ago we were awaiting his arrival. We were at the hospital and Remy came right on schedule. Great Grandma and I got to hold him and it was amazing. At this time, we was our fourth great grandchild. It was exciting. Check carefully… our hairstyles match perfectly!

Great Grandpa meets Remington two hours old!

Flash foreword a year and the little man is a little man…running around the house and being watched by his big sister. He is having a party Sunday but we are having a family birthday party next week with Joe and Amy, Pete and Lisa, Robin and Bob, Michele and Franklyn, Gary and Peanut, and us…it’s a family thing!

Obviously takes after his Great Grandfather!

OK, to work! I visited my front yard watermelon patch and we have several beauties going now. I had hidden two large watermelons ion the patch for the kids down the street but they never came back so I gave one to the gardener and one went into the frig for us this weekend. The one below is called a “sugar baby”. Technically we calls it a Citrullus lanatus and it is an incredibly productive grower as well. Sugar Baby melons are round “picnic” or “icebox” watermelons perfect for small families and as the name suggests, small enough to fit into the icebox. They weigh in at between 8 to 10 pounds and are 7-8 inches across

This is a baby… I picked on about three times this size and gave it to the gardners!

We worked around the house and got cleaned up around 5:00 PM in order to go dancing and have dinner at the elks!

Tonight was MPG and they were terrific! Super dance music and we were right on the floor…two steps and we could dance! MPG keeps the volume at an acceptable level,

The band just started as we walked in!

It was a super evening and my camera was absconded with and a picture was snapped when we were not looking! Romance be in the air!

Caught in the act… nothing new! Checkout the shirt… appropriate for our current weather!

The buffet and frankly it was quite nice, chicken, roast beef, and fish with mashed potatoes and veggies. The fresh salad was perfect! Good meal at a whopping $12.00! A couple of drinks and we were on our way!

Did You Know? In the 19th century, supper, a lighter meal some hours after the main dinner, was sometimes served as a buffet (and so called), especially late at night at grand balls, where not everyone present would want to eat, or at the same time, or in the same quantity. Even in a very large building, at a large ball there might not be enough space to seat all guests at the same time, or servants to serve them in the manner required by the prevailing customs. A large cooked English breakfast with various choices was also very often routinely served this way, for similar reasons. Even when many servants were on hand, there might be an element of self-service. The term buffet originally referred to the French sideboard furniture where the food was placed, but eventually became applied to the serving format.

At balls, the “buffet” was also where drinks were obtained, either by circulating footmen supplying orders from guests, but often by the male guests. During the Victorian period, it became usual for guests to have to eat standing up. In fact John Conrade Cooke’s cookbook Cookery and Confectionery, (London: 1824) says it was already “the present fashion”.

We danced until 9:00 PM and then headed for home. We did a waltz, chacha, merengue, several swings, night-club two-step and the ten-step polka in a group!

The new lodge is a beauty!

Arriving home the house was a cool 78 and we watched some TV before crashing! We love the remote control via Alexa. We adusted the air conditioner, turned on the lights in the yard and the house, and she automatically opens the garage door when we come down the street. The toys keep me young!

We have to share the following as we cracked up! We hope you remember what Pop Rocks were! Hard candy (like a lollypop or a Jolly Rancher) is made from sugar, corn syrup, water and flavoring. … To make Pop Rocks, the hot sugar mixture is allowed to mix with carbon dioxide gas at about 600 pounds per square inch (psi). The carbon dioxide gas forms tiny, 600-psi bubbles in the candy.

Nearly fell over laughing!

The clock-hand striketh midnight so it is time to crash!

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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