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Family Movie Night

Scary but true!

The morning promenade included an inspection of Vicky’s Tomatillo; it is coming along swell.  Tomatillos may be delicious, but they aren’t super nutrient-dense.  They have quite a bit of Vitamin C, are good sources of Vitamin K and niacin, and are good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein, both necessary for eye health.  They are also relatively high in fiber and low in calories.

Both plants are over a foot tall already and will begin to bloom within a couple of weeks.

Mama, the plant given to me by my cousin when Mom passed in 1990, is thriving in her new location!  The roots have finally grabbed on and are enjoying their freedom on their ground!

Mary takes the dead leaves from Mama!

The pumpkins have doubled in size and will begin to branch out (or vine out) soon, sending runners up to twenty feet in length in several locations.

Halloween is only five months away, and we will be ready!

We went to Costco for a pot and returned with a whole basket of stuff, including a lemon meringue cheesecake for tonight.  The new chimes sound beautiful, and we hung them by the front door; another trip to Costco may be in the future if the four grey pots work out; they are resin and ought to last for years and years!  The new chimes are percussion instruments and sound amazing.

Must stop shopping; the cart is full!

Robin and Bob are coming over at 5:30 pm to watch “The Sound Of Music,” so we decided a German-themed dinner was in the offing.  Red-sweet sour kraut was first on the list, and it was excellent.

Fermented food itself is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  This Beet and Red Cabbage Sauerkraut contains detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cancer-fighting properties that cabbage, beets, ginger, and garlic already offer, but in a more digestion-friendly format.  Meaning the nutrients are more available to be absorbed and used in your body

Mary added our leaves to the dish!

We bought German potato salad, but Mary fixed it with certain spices and flowers from her edible flower tower.

A beautiful dish!

The veggie tray was from the garden except for the carrots; they are still a month away!

Color in the veggie generally means healthy veggies.

I cut up our watermelon; we are practicing for the upcoming voyage to Hawaii!  The kumquats are from our neighbor’s tree, and the flower is also directly from the edible flower tower!

Edible flowers now appear everywhere!

Robin helps set the table, and we have freshly picked sweetpeas to add to the dinner setting.

FInal tuches onm the table

We put Chef Bob in charge of the sausages; Paul was relegated to making the BBQ ready and presentable.  I fired it up about 30 monies before the kids came, and the neighbors got a good smell of what we cooled last summer.  The smoke was intense, and with every scrub of the wire brush, more BBQ smells were released into the ether.  Who says smoking is bad?

Life is too short for ordinary food!  Remember, Nobody has family over to “microwave.”

Chef Bob does the sausages!

The sausages were done in a jiffy as the BBQ indicated 550 degrees before we opened the lid; the grate was clean!  The digital thermometer was very helpful!

It was perfectly done!

We had supervision as Scout kept an eye out for any dropping.

Our supervisor is on duty.

Mary carved the sausages, and we had three kinds tonight; German sausage (Kielbasa), Turkey-Apple sausage, and German hot and spicy sausage.  We did a taste test, and all three were voted the favorite1

Sausage carving is underway!

Dr. Mary is using her surgical skills!

Any way you slice it… will be just fine!


Hey, excellent, we were there!  Thank you, Bob, for the photo-op!

Double ah!

Dining of edible flowers.  What is the best flower to dine on?  Honeysuckle.  If you remember this plant from your childhood, you already know it holds sugary nectar.  The blossom also tastes sweet and achieves a honey flavor without beehives.  We are going to plant 100 of these puppies tomorrow morning.

I was tasting the edibles.

After dinner, we went to the TV room and tried the new theater seating.  Mary got a birthday present a few days early; the jewelry bag will be handy on the upcoming cruise.

Mary opens her birthday present.

We are ready to watch the movie, but The Sound Of Music has been removed from streaming starting April 2023.  We guess it was not making enough money!

Bob says, “I did not do it!”

We watched and laughed through “The Book Club” instead.  Summary: Four lifelong friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.  From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best.  Also starring Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, and Richard Dreyfuss, Book Club delivers laugh-out-loud, feel-good fun.

We enjoyed the lemon meringue cheesecake while watching the movie.  We walked the kids to their car, and they zoomed home, which should take about twenty minutes at this time of night.

Our flag is flying proudly over Casa Valencia.  This week is “blue week” for the house.

Our hose is blue this week!

Drive safely, sweet things!

Bye Bye!  Drive safely

After the kids departed, Scout and I strolled the backyard and did our midnight widdle; a tradition begins!  Scout knows just the right spots!

A pleasant evening to sit outside by the fire!

We crashed after Mary put the drops into my eyes; tomorrow is another busy day!

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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