Sunday’s Mimosa Brunch with my Darling David

Much to my delight, I awoke to a lot of snow.  YIPPEE!

I put on a nice little brunch.  Mimosas flowed.  I made creamed hard-boiled eggs and asparagus on English Muffins, Sausage Gravy on English Muffins and a great Poppy Seed Roll from Balaton.  Was tickled to see my dear David and finally meet his girlfriend Barbara.   Very pleasant day!

Fun With David

Dear lifelong friend, Dave stayed with us for a few nights in Panama City Beach.

He’s as healthy, slim and handsome as ever.

We had a blast.  We ate out for breakfast on Wed. morning, then headed to Pier Park for a couple of hours.  We went to a really neat place….  “Wonder Works”.  I thought that it was gonna be a goofy “kids” place.  Maybe it was, but we sure enjoyed it!  Stopped for a quick beer at a place new to us….Dat Cajun Place, then headed to Dee’s Hangout for a great dinner.  (As usual….they remain the best joint on the beach…wonderful food, friendly staff….can’t be beat).

Dave got an early start on Thursday morning to attend a Time Share thing.  He scored a $100 American Express Card and a free week at any of their properties. When he returned to the condo, we headed over to Dave & Busters for the first time…. The place looks like a casino…full of video games.  LOVED IT!

Had dinner at Carrabba’s courtesy of Dave’s Time Share gift.  Lovely place.  Great food.

Headed home so that the boys could watch some car racing, then went to bed early.

Sadly, my David left around 5am on Friday morning.  

It tickles me that my 2 favorite boys get along so well.  We’re trying to convince him to come for a visit when it’s warmer in May or June.  Hoping so!

A Visit From One of my Favorite People on Earth!

Dave is one of my dearest friends.  I first met him when I was 13 years old.  He was the advisor for the school’s ski club.  As a senior in High School, he was my Distributive Education teacher.  It was a vocational class concentrating on advertising and marketing.  
He was very much a mentor to me.  As far back as the mid-seventies, he taught me that “women’s lib movement” was nonsense.  “Nan…you don’t need an organization to get ahead!  You create your own reality!”.  
As far as the influential men in my life, I jumped from my father during childhood, to Dave in my school days, to a boss at my newspaper in Painesville, Ohio (Another Dave!), and then finally to my Dominic.  These 4 guys made me who I am today.
It was a very short 2 night visit, but a GREAT ONE!
He took me out for dinner to my 2 favorite places…. Dee’s Hangout and Los Rancheros.
We spent a day at Pier Park, and I drove him around town.  Went to Rock It Lanes and played video games.  Introduced him to the guys at Beach Bar and Package.  Had a ball!
Honestly, as he said goodbye and drove off, I almost had tears in my eyes.

Exercise Update – Dave

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.”  – Marsha Doble I thought you might like an update on Dave’s progress. As the week wore on heading to his first day, his confidence began to wane. My little humorous quips were met with distress and annoyance. I toned […]

The Last Piece…EXERCISE!

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”  – Plato For those of you who made a wish for Dave on my behalf, thank you! We met with Luis on Saturday for lunch. They talked non stop as if they had met […]

Father/Son Super Bowl

“We’re here! Superrrrr Bowlllllllll!” – Text Dave has been blessed this year with a couple of companies that have gifted him with football tickets. We got two sets for the championship games with the San Francisco 49ers and then he couldn’t believe it when another company gave him two super bowl tickets! As luck would […]

Well what do you know?

Not a lot is my usual reply. I have learnt over the last few months, what with TT and stuff that my relationship with food is complex very simple. I use food as a celebration; weddings, birthdays, winning the lottery, having good news. I also use it as a comforter; funerals, bad news, lonliness. When I’m bored I cook, when I’m happy I cook, when I’m depressed I cook, let’s be honest I generally cook! So it is easy to see how I got to put so much weight on, especially over the last couple of years with no job and no-one to keep me company. Today’s baking falls into the “I need cheering up” category. I’m suffering from Aussie withdrawal.

Lemon icing cupcakes
Having had 2 weeks off the D.I.E.T. thing I of course gained a couple of pounds, not that I mind in the slightest, it averages out at less than 3 ounces a day, a very small price to pay for all the joy I have had over the last fortnight. It does mean that I won’t be eating any of the above!!

Time to talk

It has been a busy week with an awful lot of wining and dining, meeting friends and talking into the wee small hours. It’s not every week that friends from Australia fly over to attend your wedding and you have to make the most of it.

Yesterday Lynne, Dave, Mike and me went off on a trip into the past, visiting The Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster. We got to ride on a proper chuff-chuff (steam train to the uninitiated). I forgot to take my camera (where is my brain?) so haven’t got any pics. We got off the train at Highley and had a look around the museum before popping down to the Ship Inn for a bite to eat and a pint. (Like I said, a