Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Faire and Floors

Yea,  a crazy combination for a title but the two biggest things to report this time around!

When the Photographer invited me on our first date we went to The Renaissance Faire near San Francisco.  It was amazing!  Since then we have attended the event at various venues including Hanford, California, Casa de Fruta close to San Jose, plus  a sweet version of Medeltids Festivalen in Ingelsträde, while we resided in Ryssmöllan near Helsingborg, Sweden.

This time, in late September, we had the pleasure of having "the future Chef" tag along for a day of fun in the sun!  And hot it was!  It was a great day inspite of the temperature!  Cooling off with appropriate spirits and tasty food.  Garbo had fun too, spending the day with her doggie cousins Buddie and Gemma.

The days flew by and it was time to turn the page on the wall calendar to October!  The air is crisp, pumpkins, scarecrows, and tomb stones are turning up on doorsteps, in drive ways and front yards.

Apples are on sale and I find myself thinking about stewed cabbage, brussel sprouts with bacon and  Pumpkin Espresso Cake and such!

We have new floors!  The cream colored  all to wall carpet have been removed (thank goodness) and wood flooring installed.  We love it!  I think Mister Kitty and Garbo does too, except when Garbo gets into her  streaks of excess energy and starts her wild sprints, well..... she ends up with all four paws in four different directions as she has NO traction!  It gets outright scary!

It was a lot of work removing furniture, emptying hutches and the refrigerator, and moving and disassembling a few things but we did it!  Getting things cleaned up and dusted off and ready for the next "Go Around". Now we are back to normal. What ever normal is?

One of the hardest things during the installation phase was keeping track of Garbo and Mister.  With Rocky, the installer, obviously having to run in and out with doors open it was important that we always new where Mister was.  It is harder to lose track of Garbo :-)  Mister felt unhappy about not being able to hang out in the garage during the day.  He likes to hunt out there. He proudly catches mice and we thank him profusely! We shuttled him from the back deck to the bedroom and or to the Photographers office and back again, it all worked out in the end.

It was all a pleasant experience. Not many can say THAT about a home inprovement project!  Rocky did a fabulous job, on top of the fact that it was a pleasure to have him around!  We will seek his help again, whenever we start our next home improvement project, whatever that might be!

Our next big adventure is THE wedding!  We can hardly wait!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Back To The "GRIND"

Should one even utter such a sentence in my situation?  Is there such a thing, when you no longer have to go to work everyday?  It is true, the summer zipped by.  A summer cooler than we can remember.  So for us Scandinavians it was a good kind of summer.  Not too hot.  Not too cold.  Just kind o' perfect.

Presently the tomatoes are ripening at record speed allowing us perfect Lettuce Bacon Tomato Sandwiches.  A summer favorite to be sure.  The kids in the neighborhood are back in school. Working people are getting into their regular routines and traffic is back to the normal snails crawl in  the morning and even longer at evening rush hours.  How so many have to live with that is a bad and sad situation.  Yet there are more cars.  No busses and no other forms of transit, in or out of our little part of our world.

Before returning to our normal rhythm, we had the youngest of our grandchildren here for a weeks visit.  He was brave!  No Ipad, no "gaming" on his Mothers iPhone, no album full of Disney movies and no X Box!  Just the two Old Grumps, a Mister Kitty and Garbo!

We all managed to be entertained to one degree or another anyway.  We went to the movies!  To the dog park of course!  Drove shuttle traffic to Baskin Robins for ice cream and Elliot did not order vanilla once!  We did spend time doing some cooking...... but for now, I see no Chef interest brewing there. E informed us that when he grows up he is going to eat pizza every night!:-)  E flew around our lane on his rollerblades at a speed faster than lightening.  Causing me shivers of fear, making me pray and look the other way!

There was a birthday to celebrate!  A visit from the Seattle duo!  Family dinners on Sunday as is our custom.  A girls night out with some of the yoga and Pilates gang!  Dinner with friends!  And more movies with "Captain Fantastic" getting two thumbs up!  "Hell or High Water" also met with our approval.  Now "Sully" remains on the wish list for viewing.

A fun day was spent at The San Benito Historic Park watching another "chapter" of the civil war reenacted!

We had a great time at the dog park with Cathy, a dear friend from our Mariposa life.  She brought her two young Pyrenees boys Teddy and Paddy for a play date to the delight not only for us and Garbo but everyone  else that regularly hangs out there!  Three Pyrs at the same time is far from the norm!  It was a great afternoon.

Then home here for a well deserved lunch.  It was so much fun!  Fall is in the air.  My favorit season for sure.  Time for stew, soup and more hardy fare.  Good books.  Movie rentals.  Lit candles and snuggle time on the couch.

Farewell  to summer. Welcome autumn!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fire, Smoke and Cooking For Yoga

No, the fires and the smoke have nothing to do with my cooking for yoga I promise!  Rather from a big fire raging down the coast a way.  Near Big Sur not too far from Monterey and Carmel.  It is a stubborn fire making its way up and down various mountain canyons and therefore difficult to contain. According to the California Department of Fire containment might not be accomplished until sometime in the end of August!  The brave fire fighters have had a bit of help from Mother Nature the last couple of nights due to cool temps, coastal fog and calm winds.

We can smell the smoke and the sky is grey with the sun and the moon glowing a fire red in the early mornings and evenings.  The Big Sur fire is just one of many fires in the State with its  terrain loaded with dead trees and bone dry hill sides due to  the continuing draught.

Let me go back to where I left off at the time of our last blog post,  now close to two months ago.  Yes, time flies when you have fun!

So, after a walk around Brigantino Park together with the Photographer and Garbo very early this morning, then a Pilates class at the best gym in Hollister namely Oasis Fitness and Yoga, I am settling in to give an update of the happenings around here lately.  It was a busy time, that is for sure!

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

The most exciting, the most amazing, and the most fabulous event for me since I reported last was our Yoga Retreat up in the mountain regions of Mariposa.  Our old stomping grounds!

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Invited to help cook for the event, together with Desi, the owner of the Oasis Fitness and Yoga Gym, I accepted the challenge with some trepidation as I ordinarily do not cook for so many people!  It ended up that with Desi's experience, her calm confidence and with help from Sheryl in the kitchen we did  just fine!  Those two ladies rock!  The same is true for Linda our  fabulous yoga instructor!

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Spending three days and two nights at her glorious place along with about fourteen additional awesome women was for me an experience like no other.  It was fun, it was exhilarating, it was inspiring, it was WILD, and it was emotional!
Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Together and or separately we meditated, relaxed, swam, hot tubbed, ate, drank, laughed, hiked, danced around a fire, hooted and hollered, drummed and "tambourined" our way late into the nights to then get up early to breakfast and yoga, lot's of yoga, all over again!  Fabulously fun!

Photo by Sheryl Cohen

Garbo was in "heat"!  That situation always puts a kink in our existence and our routine.  We weathered the storm however and now we are back as "regulars" at the dog park! There was the 4th of July Motorcycle Invasion to attend. Noisy and Fun!

Saga came to visit!  We had a wonderful time! Or at least I did. We cooked and baked, made ice cream and sorbet, walked the Garbo girl, and went to the movies.  She came along to the yoga and Pilates classes and  Saga  practiced her chipping on the golf course,  impressing the heck out of some older "golf veterans", one of whom gave her a golf ball from Stanford.  She does look like a Pro out there, taking long strides with those beautiful long legs of hers.  She seems too enjoy herself and is a true joy to watch!

With perfect timing it just happened that we were invited to Kellie's Wedding Shower while the "Little Cousin" was still here! Saga loved being part of the fun event. Watching Kellie open gifts galore, partaking in fabulous food, making her own perfume at the "create your own fragrance" table and  winning the Bridal Shower Game  Prize! A "forever memory" I am certain

This coming week end we will be making a marathon drive down to the Los Angeles area to go and see Saga perform in a professional production of Peter Pan.  Saga is playing the part of a pirate.  We will be bringing the "little brother" with us back home as it is his turn to spend some solo time with the two "Grumps" his Gram and Gramps!  Let's see how that turns out?

Since our last blog post there have of course been dinners and lunches with friends and family, as always!  Minus The Future Chef who incidentally returns this coming week end from a month long vacation in Croatia with a bit of time also spent in Rome, Italy and a few extra days on the East Coast.  It is going to be a great pleasure to hear about all of her adventures at our next Sunday Family Feast!  We can hardly wait!

Our tomatoes are just now ripening as they got a late start and the summer has been rather cool.  So far we have only harvested a few.  Looking forward to  tomato abundance shortly.  Truly a summer pleasure!  I see tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, tomato pie, sliced, diced, and chopped tomatoes in my near future.... what do you foresee in yours?