Every now and then, Lisa of "Lisa's Yarns" does a "check in post. I thought I'd give it a try!
Cooking -- Oh yes! Recent forays into the kitchen have brought about coq au vin (my own combo recipe -- a cross between Julia and Ina), valentine cookies and cornbread. It's smelling mighty nice around here! Also on the menu, flourless chocolate cake, my contribution to the Valentine edition of Cork Poppers! (A post on wines of Northern Italy is coming soon!)
Watching -- Downton Abbey, of course! (How 'bout that dinner scene a couple of weeks ago?!) And catching some movies. We saw "Youth" (with Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz), "The Big Short" (both of which completely confused me yet were very good. They almost require a second viewing just to get your brain organized enough to process!). The third movie was "Brooklyn," which I dearly loved, beautifully textured, a wonderful story of love, family and taking the leap into new experiences. The last one was "The Audience," not a film, really, but Helen Mirren's National Theatre stage performance. Mirren was again a remarkable Queen Elizabeth II, this time portraying her at various ages, meeting with her various prime ministers. Outstanding, as were the two mini-films that were part of the presentation, including a lengthy interview with Mirren on the part.
Supporting -- Haven House, a local homeless shelter for families, by attending a fundraiser in which Rick had to ride his bicycle (along with a bunch of other guys from his club) inside on their trainers or rollers (those things cyclists use to cycle in the winter when the snow is up to their elbows!). He looks pretty relaxed here but he was sweating up a storm! Collectively the guys biked over 2000 miles and raised over $3,500.
Making -- Rick's valentine present, his annual poetry book. (A post on that one is coming soon!) Also working to finish up a scarf two years on the needles. Or is it three? It's off the needles now and I just have to do the final beadwork. Hopefully before spring!
Moving -- To the beat of my physical therapist's drum, trying to make my knee, leg and IT band hurt less. Although sometimes after PT, I swear it hurts more! But I'd do anything I could to please her so I go through my little exercises and stretches in reasonable good humor.
Enjoying -- A visit from my friend Suzanne who comes down from Canada every January (or February, as the case may be) to celebrate Christmas! As I mentioned, we've been hitting the movies and did the old home town tour, including going inside one of our classic vintage department stores which is being renovated as office/retail space. It was nice to see some of the original details maintained. They're doing a lovely job.
Listening -- To Rick and his trio perform at Home Away from Home on Valentine's Day. This is an adult foster care home here and one of the trio's members wife lives there. I have to say for a few guys who just like to play, they aren't half bad!
Tasting -- Wines of Northern Italy! I'll be back soon with our ratings of the Barbera, Barbarosa, Barolo and Pinot Gris wines from this nation. And a hint -- all were fabulous!
Anticipating -- Spring. All things considered, it has been a pretty good winter -- and February is halfway through! We're finally getting some snow again here in Michigan and as I write this, the temps are cold. But it will be short-lived, I think. I'm eager for spring to bring its blossoms.
In fact, some shoots have appeared! I fear they will get too beat up by winter to actually bloom, but you never know! Isn't that what spring is all about?
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