We headed home for a week to take care of things like the lawn and a few other things. Meanwhile, It's time to party!
The big event of the return home was Rick's birthday! It started the night before when Greg came by with a beautiful birthday gift -- some fabulous red wine glasses and a pepper mix for his mill. Ah, birthdays in the time of Covid! It was so good to see him!
And beautifully wrapped!
The next night was birthday proper!
We had a nice dinner on his patio -- steak and potato salad, after enjoying some of his wonderful bread with olive oil and Brie.
One of my presents was from my friend and potter, Jim Fineman. You grate garlic on the sharp points in the bottom of this dipping tray and add any oil, vinegar or herbs your want. It worked like a charm and the mixture we came up with was delicious! The trees above the patio are reflected in the oil!
For those of you who make break, the next three pix are his recipe from a book about the Breads of France. He said it was an easy one and made a couple of large loaves.
Here's my birthday card for him. The Wolverine referred to is the Wolverine Cycling Club (and yes, he IS a Wolverine!)
His main present is a new helmet but he needs to pick that out himself. But I made him a "story of his life" video which was about 40 minutes long and had photos from the time he was a baby, our friends, family, grands, music, cycling and traveling. It was a hit (and on my youtube page).
While we were eating and watching the video we enjoyed the baby hawks that are now out of the nest in his yard. There are three or four of them.
And they talk constantly -- a rather high pitched squeal as they chase each other around the trees in the yard and neighborhood. They're beautiful and fun to watch.
Then it was time for cake! I left all my baking ingredients at the lake so this is a Trader Joe lemon cake which I split and put a layer of Bonne Maman cherry between the layers before icing. It's a delicious cake and in the time of Covid, a good substitute for home made!
That was followed by a call from the kids. All in all, a glorious day.
Coming home after a couple of weeks away is always a little nerve wracking. You always wonder what till go wring. This time it is the hot water heater, which is badly leaking on the basement floor. (What is it with water and my basement? If it isn't one thing, it's another!) This presents a bit of a dilemma before going up again. I'm inclined to let it leak -- it's not like the floor hasn't been wet before and I don't want to knee-jerk and get the wrong thing.
That and weeds knee-high growing through the cracks in the driveway. All gone now, but they'll grow again! Now, I should clean up my house, which is a total mess. Back to real life!
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