Who goes wine tasting in the winter? We do! When you live in the Buffalo/Niagara region, winter is wine time. While I'm not a big fan of Ice Wine, the Niagara escarpment is known to be one of the best regions for growing vidal grapes - a hybrid white variety that is very sweet. The sweetness is condensed when they freeze. It is a big deal when the first freeze occurs -- hordes of wine enthusiasts swarm to the vineyards and help harvest the grapes. They must be picked at the first frost and the window of opportunity is short. The wine produced from the fruit is very sweet -- and fairly expensive!
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Every year I make some sort of holiday offering for my co-workers. This year, there are six people on my team, along with others who are temporarily squished into our row too. There are also a couple of my other cronies I wanted to gift. Last year I gave out big bars of cranberry soap. This year I made small gift bags. I used an assortment of items that I could buy in batches of a dozen.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
I made a big hunk of beef last Sunday. It was an inexpensive bottom round cut. It was pan seared and then baked on a cookie sheet with carrots and radishes, along with assorted small potatoes. We had a nice dinner and it was a swell way to wind-up the weekend. The meal was made with the intention that it would turn into stew -- bottom round isn't the most tender cut of meat.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
We have had only one electrical outlet outside and had to run really long extension cords to use the weed-wacker or edger in the front. Any time I wanted to vacuum a car, I had to run an extension cord out the front door. It was a pain. Once I bought the old car with the diesel engine, it became necessary to have a place to plug it in so we could keep the engine block warm on freezing nights. It's only going to be necessary to plug in on cold nights when I know I'll be driving the wagon the next day. Because it's never seen road salt and we want it to last, I'm not going to drive it in cruddy weather so we've decided to hold on to the old Chevy (it's a 2003 with 75K miles on it).
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Anyone who reads my blog knows I hate to waste food! I used every last scrap on Thanksgiving and created a cauliflower recipe while I was at it. I love to broil this white cruciferous veggie. This year, I cut the florets off the stems, threw them in a baking dish, then added EVOO, ranch dressing, peppercorns, a little honey, lemon zest and freshly grated parm. I let that soak for the day and then baked it covered in foil. Once it was almost done, I put it under the broiler to crisp up. Yum!
Sunday, November 26, 2017
We did not decorate the house last year. This year, I put up the tree right after Thanksgiving. I had wanted a "pencil" tree and scoped one out at Big Lots. It was $75 and that was the price I was looking to beat anywhere else. I went back to the store on Black Friday and it was on sale for $50 -- so it came home with me. There was no need to buy any new decorations as I like what we have just fine. Many of the ornaments were too big for the "white princess" tree I had been decorating in the past -- so I'd hang one in each window. This year, they are all on the tree, which will make putting it all away that much easier.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Of course my fabulous life is really bargain basement. I would love to be able to truly afford the best and be one of those sophisticated people who don't buy much, but when they do, they only buy the best. On the other hand, I hate cheap and shoddy stuff. My consumerism is based on price, quality and convenience. There is nothing sophisticated about that. I love my new faux-leopard coat, but I wear it to a desk job because the reality is that I need to earn money. Boy would I rather be wearing it out to lunch or drinks with my girlfriends at some sort of chi-chi martini bar. Yes, I'd drive there in my Mercedes Benz, but the reality is that my 33 year old used car isn't that luxe. Right now, the heater isn't working.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Now almost two years later, I am back to wearing normal shoes. It has been a journey! It's also been some work getting my feet back into the type of shoes I like. For two years I wore sneakers or well padded loafers. The flexibility I regained once I could bend my toe again, was lost when I became lame in the knee.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
I will drive her for a few days and take her in for detailing and an interior estimate. Looking at her parked in front of our house, you can see how big she is. We will be able to store a lot of cargo and drive it in style.
Tomorrow she'll take me to work where my co-workers have been excited to see what I have gotten myself into. It will take a bit to get used to driving her but I think we'll suit just fine.
It's taken me 30+ years to get the Mercedes I've always wanted, and I don't mind that she's 30+ years old!