Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An Anniversary

Gentle Friends, today would have been my parents 63rd Wedding Anniversary.  I flipped through their Wedding album and here's a couple of pictures I don't think I've shared before...



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This past Sunday I again placed flowers on the altar of Most Holy Redeemer for them and Rico had the Mass Intentions said in their honor... 
It was Pentecost Sunday and the color choices were sort of preset... 

... but without my knowledge, they used Birds of Paradise, a flower my mom really liked and even grew... the arrangements also used other tropical flowers she really would have enjoyed...
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That's about all for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends here's a pretty craptastic snaperoo of where Hannah is at the moment...

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We usually get pizza on Friday night and this week was no different.  
The big difference was the "new to us" place we tried...

... Twin Peaks Pizza...

... we got a combo of pepperoni, sausage, and bell peppers... it was an easy online order and came really fast for a Friday evening... and what really counts...was pretty tasty!!  We'll be sure to keep the menu in our Take-out/Delivery folder of menus for sure!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Little Early Weekend Fun

Gentle Freinds, last night we met up with some friends for a little weekend fun on a Thursday... we really wanted to try this new place in the Castro...called...

... Papi Rico...

it's only been open for a few weeks and is a little bit of Puerto Vallarta right here in the City...

 ... it's really bright and colorful... and as you walk in you are in the bar area...
it's at the bar that you place your order for both food and drinks ...

 ... the dining areas are towards the back of the restaurant and there is a great patio/outdoor space in the way back!!  This area  I am sure we will be packed on the few warm days we have here by the bay...

 ...  we started off with some drinks and an order of really delicious guacamole.  The "Dos Salsas e Guacamole" comes with a tomatillo salsa and a red salsa along with the guac', the chips are made in-house and were warm and tasty.  The drinks menu has a nice selection a various Margarita type drinks, I don't like tequila so that's never for me.... there is also a nice list of Mexican and domestic beers... AND... they make some really delicious Sangria both red and white... 
I went with red, YUMMY!!
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For dinner we ordered Quesadillas...

three orders of carnitas ... 

and I ordered mine Al Pastor... 
they came out of the kitchen to the table really fast and were super tasty!!
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After dinner, we needed...  dessert so we headed towards...


... which is about 100 feet from Papi Rico's so it was easy to find...
and there's a big ice cream cone in front so you can't miss it...

...  we all got a little something, I took a piece of the Orange olive oil cake home.   

At about 9:00pm I made a cup of coffee and enjoyed my piece of cake... 
while being wrapped up in a quilt watching...

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 The Guns of Navarone (for like the 100th time)  I love that movie!!
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That wraps up the week sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Little Birthday

Gentle Friends, it's my baby sisters birthday today and here's a couple of my favorite snaps...

 July 1967

September 1972
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Happy Birthday sweet girl!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Little Updating

Gentle Friends, well, we waited for something else to hit...after about 10 minutes figured 
nothing else was coming...

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... we watched a little TV and I stitched some then we wrapped up the evening and all was quiet.  It's very unnerving when we feel a quake... then you know it's gotta be a strong one on the Richter scale.  We get dozens of small quakes every day all day long..... but these are rarely felt.  

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Bumpy Night

Gentle Friends....we just had a 3.8 earthquake that just rolled through the City.  It was centered in Oakland at a depth of 5.9 miles..... there were a couple of jolts that felt like our building was being hit by a large bus... then it just stopped!

Have a quiet evening!!
edgar

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still stitchin' away on Hannah and here's an updated snap...


... I really like how she's coming along!!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Little Planning

Gentle Freinds, it's that time again when I start to think about traveling.  I like to travel in the Fall of the year.  It's not always worked out that way..... I've been to Germany and Austria in the early Spring, lovely - and there was still some snow in the Alps!! I've been to Italy in the late Summer, warm and the evenings were gorgeous for just walking around those ancient Cities ...especially Venice!!  One of my favorite travel memories is walking around in the middle of the night in a quiet, still, balmy Venice it was warm and only a few other crazy types were walking about enjoying the night, the buildings the canals..... whoops off track a bit...  back to the post...

The Fall is my preferred time of year to travel. Recently, I've been working on some ideas from my "Bucket List" where I might want to go.   Not having made any solid plans yet friends of mine that spend the Spring and Fall months in Europe asked me to spend some time with them this Fall... WooHoo!!   So... the decision was made for me by something greater than myself......  here's a super Drone Video I found showing the area I'm headed for.....  enjoy.....


... I've been to the Loire Valley a few times and it's just beautiful ... with lovely Chateaux, spectacular gardens and vineyards... it's the classic vision of France and I'm looking forward to the Fall!!  It's also where my favorite chateau is located... Chenonceau that lies across the River Cher...  

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That's about it for today sports fans... and this post wraps up the week!!  
Have a super weekend cya next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My 11th Blogaversary

Gentle Friends, I've been posting off and on .....

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... for eleven years today!!  I've really enjoyed the writing - some of it good... some of it bad, but hopefully a good portion was a tad interesting.  Thanks for all your sweet comments!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still working on Hannah... here's where she is at the moment...


... a bit wrinkled but coming along!!
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It was a low key weekend of not too much - very quiet and ended with a wonderful massage yesterday... so all is right with the world..... but it is just Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Little Dinner

Gentle Friends, Rico was down in the Valley over the weekend visiting his family so the Who Hounds and I were on our own.  I did my usual laundry, vacuuming and reagular house cleaning kind of stuff... but I also wanted to do something fun which meant hooking up with some friends and headed to a great seafood restaurant for dinner - 

..."Catch" is a really nice upscale restaurant in the Castro and it was the first time I'd ever been here...

... we sat down and of course ordered some cocktails... I had a Catch Sour - bourbon, lime juice, agave nectar with a red wine float....  delicious!!  You can see behind my drink my friends cocktail a Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita - tequila, muddled cucumber, jalapeno, agave nectar, lime juice with a tajin rim... also delicious!!

... and the third drink on the table was a Berry Lemon Drop - vodka, lemon juice and mixed berry puree.... delish!

 ... the menu...

 ... I started off with a bowl of french onion soup that was very good!!

.... one of my dinner mates instead of ordering a full dinner ordered a bowl of the soup of the day which was a lobster bisque with truffle oil... and two sides ...

 ... tarragon risotto with butternut squash...


... and parmesan mashed potatoes...

 .... I also didn't want a full dinner so I ordered a Starter of calamari and... 

 .... a side of roasted asparagus with lemon aioli...
it was totally the right choice and was so very good!!!

...my other dinner mate went for a dinner and ordered the grilled wild salmon with black-eyed peas...
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.... we were sitting around for a while after dinner talking so I needed another drink...
 and got a Dark and Stormy...  we finally made a decision about dessert...

... so two of us ordered dessert a dark chocolate brownie with pecan praline gelato.... and I got...


.... a cup of coffee and an order of  Vanilla Creme Brulee!! A perfect ending to a fun dinner!!
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There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar