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This is a thread we had on the WW 50 Year old board, so even though most of us have moved beyond our 50's, I am keeping it here. Some prefer to post on Facebook, but for those who may also like to post on something that resembles our old format, I decided to start this. Although we were brought together by our love of books, and we love to share our ideas about books and authors, our friendship has grown, and we know a lot about each others lives. We are spread across the country, and that adds a bit of interest as well, learning about other people's way of life through the "book" they write on the thread.
Good morning. 44 to start, going to the upper 50's.
Robin, on the subject of liver and onions, in my memory being raised, we never ever had that dish. My first run in with it was with DH, shortly after we married, he asked for that dish for dinner. As I had no idea how to make it, he took me to the store, showed me what to buy, taught me how to make it and that was the first and last time I made it. I was gagging the whole time we were making it, and needless to say, I did not eat any of it. He would order it when we went out for dinner, but as he got older, he got away from it.
Marsha, that's nice that your DH made the dinner the other night. When it came to grilling, DH always did it, back when we lived in the house; he seemed to think that was his job, which of course I fine with. He did do an excellent job of it. Once we got the indoor grill up here, after watching him all these years, I was able to take the job over, which was fine with him. He would do it if I asked him. Glad there was no bunny nest. I have my weights sitting here right in front of me, it still takes ambition to pick them up and use them, lol.
Gareth, about the outdoor memorial, I am not a fan of mid July, around dinnertime, functions outdoors. Here in Wisconsin it involves mosquitos, bees, higher humidity, heat, and a chance of thunderstorms that the heat brings on, so no I refuse to have the event outdoors. We looked at a place yesterday that has in their private room, garage doors that can be slid open and a nice patio adjacent; that is nice, as an option, but the room was way too small for us, so we will look elsewhere.
Carol, a good steak is my treat, those are something we grew up as just that, a treat, so I look forward to putting that in my menu list once in a great while. It is all in the cooking of it, as I remember DH father, all those years ago, frying the meat to well done, so it turned to leather. My father taught DH how to fry them, and in turn DH taught me. Otherwise just like you, I rarely use beef, with ground turkey, and chicken so available now, I prefer to use those for cooking. Hope your results were good.
Anngie, a lot of the people that would be invited to the memorial still work during the week, so that is why I am going with a Saturday, and also, that date is DH birthday. What I am planning is to have a birthday cake there, and at some point, have 6 candles on it and have the DGC blow out the lit candles. Having it during the week would most likely open up more venues, but I will not give up the date on a Saturday till we have gone through all the places I want to check out, but thank you for the great idea. Lol, for when DH would grace me with his presence during walks, it was the other way around; I had a nice pace for walking, whereas he was slow, and also wanted to chit chat, which with me was a bit hard to do, what with having the lung surgery, and walking a bit faster, I did not want to talk, then that would make me breath harder. So it was a no win situation. As I mentioned to Robin, about the liver and onions, we never had it in our house, growing up. DH must have been raised on it, so he taught me to make it, made it once and that was it, I refused to ever make it again.
DD and I are going today, to check out a venue, and she found another one yesterday, calling around. I have a feeling the one she checked into yesterday is the one we will go with. The funny thing is, I should have thought of that place right away, as my DS, her DH, and I like going there for friday fish. I wouldn't mind going with the place we are checking out today, as it is closer to my apartment. Both of these places have openings for the date we want.
Karen - not sure you have thought of this place but Heritage Hill has a big party room. You would need to arrange catering on your own but we went to a retirement party there once and it was really nicely done. Also we did DD's bat mitzvah at the Hyatt downtown (is it still they hyatt?) both the big party and the Friday night dinner and I was very pleased with it. I was going to suggest one of the park shelters but it sounds like that might be too outdoors for you - although Pamperin Park is very nice. Oh sounds like you may have this matter settled.
I don't know how to cook steak. I would never buy one because I know I couldn't do it justice, and kosher meat is so much more money that you can only imagine what kind of investment I would be ruining.
DD came home yesterday and it is nice to have her home. Of course I had forgotten her habit of coming into my room when I'm going to bed and climbing in and jabbering at me until dh comes upstairs, which last night was some time after 11:00. so I end up going to bed late. Then this morning she surprised me by showing up in the kitchen when I was about to eat breakfast so she had breakfast with me.
Warmer this morning but windy again. 50's now 60's later. Not sure if DH will want to walk with me when he gets home because of the wind. If not I'll walk even though I hate walking in the wind too and listen to my book. It's getting close to the end so it's gotten exciting.
I envy all of you who have DH's that cook or at least grill. My DH's idea of cooking involves a can opener!
Gareth, my DH's idea of cooking is making a mess and thinking he kept things neat. He can cook, but thankfully right now with his back he hasn't been, but for him just making himself eggs becomes a production.
Karen, glad you are narrowing down places for the event, and a bonus to spend time with your DD. There are a few things I won't eat, or make for DH, lamb and beets mainly, but I do sometimes buy him beets, either a beet salad from the deli counter, or in a jar. Lamb he can take or leave, so he doesn't worry about that.
Marsha, I am sure it is nice to have DD home, so your late nights won't last long either, with her going back to school soon. Think of it this way, it will help you with the time change when you go to AZ. That should be a fun trip. Good that she will have a car while she is at school for the summer.
It looks nice out now, warmed up a bit. DH is on his way into the office for a 1:00 meeting. He was working from home this morning.
Here's my weekly Walmart report-the sign about masks was still up. All the employees had masks on and I would estimate about half the customers wore them. I wore mine because I'm a rule follower.
My mom liked liver and onions. My dad tolerated it so she didn't make it very often. She always would get it when we went to a cafeteria. I'm like Marsha when it comes to steaks. I don't think I've ever cooked one and lamb, too. My MIL always ordered her steak well-done. She was afraid of botulism even though we told her it was ground beef she needed to be concerned about.
Karen, I hope you find a venue for the memorial soon.
We are to have one good day this week and it’s today. Cool but sunny. I just back from a cut and color so it’s a really nice day.
Karen, sounds like you’re down to a place or two for the memorial so that’s good! It all work out! Is it June or July that you’re hoping to have it?
Robin, you may like chicken liver in a vinegar sauce but you wouldn’t like my DM’s liver and onions! Disgusting to me although my DF liked it.
Carol, I still see masks on wherever I go. After all these months, however, I’m the one that walked right into WM without it. When I realized it I whipped it out of my purse and put it on. Oh boy.
Marsha, it’s so good that DD wants to sit and talk! Count your blessings there!
Gareth, sorry, but I have to add that in the last few years my DH has taken over the grilling too! My pet peeve is he doesn’t seem to know (or trust his judgment) when the meat is done! I always have to go out and check it! Well, at least he’s turning and flipping!
Hi Pinky! - are you resting?!
Has anyone read Brit Marie Was Here by Fred Backman? I think he wrote Town Called Bear too.
Anngie, I read Britt Marie, I didn't love it, it is a lot like all of Backmann's books, when you get to the end you see the point. The other book you are thinking of is Beartown. He also wrote A Man Called Ove. His book that I liked the best was My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She Was Sorry. His newest is Anxious People, which I read. I liked that one too. I didn't love Beartown, so didn't read the sequel, not sure of the title of that one.
Around here people still wear masks to go inside anywhere, out on the streets in the neighborhoods they don't. I know I am not the only one who says that they are not 100% comfortable going to indoor dining. I ended up not being able to get a reservation for Sunday brunch, and DH did not want to go out for dinner on Sunday. I was thinking maybe Saturday dinner, but those reservations are harder to come by now, and I can't make up my mind what I want to eat. Blow the whole 2 weeks, (has it only been that long?) of watching and tracking, and have something like lasagna, or stick to ordering fish? Eat indoors, or take-out? Definitely will not be warm Saturday for dinner, and it might rain.
Carol, I am just glad that in TX half the people are wearing masks.
Marsha, my younger DS is funny, he won't eat veal because it's a baby, but he will eat lamb, which he loves. But, I think that had something to do with an episode of South Park.