Thanks to Diana from Part-Time Monster for hosting this weekly gatherers of coffee, tea or other beverage drinkers who love to share their weekly happenings. Should you want to read other shares or, better yet, share with us, just click on the image above and you will be taken to Diana’s blog and can add your link, of course, after reading hers! Do join in, it’s a great way to share your story and, for me anyway, to show my gratitude for the previous week.
If we were having coffee, I’d say, please, do come in. It’s a beautiful snowy Sunday morning (just barely can still call it morning) and I’ve made cappuccinos. If you prefer regular drip or espresso or tea or hot chocolate, please don’t be shy. My favourite thing to do is entertain and make my guests happy. I would have to tell you that I don’t have much time to dilly-dally but that’s okay; while you are sipping your beverage, you can stick around and keep me company whilst I make my clients their first meals of 2016. I have until the meat reaches room temperature to write this post so, no faffing for me!
I don’t usually sweeten my coffee but I just love adding some Turbinado sugar along with some cinnamon on top of that lovely frothed milk. The little crunch brings me happiness.
If we were having coffee, I would say that, like the general population, I cannot believe how fast 2015 flew by. Though it was a year of “firsts” without Mick, it went pretty smoothly. Of course we had our moments, and will have more in the future but I like to think that more often than not, the memories are accompanied by a smile. I keep saying I will write our stories and started with NaNoWriMo but foolishly also started a job in the same month and well, that went to hell. I did manage to write two of them so it is encouraging that I will be sharing some in the following months!
If we were having coffee, I couldn’t help but mention how ironic it is that the snows came the day after Christmas and have basically not stopped coming! We have a winter wonderland out there. But it is that perfect-for-snowmen but what I call heart-attack-snow to shovel. Speaking of Snowmen, check out these babies Zeke and I came across during yesterday’s walk! They have a Baymax (from Big Hero 6) look to them, don’t you think? I apologise for the quality of the image. It was not an ideal photo-op day…
As we kept on walking, we came upon these two lovely little girls building their own masterpiece. That snow was H – E- A – V – Y!
We continued on our walk and ran into a couple with their 12-year-old Australian Shepherd, Bally. Once the “parents” felt comfortable, they finally let go of the leash and allowed the two to chase each other. For an older dog, Bally sure had some spunk! Always fun to make a new friend!
We continued on for a few more kilometres but methinks I need some new boots. They are no longer waterproof so as we walked, the boots got heavier and heavier! I figured I’d better turn around so that I could make it home before my feet got wet! But, as per usual, just a few more shots (despite the horrid lighting) while having fun with PicMonkey, attempting to give some oomph to the photos. Great, now I have the song “Willow Weep For Me” in my head… just have to share it with you my favourite version by Dinah Washington!
My New Year Eve was spent in quiet reflection. The boys were invited to their cousin’s for a party and I declined all offers. I drew myself a hot bath, lit all the candles I have and just relaxed. It was perfect – I did have to assure my family and friends that it was a choice and not a time to “woe is me”!
Now, I’ve talked your ear off and bombarded your visual senses. I must go and cook! On the menu:
- Pork tenderloin with blueberry sauce and spicy roasted sweet potato wedges
- Flank Steak with Emeril Lagasse’s Creole sauce
- Lentil soup with corn bread
- Pasta Frittata
It’s already quite late so I may just take my client’s offer and take my time to make it all for tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. I shall torment you with images next week, if you’d like!
I wish for you a 2016 filled with all you desire!