Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A real weekend!

Sometimes a small blessing becomes a huge one! That vacation day on Friday, even though Dottie was sick, along with the 3 day weekend I had finally made us both feel like we had a real weekend for the first time since before Thanksgiving.

Had a bit of a panic attack as I shopped on Saturday; Costco didn't have the "palm sized" portabella caps Laura had asked for, only some smaller "baby bellas". I bought them anyway, then when I got to Sam's they had the large ones, so the small ones and steaks became dinner when I got home and fired the grill up, though it was only in the teens. Laura's dinner on Sunday (grilled salmon and portabellas) came off well; no left overs. Saturday's leftovers were dinner on Monday night.

I posted on Sunday about having a stereo again; it's been getting a workout when I have the house to myself...right now it's Count Basie and Joe Williams from '55...a very good year!

When I was at Costco on Saturday they had a DVD I'd been waiting to find there again for over a year. In 2006, just before Christmas they had a concert DVD of Louis Armstrong from 1959. I didn't buy it because I thought I'd wait 'til the holidays and all the other shopping were over; of course, they hadn't had it again since then. Saturday it went in the cart, and I'd have skipped other things if I had to, lol!

Dottie was off yesterday. We slept late, since I had to go back to work last night, then after some "us" time, she started dinner and I put that concert in the DVD player. I didn't get to watch all of it, but what I did was a treat.

I came home after my 10 hour day without the usual tension and anxieties; I can only attribute that to the peace of a real weekend; hopefully these next 3 days go as nicely!

"America", my silent movie for the weekend was a bit of a let-down; I understand why it's seldom seen, though seeing Lionel Barrymore youthful, before the arthritis put him on crutches or in a wheelchair (Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life") was a treat.

Next up for me is "Faust", Murnau's silent from up for Dottie is "Blood Diamond" after John mails back "3:10 to Yuma" which we lent him after we watched it.

Of course, it's not like I don't have several thousand stacked up around here if one of those doesn't arrive, lol...

Off to get ready for's supposed to be 4 when I come home tonight with the wind in the 20's. Glad I'm driving something that makes heat before I get to the driveway these days! I look back at all my years of driving "junk" and wonder how I ever survived not only the driving but the repairing!

Hopefully I'll get some bloghopping done this evening when I get home and catch up with all of you! I tried last night, but my desktop decided it needed to update every program back to the Stone Age and I was lucky to get my e-mail out of it. I should really upgrade the RAM in it, but could almost buy a new tower for what that's worth...

May the week be kind!



ZILLA said...

Sounds like you're making the most of everything, Alan. Good move on buying the baby bellas just in case. A good mushroom never needs go to waste -- they are so amenable added to so many dishes, and the portabellas, big and small, are among the "World's Healthiest Foods!"

Don't forget your gloves when you head out, and look forward to the heat of great music when you get home!

fineartist said...

Aren't long weekends the best? We had a three day weekend and then an ice day yesterday, I could barely contain my excitement; I'm way worse than the kids about snow/ice days off.

Probably one of the reasons I'm a teacher, I get to always be a kid!

Puffer said...

Glad you had some rest and relaxation. I had not sat down and watched a movie in a while. I really want to see the film "juno"
Miss you coming by my blog.

von Krankipantzen said...

So happy to hear you had a fabulous long weekend. I am betting jitterbugging to all that great music is good for the soul as well and contributing to your happy vibe. You are an inspiration!

CrackerLilo said...

I love winter grilling, and there's so much you can do with baby bellas!

Sorry Dottie was sick, but so glad you got a real weekend anyway! You deserve lots!

ryssee said...

Brrr! You be brave on da grill!
We probably won't go near ours until April or May.
Please don't send that cold air up my way!