Oh, I know I’ve been a bad blogger. But before I say more, let me tell you about my day today. Dad is about to turn 86 in two days and so we celebrated with a birthday lunch.
For each birthday, Dad gets a bottle of champagne and a basket of seasonal fruits that I select at our local farmer’s market. Mmmmm…. the grapes were so sweet. Dad is so funny, he showed up with two cantaloupes today for me and the sis. A nice trade, don’t you think?
I gave him the choice of going out for lunch or having me cook for him. He chose to have me cook (which I was planning anyhow) and so I made a yummy pasta with red and gold cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian flat leaf parsley and garlic.
I wish I could cook like this more often but weekends seem to be when I have the time.
Oh, did I mention we had a nice heirloom tomato salad and Italian Pugliese bread with our pasta?
While we were eating, Miss Gracie hopped into an empty grocery bag and watched us eat.
Miss Gracie is one cute kitty.
Before Dad left, I took a picture of him with his new “old” car he purchased recently. He loves this car!
Dad placed his hat in the window next to my Fourth of July decor. I thought this was fitting, as he is a WWII veteran. After lunch, we took a walk around the neighborhood as we had a gorgeous summer day today. Then we came back for chocolate almond torte with fresh whipped cream and sliced nectarines for dessert. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.
As I mentioned, I’ve not been blogging much lately. Somehow, I just haven’t found the time, or when I do have time, I either have to much to do or am too tired after work. Yesterday, for example, Mom came over all day, went on the shopping errands with us; I then made lunch for us and we visited until dinner time. Today we prepared for Dad and spent the day with him and now it’s almost time to go to work again. I really do need an eight day week right now (or hey, a four day work week!). Thank heavens for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Oh, and I forgot a big reason I haven’t been blogging: I’ve had major computer problems in the past weeks. My old pc got so slooooooow, I’m sure I have major viruses and malware on it. So I decided to purchase a new computer and I just got it up and running a few days ago. I must report I’m no longer a Mac person. I wound up selling my iMac and going back to the pc although I now have a 17 inch laptop. It has the new version of Windows and I lost all my preferences in PSE so it’s still taking me a while to get used to it. The best part (and actually why I got a laptop) is that I can now go online in any room where the sun is coming in and Miss Gracie is sleeping in it. She always tries to lead me to the sun with her and I feel so guilty when I want to be doing something in another room. Miss Gracie, this laptop’s for you.