Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Food Photo

Sigh. Well, as much as I'm loath to push my lovely parents down the page, I've got to get a food photo up!  But first, an update on the past week, which has been fun, exciting and busy!

First the fun: at Emmie's prompting, she and G-Dog and I went to see Garrison Keillor's Summer Love show when it rolled through town last Saturday night. Wow! It was a three-hour, energy-filled, story-telling extravaganza! If you happen to catch the Chattanooga recording, that's me you hear clapping!  ;-)

This week I also realized that we're barreling headlong into autumn and before we know it, October will be upon us -- and that means that the unbelievable is about to happen: Emmie, my itty bitty little baby, is going to {{gasp!}} turn twenty-five! Ouch! I don't know how that happened, but it calls for some sort of observance, so I'm conspiring...  shhhh!  ;)

Another thing that crept up on me is that tomorrow is the anniversary of the day I quit smoking. It's been 8 years, and according to this little gadget, I've saved a staggering amount of money by not buying cigarettes for all that time.

I spent some of that $$$ today after I stumbled upon a great deal on a digital piano. Little did I know when I got up this morning that by the end of the day, I'd have a full-sized keyboard sitting in my house! It's been years since I gave up my last piano in a move, but I've really been missing it lately. Something in my brain just clicked some time in the past year or so and all of a sudden when I was listening to music, I got it in a way I never did before. It's kind of hard to put my finger on what it is, but I finally figured out what my poor, long-suffering piano teacher was trying to tell me all through my childhood, and I've been itching to take the fingers out for a spin ever since.

But first, this evening I raise my glass of cabernet in memory of dear Mrs. Wallace, piano teacher extraordinaire, who was such an incredible musician (a wonderful classical pianist, and -- in my humble opinion -- even better when she jazzed it up with her hubby by her side, playing the upright bass!). It's too late now for me to be great, but I am finally going to have a grand time being awful and I think she might have taken some pleasure in that.

And finally, if you've seen me this week, you might have worried that I must have conked my head on something hard (or that I'm in the midst of a second, wicked puberty), because I've got a big, red bump on my forehead. But I wasn't being clumsy -- I was being kind. I have a bunch of wasps squatting on my balcony upstairs, and for weeks now, I've been trying to encourage them to build their houses elsewhere (mostly by knocking down the ones they build). But they keep rebuilding and yesterday morning, one of them crossed the line and actually stung me on the face! So, much as I hate to break out the toxins, I'm afraid I may have to go nuclear on the little meanies. That is, unless someone can turn me onto an alternative that will dispatch them swiftly?

But back to the food... here's a recent dinner, whipped up quickly on a busy evening this past week. It's a variation on this idea, using a couple of different kinds of squash and with a bit of okra thrown in for good measure. The side salad included some tomatoes from the yard. Yum!!

Have a great weekend, folks! Be safe, healthy and happy!


Keera Ann Fox said...

What fun to still be discovering things about you! I didn't know you played the piano! And if I did, I must have learned so long ago, I forgot. Enjoy making noise! (No advice re wasps. Sorry.)

alice said...

Heh. It's not common knowledge. I haven't played in years and I never was very good at it. I have a couple of brothers who are very talented piano players, but I never had much in the way of natural aptitude. But the instrument has always had a magnetic quality for me. I love to listen to it --from Mozart sonatas to Art Tatum jams to Page McConnell bliss riffs -- and as much as it might pain others to listen, I love to have my turn at the keyboard. Fortunately, this new setup has an earphone jack, so I can play to my heart's content without making anyone else suffer. The public need not be afeared. ;)

Keera Ann Fox said...

Earphones FTW!

alice said...

:-D Yes! Whew!