Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rachel in London

I'm so proud of this girl! Not only did she fly to London on her very first flight ever, but she only packed a carry-on suitcase and she's staying for a whole semester!

My niece, Rachel, is doing a study abroad program through Bowling Green University at the University of Brighton in the UK.

She left on Saturday, and she won't be back until just before Christmas.

Today, a group of students in her program took a tour of London. Now she knows how to get around so, on the weekends, she can just hop on a train and sight-see to her heart's content.

Rachel has dreamed of going to London since she was 14, and now her dream has come true. Can't wait to hear all about her adventures!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Still Life

Mysteries have never been a genre I have gravitated toward, so I was hesitant to begin this series by Louise Penny. Still Life is the first in the Chief Inspector Gamache line of books which spans from 1-13. I'm a little behind.

But I loved this book. It was a little funny, a little sad, a little suspenseful, and very well written. It kept me coming back for more - which is what I like about a fiction book.

The story takes place in the Canadian town of Three Pines, beginning just after an elderly, retired school teacher is found dead. Why would anyone want to kill Jane? Was it an accident? Or did someone have a reason to keep her quiet?

Lots of interesting characters and relationships plus a loveable detective.

I'm on to number 2: A Fatal Grace

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Cone for Lucy

Yesterday was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Kendall (and Lucy - but she didn't seem to notice).

It all started when Peter left the house for an all-day golf tournament with Kendall's car. They planned to meet up later, but Peter forgot to leave his key. That wouldn't have been so bad, but it turned out she really needed it.

Then there were the furballs behind Lucy's ears.

One of Kendall's tasks for the day was to remove those furballs. She's a nurse, but she didn't use a scalpel. She used a pair of kitchen shears.

All would have gone as planned, but Lucy, being the puppy that she is, wiggled just as the scissors were about to snip her fur. Instead of cutting her fur, Kendall cut the skin behind her ear! The scissors were sharp, so the wound was long and deep.

Lucy didn't seem to notice, so at first, Kendall didn't think it was so bad. She took a photo and sent it over to the vet. The vet said she should come in.

Here's where the keys would have come in handy.

Kendall spent some fretful time trying to find someone...anyone...who could give her a ride. Finally, a friend from church was able to get her and Lucy to the vet 15 minutes before they closed.

They had to put Lucy under, give her six or seven stitches and a cone.

(The vet tech gave them a ride back home).

Peter, Kendall, and Lucy were headed up this way for the night, and they still came. Other than crashing into things, Lucy did not let the cone stop her. Another two weeks and she can have it off!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bumper Stickers

I saw two interesting bumper stickers yesterday while out driving. 
Just thought I'd share.

"If you can't stand behind our troops...feel free to stand in front of them."

"Back off! We're not hauling milk."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cleveland Indians Set Record

Don and I were blessed to have tickets to the Indians vs. Detroit Tigers game this afternoon. The tickets were part of a season pass package he split with his tennis buddies. It just happened to be a critical game.

Going into today's game, the Indians were tied with the Oakland A's for the longest winning streak in the American League (20 games), which was set in 2002.

Don is a HUGE Indians fan, so he was pretty excited to be able to attend this game. I tagged along but was also very excited about the possibility of being there when history was made.

The stadium was packed for a Wednesday afternoon game - at least 31,000 people were there. It felt like we were at a playoff game. During the top of the 9th inning, the whole stadium stood up for the three outs. The Indians beat the Tigers 5-3, winning 21 straight games and beating the American League record. What a game!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Salmon Salad

I bought a case of canned salmon from Costco awhile ago, and I hadn't done anything with it. Every time I opened the pantry door it was staring me in the eye.

So I searched for an easy recipe to start using it up.

This salmon salad was simple to make and it really tastes great.  I would use this as an appetizer at a party with some crackers or just for a quick lunch.

I doubled the original recipe that came from The Real Food Dietitians.

Salmon Salad

12 oz. canned salmon (2 6-ounce cans)
4 T. mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 t. dried dill
1 squeeze of a lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Pour salmon into a colander to drain and flake with a fork.

Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.

Serve with crackers, lettuce leaves or cucumber slices.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Here's a photo of me and Katherine after dinner at The Dock in downtown Naples, FL last March.

I imagine this dock is now completely under water after Hurricane Irma hit this afternoon with winds reaching 140 mph at the Naples airport.

The storm is wider than the state of Florida, and after making landfall on Marco Island, it has continued to move up the Florida coast through Fort Myers toward Tampa.

Our condominium is located a few miles inland and on the second floor of a two-story building. We will not know how much damage it sustained until the roads are open and our property manager can contact us.

We have a trip planned for January, but we may have to visit before then if any repairs need to be made.

The last major hurricane to hit the Naples area was Hurricane Donna in 1960.