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Friday, April 20, 2018

Dad's 100th Birthday Celebration

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  One of the highlights of my week came Wednesday night when I spent another delightful evening with my book club buddies.  Another bright spot comes today when I meet my buddy, Mo for lunch.

It's official.  Our family's Patriarch is a Centenarian.  Here's a recap of last weekend's festivities celebrating my Father's 100th birthday.

Miss Daisy informed me weeks in advance that there was no way that she was going to miss out on this auspicious occasion.  She ended up getting the best seat in the house at the airport.

Friday night we met in the lobby of our hotel, the JW Marriott for a glass of vino to kick off the weekend.  
Remember the scarf that I mentioned in my A Few Favorite Things post?  

Sista and Nef #1 joined us with the customary 100 balloons.

Adorable Jonathon and Nef #1 - captains of the balloon platoon.
The balloons were soon attached to Dad's walker.

This is John B who grew up next door to us.  His parents and my parents were besties.  Three of his sistas from Connecticut flew in to celebrate.  He took a lot of the pics in this post.
Btw... the Mister could not make the trip because of a work obligation.  His loss and John B's gain!

We hosted a dinner for the out-of-town guests at a restaurant called Max's Wine Dive which was a few blocks away.  Our #2 was designated as the walker of the walker.  To say that it was windy that evening is an understatement.  
Note my girl's heels. 

Dad and Annie O took a pedicab to the restaurant.

We had a wonderful evening catching up with all our friends and family from near and far.

Note to self:  buy Dad some Brylcreem.

 If you've read my blog for awhile, you may remember me mentioning that my #2 is a health food nut likes to make wise food choices.  When we arrive in a new town, she researches and chooses a restaurant that she would like to try.  Between you and me she's had a few hits and plenty of misses.

Without a doubt, Picnik has been her biggest hit of all time.

I had the most delicious breakfast .. evah.  I ordered gluten free bread with smashed avocado, tomato, bacon, chili flake, toasted pine nuts, with a poached egg on top. 
And do you know what the specialty is?
Butter Coffee.
You heard me, Buttah Coffee. 

That evening, we met the B's and the O's in Dad's suite to watch an incredible video that one of the B's put together.  It was beautifully done and chronicled my Dad's life from where he was born to his career.  He was so moved by it, I thought that he was going to cry.  The B's also put together that banner above the TV with lots of old pictures.

This is Annie O who is a close family friend and Dad's partner in the pedicab.  I babysat for her children and worked for her husband.  There is no one more fun than Annie O.

Except for her son, Paulie O who is shown here with my BIL.
If you live in San Francisco and Paulie O looks familiar, I'm not surprised.
Rumor has it that he is quite the bachelor about town.

Two more of the B's.  C and M are twins and good buddies of mine.  We used to hang out quite a lot in our single days.  I can never run for President while these lovely ladies are alive.

Sista and Nef #1 enjoying the party on the rooftop of the Marriott.  Unfortunately, Nef #2 broke his ankle that week and couldn't make the party.
By the way, Sista did all the work when it came to the party planning.  It's only fair that I got to take all of the credit.

Miss Daisy was in good hands.

My cousin Louise flew in from Massachusetts.

My cousin, John and his lovely wife, Debbie made the trek from sunny California.

Sista, Aunt Betti (John's Mom), moi, and John.

#1 moving in on my date.

I'm your favorite, right Gramps?


This is Miss Norma who has been my Dad's sweetheart for many years.   

Remember Susie B?  She was a guest at the Kennedy Compound and Sista and I attended her bachelorette party a couple of years ago.  She's another one that knows all my secrets.

Annie O has appointed herself Jonathon's new life coach. 
Her goal?
To pop a certain question to his love.

Update:  Annie O still has some work to do.

My Dad called me three times this week to tell me that this was the best weekend of his life.
Who knew that it would take 100 years?

Until next time...

Lisa Jane

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Bucket Full of Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  How was your weekend?  I spent mine in the great town of Austin, Texas celebrating my Father's birthday.  My Dad is now officially a centenarian.  We all had a great time, but nobody had a better time than my dear old Dad.  I took lots of pics that I look forward to sharing with you soon.

If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? 
If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

I don't have a bucket list but I will tell you some things that I am looking forward to in the not-too-distant future.

I look forward to spending my birthday with my Sista in Beantown.
Who can I depend on for bail money?

Friday, I am meeting my good buddy, Mo, from Mocadeaux for lunch.  

I also look forward to a nice lunch on the Cape with the Mister.
Now, all we need is a warm day.

2. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?

I know I sound like a broken record.  I get my rest when the clock hits 5PM and I head directly to the sunroom.  My soul is restored by a juicy novel, a glass of vino, and my two hooligans.  
The last time that I indulged in some quiet time?
Last night.

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? 

the healthy foodie

Celery is okay provided it is accompanied by some fresh bread, tuna, and a dab of mayo.

I also enjoy a small stalk of celery with my large jar of peanut butter.

On a veggie and dip platter, which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? 


I wouldn't cut in line for any of the veggies mentioned.  However, wave a cheese tray with some crusty bread, crackers, and salty nuts in my face, and that's a whole different story.

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing? 

Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

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The only thing that I do before 8AM is make an empty promise to myself that I will go to bed an hour earlier that night so that I can get an extra hour of sleep.

5. Describe the view from your window.

Better yet, let me show you.

6. Insert your own random thought here.


This is an addendum to my A Few of My Favorite Things post. I bought these shoes mid-Summer last year.  I strutted them all over Austin last weekend and I was delighted with how comfortable they are.  When I got home, I ordered a couple of more pairs.  
Don't tell the Mister. 
 If you're an espadrille gal and appreciate a small heel, this shoe is for you.

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Hodgepodge for the Books

Hello, dear friends.  The Mister took the day off yesterday because he's fighting a miserable cold.  Maybe I should phrase that differently.  The cold is not nearly as miserable as I am taking care of him.  

Among the many special requests I received yesterday, the Mister had me running to McDonald's because he informed me that he needed something a little more substantial than a salad which I had been in the midst of making for him.  

 When I checked on him last night, the Mister was comfortably tucked in bed watching a war movie mumbling under his breath "if I don't make it through this I don't want you to marry again."

He was directing his comment to Alexa.
 She can have him.

1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? If so what's a favorite you'd recommend to someone new to jazz listening?

My Dad used to be in the band business before he got married.  There were very few moments in our home when music was not playing on his Hi-Fi equipment, as he called it.  The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this question was Herb Alpert.

Between you and me, I have a sneaking suspicion that my Dad may have judged the album by its cover.

2. Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo...which would you be most interested in learning to play? Or do you already play one of the instruments listed?

Sadly, I do not play an instrument.  The closest I got to tickling the ivories was learning to type at Katie Gibbs.

3. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word.

Literally, I do judge a book by its cover.  
For instance, below are two covers for the same book.

I am much more apt to buy the book with the above cover than the one below.

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What can I say?
I never claimed to be deep.

4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, Swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don't think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper.  

Any you've never ever tasted? 

Small Footprint Family

I have never had cherimoya.
From the looks of it, I can't say that I'd go out of my way to try it. 

Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet?
Any food with the word fat in its name has got to be good.

Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? 

Gordon Ramsey
None of the foods mentioned are a part of my regular diet.
But speaking of pork, I wouldn't mind if pork belly was a regular staple.  This recipe looks right up my alley.

Are you listening, Mister?

5. Besides a major holiday, what is the most recent thing you've celebrated with your people? Tell us how.

It's been awhile since we had a celebration in the family.  
The last thing that we celebrated was our #2's graduation.

And in a matter of days, I will be with family celebrating my Father's 100th birthday.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

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Have you ever been on either end of a butt dial?  This article tells us that butt dialing could be hazardous to our wealth. 
If you would like to avoid the embarrassment of being a butt dialer, you can read here about preventative measures.

I wonder if butt dialing could be considered exercise.


It's your lucky day.
I offer 2 Random Thoughts for the price of one.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am a sucker for a sweet story about dogs.  And if the dog is a rescue, I turn into a sobbing mess.

Do you know what a Godwink is?  Kathie Lee and Hoda incorporated a new segment called Morning Boost.  Grab a kleenex and click on the heartwarming story here.

Until next time...

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