Asian fusion finish

May 31, 2015 Sunday

11:41am
Good morning kid!  Have a fun Sunday!

4:07pm
Dreaming of scallion seafood pancake, so we’re off to dinner in Malden!
Ending my vacation in style.

5:03pm
Another delectable dinner at All Seasons Table


 Classic Chinese hot & sour soup
Korean seafood scallion pancake
Japanese spring rolls
 Fried shrimp with pineapple and walnuts
 Sauteed string beans with pork
Hubby’s grilled tuna with black pepper sauce

5:06pm Phil
Oh yummie!

6:08pm Phil
You are killing me! Looks so good. Dieting, down 13 lbs so all I do is look

Vacation Step #12 RI

May 30, 2015 Saturday

9:31am
Happy Saturday!

9:39am Phil
You too!

9:43am
You off to the countryside again?

9:44am Phil
Yes

10:06am Phil
middle of the state

10:26am
Ah. ..that’s sounds like fun.

I’ll see Mom, then heading to the Boat House in RI!

11:53am Phil
Lovely day all ready

12:25pm
Lunch with mom – Shrimp Monterey @ Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant Lexington

4:28pm
Vacation step #12
The Boat House Restaurant in Tiverton, Rhode Island!

4:33pm

The spectacular view of Mount Hope Bay from our table at The Boat House, Tiverton RI

5:51pm
Dinner!

 Raw bar sampler – oysters, shrimp and clams
 Smoked chilled duck, 
with Hubby’s spicy corn chowder in the background
 Baked stuffed lobster
 Hubby’s fish and chips
Rhubarb tart with blackberry sorbet and hot chocolate

6:33pm
Rhode Island water views

 Mount Hope Bay
 Mount Hope Bay
 Grinnell Beach
 Grinnell Beach
  Grinnell Beach
 Tiverton Harbor

 Tiverton Harbor

Viennese tortoise secrets

May 29, 2015 Friday



6:59pm

From Jonathan Carroll’s Facebook page

“On my first night in Vienna, Jonathan Carroll walked me over to the Danube, where we sat on a flight of steps leading down to the river. The dog walkers were out in force. Greetings were exchanged with small movements of the eyes, and the dogs sniffed one another fondly…Jonathan kept his eye on a woman at the next bridge. She was moving so slowly I thought she might be leading a dogsled pulled by escargots. After an hour, the woman walked in front of us, and she bowed her head in acknowledgment of Jonathan. With great dignity, he returned the gesture. To my surprise, she was walking two enormous tortoises, displaced natives from an Ethiopian desert. The woman walked them every night, and Jonathan was always there to admire their passage. 

‘That’s what writers do, Conroy,’ he said. ‘We wait for the tortoises to come. We wait for that lady who walks them. That’s how art works. It’s never a jackrabbit, or a racehorse. It’s the tortoises that hold all the secrets. We’ve got to be patient enough to wait for them.’”

Pat Conroy
from *My Reading Life*


Lake W Day 2

May 28, 2015 Thursday

7:52am
Good morning kid!

7:56am
A quiet morning at the lake. Ahhh…


8:00am Phil
Good morning!  Looks very quiet

8:02am
The summer tourist season has not started here. So strange!

8:06am
At supper last night there was a handsome older man at the next table where I saw his face every time I looked up. And his bright yellow t-shirt with 4 blue letters. And I caught words here and there… kept you high in my mind. ; )

8:07am Phil
Older gentleman?!

8:08am
Looked like a military man. : )

As compared to the teens who work the place.

You are my favorite older man you know…

They’re about to have Bike week in Laconia. Bet you’d have fun with those folks.

8:11am Phil
Ahhh. Would be fun. Starting to ride with a local group. Fun people

8:12am
Great! The folks I met with Kris were the best.

8:13am Phil
Free spirited people, enjoying life

I work with such an uptight, workaholic crowd

8:16am
Loosen em up.

8:43am Phil
I try very hard, people have no lives, just work. We go on travel, put in 10-12 hour days and they go back to the hotel and work till they can’t see anymore. Come home and they work all weekend. And they do it for free cause they don’t claim the time. Screw that!

8:53am
It is so beautiful here…restores my soul

9:26 am
Morning walk by the lake


Momma Mallard and her 9 ducklings

The Margate beach bar

Me at water’s edge

Rhododendrons

Flowers in a planter by the hotel door 

More rhododendrons

11:18am
Delicious breakfast @ Kitchen Cravings, Gilford NH

Dining room full of kitsch

All the beverage

Hubby’s “fluffiest ham & cheese omelet evah” 
with asiago cheese bread toast

The trainer – 1 egg, 1 bacon, 1 sausage, 1 french toast 
with a side of bacon and a side of kielbasa!

The unicycle – french toasted cinnamon swirl danish

12:01pm Phil

: )

5:16pm
A Lake Winnipesaukee day!


Weirs Beach…everything closed and empty.

The lake

Kellerhaus sign

Kellerhaus itself

Flowers near the Kellerhaus entrance

A big marigold near the Kellerhaus entrance
The ice cream buffet topping list

The ice cream buffet

The Kellerhaus ice cream parlor

Shibleys at the Pier, an amazing lake front restaurant in Alton Bay

Shipley’s at the Pier menu with a fun map of Lake Winnipesaukee

The bandstand in Alton Bay

Interior of Shipley’s at the Pier. 
They also have a water-level outdoor deck.  But it was too hot to sit out there. 

The lunchtime view

Lunchtime view of Alton Bay, NH

My lunch – split pea with ham soup and scallops wrapped in bacon

Reuben egg roll with delicious mustard

A last look at the lake


Lake W Day 1

May 27, 2015 Wednesday

1:49pm
Vacation step #9

Maine Lobster

2:21pm
Salad bar extraordinaire @Warren’s Lobster House, Kittery Maine

4:17pm
Lake Winnipesaukee views

 Alton Bay – we made it!
 Alton Bay with its cute little bandstand out in the center
 Precious cottages
 The scenic overlook

4:52pm
Vacation step #10

a Lakeview room at the Margate Resort in Laconia, NH

5:56pm
Hiya kid! I’m at the lake!  Heading to lobster and thinking of you.

6:41pm Phil
Cool! Enjoy!

7:16pm

Eating lobster in a thunderstorm in Meredith, NH

 Eating inside for the first time
 Dinner!
 Thick clam chowder!
Hot buttered lobster roll

More than a money pony

May 26, 2015 Tuesday

8:21am
Good morning kid!

10:09am
Vacation step #8
Trying a different car wash.

12:00pm
Whoa… four jets just flew by low and tight. Whee!


12:54pm Phil
Why are jets flying low in Boston?

1:05pm
Blue Angels are in town for a photoshoot

4:11pm Phil
Hey girl! Hope your day was grand!
Enjoying some much needed Phil time. Having oysters and beer.

The wife goes out to lunch with her buddies, buys what ever she desires. Gave me, the one who makes the money, a hard time for wanting to get some oysters. I took her home and left her there!

4:15pm
Awww….

4:20pm Phil
She’s ok most of the time but sometimes, I just get enough and the best thing I can do is take a time out. Be different if she earned anything and did not spend like it was water. I keep hoping that will change but like my kids, she takes everything for granted. I’m just the money pony. Work him till he drops and then live off the benefits and insurance

4:24pm
I think it’s wise to get away when your patience ebbs.

I’m sorry they make you think that… you are so much more!

4:31pm
You know if I was there I’d smile at you.

4:52pm Phil
I know.
My kid is mad cause I won’t give her a house. I could just smack her but I won’t.

4:52pm
Geesh.
You know that’s nuts right? No one does that!

4:54pm Phil
Uh yeah.  I already let her live there way under the market price, pay all the fees, pay the taxes and do all repairs

5:00pm
You are better to them than anyone I know.

5:10pm
Where are you? Can you see water?

5:21pm Phil
Nah, just traffic

5:21pm
Ah

5:23pm
New product alert! These Cookie Chips jumped into my cart at RiteAid yesterday. They are a cross between a cookie and a potato chip… avoid unless you adore chocolaty crunchy deliciousness without artificial stuff!



http://hannahmax.com/chocolate-chip-4-pack-6oz/


Remembrances


May 25, 2015 Monday MEMORIAL DAY

9:11am
Blessings and dear remembrances. You always strike the perfect note in your reminder of the day.

9:48am Phil
Riding into the country to relax at a winery and listen to tunes. Beautiful 2 inch thick rib eyes marinating for dinner and I have tomorrow off!

9:50am
Sounds awesome! I get to have lunch with my niece. And spoil her. : )

I wish I could spoil you…ride along the ocean, feed you lobster!

9:53am Phil
Nice!

9:59am




11:48 am
May our remembrance and gratitude be a blessing this Memorial Day. Every year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization plants a Garden of Flags – 37,000 of them – in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common to commemorate each of the Massachusetts service members who have given his or her lives to defend the United States and our freedom since the Revolutionary War.



12:33pm
Having lunch with my niece in the park.  Her parents never take her to McDonald’s, so she always asks me to take her!  We had fun on on the swing and jungle gym.  She is such an athlete!

5:46pm
Vacation Step #6
Dinner at Asian Gourmet, Concord


Shirley Temple

 Juicy pork buns (soup dumplings)
 Sausage fried rice
 Beef wrapped in scallion pancakes
 Lamb with onions and scallions
Kung pao beef


Connecting old friends

May 24, 2015 Sunday

1:31pm
Back at the Ninety-Nine in Woburn again.  Having lunch with Mom and an old friend of hers from our hometown.  You remember [name redacted]?

4:42pm
You have fun today?

I adventured into the Back Bay to pick up Mom’s friend and get to see her. 

Her daughter is Sis’ best buddy from high school, so she set it up and I carried it out!  I think the message has gone out, “If you want to see her one last time, come now!”

6:17pm Phil
Oh yeah! That’s cool!