First times

April 29, 2018 Sunday

10:52 AM Sassy
Brunch at The Brothers Restaurant in Brookline – our first time there 
Mango smoothie and free banana muffins
My lamb and eggs with a side of bacon and home fries 
Corned beef hash and eggs
Challah french toast with fruit and whipped cream
Crab cake Benedict

10:55 AM Sassy
Artisan Donuts!  We went across the street to Union Square Donuts to get so sweet take-out for later! 

10:59 AM Sassy
Flowers in the rain

 Tulip tree
11:11 AM Sassy
Good morning kid!
12:03 PM Phil
Good morning! 
Brunch looked good!
12:04 PM Sassy
It was!  Never had lamb for breakfast.
12:09 PM Phil
Lamb is good anytime
12:10 PM Sassy
So true.

6:55 PM Sassy
Tried a new sushi place in Melrose – Ocean Sushi, recently reviewed by Boston Hidden Restaurants

Shrimp shumai
Soft-shell crab tempura
Tempura appetizer including shrimp, yam, broccoli and chicken
Colorful interior
Our sushi
My sushi – tamago (egg) and Unagi (eel) nigiri

The cat show

April 28, 2018 Saturday

1:09 PM Sassy
We went to the Boston International Cat Show in Cambridge

 The huge crowd wandering around the vendor booths
 and cat display and judging areas
 A friendly vendor
Maine coon in his carrier
Maine coon in a show ring being judged
 A regal animal lounging in his carrier 
 A cat being judged
 A playful cat
A lovely long
A photo of the swag we acquired: a couple 
of catnip kicker toys, a chip clip, and a catnip napping pad.

3:20 PM Sassy
Late lunch at Sichuan Garden in Woburn

The lovely dining room
Hot and sour soup
Hubby’s spiced rum mai tai
Pork dumplings
Spicy pork, beef with onions and pork fried rice

Back to fantasizing

April 24, 2018 Tuesday

8:38 AM Sassy
What better way to mark the arrival of her latest great-grandson yesterday than for the Queen to ride on horseback on the grounds of Windsor Castle? It was only two days after she turned 92, and she was in great form, as ever, riding her Fell pony, accompanied by her head groom, Terry Pendry.

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8:44 AM Sassy
Good morning Philip!   I’m off to the office.  Have a super Tuesday!
9:33 AM Phil
Good morning! You too!
12:19 PM Sassy
Warning!  I’m going to be in Rockville and Bethesda 5/4 and 5/5.  You probably can’t meet on a weekend, but if you might and want to explore possibilities, let me know!
3:12 PM Phil
Well damn!  I will be away.  
4:26 PM Sassy
Figured.  Ah well.  I’ll go back to fantasizing.  ; )
7:26 PM Phil
What brings you south?
7:27 PM Sassy
Visiting with friends of Hubby, hope it will perk him up
7:41 PM Phil
Ahhhh, that’s cool
8:15 PM Sassy
They have a big annual gathering and we used to go every year but haven’t been in 8 years.  Will be fun to catch up with them. 
8:15 PM Phil
That’s neat!
8:27 PM Sassy
Where will you be? 
8:43 PM Phil
Going to a cigar festival – a buddy and I bought tickets to go
8:44 PM Sassy

8:48 PM Sassy
Addicted to All Seasons Table in Malden
Shrimp and veggies tempura appetizer
House special pan-fried noodles with chicken, shrimp, beef and vegetables 

A new prince

April 23, 2018 Monday

9:00 AM Sassy
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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. 
The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. 
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. 
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left St Mary’s Hospital in London with their new arrival, a baby boy.

4:25 PM Sassy
“Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at St Mary’s to meet their little brother.”

6:33 PM Sassy

Outstanding dinner at Outback steakhouse in Assembly Row Somerville

Hubby’s French onion soup
Hubby’s seasoned prime rib and fries
My sirloin steak with coconut shrimp and a baked potato
Baked potato soup

7:40 PM Sassy
The flavorful Florentine cannoli from Mike’s Pastry in Assembly Row Somerville

Two new eateries

April 22, 2018 Sunday

11:53 AM Sassy
Brunch at a new place – Waypoint in Harvard Square Cambridge with $1 oysters!

The bar, back dining area and open kitchen
The raw bar
The front dining room facing Mass Ave
Festive non-alcoholic drinks! 
Can I eat raw oysters and shrimp cocktail for breakfast? 
Fried oysters on a waffle
Side of Sausage and cheese grits
Eggs Benedict on latkes with hot hollandaise and lobster
Crosada with ice cream

8:14 PM Sassy
Dinner at Highland Fried in Inman Square Cambridge for the first time!

Menu for non-alcoholic drinks! 
Painkiller, Saturn and limeade with the bar in the background
Placemat menu of their tiki drinks
Carrot ginger coconut soup and deviled eggs
Blue Lagoon
Pulled pork plate
8:29 PM Sassy 
Dessert at Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream – Salted Caramel!  So creamy! 

North Shore Tour

April 21, 2018 Saturday

1:28 PM Phil
Happy Saturday Sass!  Hope your day is fabulous!
1:30 PM Sassy
Hiya kid!  Friends here from Rochester.  Took them to Gloucester, Rockport and now Essex for lunch!
You enjoying the old stomping grounds?
1:32 PM Phil
I am! Always good to be home! Taking Mom out tonight to dinner up in the mountains.  Have a great day!

2:22 PM Sassy
Day trip to Gloucester, Rockport and Essex with lunch at C.K. Pearl!

The famous Gloucester fisherman statue 
on the harbor front at the fishermen’s memorial 
 Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial 
 Clam chowder with fried clams and pork belly 
 Baked stuffed clams
 Shrimp cocktail
 Hubby’s steak tips with fries and asparagus 
 Fish and chips with slaw
Lobster roll with fries and salad
3:49 PM Sassy
Dessert at DownRiver Ice Cream in Essex.  Salty C – salted caramel ice cream!
9:21 PM Sassy
from Majesty Magazine’s Facebook page

The Queen took to the stage at her own star-studded 92nd birthday during an action-packed showbiz extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall.

Internal sunshine

April 19, 2018 Thursday

8:24 AM Sassy
Good morning Philip!
Rain and 40s…brr.  
Makes it tough to go out but I’m making my own sunshine!  
Enjoy your Thursday!
9:10 AM Phil
I like that internal sunshine! 
Working from home today so I’m a happy fellow. 
My pal is coming over later for steaks and we’re off to NY for the weekend tomorrow morning!
9:26 AM Sassy
Wow!  I’m off tomorrow- have a meet with The Northerner!
10:26 AM Phil

[10-second Video of him driving and singing]
10:46 AM Sassy
Ha! You are too funny.  LOL
11:29 AM Phil
Hee hee
[emoticons – clown, devil, shit]

12:48 PM Sassy
From the Yarmouth Police Facebook page:


At the end of one of the most emotional and saddest days, and six-day period in American and Yarmouth Police Department history, our beloved 4-legged partner K9 Nero was released from his hospital and was taken home…in his fallen partner Sergeant Sean M. Gannon’s cruiser.

We thank all of the loving and devoted employees at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Dennis and Bourne who helped rescue and save this innocent animal’s life—especially retired Yarmouth Police K9 Handler Peter McClelland, who entered the home after Nero was shot and has never left his side as he stayed with him in the hospital for 144 hours straight.

K9 Nero will stay with Officer McClelland–who loves Nero and is a close friend of the Gannon Family–until he fully heals and then will return to the Gannon family when everyone is ready.

Rest In Peace Sean, your beloved K9 Nero is home.

Hubby’s Jamaican 10-speed cocktail
Crab rangoons
Hot & sour soup
Seafood scallion pancake
Hubby’s pepper steak
House special fried noodles with beef, chicken, shrimp and veggies
A fun fortune! Especially if I add the words… “in bed” at the end! 

Party treats

April 17, 2018 Tuesday

6:07 PM Sassy
Another party for work is done! 

Drool at the treats from Via Lago in Lexington!

 Caprese skewers – tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil 
with a pesto sauce
 Cheese and fruit platter 
 Crudites and dip
 Honey-dijon chicken skewers
 Lavash rolls with turkey or veggies 
 Mango ahi tuna skewers
 Grilled shrimp 

Gloucester Adventures

April 14, 2018 Saturday

9:23 AM Sassy
Good morning kid!
10:11 AM Phil
Good morning! Gorgeous day!
10:15 AM Sassy
Yay!  Enjoy! It’s cold and getting colder here.

2:02 PM Sassy
First lunch of the year at Lobsta Land in Gloucester
We made it! 
The salt marsh
Lobster chowder (with Hubby’s clam chowder) – Fresh picked 
lobster meat simmered in a creamy chowder broth with 
celery, Spanish onions, russet potatoes, bay leaf and scallion.
Another look at the lobster chowder
Hubby’s Ahi Sashimi Tuna Tower – A tower of Wakame seaweed, 
seasoned brown sushi rice, avocado and Ahi sashimi tuna dressed 
with a mirin-wasabi vinaigrette, garnished 
with pickled ginger & tobikko.
Coconut shrimp with honey-ginger dipping sauce 
and a Thai cucumber onion sesame salad
Paella – mussels, clams, shrimp, fish, chorizo sausage, 
peas in risotto with a tasty saffron risotto with scallions,
 plum tomatoes, garlic, peas and cilantro.
Hubby’s mile high BLT

2:33 PM Sassy
Nichol’s Candy House views of Gloucester Inlet

2:36 PM Sassy
The universe is conspiring to make me think of you! Radio said the top name for dogs this year is…the name of yours!

And I ate paella for lunch. : )

Hope you’re having fun with all the booze.

A little shocking to see your sexy shorts – it’s 45 here!

4:21 PM Phil
Ha! Funny!

How was the paella? My all time favorite dish

4:51 PM Sassy
So tasty! Shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster, fish and sausage! Nom nom nom

5:07 PM Sassy
The beach at Good Harbor was closed! The boardwalk is broken. : ( 
I did find cool painted stones.

6:12 PM Phil
[photo of his smiling sunburned face standing in his backyard]

A little sun today!
6:13 PM Sassy
Wow!  Hope that doesn’t hurt.  Sunscreen sir!

6:34 PM Phil
Yeah I know
It will turn dark by tomorrow. First real day of sun

What We Live For

April 13, 2018 Friday

6:35 AM Sassy
Happy Friday kid!   Mwah!
8:45 AM Sassy
Fun tune for your Friday!
[3-minute music video]

American Authors – What We Live For


11:08 PM Phil
Loved it! Thank you!

11:09 PM Sassy
Delectable deli dinner at S&S Deli in Cambridge

Hubby’s filet mignon and rice pilaf. 
There was a classic Ceasar salad too!
Rachel sandwich with sweet potato fries