Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pics from the Past Week- Our Christine and Father's Day

An odd sunset looking EAST

Again, looking EAST

Amy's Babyback Ribs....marinated in booze, brown sugar, crushed pineapple among other stuff...yummy!

My new favorite salad.... barley, black beans,corn...onions...celery with a honey dressing served chilled

My new favorite dessert.... Blueberry Clafouti.  It's even fun to say!

Clafouti dusted with powdered sugar before serving

Hi gang.... happy Sunday!  Thought I'd post some pics from last weekend.  Our Christine and her boyfriend, Troy blew into town from Colorado.  They spent Father's Day Weekend with us. Did Chinese food and hit a bar on Saturday. Didn't do much on Sunday besides watch TV, BBQ and drink beer.  It was much too hot.  (Especially for the fair skinned duo).

I was tickled with a sunset this past week.  Normally, our pretty skies are to the WEST as the sun sinks.  This night, it was the EAST sky.  Really neat.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Turn Up Your Speakers- Light Show with Thunder on the Balcony

These are a couple of quick clips from the thunderstorm on the beach last time.  The videos don't really do it justice, but if you can imagine the constant flashing and the rumbles for a couple of hours, you get the picture!  We've decided to keep our video camera there for the next time.  Happy Saturday, gang....

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Birthday at the Beach.... The Big Five-One

Hi gang-

Hope this post finds everyone healthy and happy.... especially you dads out there-  Happy Father's Day!

All is great here.  Our Christine is here from Colorado with her boyfriend, Troy.  Looking forward to a big cookout today.

Things have been busy, busy, busy lately.  On this past Thursday, we went to Tulane for Dom's monthly infusion of Zometa.  Knowing there was a possibility of OSTEONECROSIS OF THE JAW  (literally "dead jaw"), I told our Post Transplant Nurse that Dom was experiencing jaw pain.

She promptly threw us out with a form to give our Dentist in Bogalusa.

What was to be a relaxing afternoon shopping and lunching in Slidell turned into a tense ride to our dentist.  I made the mistake of Googling this disease and freaked out.  A little too much knowledge can be frightening.  I bullied them into letting Dom see his dentist.  After x-rays and a thorough exam, he saw no evidence of Dead Jaw, and signed a release to allow Dom to continue with the Zometa.

I then called Colleen to ask if we HAD to come back in for the treatment.  Much to our delight, she told us to just wait until next month.  He's really winding down.... they need to figure it out, but it looks like he has only a few more infusions left, then they cut him loose.  

There IS light at the end of this dark tunnel!

My birthday was on June 7th and we spent the week at the condo.  Had a lovely time.  

Arrived on Monday afternoon, relaxed, then were awakened at midnite by thunder.  We went out on the balcony and watched the most INTENSE lightening show over the Gulf until 2am.  Neither of us had seen anything like this.  Lightening was vertical, horizontal, diagonal.... non-stop for 2 hours.  A freighter in the distance was struck 4 times.  The crew must have been scared shitless!  I took a million pictures, but none of them did it any justice.

Woke up on Tuesday to see that my Donn had changed his sign outside of the bar.  I was absolutely tickled!

We spent a few hours on the beach, walked across the street to visit Donn and Tina for a couple of beers.  Strolled over to Los Rancheros for a couple of margaritas, and finally went to the Firefly for a fabulous Delmonico steak dinner.  For dessert, I had a Raspberry/Bailey's martini.  Heavenly!

Cousin Joe spent Wed and Thursday night with us.  Had big fun.  Went to our Mexican joint one night, then ate leftovers the next.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June Already.... Where does the Time Go?

Hi gang-

3 words for today.... "HOT HOT HOT".  It's been absolutely brutal down here this past week.  One day, it was 105 degrees in the shade.

Other than extreme heat, things are going well.  Dom and I are still a little sick... having a hard time shaking this thing.

Had a pleasant Memorial Day.  Hadn't left the house to go grocery shopping so made do with some shrimp in the freezer.  Made shish-ka-bobs using stuff from the garden-  yellow squash, onions, banana peppers and grape tomatoes.  Yummy marinated in garlic, balsamic and pepper for about a half an hour.

Made a Frittata with left over angel hair pasta and stuff from the garden on Tuesday.

Finally got out of the house on Thursday.  My first pack of smokes in about 10 days.  (which was another reason that I stayed home all those days.... I KNEW that I'd buy a pack, so didn't tempt myself!)

Dom and I did some running around on Friday.  Went for a nice Mexican lunch at Yo Yo's.  Yummy stuff.

We were watching the Casey Anthony trial in bed this morning when a female deer strolled past our bedroom window... maybe 10 feet away.  Beautiful!  She then proceeded to our blueberry bushes about 20 feet further and feasted.  How cool is that?  WISH I had the time to take a photo....

Hopped out of bed late morning and harvested my garlic.  Dom's dear Ohio friend, Loreto, loaded him up with his garlic during Dom's October visit.  I planted it late Winter or Early Spring (can't remember, other than it was looking good in March).  Much to our delight, we now have 40 heads of garlic hanging on our screened-in porch!  They're exactly like Lor's were...  Four large cloves per head.  "Hardneck Garlic".  I'm too excited!  40 cloves turned into 40 heads!  Might just double it next year.
My first shot at garlic-  a success!

My Mimi.... has to be pushing 20 years old!

My "Princess" Jada with her leopard.

Jada on the roof

Brilliant back yard sunset

Our shrimp and garden veggie skewers

Leftovers made a nice Fritatta.... ham and veggies.  Added cheese later.

Have a great weekend, guys.... talk to you soon!