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January 2, 2012

If I’ve ever had a better weekend than the one just done, I can’t recall it.  It 

started Friday evening with a feast at Jay and Sonia’s.  Jay had recently been

moose hunting.  I had never had moose meat before.  It was prepared in a

stew with homemade biscuits.

 

It was heaven (for us and the moose both, I guess).  All thoughts of my

childhood idol Bullwinkle vanished as I started wondering how such a goofy

looking vegeterian ungulate could taste that great.  The meat was lean and

tender — melt-in-the-mouth quality, don’t you know.

 

After we stuffed ourselves, we adjourned to the living room for drinks (just

as we’d done before dinner).  The conversation was lively.  Another guest, the

ever-lovely Emily, was glowing even more than usual from mid-pregnancy.

She had brought her sister Meaghan, visiting from Haiti.  Meaghan had been

there during the devastating earthquake.  She had many compelling stories

about the temblor and the recovery.

 

Saturday we took our turn as hosts and had some of the usual suspects over

for a turkey with more than all the trimmings.  Again the talk sparkled and

laughter shook our farmhouse.  We cruised channels on satellite TV as we

awaited midnight, our major find being a Miles Davis concert from 1985.

 

We had to run our guests out earlier than usual because we had to get up

early in the morning to drive 150 miles to Victoria.  Jude’s younger son

Nathan was able to get away from work and classes for a week.

 

It turns out that flying on a major holiday is a good idea.  Surprisingly few

others were doing it, and the Victoria airport was the least crowded I have

ever seen it.  Nathan breezed through Customs and we were quickly on our

way home after picking up some more calories at Tim Horton’s.  When we

got back to Campbell River, we ate at Boston Pizza.

 

I receive no kickbacks from either eatery.  I just wanted to inform you aboot

the fine dining up here.

 

Anyhoo, we got home early enough to relax and catch some tube before

bedtime.  At one point we were switching from “Empire Strikes Back” to

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” and back, discussing if Han Solo could take Indiana

Jones in a dust-up.

 

If life gets any better than that, I wouldn’t be able to bear it.

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6 Comments
  1. beth reed permalink
    January 3, 2012 10:39 am

    So glad that you had a great weekend. My new years was actually spent in the emergency room due to an infecton in my foot. I had a sore between my toes and did not know it. Diabetes can be a wicked beast. I am better now.
    I have a son named Nathan too. What is he studyingN My Nathan is studying how to be a bum. Just kidding he actually starts his classes in february. I am glad the holidays are behind us. I pulled out all of my gardening catalogs today. I cannot wait until I can get my hands in the dirt. Just trying to decide what all to plant is going to be a job lol.

    • January 4, 2012 12:21 pm

      Wow, Beth, you sure know how to make the holidays special. Our Nathan is majoring in graphic design. Have you seen a lengthening in growing seasons there due to climate change?

  2. beth reed permalink
    January 4, 2012 7:22 pm

    I really dont know since everything I planted was destroyed by the flood. I ended up with one piece of bamboo cane that survived. I am planning on giving it another shot as soon as I can. I have a neighbor who has a garden that should be in a magazine and I am trying to do my best to compete with him this year.
    Our style is very different tho. I like things wild and natural and he likes his all neat and tidy.
    Did you get to see the meteor showers last night? I tried to stay up but finally gave up an hour before they started and went to bed.

    • January 5, 2012 10:48 am

      I bet bamboo grows like crazy in your climate. We have a cousin of it up here called Chinese knotweed that’s considered worthless and invasive. Too bad. We could get two to four crops a year. We didn’t know about the meteor shower but likely couldn’t have seen it. We were on the tail end of a two-day, four-inch rainstorm.

  3. beth reed permalink
    January 5, 2012 9:16 pm

    Wow that is a bit of rain. We are suppossed to get rain almost every day beginning saturday.
    If you and Jude would like a piece of this cane email me your address and I will send you some when mine comes up this spring. I cut it down every year at the first frost and it does spread nicely. It will grow about twelve feet tall with plumes. It makes for a nice privacy barrier or a wind stop. I plan to transplant several pieces of it this spring.
    I hope to be online tomorrow and catch up on my posting. Ttyl and tell Jude hi for me.

    • January 6, 2012 10:35 am

      Hi back at ya from Jude. We would like to see that cane, but please let me check first to see if it can be mailed internationally. That’s great news that you might be fully wired again really soon.

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