And, another fine week it has been.
But, the weather has been too rainy and gray and I am having a hard time with the fog and dreariness that has greeted me the last few mornings. I have been staying up later, reading, and then with the morning not being light before 8 tend to be lazy until then. Sofia will jump on the bed around 6:30, our “normal time” to get up. She is such a cuddle bug burrowing into my side asking for her pets and rubs. Maddie, on the other hand, hangs out in her bed and graciously lets “Sof” get her time with me. Then, she joins us and we have a great start of the day with the culmination being “who wants breakfast” and I’ve got 2 10# pups charging for the kitchen, happy and hungry. The horses, Z and Kos have had minimal turn out thanks to the rain. They are very bored just hanging out in their stalls. As an added insult the flies are back with the warmer, humid temperatures. I’m even getting bit. Their winter coats started to fill in a few weeks ago but now, with the warmth, are shedding out. Huge amounts of horse hair are loosened with the curry comb and then cleaned off with 2 different brushes, one stiff, and one soft. The end result is a gleaming horse and dust pan full of the hair. They love the attention they get from Courtney but also “self-groom” in the pasture by dropping down and rolling, all four legs in the air, the ground nature’s curry.
My “yardscape” is quickly transforming with the change of season. The only blooms left are Hydrangeas. Ferns are browning off in the woods and the grass is strewn with fallen leaves. I thought last week was the final time I’d cut the grass but it will need one more mowing. There are still a few of my little tree frog friends hanging around the windows when the lights are on at night. They’ll hibernate soon. And, I’ve started feeding the birds again to beef them up for winter. The feeders have been empty for the summer and it has taken them a few days to re-discover their “free” meals, which they’ve done with vengeance.
Monday is Columbus Day, the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on 10-12-1492. An Italian explorer from the Republic of Genoa he was the first European to make the voyage across “the ocean blue.” Franklin Roosevelt declared it a federal holiday in 1937 and it was fixed to the second Monday in October in 1970. Ironically the day coincides with Canada’s Thanksgiving and the Anniversary of the U.S. Navy on 10-13-1775. Although it is a very patriotic holiday framed around national loyalty and social progress it is controversial because the settlement of Europeans led to the demise of large portions of native people. Remember, the banks and post office are closed!
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalkboard Features Per Se.
Bistro Plates Include:
14 OZ. DUROC PORK PORTERHOUSE: Grilled and Served with a Loaded 2X Baked Potato, Honey Crisp – Apple Chutney and a Drizzle of Honey Champagne Vinaigrette;
BLOCK ISLAND SWORDFISH: Pan Roasted and Accompanied with a Cheesy Rice Stuffed Tomato and Topped with a Toasted Pistachio and Spanish Olive Confit;
CANADIAN PERCH: Tossed with Seasoned Flour, Sautéed and Presented with Slow Cooked Mozzarella Grits, Green Veggie Tangle and a Charred Lemon-White Wine and Butter Sauce, and
KENTUCKY BROWN BUTTER BURBON CAKE Garnished with Caramel- Apple Whipped Cream. YUM!!!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO AND,
WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!!
XO. Mary, Maddie, Sofia, Kos and Z
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro