And, another fine week it has been! I have accomplished many of my “to do” tasks so the weekend should be loosey-goosey. I don’t have anything planned other than seeing my mom at some point and maybe going to see the Elvis movie. I still have not seen Top Gun 2 so that is in the back of my mind too. My nephew John is in town for the weekend from D.C. so I’ll spend some time with him. He, his brother Thomas, my sister Jo and her husband Dan were over for dinner last night that included a beautiful side of salmon, an off-the-cobb corn and tri-bean salad and freshly picked lettuces from the veggie garden. I even harvested my first jalapeno pepper. Afterwards we headed to the DQ for a cone and then to the “farm” at Kensington where we were the only 5 people there. Maddie and Sophia were enthralled with the sheep and goats. I love feeling the sheep’s coats – all curly, dense and oily. No wonder wool is so revered in the textile world.
The garden is a constant work in progress. One bed weeded, on to the next and so on. It’s never 100% “done.” Thankfully there is so much vegetation that the weeds kind of just blend in. But, I very much dislike messy beds so do what I can. I opted not to do a mosquito spray this year or fertilizer for the lawn. I think both are toxic to my pups. I certainly pay the price as I’m a mosquito and deer fly magnet. They swarm around me. I literarily have to use no- scent soap and shampoo or I have hell to pay. It seems they zone in on fragrance. Or, maybe I’m just that sweet… Maddie and Sofia love sprawling out on the warm driveway to watch me work. I have to keep Sofia tethered on a long line as I still don’t trust she won’t go missing on one of her exploratory missions. Heaven forbid she gets lost… she’s so darn cute and agreeable. And, I think hearing impaired or just a naughty pup that ignores me as I frantically try to find her in the woods. Even though she’s white the ferns are so high she easily disappears. Maddie is near to being a perfect pup. She’s always wagging her tail and wearing a smile. Z and Kos are digging the weather as they graze on all the lush grass that the rains have fostered. They have fans on their stalls which are on full blast when it is hot and humid. Both get a cool spray down after riding and have salt licks to encourage drinking lots of water to re-hydrate. They are such great boys. My sweet Zeizo (a.k.a. Z ) is 18 tomorrow so he’ll get some extra treats from Courtney and me. He is the most incredible horse and loved by all who know him. He’s been “mine” for 7 years and still teaches something every time I ride. We are definitely animal-human “soul mates .Lucky horses, lucky pups and LKYGRL!!!
As we draw close to the 4th of July, the 246th birthday of our great nation, let’s remember that it is not just another day off but a holiday commemorating our independence, then only 13 colonies, from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776.
Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence which was signed by 56 others including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and John Penn. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge at age 26 and the oldest Ben Franklin at age 70. Two of the signers became president, John Adams, our second, and, Thomas Jefferson our third. Ironically both Adams and Franklin died on the same day, 7-4-1826. James Monroe died on 7-4-1831 and Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, was born on 7-4-1872. Equally important this Fourth is to remember all who have died protecting our freedom and all those who have served in the past or now. Without their dedication and devotion to the liberty of all we would not be living the American Dream.
Sharon and crew have some Awesome Chalkboard Features this week Per Usual.
Our Drink Feature is a GREEK ISLE MARTINI: House Infused Citrus Vodka, Sambuca and Lemon Juice in a Sugar Rimmed Glass. Very refreshing. As a STARTER:
MUSHROOM TART: A Wedge of Rich Mushroom, Boursin Cheese and Spinach Pie Drizzled with Basil Oil.
Bistro Plates Include:
MICHIGAN WALLEYE: Topped with a Dijon Mustard and Pretzel Crust, Roasted and Presented with Cheddar Mashers, Wilted Spinach and a Hot Applewood Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette;
WILD BLUE CATFISH: From the Chesapeake Bay, High in Protein, and Low in Fat and Simply Delish. Served over Fried Cornmeal Cakes With Mexican Mole Sauce and a Topper of Avocado and Charred Peppers and Lastly,
GRILLED BUFFALO CHICKEN PASTA: Over Gemelli Pasta Tossed with a Six Cheese Sauce Then Finished with Crumbled Blue and Diced Celery. YUM!!!
We Look Forward To Seeing You at the Bistro!
Be safe, have fun. And remember: “Make Every Day A Million Dollar One.”
XXOO, Mary, Maddie, Sofia, Z and Kos