Mary's blog and Sharon's chalkboard features - June 30, 2017
And, another fine week it has been! The weather has been perfect and, as such, I was able to spend some quality time in the garden. It is all weeded, grass cut, plants dead-headed and fountains sparkling. I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy them over the holiday. Speaking of cutting the grass… I was faced with a dilemma to replace a tractor Tom bought in 1990 or to enlist the services of a lawn service. Tom loved to take care of the grass cutting, trimming and subsequent blower clean-up. He had a Thursday routine: work lunch at the “old” Bistro, come home and do his outside work then we’d have our weekly date night. I’d catch up on my R&R while he was in the yard so I never used the equipment and he never thought to teach me. So, the first time I had to start the tractor was tedious. There was this nasty “little trick” to have it turn over which took me an hour to figure out. But I did and think of Tom every time I start up the new red beauty. Niki and Pico like it too and the old tractor is at its new life with my sister-in-law Deb on a much smaller property where, in its elder years is happy to have a reduced work load. Niki and Pico helped feed the birds too and Pico keeps the squirrels at bay while he is tagging along with me. Picasso and Z are digging the weather as they graze all day on some very green grass. I’m a lucky girl.
Finally, as we draw close to the 4th of July, the 241st 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.
As is Stated in the Declaration –
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Sharon and crew have some Awesome Chalkboard Features Per Se! Due to Many Requests We’ll Have Manhattan Clam Chowder instead of the New England. Bistro Plates Include: Maryland Crab Cakes with Roasted Corn Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Crispy Shoestring Potatoes; Pan Roasted Florida Grouper Accompanied with a Savory Heirloom Tomato Cobbler; Carne Guisado – Bits of Short Rib Trim Flavored with Cumin, Lime, Garlic and Chipotle Peppers Slow Braised in a Rich Tomato Stew and Served over Black Beans and Rice with Guacamole and Queso Blanco Garnishes and a Vegetarian Pasta toss of Linguine, Carrot Ribbons, Peas and Asparagus in a Garlic-Wine Broth with Dill Butter and Shaved Parmesan. YUM!!!
WE ARE CLOSED MONDAY THE 3RD AND TUESDAY THE 4TH to “Spiff up the Bistro.” i.e. Paint, Minor Repairs, etc..
And, to give our Incredible Staff a Well Deserved Breather.
Be safe, have fun. And remember: “Make Every Day A Million Dollar One.”
XXOO, Mary, Niki, Pico, Picasso and Z