Mary's blog and Sharon's chalkboard features - January 20, 2017
And, another fine week it has been!!! I will have to admit though, I’m tired of the rain. There has only been one day that I’ve been able to sneak a walk in with the pups. Otherwise it has been too wet and muddy. Yesterday there was a window of dry skies and I popped them into the car and walked in Kensington. They were thrilled to stretch their legs. I love watching their cute little rear ends trotting energetically with tails wagging with pure joy at being out. Thankfully I get to ride without regard to the weather as there is a large indoor arena. Both the boys, Picasso and Ziezo, have gotten ample exercise under saddle but have missed pasture time due to wet and ice. I guess we are lucky that it isn’t snow as we’d be dealing with feet of it, not inches.
As we are all aware today starts a new era in the White House. It will be interesting to see what path the Nation and the World will follow over the next 4 years. Personally, regardless as to who is being sworn into the Presidency, I love watching Inaugurations with all their pomp, circumstance and traditions. I’m certain that it will be well viewed by many, not only in the U.S., but throughout the world. Here we go……hang onto to your seats.
The Michigan Winter Dog Classic is at the Suburban Show Place in Novi this weekend. It is great family entertainment with the opportunity to see thousands of beautiful dogs, lots of vendor booths to visit and many interesting demonstrations. There will be over 160 different breeds and lots of opportunities for rescues too. And it is educational with everything you need to know about buying, training and caring for your furry friends. Speaking of dogs… the pet pantry is in need. Margaret Davies, the brains behind North Oakland Meals on Wheels, was in for dinner and thanked me at least 10 times for OUR efforts. Emotionally and physically challenged adults are responsible for re-packaging the large bags of food into smaller zip-locks to aid in the ease of distribution. So, a food donation helps the pets, their owner’s and the packers. Thanks in advance for your generosity for the TONS (we are approaching 15K) of food you’ve donated.
Greg’s in charge of Chalkboard Features this weekend as Sharon’s taking a few R&R days. Entrees include A Marinated, Grilled Flat Iron Steak served Sliced with Buttermilk Mashers, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a Balsamic, Onion Jam; Panko Crusted Sole Presented over a Northern Bean Ragout with Fennel, Lemon, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach and a Drizzle of Chili Oil; Veggie Friendly Penne Pasta Tossed with Squash, Arugula and a Forest Mushroom Walnut Pesto; Sautéed Wild Striped Bass Accompanied with Fingerlings, Roosted Root Vegetables and a Grainy Mustard Sauce and, for Dessert a Classic Pumpkin Pie Topped with a Dollop of Whipped Cream. YUM!!!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO AND WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!!
XO, Mary, Niki, Pico, Picasso and Z