And, Another Fine Week It Has Been…
It has been a monumental week around the Brady house as the deck is finished and, better yet, I am very happy at how it turned out. So are Sophia and Maddie as they spent their first time on it this afternoon and were in awe of being outside relaxing again. The few planters that I have around are full and the tomatoes, peppers, lettuces and eggplant are in. I have over the last few years bought large planters from various greenhouses, dismantled them and then re-planted into my containers. Two, which go onto the back patio, are vintage beauties from my friend Kay’s mother. Another is a monstrous fountain bowl gifted to me by elderly lady friends when they moved from their condo 25 plus years ago. It is adorned by a cement copy of the famous Brussels bronze statue Manneken Pis Boy. The figure dates back to the 17th century, is only 24” tall and literally depicts a peeing boy. He was also a gift from another dear friend, Roz Ellis, the first woman to dare to wear pants into 7 Mile. She also ended up being Tom’s dad’s accountant. And, perhaps my favorite, a beautiful turquoise urn, a gift from Tom on our 20th wedding anniversary. Z and Kos are digging being out in “their” pasture and I’m having so much fun with my riding. Kos was able to move to a stall next to Z last week and they are both in 7th heaven. I will say they vie for my and Courtney’s affection. There can be some easy jealousy going on.
Traditionally, the beginning of summer and vacations start on the Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, became a federal holiday in 1967 although it has been celebrated since after the Civil War, then as Decoration Day, to remember fallen soldiers. In the 20th century it became all-encompassing to honor Americans from all wars and all armed forces. Flags should be flown ½ mast from dawn to noon and many will visit the graves of loved ones. National cemeteries, as well as many local ones, place small flags on the graves of those who served our country in war and play the official musical salute Taps. One of my traditions is to attend mass that is held, weather permitting, in the small parish cemetery of St. Mary’s in Milford. Then I will “visit” Dad at the Great Lakes Veteran’s Memorial cemetery in Holly.
Sharon and Crew have some great Weekend Features once again.
As a Starter there’s a
CHICKEN TOSTATA: Mexican Spiced Shredded Chicken over a Crispy Corn Tortilla with Melted Cheddar, Jalapeno, Lettuce and a Burnt Honey Lime Splash.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
CRACKER-CRUMBLE TOPPED FLOUNDER: Presented with a Decadent Lobster Cream and an Orzo and Lentil Stuffed Roasted Tomato;
BISTRO STEAK: a.k.a. Teres Major, Grilled and Sliced. Accompanied by Barley “Risotto” Studded with Honey Crisp Apples, Squash, Sweet Potatoes Aged Gouda and Parmesan. Finished with a Balsamic Glaze and last, not least,
CANADIAN WALLEYE: Pan Roasted and Served over a Navy Bean Schmear, Asparagus and a Drizzle Flame Fired Red Pepper Vinaigrette. Not sure what the Sweet will be but get ready for Rhubarb Pie next week as mine is growing by leaps and bounds.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO
WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!
XXOO, Mary, Maddie, Sophia, Z and Kos.