And, another fine week it has been. Is this weather incredible or what? I’m riding the ponies outside in November. That is pretty neat. They get sweated up and it is just on the cusp of the temperature being too cool to hose them off so they get a nice sponge bath when we are done. The nights are crisp enough that they get their light horse coats on to keep them warm and prevent their coats from thickening out. The pups go bonkers running in the leaves. They are little and close to the ground, so get dirty and wet, but who is complaining? Not me or them. I have not seen the wild turkeys in a few days which brings a sigh of relief because they are mean. I won’t even get close to them. There is some deer movement of late too. Yesterday morning a smallish buck was feet from the bedroom window (I could see his eyelashes; we’d die for them ladies). He stood defiantly as the girls barked furiously at him. When I entered into his sight off he was, white tail waving right behind.
The display of fall color has been good but we’ve had better. Normally there would be a palate of reds, oranges and yellows that would last for more than a week. Several factors contribute to fall color – the amount of daylight, or lack of it, temperatures and precipitation. The best fall foliage follows a wet growing season followed by a dry autumn filled with sunny days and cool but frostless nights. A hard frost, dry summer or wet fall can trigger a shutdown of the process. Maple and Oak trees treat us with the brightest palate of color.
It is always so great to speak with “7 Mile’rs” and hear stories of the past. Last night I happened to be standing at Alida’s hostess station and a gentleman came in to pick up his carry out. I asked what it was and he said a Charlie Brown and asked if I knew the story about the naming of the burger. It turns out that he, Joe Bush, is the nephew of Chuck Walton, the originator of the CB. He was a regular at 7 mile and “made up” his version of the Diamond Jim burger and it earned a place on the menu. Joe was in the area and wanted one for his ride home, 2 hours away. How fun to have moments like this. Although I was never part of the 7 Mile Brady’s I do remember Chuck coming into the Prudential Town Center, round faced, always happy and always ordering a CB.
Remember to “fall back” on Sunday, specifically at 2 AM, if you’re up and about. Daylight Savings Time was initially started for energy conservation during WW2 and made “official” in 1973 by President Nixon. 40 % of the world observes it but studies tout the benefits of physical and mental health also. Opponents question the energy savings and note that it disrupts sleep and studies indicate a 10% increase in heart attacks. The “spring forward” is always the 2nd Sunday in March and “fall back” the first Sunday in November, making for a 23 hour day going forward and a 25 hour day turning back. Wish there was an extra hour every day.
Sharon and Crew have some great Weekend Features once again.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
SWORDFISH VERACRUZ: Grilled and Presented over Saffron Rice topped with Veracruz Sauce of Stewed Tomatoes, Spanish Olives, Capers, Cilantro, Onion and a Hint of Lime;
BISTRO FILET: 6 Oz. Teres Major Steak Topped with Bourbon Butter and Accompanied by Wilted Spinach and a Loaded Sweet Potato Topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pecans and Maple Syrup
and Last MICHIGAN LAKE PERCH: Sautéed until Golden Brown and Served with Cajun Tartar Sauce, Caramelized Onion, Braised Swiss Chard and Warm Cornbread and Honey Butter. YUM!!!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!
Mary, Maddie, Sophie, Z and Kos