Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A few weeks ago I was craving home style "Fried Chicken." We tried to think which restaurant to go to, and finally DH suggested Cracker Barrel. I couldn't recall if they had Fried Chicken on the menu but it seemed like they would. So we go there. . . . .
We were greeted with the usual . . . . "how many?" Duh! do you see more than 2 of us? So we were seated, no booths, but they just don't have any. Scan the menu -- no fried chicken! So rather than switch restaurants I decide to go for their chicken strips; but when they came they were less than tasty, and the veggie sides were tasteless. DH was not happy with his items either. I decided to take mine home, my dog would love them if nothing else. We did request a take-home box, and waited..... and waited..... and waited..... and waited. Finally I just wrapped the chicken up in my paper napkin and we left, very disappointed in the service and in the fare.
We paid in the gift shop and I had the napkin with the chicken rolled up in it plainly in sight as I had not brought my purse along. We were several feet out the door when a lady from the restaurant came to the door and yelled at me "Do you have our silverware in that napkin?"
Of course I was furious at being accused of stealing! I shouted back -- "NO! I have my damn leftover chicken because the waitress would never bring me a box!"
Evidently my DH was upset (more than me) as he wrote a scathing letter to headquarters of Cracker Barrel upon our return home. Quite some time later we received a letter of apology that would have been appropriate for bad service, bad food or whatever -- along with a "coupon" for a free Dinner for Two. We went to a different location quite obviously, and decided we would order the most expensive thing on the menu -- so my hubby enjoyed Rib Eye Steak! I had to keep an eye on him or he would have eaten all the fat too. I enjoyed a very tender pot roast covered with a rich sauce and mushrooms. We even ordered dessert.
The scale this morning informed me I was up 1.2 pounds! I wonder just who it was that got even here? Payback just doesn't pay, does it? Do you think it's kind of like holding a grudge? It only ends up hurting YOU, not the person you are angry with?
Friday, February 18, 2011
I've been chattering to you all for months now, first how I was moving into George's home, then how first one room and then another was being repainted, or furniture moved around, and all the time promising that "someday" there would be photo's. Well, SOMEDAY has finally arrived, and while this is not ALL of the house, it is a good portion of it. Gotta save something for another blog -- you know how it is!
So we'll start out as you come in the front door, here is one shot of my living room -- took one of the other end of the room too, but it was a little fuzzy -- so here goes (this is how it looks now that I've had a sofa, coffee table and end table moved out:
Then, turning to the left you will immediately see before you the dining room that I told you how I painted it, used the faux wallpaper treatment on the window and put up a swag across the top of the window:
close-up of the swag and wallpaper:
and looking toward the china hutch:
and the last one is looking toward the Grandfather clock:
Leaving the dining room, we go further down the hall as the very next room we come to is the newly remodeled guest bedroom:
there are a lot of mirrors and lights, so I hope you can get a bit of a feeling what it's like.
Turning around and going past the dining room and into the kitchen, you'll see where I fix myself all these "healthy meals" I've been eating. lol
That's the refrigerator side (my new one!) and I saw in the photo some things in the hall I should have moved before taking the photo. Just to prove to you I'm far from perfect.
Here is the other side of the kitchen:
Now as you look over the half wall dividing the kitchen from the family room you'll see:
And there is another identical sofa on the other wall:
Thanks for stopping by! Eve
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Sometimes people let themselves get so caught up in the everyday routine of life, chores, work and all the other things we feel we "have" to do, that we leave no time to socialize with our friends.
Tonight I invited friends over for dinner. I wrote it into my schedule, I planned for it, I cleaned for it, I cooked for it -- and when the time arrived I was ready for it and I enjoyed it! The whole evening went smoothly, we had a lovely time visiting with our friends, caught up with all the stuff going on in their lives and they heard what was new with us. There was both good news and bad, but the important thing was sharing!
Don't let life pass you by - reach out and grab all the fun you can get!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
There are various degrees of splurging. I'm not talking about the Whopper with fries and a milkshake kind of a splurge. I'm talking more about the kind, with Valentine's Day coming up, of having a very nice dinner with your favorite guy and still not blowing it.
I'm thinking along the lines of a thin cut steak (so it looks like more than it is) complete with baked potato (fat-free sour cream) and a tossed salad with some of my "no calorie" dressing on it. I seldom eat dessert -- or even WANT it, but if I did I could probably share one with my Sweetheart and not ruin the day!
I'm just pointing out that it is possible to have your nice dinner (there are lots of choices) and still not forsake the "healthy lifestyle." So get out there and enjoy yourself.
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