Wednesday, November 2, 2011

time to...

get the message?

that's right- get packing... I have delayed enough that it really is time- and you may not see another post until I am on the road....

Ljubljana here we come!


Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.
Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.
Steve’s final words were:

those words come from the Mona Simpson Eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs.

normally I wouldn't comment on the subject but how cool would it be if he was actually seeing the next stage?

and those were words my husband and I said to each other over and over when we saw the stars under African night skies- they were SO amazing that was all we could say - OH WOW!

here are some photos I just pulled off the Internet to show how things appeared and one that was just so beautiful (the time lapse) that I had to share it-

the first is Orion - the only constellation I can actually find other than the big dipper- I am seriously impaired in constellation identification-

the second is a photo of a spiral galaxy - but I chose it because the photo of the surrounding stars had the feel of what we saw-

and then the waaay cool tracking stars photo below.

so I hold the hope that each and every loved one lost in the last year and a half- Janna - Lil - Joe -Brad - Herb - Lu Ann and Bert had the same OH WOW experience that Steve Jobs had as he exited this planet and this level of existence. 

missing you all....

Sunday, October 30, 2011

GIANT prawns

a while back The Fish Guy had a sale on king prawns and so we made a purchase.  tonight we made our first foray into grilling these huge prawns.  6-8 to a pound huge!

we invited our friends Sheila and Mary to come over and help us eat them because there was no way we would be able to do it on our own as they had come in a giant ice block and once thawed had to be cooked...

so here they are in the marinade- one in Red Mud and one in a Asian sauce concoction that I made from ginger and lemon and soy and sesame oil and garlic. 

here is the Red Mud BBQ sauce we love so much- and which in the taste off Sheila and Mary had a slight preference for--- Phil and I had a preference for the Asian one---

another shot of the BBQ prawns prior to grilling

and one of the Asian marinaded ones

and because I am cleaning out the refrigerator before our trip- I cooked up the last corn from the farmer's market and put it into a salad of veggies - haricots vert and mushrooms with tomatoes and hearts of palm (added the lettuce later)

and here are the grilled results:

the meal was quite tiring for the kitties so they went into the living room near the fire and slept off the extremely difficult prep work LOL while we ate our dessert of pumpkin bread with mangoes and date caramel with whipped cream on top (all foraged from the frig.)

in the red mud photo you may have noticed one of the numbered wine bottles from last Sunday's tasting - we were completing the "aging" process for further tasting tonight- and wine number two - the Santenay from Morey and Sophie actually had improved quite dramatically over the week's time... and was a good value for a 2009 burgundy...

nice evening with friends... on the spur of the moment.