Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

This week I keep forgetting what day it is. That 3 day weekend threw me off! It went by so quickly. We had friends over on Sunday. I had hoped we could finally spend some time outside on the deck, but it was too darn hot to be outside. SP grilled bratwurst, sausage (sweet & spicy), and peppers and onions. We made our favorite Macaroni & Cheese, which it seems I've not yet blogged about even though we make it 2-3 times a year so I'll have to fix that! We also made a veggie & dip tray and baked two desserts: Chocolate Bundt Cake and Olive Oil Cake. So much food! 

We spent the Labor Day holiday laboring to clean up after Sunday and do laundry. 

This week, the deck guy finally came to power wash and seal the deck. We have it done every other year. It's too big a deck for us to do it ourselves plus you need 2-4 days without rain so it took a while for it to happen. I felt bad for the guy because it was so darn hot the day he sealed it. He hand brushes it on, he doesn't use a sprayer, so it takes a while. But it always looks great!

And still speaking of the deck, we did indeed purchase an indoor/outdoor baby gate to try to keep the groundhog off the deck. My dad stopped by one day, saw it, and laughed for quite some time. I guess it is kind of silly, but gosh is it annoying when that critter starts munching your parsley and tomatoes while sitting on your deck bench.  

What We're Eating:
  • Italian sausage and bratwurst
  • Grilled chicken
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled peppers & onions
  • Mac & cheese
  • Dessert: leftovers from Labor Day. Chocolate Bundt Cake, Olive Oil Cake
What We're Watching:
  • We watched the new Jack Ryan show on Amazon Prime. We enjoyed it. Nothing super ground breaking or outstanding, but solid and kept us interested. I always enjoyed the Jack Ryan novels and movies.
  • We started Ozark Season 2 on Netflix. Not sure what I think since we're only 2 episodes into it. 
  • We watched the movie Tag and as when we watched The Game, we laughed a lot more than we probably should have laughed.
What I'm Reading:
  • I finished Pieces of Her and enjoyed it. 
  • I read several magazines. My mom dropped off some Travel & Leisure magazines. I sort of enjoy flipping through but to me, there doesn't seem to be much substance and a lot of it, well, I'm just never going to get to a lot of places and if I do, I likely will not stay/eat at/do the pricey things they suggest. Plus, we are not beach people, or spa people, or golf people. Resorts and cruises do not interest us. I read the new Bon Appetit and Food Network issues and they seemed a little lacking as well. Maybe things will pick up with the next issues since it'll be fall and time for the holidays? 

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