The weather lately has been rather like autumn. Very cool evenings and mornings, and daytime temps only getting up to the upper 70s and low 80s. I could definitely get used to this. Today is much the same.
I have noticed, however, that I have to keep an eye on the pug when I let her out in the mornings to potty. The grass is wet with dew and she doesn’t like to get her feet wet, so she runs along the sidewalk trying to decide what to do. It took me a morning or two to catch on — I was finding puddles in the kitchen when I got out of the shower. If I stand at the door and watch her, then she eventually goes out onto the grass because she knows I will not let her back in until she goes potty. Dratted dog — I keep trying to stay a step ahead of her.
I had a nice birthday last Friday. Went to lunch with two coworkers to a new Mexican restaurant — Jose Peppers. Their chips and salsa were good. I had a grilled Mahi taco with black beans and no rice and it was very good. I will eat fish and seafood on occasions when the vegetarian alternatives are either non-existent or just don’t suit my mood. And I love fish tacos — good fish tacos, that is. Not the OTB fish tacos that are laden with fat and calories.
I took the afternoon off and went home and puttered around the house. Spent some time outside with the pug. Got my laundry done — and IRONED! I am feeling rather accomplished about that. I actually finished all my ironing — and nope, I didn’t just throw everything out. I did set aside about 6 items to donate, though. I figure if I have not worn it in 2 years, I don’t miss it and will not likely wear it. So, for the first time in probably 2 years, I can see the bottom of my laundry basket.
Then I made myself some bruschetta, fed the beasts, and headed to Old Town for Final Friday. Met my friend in front of CityArts, and we chatted a bit and then headed to various galleries to look at the exhibitions. Saw some great ceramics by local college students. She took me to a wine bar for a birthday drink. I had a wine called Pinot Evil Pinot Noir — I do like Pinot Noir, but I chose it because of the name, of course. It turned out to be a nice wine. She had a Chilean red that had overtones of dark chocolate and raspberry. I was looking over the wine list as we visited and found a wine, and I can’t remember the name of it, that was listed as “red currant and cigar smoke.” I don’t think I’ve ever had a wine infused with cigar smoke — not sure why anyone would want it. We were talking about good fish tacos, so she ordered a tapas of tuna tartare tacos. Four little fried flour tacos of tuna tartare. I asked our server how they make their tuna tartare and it is thinly sliced tuna marinated in citrus — most likely lime and lemon and a few spices. They were very good. All in all, a lovely evening out.
Saturday I stayed home and worked around the house and on various projects. A young woman at my church is going to Africa in January and she has a benefit concert and art auction/sale scheduled for late October. I have knitted her children sweaters when they were born, and have knitted her a couple of scarves. She loves and appreciates my handknits. So I spoke with her, and I am going to knit a scarf out of the recycled sari silk yarn in my stash and bead it for her benefit. That will be fun.
Sunday late afternoon was a family birthday gathering at my mother’s. She served peach cobbler — it was very good. I got some tea related items and gift cards. I want to buy new bathroom towels, so I got a couple of gift cards that I plan to use for those.
My church has a “fall roundup” event each year at CowTown — one of those kitschy old west venues. After I left my mother’s I stopped in there and mingled for a bit. The weather was great and I chatted with lots of people I know. Wagon rides and games for the kids, live music, free barbecue and beverages, and potluck side dishes provided by the attendees.
Then it was time to go home and prepare for another work week. I am looking forward to a three day weekend.