Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lobster Dinner for Mother's Day

I was in Cape Breton for Mother's Day and my friends Frances and Norman invited me and Michealette, Frances' mother over for dinner.  I knew we would be in for a treat, because Frances is a great cook, but when I heard that we were having lobsters that was beyond my expectations.

The weather had been pretty lousy most of the week that I had been in CB, but on Sunday the sun came out and it was a lovely day as we drove over to Hay Cove, near St. Peters, for dinner.
She got the lobster precooked from a place near her house.  Delish. 
The potato salad was exceptional and beautifully presented.
Lobster was served to me in a Celtic designed dish that Frances made. 
Bread was served on cute little personally sized bread boards.  
The pretty table.  
Michealette and I ready for Frances and Norman to join us at the table.
Frances and Norman are the most wonderful hosts, and it meant a lot for me to have Mother's Day Dinner with them this year. Thank you Frances and Norman.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gadding About at the City Club of Raleigh

My friend Jeanette invited me to lunch earlier this week at the City Club of Raleigh where her son David works part-time.
Jeanette and her son David.  
It was a treat: the ambiance quiet, the decor contemporary, and the varied selection of food delicious.  We were greeted cordially by Carla, Manager of the dining room, who gave us a tour of the Club before we had lunch.

Contemporary decor. 
We had lunch in the 919 dining room.  Named for the area code here in Raleigh.

From the 28th and 29th floors of the Wells Fargo Building there are magnificent views out across the city.

The ballroom on the 29th floor provides a stunning venue for a special party or wedding. 

Thanks Jeanette and David for a wonderful lunch, and thanks Carla for your gracious hospitality.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gadding About at Leila's Birthday Party: The Food

In my last post about Leila's first birthday party, I mentioned that the food was so special that I had to devote a separate post to it.  Casey had chosen a "woodland" or "forest" theme for the party, and she, her mother, and her grandmother prepared the food perfectly to fit this theme.  It was really quite a spread---and delish!

The vegetable tray with dip was created to look like an owl.  Very clever.
Forest friend, the owl.
Forest berries. 

Left:  Ham and cheese logs.  Right : Trees. 

Cheese ball to look like a porcupine.

Rainbow trout fish. 
Of course if you go camping in the forest, you will want to have a campfire to cook the hotdogs.  Gather up some twigs to get the flames going.
Hotdogs with all the trimmings.  
The dessert table continued with the woodland or forest theme: cupcakes to resemble mushrooms or ones covered with moss, and candy to represent "bear poop".
The dessert table.  
Bear poop candy made by RaRa (Photo by Kelly Snellings.)

Casey is so creative, and I'm already looking forward to Leila's Second Birthday Party.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gadding About at Leila's Birthday Party

Enjoying her first birthday cake!
My little great grand niece, Leila, turned one and she had a grand birthday party in Shelby and I was there.  What fun!
Leila with her daddy Adam. 

Leila with her mommy Casey. 
Her RaRa (grandmother) Kelly taking photos of the birthday girl. 
Her cousin Cason was there. 
Cousin Brayton (Bays) with his mom Kristin. 
The presents. 

The food was a whole new experience for me at a child's birthday party.  I'll devote another blog to that.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art

Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art sponsored by PNC.  

What an exciting weekend I've had gadding about in Raleigh and Cary.  I've taken in the Young Life Run/Walk, had ice cream at the Grand Opening of Local Fresh Ice Cream in Cary, but I believe the highlight was the beautiful Art in Bloom Exhibit at the NC Museum of Art that I took in this morning. .  The floral arrangers were to show their inspiration based upon a work of art at the Musuem. Without further ado, I'll just share some photographs of the beautiful floral arrangements exhibited.

Cream whites.  

Based on the painting to the right of the two saints. (One of my favorites.)

The Director's Award based on painting on the right.  
Closeup of the Director's Award.  

An outdoor arrangement. 

I'm already looking forward to the exhibit next year.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Planning My Gadabout Weekend

On this rainy Friday morning I perused the News and Observers' Weekend Section to see what's going on in Raleigh.  There are always many events to choose from reminding me how lucky I am to be living here.  This weekend is no exception.  I'm recovering from skin cancer surgery on my nose, so I'm planning on treating myself to several events.  But which do I choose?

Going to a movie is always fun either by myself or with friends.  That's just one of the many things I miss about not having Dan here.  He was my favorite going-to-a movie-partner.

There are two movies I would like to see this weekend, and I might manage to see both.  Kedi is a documentary that by popular demand is enjoying a second run at the Rialto.  It's for cat lovers, so count me in.

Another movie is The Zookeepers Wife based on Diane Ackerman's book by the same name which I enjoyed.

A movie would fit right in for this rainy day.

Saturday morning I've signed up for the Young Life 5K in which I am sponsoring my 15 year old granddaughter, Grace, who will be running.  I on the other hand will do a 1.5 mile walk (probably with my walker in tow).

If I were young as I once was I would definitely be taking in the Rock n Roll Marathon's after party that will be filled with numerous musicians at the Red Hat Amphitheater.  But alas!

Today, Saturday and Sunday the Art In Bloom exhibit at the NC Art Museum will feature 50 floral masterpieces based on work of art in the museum's permanent collection.  I could do that today to perk up a dreary, rainy day.

Forecasts for Saturday and Sunday are calling for beautiful days, perfect for taking in the Raulston Blooms Festival at the Raulston Arborteum.

I will surely have to get over on Saturday for the grand opening of Fresh Local Ice Cream that is opening its second store in Cary.  I have patronized the one on Glenwood Avenue for the last few years, and now I will have a second store from which to choose.  I love their ice cream.  The best I have ever eaten anywhere.

Of course the big event of the weekend will be the NCAA ballgames on Saturday night.  Dare I head out to a sports bar to watch Carolina play Oregon???? Probably not.

I'll post about my gadabouts when the weekend is over.