Friday, November 3, 2017

Medical update plus whatever comes into my head.

My brother in law is in a rehab facility. He's improved a bit but he still moves between reality and into some product of his imagination. My poor sister is holding it together but I know this is wearing her down. All my other sister and I can do is offer her as much help and support as we can.

In other matters we have had an unusually warm Fall. At 7:10 on Friday evening it was 71 degrees and in typical New England fashion there's potential for snow at the end of next week. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

Locally in Massachusetts they have just passed a law against what is called distracted driving. I suppose that covers a host of things though I have not researched myself. I can only guess eating and drinking are part of it but it's really aimed at phones and the various things you can  do with them. Right off the bat I will say that I don't have high zoot phone. I have an inexpensive, basic phone. I don't need all those apps. In some respects a lot of technology has passed me by and that's ok. I think it's all fantastic though I do find some of it annoying. A friend has a new car and turning on the radio was needlessly busy. The GPS and your phone are all linked to an infotainment center. Press radio, set your station and then it asks you, "Is this the station you have selected?" and you have to press yes. For God sakes! Just get on with it! Remember reaching over and turning the radio on with a knob, which also controlled the volume, and if you had already set the station, you were done!

Getting back to the phones, I wonder what the police feel about this. While it is a good law in theory, it seems to be just one more thing that they will have to be on the lookout for. Then there are the people walking around staring at the little screens. Oblivious to others and sometimes oblivious to traffic. Once again I think the fact they have shrunk your old desktop computer down to something you can carry around in your pocket is amazing but it's also turned some people into phone zombies. I guess I'm just at the stage of life where I am simplifying, not complicating my life. Things are complicated enough. 

I think about all the things that have happened in my lifetime. The Korean War, television, rock and roll, the space race with the Soviets,. The Soviets themselves. I remember Khrushchev saying, "We will bury you!" Watching all the space launches in school. Around here the election of John Kennedy, then the assassination of Kennedy. Then watching live as Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby. Two months later the Beatles. The Vietnam War. The killing of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. The riots at the Democratic convention. Woodstock. Watching the U.S. land men on the moon in my living room. The Beatles break up. The Kent State shootings. The gas crunch. Watergate and Nixon resigning. Once again around here, the Blizzard of '78. And this is still the 1970's.

There's so much more to remember right up through to the World Trade Center and the present day state of affairs. I guess in reality it's just me realizing that I'm aging. I really didn't think about it until about a year ago which is about when I stopped working. And now there's my brother in law, who has recovered a bit, but in reality this could play out in several ways.  

Anyhow that was a bit of a ramble. I will try to be back on a more regular basis and I want to thank all of you who always visited here. I do appreciate it.
I'm outta here.        

Monday, October 23, 2017

Family medical matters

Since we've been back from our little vacation my brother-in-law has taken ill. There has been an uptick in pressure and other family concerns. At the moment he is stable but he could go either way. All I can do at the moment is to be there for my sister. There will be a hospital move coming up in the near future which for all these years has been very convenient. It's (the hospital) very close by and will be closing soon. It will remain open as an emergency room and for prompt care.I spent six weeks there in September 1963 with a case of ruptured appendix. Getting back to my brother-in-law, there's the potential he might not be going home and have to enter a facility or worse...
Considering all that's going on my sister is handling it well. Now these kind of situations can create some family tension and that has happened. I won't get into details as this whole episode is still unfolding.
As for other matters, the weather has been wonderful. I can't remember a better October even as I write this the sun is out and we're heading for another 70 degree plus day. Rain is coming Tuesday into Wednesday but we need it. Arlene and I went to another new restaurant in town and it was enjoyable but none have topped our original favorite Raso's. Because of our local proximity to Boston the building of a hotel has caused all these new restaurants to pop up and it has been enjoyable to explore these places. What else are you going to do when you retire besides go out and eat.

 I started this particular entry a couple of weeks ago. I had two videos from our vacation that I uploaded to YouTube. I know you have already seen them Gere but they have been sitting here for a few weeks and that was the original idea of this blog entry.  

So that's it for now. I have a busy day ahead of me so I best get out of this chair and into the shower.
I'm outta here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We're back

Leading up to our little three day trip the weather looked like it could be iffy but for the most part it was fine. Sunday was overcast with sprinkles of rain here and there but it didn't matter. We sat on a bench watching the ocean beyond the empty beach. It was quite relaxing though there was a steady stream of cars on the road behind us. there were still visitors to the island which of course included us. At our hotel there were cars from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Pennsylvania and of course Massachusetts. I didn't take many pictures as we've seen a good part of the place and nothing out of the ordinary was happening. I did get out early on morning and walked down to the water to watch the sunrise. There was one lovely sunset but I didn't have my camera and wasn't in a good position to get a shot.


I crossed the street on my way back to the hotel and looked back.

 So it was a relatively short time but it is always nicer than hanging around here. The day we left, Tuesday, was picture book. Just lovely, but we had to leave. Cape Cod is a lovely place to drive through and as you move further north the road becomes more highway instead two roads and the traffic thickens. The closer you get to Boston the more congested it gets. Still it was only about 10:30 A.M. and I do like seeing the city skyline the distance.

One other thing that I have enjoyed for the last few days is a you-tube video that has had me laughing even just thinking about it. Arlene received it a couple of days ago.  It was originally posted some six years ago. Try not to laugh!

Oh the laundry! I'm outta here.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Next Saturday

Next Saturday Arlene and I will be going back to Martha's Vineyard for a few days. I will being a camera but I can't think of anything or anyplace that we haven't been but you never know. Then there are the sunrises and the sunsets. They vary unless the weather doesn't cooperate. It will be good to get away for a few days, Arlene has had a tough year though she is doing better. 

I went through the files on my old desk top. Up until about a year ago I checked all my pictures out on the desk top. It was and is good enough for that. It'd old. The laptop I use is newer and it's coming up on nine years old. Anyway there were a good amount of pictures sitting there. Some I'm sure I've posted here and some that are similar to ones I've posted here.    

It's nice to walk a block and watch the sun rise over the ocean.

Then there are the cliffs.

The sunsets

Then there's a wonderful place for breakfast.

Aside for the rain on Saturday the weather has been wonderful. I was going to post something different but I got sidetracked by firing up the old girl. Of course I'm talking about the old desktop.
Still both my computers are terribly out of date, a situation that I will have to address soon. I will be around to visit later in the day as Arlene has promised me linguini and meatballs after the Patriots game. I have been lax in my cyber duties but I have been active in my household duties as I am throwing out things that I have lugged around for years. Well it's getting close to game time so...
I'm outta here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hello. I just called to say I've snapped my twig. Plus history is all around me and I take it for granted.

 So I was just sitting their playing Risk on my computer and the phone rings. By the little screen I see that it is Arlene calling. Now normally I hate the phone. Not because of the intrinsic use of the phone, staying in touch with friends and loved ones, but for all the calls I receive from basically people who want a piece of me in terms of money or want to sell me something to take care of incontinence, life insurance, medical insurance, basically they  want to sell me something. But Wait! It's not some bottom feeding money leech, the little screen tells me it's Arlene! I answer and say hello. She says "Hi."

Then in a frantic, high pitched, high speed, screechy voice she began screaming,                                                      
 "Oooo! Ahhhh! No! Go away! Nooo!  Leave me  alone! Go away! Ahhhh! Nooo!" and so on. 
What had I done? What does she think I did? Has she snapped her twig? Everything seemed fine the evening before!? Well she soon calmed down. It appears that I was innocent of any transgressions. She was calling from her front porch and as I answered my phone and she briefly responded a bee began flying around her head. I have to admit I enjoy retelling this little episode to friends and family and she was good enough to laugh it off. It gave all a good laugh.

A couple of blogs ago I wrote about a new restaurant in town called Real Gusto. Now right across the street is a historic house called the Issac Hall house built in 1720. Paul Revere stopped here on his ride to warn Issac Hall that the British regulars were coming from Boston. Capt. Issac Hall was in charge of the local Minute Men. Now I have witnessed the Paul Revere re-enactment a few times in my life. And when Arlene and I went to the restaurant we got a parking space right in front of the old house, which by the way is now a funeral home. None of the pictures below are mine.

The Gaffey Funeral home.


As I got out of the car (Arlene drove) I looked over the white fence on the right side of the house and I saw this.

Sometimes I forget all the history that's around here. I take it for granted.

Issac Hall is being portrayed by a high school student.

That's the location of the restaurant behind the horse's head. It wasn't there at the time of this photo. Of course I'm referring to the restaurant not the horses head.  That's not the handsomest horse I've ever seen.
And literally a couple of blocks down the street, in the opposite direction that Paul is traveling, is this plaque.
One more thing that I recently learned is that Fannie Farmer lived here and Amelia Earhart lived here for a few years with her sister, who lived here her entire life. Who knew?  
So that's it for the moment.
I'm outta here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A beautiful day

I've started three blogs since my last published blog. I think I can finish and publish this one. Publish? Okay I suppose it's not like I have a new book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sounds cool though. On a person note to you Geraldine about the Real Gusto restaurant. I'm no clothes horse and when Arlene and I went there I was wearing sneakers or running shoes for the foo foo chi chi out there, though there is no actual no actual running involved, I wore jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie. Everyone was very down to Earth and friendly. But I digress. Yesterday and today was and is just beautiful weather-wise after several dreary and windy days due to Jose. Now I am by no means comparing the lousy weather we had to all the devastating weather elsewhere in the country and the earthquakes in Mexico.

So Arlene's daughter asked me if I would like to go with them to a winery in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is not the first place you would think of when the subject is wine. There's a highway, though it has a different numerical designation, that runs from the tip of Cape Cod into deepest, darkest New Hampshire. From where we live the New Hampshire state line is 25 miles away. New Hampshire is a beautiful state and it's much more rural than it is around here. There are more people in downtown Boston during the day than there are in the entire state to our north. It was also much warmer in New Hampshire than the Boston area of Massachusetts. It was in the 70's at home and 87 in mid state New Hampshire.   Still it's was a lovely day in a lovely place.       

Alrighty then it's time to "publish" and catch the football game. Boy apart from New England everybody hates our football team. I suppose that's understandable. After all we around here have been conditioned to hate the Yankees. That's it. Over and out.
 I'm outta here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Real Gusto

So guess what? We went to another restaurant. It's right in the center of town and has been there since 2015. I was mistaken on my last blog when I said it was a few months old. This couple came to the U.S. a few years and visited New England. They particularly liked Boston and the surrounding area because they thought there was a certain European flair to the area. They were also surprised at how many Italians lived in Boston and the suburbs. Long story not so long we went there last night ( Thursday 9/14 in case I don't finish this today) and we were knocked out. It's a lovely place that overlooks the river in the back. I'm not sure that opening these doors on a hot, steamy summer day would be a great idea. The owners were most gracious and the food was out of this world! It was Mediteranian. Arlene had chicken masala and I had a simple dish of homemade raviolis stuffed with ricotta, beef and pork with a simple but delicious red sauce. Both meals were outstanding! Then we did something we never do, we had desert. Arlene had tiramisu and I had the cannoli. On top of that the coffee was out of this world! Here are some pictures I got off the restaurant website.

The owners at the back of the restaurant that overlooks the river.




The imported this pizza oven from Italy. And though we didn't have pizza their pizzas looked wonderful.

We did however have an appetizer called arancini (orange in color and shape, which are fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, beef, pork and peas. They were as good if not better than others I have had.

Here are some pictures of other appetizers that I have no idea what they are called. These dishes could serve as main courses I suppose.



Some pasta dishes.

Pasta Fagiole or beans and macaroni. I grew up with this dish. I still make it. 

The deserts. I had the cannoli's, well most of them. One had crushed chocolate, the other had crushed hazelnuts. Arlene had tiramisu. I don't think I have a picture of it but I can assure you it was delicious.

I'm not sure what this is but I'll bet it's tasty.

I have to admit that this looks like a devil dog with chocolate syrup.

I'm not sure what the next two deserts are but I'll bet they're good.
I'm not sure if this is a desert or an appetizer.
You could also buy their fresh homemade pasta made from imported flour. What difference that makes is beyond me. On the right you can see the ravioli that I had. There were other displays of imported items.
Ten or fifteen years ago this city had the usual array of fast food places and pizza parlors. There was an Italian restaurant which has been around for at least as long as I have. It's in the south part of the city, not surprisingly, the Italian part of the city. There's nothing wrong with this restaurant but parking is an issue. It's more of a neighborhood place. You can't park on the side streets because you have to have a neighborhood parking sticker. But there are more than enough people in the neighborhood to keep this place going though I would have to say Real Gusto is a step above. Aside from that place if you wanted a really good meal you had to travel a bit. Add a hotel because of our close proximity to Boston and presto a whole bunch of very good restaurants. They probably won't all survive but the economy around here is doing well at the moment and it's good to see the city buzzing with activity even though getting around can be tough. Below  
So I have to say Arlene and I may have found a new favorite restaurant. The food and deserts were wonderful. The restaurant was nicely decorated. The staff was friendly with one young lady sporting what we would call a southern accent. It's a bit pricey. The most expensive meal was $26,00. Add in a drink or two, an appetizer and it can add up. Still we will go again just not for a few weeks.  Below is a video on the restaurant from YouTube. Below that is a link to a video on the restaurant's web page. The owners tell the story of coming to this country and opening their restaurant. At this point I don't know if it work.
Oh well I guess I'm outta here.