Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gobble! Gobble!

Eamon's contribution to the meal today looked like this. So glad I got a photo of it because it didn't last long. 

Hope you've all had a lovely day surrounded by those you love and that you've left enough room for pie. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gerbilly Gerbils

Our little pets are still going strong and coming up on their second year with us which I think is something like 50 or 60 in gerbil years. If you're looking for an easy, not too smelly, cute pet to have I couldn't recommend them more. If you're looking for an affectionate pet who does tricks and loves you unconditionally perhaps they're not the ones for you. You'd hardly know they were there sometimes unless their little ferris wheel needs oiling and though I can't go by their tank without saying hello to them someone else (smaller than me) in this house can!
Cute, see?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Some people were surprised when I enrolled Eamon in Sunday school over two years ago to make his first communion. Some weren't. I could be described as a Cultural Catholic rather than a non-practicing one, few question a non-practicing Jew enrolling their kids in Hebrew school for similar reasons - tradition. The passing on of cultures and values. It's getting harder and harder to get Eamon up (8:00am class on Sunday morning!) and interested in Sunday school and harder for me to be understanding and patient with their methods but I'm not one to give up something once I've started - this blog alone is a testament to that.

Tradition is on my mind today as we get ready to see the show Fiddler on the Roof and reason enough to show my Dad's party piece - or one of them rather. It is a song from the show and he gave Eamon a rendition of it last May after dinner one night. Having a party piece and singing songs after dinner is not unusual in the "tradition" of my life. My Dad is a bit of a dramatist and has an excellent voice which sadly I didn't inherit. Eamon has been singing the song since and so today we're going to see the whole musical at Arena stage - I love a good musical and this is one of the finest.

Take it away Jim...

Video alert: it's sideways and there are dirty pots on the table.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weeding and prepping

Eamon's busy writing a list for Christmas thanks mostly to the seasonal catalogs and TV ads that surround us now. To prepare for this I had his support for a toy weeding and some toys he hasn't played with in years are now in a donation box - two years ago he wasn't willing to part with some of them and it shows the passing of time that he is more willing now. It includes two big boxes of his Geotrax train and plane set. It's kind of sad to see this go as it gave him so many hours of joy. But there are may more years of joy left in it and some kid will be very happy to have it.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sickle-back Dragon in a glass

Occasionally I ask Eamon to name a cocktail I've created and this one time he created the name and I had to come up with the cocktail. The length of time between him coming up with the name and me creating the drink was l-o-n-g so when he'd see the cocktail shaker he'd always ask "Are you making the Sickle-back? When are you going to make the Sickle-back." The kid has not been blessed with patience.
So here is the Sickle-back created a few weeks ago when we had hot peppers in the house (purposely bought I might add) because it was dictated that the drink have a burning sensation at the end. I would post this over on Happy Hour-Madillo but I can't for the life of me remember what's in it (Vodka? Tequila? Gin?) or the proportions. There's cherries I know and some of the juice from the Midnight Moonshine used here. It was good and Eamon was impressed with the garnish I came up with. He opted for the cherry but no hot pepper in his drink I might add - and obviously no liquor either.