Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fun in February 2009

23 February 2009 - It was a stellar day on Lake Murray. The sun was shining ever so brilliantly at 11:36 AM prompting THE PHONE CALL from Ron with a bona fide and serious marriage proposal. Smooch Smooch said she would only only say yes to a SERIOUS proposal... a down on his knees kind. We both agreed it was indeed a beautiful day to enjoy champagne at sunset on the dock and celebrate the occasion with a commitment to marry - followed by dinner at the Bonefish Grill where Ron indeed got down on his knees and proposed. It was indeed the perfect day.

14 & 15 February 2009 -

Last night's Valentine's party was a tremendous success in every way but specially that a mighty big secret was kept: Smooch Smooch was delightfully surprised with the gift of Sweet Adelines "Heart Chords" serenade.

Smooch smooch loves her roses, too: a dozen red and a dozen white roses (Apparently good for mucho many romantic points).

The masterpiece menu was "pure Mary" (divine, delicious, to-die-for). Mary catered and created a magnificent meal complete with a Valentine's cake with our photos atop. The chicken wings, chicken fajitas, rice, veggies, potato salad, ice cream pie, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, nut clusters in hearts and outstanding hors d'ouevres were all "legal" for our diets. Thanks Mary!

Who would not enjoy a stellar evening with Tom & Cheryl, Roger & his girlfriend, Vince & Mary, Liz & Clark, Donna & Greg and the lovely Sweet Adelines & their spouses?

Monday, February 9, 2009

February - Life at the Lake Part II

13 Feb.- We have been enjoying watching the duckies. Smooch smooch is learning the species of ducks: common duckey, Common Loons, uncommon ducky aka Koots, old koot (that would be me), Wood Ducks, and two honking big & gorgeous white Peking Ducks. They feed in the shallows close to the house and really go after sunflower seeds ... with a small investment in sunflower seeds we could be eating duck next week. Tomorrow is the Valentine's Day party, so we are madly cleaning house before the housekeepers arrive at noon today.

12 Feb - Party preparations: We mortgaged the firstborn to buy wine. I do hope little Carol Ann will forgive me, especially if our firstborn turns out to be male. Dinner at Bonefish Grill was again wonderful.

10 Feb. - Life at the Lake is mighty pleasant. Good news today in the form of a phone call from Walt, an MIT motorcycling buddy who is lucky to have survived a twenty-foot fall onto a rocky river bed from a bridge in Copper Canyon, Mexico three weeks ago. Perhaps even more surprising is that he survived the Mexican "ambulance" ride & medical treatment. His wife was quick to arrange (by telephone) his release to the Cleveland Clinic MedEVac jet to return him to Cleveland. AttaGirl ! After a week at the Clinic, he is now convalescing at home in a straight jacket. The other riders have learned that they need TWO doctors on all trips henceforth.

Proofing of the Rambo Family Tree continues to progress: volume four is proofed, now proofing page 170 in volume five. Galley proofs of volume two await review, no excuse for not yet submitting of volume three to the publisher. "Soon" and "very soon" all five volumes will be in print.

1 Feb 2009 - How did February get here already ???