Long Time No Write

As blogging friend Nancy points out, I guess I haven't written in a little bit.  This is because things have been happening too fast.  Not all bad, not all good, but lots of stuff that keeps me busy and off the computer.

For one thing, a very old friend came across the country to visit, and that took up several days.  We drove down the River Road, we went to the Science Museum to see the King Tut exhibit, we caught up on a year's worth of news and many decades of reminiscences.  And we ate and we ate and we ate.  Some restaurants were disappointing - my friend is a Foodie, and was hugely looking forward to eating to the nationally renowned Piccolo, whose food turned out to be largely bland and uninteresting.

On the other hand, we had the




We went to La Belle Vie in Minneapolis and indulged in the 8-course Chef's Tasting Menu (plus the Amuse Bouche beforehand and the Petit Fours afterwards), and the guys added to that the matching wine flights (I tasted each wine but did not indulge).  Each plate was a treasure unto itself, the company was more than convivial, and a great time was had by all.

On either side of the visit was your usual family activities, and then an unfortunate necessity - we had to put our poor old kitty down.  Her body had been breaking down for quite a while, but the degeneration had accelerated over the last couple months, and was achieving critical mass by last week.  She was a charming, beautiful, quirky, curmudgeonly personality who added much to our enjoyment of the past 16 years.  She will be greatly missed.

She is also a very good argument for adopting adult animals from your local animal shelter.  If you don't have a need for a pet, please go to your local animal shelter and make a donation.  Even small amounts will keep a number of animals alive long enough to find loving homes.


Delighted Hands said...

Too busy living is the best too busy!

The Violet Hoarder said...

What a fabulous feast! Good for you. I've never been but you've got me salivating...So glad to see you back here--I missed you!

Nancy K. said...

OOOOOOOOO! I want to go eat there!

I admire how you always take the time to think of others like you do with your suggestions about the humane society. You are truly a good woman.

mrspao said...

What a fabulous sounding place :)

I'm so sorry about your lovely puss. It is a great idea to give a donation to the local humane society.

krex said...

I'm so glad to here that you are getting out and enjoying life. Sorry to here about the kitty but I know I waited to long to make the decision with my old kitty and am still feeling guilty about my cowardice and letting her suffering go on for so long . My past 3 kitties have my human society and they have all been great fuzzy pals . Sometimes they have discounts on adult kitties and they are all neutered and prechipped , which saves a lot of hassle and expense in the long run .