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Monday, October 15, 2007


In the general business of life lately, the Spice and I have had very little chance to just chat, get out of the routine and be together. We were finally able to carve out some time to have a ”date night”, or more specifically, a date afternoon. We sought out a nice restaurant with excellent service and a subtle, yet graceful ambiance for our late lunch or early supper – one could call it lupper.

The place could have even been considered romantic even though it was a cafeteria, they handed us our food quickly and we carried our own trays – excellent service. It was in between their busy mealtimes so part of the ambiance was that we could sit anywhere we wanted and the other part was that it was quiet because only about a half dozen diners were in the whole place. During and after the meal we caught each other up on all the things and people on which we needed to be current and even brushed up on hopes and dreams a bit.

We then went to a matinee movie that we had been wanting to see. The movie was “Ratatouille”, it was an animated one but the romance was evident because it was set in Paris, France. This was an expensive interlude – not the price of the movie (99 cents each) – but the coke and tub of popcorn was 10 bucks. We both enjoyed it even though it showed rats in the kitchen – talking ones.

The next portion of the evening wasn’t exactly romantic since we went by the funeral home for the visitation and viewing of a friend that had passed away but we try to get as much as we can out of our time together. From there we came back by YD’s to return some of GM3’s highly prized toys that had been left by GM4 the day before when we were sitting with them.

I’m not sure why babysitting is called that since there is very little sitting and so much chasing around the house. Maybe what we do is ‘youngster keeping from’, since we have to keep them from hurting themselves, each other and hurting our nerves by the shattering process. Though this latter goal is difficult to attain and/or maintain, the young ones are a joy and an amazement to have around as they joy in and learn about the world around them.

A new day came into being and like the last two, my movements were kept to a minimum due to the surgery. The problem area was not the main surgery site but the spot of the “harvested” skin, since certain movements causes friction and an amount of discomfort. Nonetheless I was able to push through that and start back walking and had my best time for 2.4 miles – 35 minutes and 20 seconds.

Because of the great walk I declared a reward for myself – this involved a mashed banana and frozen blueberries, topped with Edy’s slow churned, rich and creamy ice cream in their Vanilla Bean flavor – with real bean specks – and that in turn was topped with several dollops of strawberry jam. Each spoonful danced across my taste buds in a crescendo of delectableness – and as it died down, the contents of the next spoon would start the symphony all over again. All too soon this very healthy dessert was gone and the symphony faded into happy memories.

I delight in many things, this kind of dessert, in my family, in God’s creations but most of all in a loving Heavenly Father that loves me and is working all things out for my good – His Word says so. ec


Blogger ancient one said...

HIS WORD certainly does say that!! I'm glad you and Spice got some fun, quality time together.

10/15/2007 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I'm in shock. Our "bargain" matinees here are $6. However, we have one of the country's few remaining drive-ins. Pack the car full and go.

10/15/2007 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Delightful!! I love it!!!
Betty G

10/16/2007 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - It doesn't take much for us, we take the fun where and when we can find it.

granny - This was at the local "cheapie" movie that only shows older releases. There was a drive-in movie in Tenn. where my older daughter used to live. I remember those very well. :)

itsboopchile - Thanks! I have a delightful wife and serve a delightful God. ec

10/16/2007 09:44:00 PM  

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