Friday, June 3, 2011


Opal has a new home, which is a delight and a relief all at the same time.  Her new family is absolutely in love with her, as you can probably tell - and we are thrilled that she is very well loved and cared for, as she deserved.

Mr. Bryant's brother, sister-in-law, and niece came in from New Mexico to visit a little over Memorial Day weekend.  They spend most of their visit up with Mr. Bryant's father, which was great fun for everyone, with outings to the mountains and out to restaurants for dinner.  When they got to our house we visited and had some lovely Meyer Lemon cocktails.  They were absolutely amazing, and we used the rosemary that grows right outside of Rosie's Gate.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice, chilled (about 8 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup chilled vodka
  • 2 cups chilled prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH for 2 1/2 minutes; stir until sugar dissolves. Let stand 10 minutes; discard rosemary. Chill.
  2. Combine sugar mixture, juice, vodka, and prosecco, stirring gently. Serve immediately.
Later we walked up the street to Krazy Fish for dinner.  We ate fabulous seafood (bourbon salmon) and tempura veggies and amazing tacos.  talked books and current events, relationships and family, life and environment, government and philosophy.  It was really fun to catch up and remind ourselves how much we like to be around each other. 

The Bryant's went home the next morning early, filled up with fresh ground coffee and surrounded with lots of hugs.  I struggled back to work while Mr. Bryant took the day to rest and recover.  He had gone to his father's on Saturday and cut grass for hours and hours, up and down hills in the dreadful (97 degree!) heat and humidity.  He needed his day of rest, for sure.

Even though this was a short work week for both of us, we have felt the challenges of every day.  We need more rest from our rest, it seems.

Tonight we are having Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata, and if it is wonderful you will be sure to see the recipe here soon.


Kay Dennison said...

Sounds like life is good!

Jill said...

Sounds wonderful!!

Scatter said...

I'm so glad little Opal found a forever home. So nice of you to rescue her.
The drink looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love Myer lemons, and sometimes I wish I could drink hard liquor. These days I don't drink at all owing to many factors not the least of which is meds. Opal looks very content. What could be sweeter than a content kitty?

Mage said...

No liquor here, but I have a freezer full of Meyer Lemon juice cubes. :) I bet with a little work, I can create a compromise.

What a lovely time was had by all but Mr. Bryant in the sun.


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