Sunday, February 20, 2011

Historical - Hysterical

        Every now and then I get a new perspective on an old phrase. That’s what happened last week. Jeff, our son-in-law, was driving our car north to Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia for some family R & R. Like Dick, he drives with a destination in mind while I still tend to think that the journey is part of the adventure. Therefore when I read the sign “Historical Marker Ahead” in a vain effort to imply that we could in fact stop and read about the historical activity that resulted in this location being special, I was not surprised when he sailed on by. However, his observation was a surprise: Do you suppose that Historical Marker’s a really old Sharpie? I’ll never look at Historical Markers the same way again. 

Great Wolf Lodge was a huge success - a nice family-oriented destination. Granted, it took four adults to keep tabs on one 2 1/2 year old. Alex, with his new buzz cut, loved everything - wide-open places to run, water to play in, an arcade filled with buttons and lights, and best of all this huge carved bear chair to sit on. It was a fun place for everyone, we had a great time and will go again.

Hope you have a good week!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pineapple princess

We watched the Super Bowl yesterday with our friends Todd and Joyce. Our moaning and groaning was only partially because the Steelers lost. It was mostly because we were super-stuffed. We had enough food for an army – we could have had the whole team over!
I tried a new recipe that I thought was delicious – pineapple pie. Lisa had sent me the recipe ( and I thought, why not? I love pineapple: upside down cake, on cottage cheese, in a fruit salad, one chunk after another from a fruit tray, on ice cream. I craved it when I was pregnant with Lisa but I’d never tried, much less heard of, a pineapple pie. It was so easy and so good.
I took a picture last year on our Groundhog’s day beach trip of a slice of dried pineapple on the counter in one of the bathrooms. Somebody had left it there and someone else had tried to use it as soap probably before they put their glasses on. They said it was frustrating because it didn’t suds up!

We’re enjoying a taste of spring: the snowdrops are starting to bloom and the daffodils are poking their heads up. We’ve been enjoying a few days of nice weather and are thankful that we’re not living on the east coast. Have a good week.