Baseball back here, please

My terrific daughter and George Three combined my love of a great shirt and a certain baseball squad with a fine Christmas gift this year. So when I pull on this long-sleeved beauty, I’m warm with thoughts that maybe come spring, 2021 can bring the return of our Syracuse Mets. Missing the 2020 season for…

The pineapple salsa sure tasted great

Elisabeth and George have actually eaten at Joe’s Jerky Corner Market. Not with Karen and I, though. They know enough about my tastes to gift me with appropriate exotic foods. The third jar was a pineapple salsa that my dear wife has already used in the crock pot for the second go-round with our big…

Advent beers, finale

I finished my gift of Advent beers from Elisabeth and George Three with these brews. What a 24 mornings of unwrapping and evenings of tasting it was. My very favorite, you ask? It was the Apricot Wheat from the First Five! Great job Ithaca Beer Co. I’d never tasted that particular beer recipe before. In…

Ava almost saluted back

Our gifts for Elisabeth and George Three many times reflect what we’ve happily experienced during our time together at the every-other-year family reunion. No, their Ava did not get to go two summers ago when we landed on South Padre Island in Texas and did get to spy several of the Segura cactus we liked…

Advent beers, Part IV

I knew I was getting toward the end of my basket ‘o beers from Elisabeth when a mere four remained on the left side of the basket. And there were 24 when I began on Dec. 1. My how one a day went by quickly when I was having so much fun.

Advent Beers, Part III

Here’s the third batch of the beers I enjoyed one per night from my terrific daughter Elisabeth and George’s Advent Christmas present. Happy New Year’s Event. I hope everybody is staying safe and well as we ring in the end of this 2020 and prepare to welcome in 2021.

Add a little heat and it does smell like the season

My terrific daughter Elisabeth sent a text shortly before my dear wife Karen’s birthday asking what she might like for her birthday. Fall-scented candles, I discovered. Yet that didn’t satisfy the present-hunting itch for my daughter. Later came a question about a device that melted wax. No, I had not heard of it. She texted…

A road worth taking

So sometime in December I got a text from my dear wife Karen asking me which Bruce Springsteen song was my favorite. Thought so, she answered to my reply. At home, she told me she’d been talking about the Boss with co-workers. Cool. Then I opened holiday presents and unrolled this poster. She spotted it…