The Amsdens spoke in church today. They are a couple who live on Route 21 just south of town. Greg and Dee Amsden have been good friends since moving here.
Elizabethe’s stomach started hurting again today. She goes to the doctor this week for a follow-up. She also meets with a surgeon about getting her gallbladder removed.
We both came home from church and took naps. She’s beat from the pain, and I’m beat from dealing with renter issues all week. When it rains, it pours.
I was going to make pork chops for dinner, but the sisters called and cancelled. We rescheduled for tomorrow. I’ll save the chops and make myself some ramen with vegetables and chicken chunks.
We decided to watch the Great Escape. I then left for a meeting, but when I returned, we watched Chicken Run. (Funny watching them back-to-back.)
The Great Escape kept Elizabethe captivated. This is her first time watching it. She commented about how good it is. Hey, with a cast like that, it has to be. It is sad that 50 of those men were murdered by the Germans.
Chicken Run, on the other hand has a happier ending. The references to the Great Escape are many, but that’s what makes Chicken Run funny (that, and the Star Trek references.)
We had a birthday luncheon for Becky at Longhorn Steakhouse. We got for our favorite waitress, Stephanie. Both Elizabethe and Becky got Elizabethe’s favorite – Parmesan Crusted Chicken.
My favorite is beef. Ordering steak is what I do at a steakhouse… no chicken here. Nothing is better than the taste of beef in my opinion.
First Monday Event
Today is the First Monday of August. This means it is the First Monday Event. Meeting at Corbett’s Glen, we took pictures of running water. (That was our theme for this month.)
The above is a merged 2 photo image. Because of the high contrast, I had to take one photo for the sunlight hitting the water, and another photo for the dark shadows under the tree. As a result, the image is very detailed in both areas.
Paul and I posed for a selfie (remote in my hand). Paul is going on the Route 66 road trip with me in exactly 4 weeks. Between shots we talked about Route 66 stuff.
These two girls walking through the stream said we could take their photo as long as their face wasn’t showing. No face means no release needed.
Mowing the Lawn in Two Parts
I began mowing the lawn as soon as I got home. We took a break to take Becky to her birthday luncheon, and when we returned, I started mowing again. Breaking it in two sessions is not as bad as I thought. The break meant I wasn’t as exhausted when I finished.
We ate lunch at Carey Lake because we had a gift certificate. I ordered a half-rack of ribs and they did a great job on the ribs. The rest of my order was lackluster. Elizabethe ordered chicken with penne in a cream sauce. She liked hers with the exception that the chicken was a bit rubbery.
We went to the fabric stores after lunch. I purchased 1/3rd of a yard of several fabrics for use with the doll images. It is much cheaper to dress a 1/6th scale doll than a size 6 model.
Speaking of dolls, I received a new head today. I wanted something with wavy hair for reference purposes. This picture is using a strip of fabric I bought today.
The next step requires the male doll. I’ve ordered it, and I’m waiting for it.
Thinking about the dilemma I face posting the dolls, I decided to order some support pieces. I ordered two stands. One can go underneath the female doll’s dress to support it. The other clamps around the waste and would need to be disguised.
I attempted to pose the doll outdoors. The problem is I would need to be on my belly most of the time. I think I’m going to avoid that by doing two shots: One indoors with just the dolls, and the other outdoors for a background.
Elizabethe and I attended the Canal Connection dinner tonight. The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner at the Blue Heron in Walworth/Macedon. (I’ve seen it’s address listed as both.)
Prior to going to the dinner Elizabethe spend the day working on here puzzle book. I spent the day catching up on office work and getting ready for the dinner. (I volunteered my keyboard so Sister Barrett could play Christmas music on it.)
The venue, the Blue Heron, is a very nice place. We had the entire place to ourselves. It is clean and welcoming.
They had a place where I set up my keyboard and the sisters immediately commenced playing Christmas music. Sister Crofts on her viola, and Sister Barrett on the piano created a wonderful atmosphere for the event.
The dinner was very good. Broiled chicken, a pasta station and all the usual side dishes were expertly prepared. I was good and didn’t over indulge.
Chris Oaks, a local high school teacher addressed the group. After him, Steve Synesael, the marketing director at a Rochester TV station spoke. Both gave talks about giving back to the community.
In conclusion, it was a nice evening spent with nice people in a nice setting.
I really like lemon olive oil. Wegman’s has a lemon infused olive oil that when mixed with plain yogurt makes a great salad dressing. It is also good with garbanzo beans (mixed with chopped onions and cilantro). It complements my chicken curry too.
I made my coconut chicken curry along with some a garbanzo bean salad and a cucumber salad. I’ve got the coconut chicken curry recipe down to a science now.
The temperatures are cooling down. A couple of days ago, we needed the air conditioning, now it is feeling like we need a heater. I’m glad to see cooler temperatures.
If we could get some rain now.
Next weekend is General Conference weekend. It seems like it was just April. Time flies. Conference is always a treat. Ten hours of instruction and inspiration is motivating and uplifting.
They passed a list for the chili dinner and only two of us signed up. I hope that isn’t an indication of attendance. I plan to make a pot of chili for the dinner.
It is time to start thinking about questions. I always try to come up with at least 3 questions for conference. A benefit of doing this is you pay attention more when you’re listening for an answer.
Things are cooling down. Today’s high was in the 70s. The breeze felt nice, and it is a beautiful Sunday day.
I grilled chicken for dinner. Marinated in Italian salad dressing, I cooked eight leg and thigh quarters. Our dinner with the sister missionaries was nice.
Our lessing in Sunday School is based on the first part of the Book of Helaman. Someone commented about Gadianton getting his start there. Actually, Ether writes about secret combinations in his time. It all started with Cain. It’s nothing new.
This is good timing because Elder Cook talked to the young adults tonight about “fear not”. We have Gadianton Robbers in our midsts today. Just watch the news about politics. If you think secret combinations are the machinations of a frenzied mind, read the Book of Mormon. Then, look what is happening in politics.
Sunday School’s lesson also matched what Elizabethe and I are reading in the Book of Mormon in Ether.
Now we have a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe it, go and watch the news.
We can get direction all along our way,
If we heed the prophets-follow what they say.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.
— Duane E. Hiatt, b. 1937. (c) 1989
It seems like mega rain. It is raining like it should in this area. I hope it rains all day.
I placed towels on the kitchen floor (under the leak) before leaving for church. These water leaks drive me nuts.
It was just Natalie and boys with us at church today. All the others have left. Brad sure likes nusery in our ward. It’s the one thing he does without getting anxious about not being with Natalie.
BBQ and Rain
Because of the rain I decided not to grill the chicken on the BBQ grill. I am cooking it in the oven. It is cool enough we can use the oven now.
I simply cooked it in some of my homemade BBQ sauce. Elizabethe made mashed potatoes, and we cooked some broccoli too.
For dessert I whipped up some whipped cream, sliced some strawberries, and put them on a plate with three chocolate truffles. (Real Deals had them for $1 a box. They are Lindt chocolate so you know they are good.)
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Natalie and boys are leaving on a jet plane tomorrow. I’m going to miss them. It’s been a very fun month having them around.
I did it. I snuck Here Comes the Sun in to the prelude music this morning. President Clark noticed, looked my way and gave a grin. When he made his comments, he mentioned that with a new bishopric it’s “going to be alright.” He then mentioned if people were paying attention that I worked Here Comes the Sun in to the prelude music and noted that the song ends with, “It’s going to be alright.” What he failed to mention is that he put me up to it.
John Francis was called as our new bishop. He was my guess from the start. His new counselors are Greg Wright and Dan Wildey. I don’t think it comes to a surprise to anyone that John Francis is our new bishop. He’s a great man.
After Sacrament Meeting, President Clark came up and gave me a hug and said, “You’re my favorite organist.”
Side note: President Clark will be released the first Sunday of June.
I prepared a chicken and pasta dish for dinner. One of the sisters commented, “I should have stuck with pasta.” It sounds like they are taking guesses as to what I will fix for dinner.
For dessert I made a fruit and cheese plate. I figured they probably haven’t had camembert cheese, and I know they haven’t had my balsamic cherries. That’s something I created from our botched maraschino cherries.
It is so hard to believe it is May already. Time is just flying by too quickly. The difficult part about it is, it seems the days are shorter too. Perhaps it is because we slow down as we grow older, but I find myself wonder who I used to get so much done in a day. Nowadays I find myself wondering how I can get things done. Period.
Today, another turns 30. Yes, another one of my children has turned 30. It’s making me feel old. I’ll get over it.
We joked back and forth about how she has now passed me up. (I’m 29, I told her, but she wasn’t buying it.) In reality, the last few months she has been 1/2 my age, but not any more.
Happy Birthday Amber!
We had quite a crowd at church today. The Young Single Adults in the area are having their conference this weekend, so many of them were attending our Sacrament Meeting this morning.
After church I made a chicken dish for the missionaries. It’s quite easy and tasty. Here’s the recipe…
1 boneless chicken thigh per person, pounded thin, coated with buttermilk or plain yogurt, and then coated with flour seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, marjoram, paprika, oregano, and then pan-fried in oil.
Cover the fried chicken with a scoop of hot marinara sauce, top with a slice of provolone cheese and garnish with slices of cooked, sweet, Italian sausage.
I guess you could have pasta with it, but I served it with salt potatoes (a regional classic around here.)
After dinner, I took a few pictures of the missionaries with Elizabethe in the garden. These will be submitted to create.lds.org.
Our next stop was Rochester for a fireside with Dan Rona. Dan is from the Tribe of Judah (i.e. a Jew) and he is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve known about Dan for decades. It was nice to finally meet him and hear him speak, especially after having been to Israel.
While I was hoping for more pictures and discussion about places and events, I was pleased with his details about Jewish customs. I love how he put the following (and I’m summarizing)…
Jews believe the priesthood has been lost and needs to be restored (they are waiting for a Messiah ben Joseph)
Catholics believe the priesthood was never lost (i.e. the keys were passed to Simon when Christ announced he was Peter (the rock) and upon him the church would be established)
Mormons believe it was lost and has been restored (the keys were lost after the apostles of old were killed, and then restored by Peter, James and John to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery)
Protestants don’t believe it is needed (many say they receive authority from the Bible)
While I’ve often looked at the difference between the Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, I’ve never included the Jews in that list… until tonight.
Dear KFC, you really need to work with your store at 1210 University in Rochester. There was once a day when a KFC franchise was well operated, clean and efficient. You cannot attribute any of those attributes to the store at 1210 University. I tried contacting your company on your web site’s contact page, but I think it fell in to the proverbial bit-bucket. There was coleslaw stuck to the seat (it appeared to haven wiped with a very dirty rag and then the slaw dried to the seat.) The drink area wasn’t very clean or tidy, and the staff seemed to have a dazed look on their face when I asked if they were ready to take my order.
That store is doomed unless they get someone in there to snap it back in to shape.
After my Rochester networking meeting, I headed to the Wayne County Fair. I started to drive my car and thought, “What in the world are you doing Brent?”
I turned around, put my car in the garage, and walked all the way to the fair grounds with camera bag in tow. Yup, the entire length of my driveway, about 200′ to Gates Street, and the entire length of Gates Street. I think I would have walked further had I drove and parked in the parking lot.
Yes, folks. The county fair can only be about 2/10ths of a mile from my house.
Once there I greeted people from the MPWCC Booth. I had a few people stop and talk and ask questions about the chamber. Most of the people were with small children and there wasn’t much we had to offer for little kids.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a booth in the next building. I discovered it after I completed my shift in the MPWCC booth. In that booth I saw Sisters Olson and Curtis. They had all sorts of things displayed about what members of the church do. I wish they would have had a few Primary children singing Primary songs. I think that would have drawn the crowds.
After the fair it was off to my GRPP meeting. Our guest speaker talked about getting organized. Most of what she talked about was general office organization skills. However, she triggered something in my brain regarding a product that doesn’t exists — anywhere.