Flowers, burgers, and Noodles

So to close out the staycation 2 weeks ago we had a visit to the The Botanitcal Garden on Veterans Day. We saw they were in the process of setting up the Annual Train show which started this past weekend. What we didn’t know about was the Chrysanthemum displays they had in the greenhouse.

This ornamental display was outside the greenhouse.

We also finally got to visit the Rockefeller Rose Garden, and we were presently surprised to find some roses still in bloom in November.

No trip the Bronx is complete without a trip to Arther Avenue. No only do we visit the Meat Markets and Cheese shops, we also had to get pizza for lunch. Well The Hubby and The Kid had pizza I had stromboli.

Thursday found The Kid back in school after having Veterans day off, and The Hubby and I headed out to meet a friend for lunch. We were going to meet him at his Familys Wine shop then head over to Steak and Shake for burgers and milkshakes for lunch.

We arrived to town a little earlier than expected so we wandered the street and popped into a couple stores. The above item may just end up on someones Christmas list.

This is our friend Carl who we were meeting up with. He Actually DOES work when at work.

To wrap up the final day of the Staycation we slept in, had some coffee, then went for Manicures and Pedicures. They ladies who work remembered us from the last time we were there. Afterwords we headed over to a local Thai place we haven’t been to in a very long time, and both ended up ordering the Special for lunch Drunken Noodles.

OMG They were amazing! The hubby had Shrimp and I had Chicken.

The Weekend brought us back to our normal schedule, but also found The Kid at my Brothers house for a sleepover which allowed us to both attend Gayme Night (together, on the same night even!).

Last week was an uneventful week and now we we find ourselves gearing up for Thanksgiving. Bring on the Deep Fried Pickles and Turkey!


So the hubby and I both figured out back in October that we each had some vacation days to burn before the end of the year. He has the ability to carry over days from previous years (well in his business they count them as hours), I can’t carry over anything. Come January I get an additional 2 days of vacation to add to the mix.

Since we both had time we decided to just take a week off and do some stuff together, we of course will keep The Kid in school for the 4 days he has it. Oh and we also failed to mention to him that we were taking these days off.

Monday started with our normal weekday routine, we got up our normal time, showered, got him ready and on to the bus, I even went so far as to get in my car and drive around the block. After the bus pulled away we came back inside and had some coffee and watched a couple of our stories, then headed out to catch a mid morning showing of The Martian. We both enjoyed the movie very much, The Hubby had read the book, and mentioned a few things they may have left out. I enjoyed it for what it was a good movie with an interesting story and Matt Damons butt.

After the movie we grabbed lunch and headed home to wait for The Kids Social Worker to come over with a bunch of paperwork for us to sign to move forward with the Adoption. I know I haven’t said much but things kind of just happened within the last few weeks. Both of his Bio Parents consented to terminating their rights and signed all of those papers last Thursday. This was the best news we had heard since up until then Dad was still going to fight  and Trial dates were supposed to be this week. We hope to have this done by the end of the year but realize with holidays and the way the state moves it could be January.

Tuesday morning we went through the same motions of getting ready for work, and getting The Kid onto the bus, though instead of just driving around the block I went and picked us up some breakfast. I made a pot of coffee and we hunkered down on the couch for some PS3 time for The Hubby and a couple more stories. We then jumped in the car and headed out to the happiest place on earth IKEA! And as is the rule we walked out with a few things and spent the requisite $100. Since we were out and about we ran a few other errands as well that The Kid would have complained about.

The rest of the week is just as jam packed as the beginning, Wednesday we are visiting the NY Botanical Garden and Arthur Ave for lunch, Thursday is a lunch date to Shake Shack and a visit to our friends Wine Emporium, and I think Friday is a lot of nothing planned but who knows what the day could bring.

The weekend we are shipping The Kid off to my Brothers for a sleep over and The Hubby and I are heading to Gayme Night together for the first time in over a year. So even though we aren’t doing anything super exciting we are making the most of our time off.


This past weekend The Hubby, The Kid, and I got the chance to hit up a local restaurants Oktoberfest offerings. We have been to this particular restaurant quite a bit, it is also the home of a monthly social gathering, which we haven’t been to in a while. This is the 3rd set of owners since the social started 2 1/2 years ago.

I was excited when I saw they were offering the special menu for Oktoberfest for the entire month of October, not just a week or 2.

  I had the Cider, Hubby had a Octoberfest Beer, and The Kid had a Shirley Temple

Naturally a Pretzel Appetizer is a must

  Here is my Best of the Wurst.
I missed getting a pic of The Hubbies Schnitzel Ala Holstein but as you can see his was just as horrible as mine was.

The Kid had some of the pretzel and then Chicken Fingers and fries. What can I do, he is still hesitant to try any new foods, but we managed to get him to the spaetzle which he liked.

Happy Gotcha Day!

familyToday marks the 1 year anniversary of #DanburyJr moving in with us. It’s hard to believe it has been that long (though some days it’s seems longer).

There have been many ups and downs and mood swings and craziness that has ensued over the last year. I won’t bore you with the mundane stuff like therapist visits and Bio Family stuff (though the book I could write about that shit), but there were many firsts for all of us.

The Hubby and I dealt with the first lost tooth, our first winter cold, our first fire drill of closed or delayed school openings, our first Christmas through the eyes of our own child.

Junior had his first Deep fried turkey, Christmas that was purely about him, New Years Eve party with all of our friends excited to meet him, his first Taco, his first Foster Greyhounds, along with his first Drum Corps weekend in  Lake George, Wine Tour weekend with the dogs, and his first Cruise, just to name a few things.

So now we move onward, things in the legal aspect haven’t really moved much but based on some new meetings this past week we are heading in the right direction finally.

The photo above is the best I can do right now for him on social media. This was taken on the cruise as we were getting ready to set sail.

To celebrate his Gotcha Day we are planning a dinner out and I think I will now have to make a cake. He’s a fickle one which is sometimes difficult to deal with, but we are helping to expand his horizons little by little.

If I had a million dollars

I wouldn’t be as worried about this as I am. What a great start to a Tuesday. 

Everyone is fine physically. Thanks go out to a couple coworkers who stopped on their way into the office and even left me their car to get to the office with. 

Sigh. Oh Bother. 


Sailing…takes me away

Just 7 days longer and away we go……Goodbye New England, Hello Bermuda!Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 8.37.58 PM

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 8.37.18 PMNext Sunday we toss the bags in the trunk, The Kiddo in the backseat, and we head or NJ for our fabulous Celebrity cruise. I won’t have  a connection but will post some pictures and updates once we are back. The best part is the day after we come back is the first day of school!


Grapehounds 2015

Last week we ventured out for the annual Grapehounds Wine Tour. We packed up the Doggies, The Kid and all of our stuff (in the new Cargo box attached to the back of the car) and set out for Fun and Frivolity. As you can see, The Kid wanted to get in on the selfie action.

Our first stop of our travel Thursday was Las Chicas Taqueria in Owego, NY, a staple in the food consumption of a winery weekend.The Hubby had a burrito, I had the Enchiladas and The Kiddo had a Taco and Chips. I know I say this every time but the food here really is fabulous.

We arrived at the hotel around mid afternoon and checked in, we picked a new Motel this year based on some things we had heard from others. It was slightly cheaper than the place we usually stay and just a tad closer to town. Overall it was a good place, lots of space for The Kid to play in with a Basketball court and open fields. We had 2 queen beds and a sofa but still plenty of room for the puppies so that we weren’t all on top of each other. The bonus was the balcony we had, though really only big enough for 2 chairs for The Hubby and I it was a welcome addition to the room.

Thursday night in addition to the Welcome reception (and check in for the weekend) we met up with our friends in the area (more on them later) for a concert at one of the Wineries on the West Shore. Fox Run Vineyards was hosting a Garlic Festival over the weekend which included a kick off concert with a band from Vancouver called The Town Pants. The above picture is Duane who is one of the founders of this Celtic Roots Musical group. Along with guitar the band includes Drums, Banjo, standing Bass, and Fiddle. This is not normally our type of music but I must say they are a very good group and we thoroughly enjoyed the concert.


How can you not love it

Friday found us on the East Side of Seneca Lake, as we are wont to do we started at the furthest stop which happened to be a Brewery/Distillery and worked our way south back to the Motel which was on the West Side of the lake. In all we stopped at 6 wineries in addition to the Brewery and grabbed lunch at this roadside place called Big Johnson’s. Now say what you will about these local yokel places on the side of the road, but the Burger I had was damn good. We were a few tattoos and some leather short of actually fitting in there, but it was lunch time and we sat outside. The service was what we expected and the people extremely accommodating to let us have the dogs with us near the table.

7 Wineries you say, yes 7 in one day! There are so many wineries on each side of the lake and most are practically next door to each other or maybe a 1/4 of a mile down the road it’s easy to hit that many or more. We could have probably visited 1 or 2 more but the ones we stopped at were most of our favorites in the area so we tend to linger and chit chat not just taste and run.

Our friend Amanda works at Atwater Winery, which is celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year, and she created these limited edition labels for 4 of their wines. My 2 Favorites are the ones in the middle, the white Running and the Blue Standing. The Blue bottle also happens to be Celcius their Ice Wine option. I won’t even get into how many bottles I came home with.
Here’s Duncan! It’s unusual he sits still long enough to let me snap a picture of him. Mabel felt the need to walk away so all we get to see of her is her tail.

Friday night we met up with our favorite Pickle Hollow resident Toppie Smellie from The Smellcast Podcast. He is always so gracious in meeting us when we are in town. We had a lovely dinner at Falls Restaurant and Tavern (or The Rustic Lodge as we call it), then we all walked across the street for dessert at Not Your Daddy’s Ice Cream.

Saturday our schedule was dictated by 2 very different items, the first was out of our control the 2nd was scheduled. This weekend along with Grapehounds invading the lake, The Watkins Glen Italian Festival was taking place. The last few years these were scheduled on different weekends but worlds collided again this year. We needed to be on whichever side of the lake we were going to be on before 11. See there is only 1 road that can get you through Downtown Watkins and that road was to be closed from 12-3 for the Parade. Since we felt the wrath of Parade traffic a few years ago we knew we wanted to be nowhere near it so we opted for the West Shore Wineries that day.

We started the day off with breakfast at the Penn Yan Diner with one of The Hubbies former Navy Shipmates and his son who live in the area we were visiting. Tiny does not begin to describe this place. If i recall correctly  there was seating for 20 not including the lunch counter space which was maybe an additional 8. Not surprisingly there was a crowd waiting for tables. There were pancakes and eggs and french toast all around the table, I opted for what is called The Uncle Terry, a biscuit sliced in half smothered in sausage gravy, topped with Eggs (I had mine scrambled but should have gone with over easy), served with a side of hashbrowns. Everyone was super jealous of my amazing breakfast.

One of the draws to the weekend is the Host Winery where all of the greyhound vendors set up shop to hawk their wares. We stopped by on our way to the northern most participating location so The Hubby could pick up some stickers for the Car and Cargo box. I found a cute windsock which I purchased and then off we went to Winery hop. Again we hit 6 wineries and a brewery called Climbing Bines which has Hops growing on their property instead of grapes. The stops on Saturdays winery listed also included one of our favorites Lakewood Vineyards where Tracy works, he also happens to be the husband of Amanda from Atwater (it’s so incestuous up there with the wineries). Saturday ended with dinner, wine, good conversation, and S’mores made over a good old fashioned camp fire built by the hubby at Tracy and Amanda’s house.

Since we were on the West Side of the lake that meant we could have lunch at the FLX Wienery. The best food in a 10 mile radius (and I don’t just say that because there is no other food within 10 miles). The Hubby had 2 corn dogs, a Zweigles White Hot and a Shirk’s Smoked Dog. The Kiddo had a basic hamburger with nothing on it because ya know he’s 8. I had the The Kraut, a Bratwurst with Brown Mustar, Kraut, Herbs, and Fried Onions, plus we all shared a Lake Salt Fries. Yes we ate every last drop of that food.

Duncan and Mabel enjoyed their trip but were very tired at the end of each day.


I really do not get tired of this view.

Sunday we wrapped up the tour with a few more winery visits. We did 2 up at the northern end of the lake grabbed some lunch at Fingerlicks then headed on down to 3 of the East shore wineries we missed on Friday. Overall it was a slower paced day that ended with Dinner at The Seneca Lodge (talk about Rustic) and then another night of Ice Cream. Then it was back to the motel to get a good nights sleep for the ride home the next day.

I will leave you with this shot of Hector Falls. We pass by here on the East side of the Lake. We had to stop and get a couple pics on our way back to the motel on Sunday afternoon. The best part is we can see these falls from the motel room balcony, barely make them out with the naked eye but with the good camera I was able to take some nice pictures.

~Until Next Year!