Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Old Memories

My sister is visiting our hometown, working on my parents' home. She came across one of my old stuffed animals, Winnie the Pooh, so she texted to see if I want to keep it or give it away. It was a quick decision to keep the bear.

What's your favorite A. A. Milne book/character?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Restaurant Review: Venable Rotisserie Bistro

One of my goals for this year is to visit at least one new-to-me restaurant each month. On April 1, Easter Sunday, we visited Venable Rotisserie Bistro for brunch. Venable is located in Carr Mill Mall, at 200 N. Greensboro Street in Carrboro. I made reservations on OpenTable, and we were seated promptly.

Even though I'm nuts about breakfast food, I was in the mood for vegetables, so I ordered the Cobb Salad, plus a side of cheese grits for my breakfast good fix. The salad was well portioned with goodies to mix together, including bacon, egg, grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and blue cheese. It's just what I was craving! G. ordered the English Breakfast, and was able to get fruit in place of the baked beans. He enjoyed his breakfast.

We finished our meal with a pot of French press, just right!

I'm glad we made Venable our Easter Brunch restaurant this year. I'd love to return for another meal sometime.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Snow

Springtime Snow Behind Our Apartment
Yesterday was the first FULL day of spring, and we had SNOW yesterday morning! Big, fluffy flakes stuck to the grass and trees in my area, but didn't cause a problem for me getting to work. I've come to love snow (especially when I can stay safe and the power's on!), so I enjoyed yesterday's snow fling.

It's a clear day today, but still a little chilly.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

In Case I Ever Visit Italy...

 I would love to visit Italy one day, and BlogThings tells me I am the history! Ha! That makes sense, since I was a history major in college.

"You Are the History"

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

10 On Tuesday: Things I've Learned Since My Dad Passed Away

So, this post may be grim, but it's part of life. I've learned many  things about life and death since Dad died. Here are ten of them:

1. Grief isn't linear. Some days are better, and some days are harder than others.

2. Dad's favorite flower was the pink azalea. My sister knew that, but I didn't.

3. Losing a parent is different in so many ways from losing a grandparent or more distant relative.

4. Even though Dad was sick when he died, I do not feel like he's "in a better place" now. I miss him, and I wish he were still here.

5. Having a sibling helps when planning things related to his death, but we don't always agree. That can be hard at times.

6. Reading books Dad would've enjoyed helps sometimes, but other times they make me sadder. It's part of the grieving process.

7. It helps to hear others' memories of Dad, especially the funny ones.

8. It's hard to explain this grief to someone who hasn't lost a parent.

9. Paper notes and cards received in the mail have been surprisingly meaningful and appreciated. It's inspired me to order some cards to send via mail on my own.

10. My relationship with food is a strange one during the grieving period, especially since I'd like to lose weight. Sometimes I don't feel like eating, sometimes I'm all into the comfort food.