Monday, October 16, 2017

Just a nibble...

Need a little nibble for the afternoon.

Kroger has added outposts of New York's Murray's Cheese Shop to many of their stores.  Not only do they have informed cheesemongers and conduct active sampling, they have little milk cratey 
bins for bits of cheese that are less than $5.

This is a great way to try an unknown variety and a great way to have a snazzy snack.  Today, for example, I grabbed a little roll (treated it like a mini baguette) for 50 cents and a wedge of a sassy goat 
gouda and a small chunk of Jarlsberg.  

All told, this delicious little cheap treat came in under $6.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

An affordable way to start the day...








I've decided that as I trudge through these challenging times I'll share some little tips or treats that lift my spirit without reaching too far into my pocket (though that could also lift my spirits - if you will). 

Today's treat is a fun morning sip.

Iced Mocha. Big deal, right? Well - here's what I discovered. Steep 18 aseptic box of cold brew Arabica coffee for 99 cents (from the 99 Cent Plus store). Add a bit of milk of choice - mine is 2% from Aldi - and a squirt of Nesquik syrup - also from the 99 Cent Plus store - to a cocktail shaker. Shake it vigorously. Pour the nicely foamed chocolatey milk over the iced cold brew for a neat start to the morning. Cheers!

No - it's not Intelligentsia and Mast Brothers - but - it's tasty and starts the day off right.


Stay tuned for more spirit lifting and taste bud pleasing ideas to come…

Sunday, September 24, 2017

I'm Back!!!

Able to log in and ready to write again!  
How exciting!

Stay tuned.

Cheers,
Michael

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Service with a shrug© The tale of the cranky card shop curmudgeon

Well…

I didn't set out to snap at anyone.  I popped into a local card emporium. Seeking a vintage PS post card for a friend. When I asked… well - that's when it all went to hell.  "WE'RE NOT A SOUVENIR SHOP!" was the answer I got kind of barked at me.

I, regrettably, snapped back "I know you're not a souvenir shop. I just thought that you might have postcards since you carry so many greeting cards and stationery items." I was told, TOLD, to go across the street to a PS novelty shop for postcards, which I proceeded to do with haste.

Here's the problem…  Your shop is named Greetings. It's a card shop. A greeting card shop. 1000s of fun and serious and inane and elegant cards and all kinds of (as Mom would say) shittery. Telling me that you get asked for postcards 100s of times each day does not excuse your snappy response and unpleasant expression.

A card shop that's asked 100s of times per day if they have postcards - may just want to add a few postcards to the collection of chandeliers, Big Penis books, fart-in-a-jar, menopause kits, clocks, CDs, mints, etc…  OR - at least exhibit the polite tone and demeanor of a shop keep. Not someone exasperated and put upon by a simple question regardless of how many times you it has to be answered.

Most importantly. I am a local. I live here 12 months - not just season. Season is over. Think.

Or - I'll just remember to skip this shop and bring ALL my business to JustFabulous down the street - where the folks are always gracious and helpful. Service with a shrug© indeed!

POSTSCRIPT:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Don't make 'em like they used to...

Oh my goodness…

How cool is this?

LOVE all the secret bars, desks and cubbies...

EVEN a picnic table [bar] with stools. The backseat even folds down for utility. Seriously. Posh - but obviously meant to be a workhorse.

FUN!  Clever. The name is just so, so!  The Countryman by Radford.
I mean?!?
now - that's a cupholder!
mobile office
cocktails? charcuterie?


Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I would've said...

To the careless, rushing drivers too busy to stop for a moment to allow an old lady to cross a crazy 6-lane road today.

Especially to the one who almost rear-ended me and the jerk in the Volvo convertible who saw the old woman and what I was trying to do (let her safely cross the street) and just blew through - I would've said…

I hope that when you're moving slowing in your dotage and you're making your way to the clinic or pharmacy or grocery store or bridge club or Xbox match, that drivers are kinder and more considerate of you than you were of this woman today.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

OH what a night… Great way to kick off Modernism courtesy of Traditional Home

Such a fun evening. Cool, breezy, stylish and easy.




 A fine welcome home.
 Nothing like an uplit palm!
 I want to go to there. And dine there with neat designer Nancy Price.

 Fixture detail
Serene master…  and master patio

Swellegant soiree all around.
Check it out: http://www.thechristopherkennedycompound.com
and
http://www.traditionalhome.com