Krissie: Memorial Day Weekend

Jeesh, willya look at that cleavage? Where did that come from?
But I digress. Lovely day by the river yesterday. Poor Crusie worked her ass off all day, but I sat out on the deck (shaded so the high temps weren’t bothersome) and watched the river run. People were out with their party boats and jet-skis and motorboats, most of them not too noisy, and besides, this is a working river. It’s not supposed to be a tranquil rich people’s paradise. (Speaking of which, someone just went by sculling. Skulling? You know, one of those single rowers. So maybe it’s a tranquil rich man’s paradise early in the morning).
We have all sorts of rules about our lake. No motorboats after 8 pm, none larger than a certain size, no jet-skis. Party boats are probably outlawed too. Granted, we have one of the most beautiful lakes in Vermont, clear and clean. The town used to be a haven for Ivy League professors and their wives (eg my grandfather and my BFF’s grandfather). Now it’s become a haven for California dot com millionaires. It’s exquisitely beautiful and I’ve spent my entire life by its shores (as a summer person until I was 22, then full time for the next 42 years). But it’s not the same lake, we can’t afford the house (and most of our families, Richie’s and mine, have had to sell their houses. Between our two families we’ve had eleven summer houses. Now we’re down to four).
But I digress. I forced everyone to have a cookout on the deck and we had a wonderful time. We re-habbed Jenny’s old grill and I bought a bright blue new one, we drank cheap beer and diet sodas and ate steak and hot dogs and hamburgers and potato salad and the girls cooked s’mores on the grill. It was so hot the girls put on their bathing suits and Alastair sprayed them down with the hose, I played his very nice guitar and sang them songs about rotten men (“from the start, every heart that’s ever broken, always was because there was a man to blame.”) And everyone was astonished to admit it was a good idea. (The cookout, not my singing).
Hey, I know how to get my way when I really want to.
So it was a lovely evening. Things are peaceful at home, if in physical chaos, and I’m ready to get back to swimming. I do believe things are going to be all right after all.

26 thoughts on “Krissie: Memorial Day Weekend

  1. You know, I’m older than dirt but I’ve never had a s’more. All those campfires, and no one told me about s’mores and now…no campfires.

    I will go to my grave a s’more virgin.

  2. There’s a saying that if you’re lucky enough to live by the water, you’re lucky enough. That’s how I feel. I could sit for hours and look at my peaceful harbor. (Hah, did I say could? I do sit out on the porch for hours.) It’s peaceful even when, like this morning, lots of people took off early in their boats to go fishing.

    This isn’t a big city harbor like New York or Baltimore. Even in the winter when there are many times more boats moored in it, we don’t do hustle and bustle. Specifically because of the moorings and the occasional manatees, the whole stretch of water is a “Slow, minimal wake” zone. People aren’t allowed to push up the throttles and power through.

    Friends are coming by in an hour and we’re taking my boat out to the popular sandbar. We’ll anchor up amid many other boats to sun ourselves, relax and (depending on the tide) swim or walk over to friends’ boats to visit.

    Lovely, lovely, way to spend the afternoon.

    Regarding the cleavage — when you have it, flaunt it, baby!

  3. It sounds like you had a wonderful and relaxing time. Me. Ugh. We did the repipe at my house and it took all of Friday and a bit of Saturday. No running water from Tuesday until this weekend. I hate camping!!!

    I was supposed to go to L.A. for a workshop today but was too tired. Spent yesterday morning doing clean up and yardwork and then took myself shopping as a treat. Slept like a baby last night so all is good with the world.

  4. Tara says:

    Oh no! No S’mores! Well if you want you can actually make them at home. No campfire needed. Turn on the broiler on your oven. Using a cookie sheet place graham crackers on it (if you got the traditional big one’s break if half to make a square). Put a marshmallow on each square and but under broiler,you have to watch them they’ll brown up quick. Once lightly browned removed from oven and top with a piece of hershey’s chocolate bar and another graham cracker square.
    There you go S’mores at home 🙂

  5. Tara says:

    lol! Haven’t finished my coffe. It should read “break IN half and Put under broiler” lol.

  6. We’re cooking out today. Nothing like a burger on the grill.

    And a fabulous new bakery opened in town yesterday, lots of fresh-baked, fabulous bread with all sorts of whole-grain options. Really excited about that. Organic, gluten-free, vegan options, so you know the food is going to be quirky and interesting. They decorated themselves in all sustainable and repurposed materials, and it is gorgeous and different. I want to make a Pinterest board for them, it’s so pretty. Feel lucky to have such a place in our tiny town.

  7. Spider Bait is working at the greenhouse today and husband is trying to get at least -some- of the yard mowed before he gets broiled and has to quit. I have been charged by Spider Bait that I HAVE to finish watching ‘Captain America’ because we HAVE to go see ‘The Avengers’ in the theatre tomorrow. HAVE to! He went to see it with his friends while I was gone and has been dancing around me since I got home.

  8. Kelly S. says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderful time!

    We put flea medicine on the cats so they are having a very rough day. They can smell it and keep trying to run away but since it is on the back of their necks, they can’t get away from it. I feel bad for them but it will be better by tomorrow.

  9. That sounds just an idyllic afternoon/evening. Water is good. We used to live slap bang on the English Channel. Although it had lovely spacious rooms, the place was too small when we became four people instead of 3, the parking was a nightmare and every other weekend through the whole summer there were rallies for different types of vehicles: VW Camper vans, minis, touring coaches, motorbikes, morris minors, MGS. I got to know the sound of a lot of different vehicles.

    But I miss the light on the water, the amazing sunrises and sunsets, the gulls pecking at the windowpane in a creepy Birds type way and the days when the wind whined about the seafront, giving the sea white horses and making any walk a battle and a thrill.

  10. Lynda says:

    Krissie: Sounds like a lovely day. I’m so glad you’re having the time to recharge, and I’m grateful to your sisters for making it possible.

    BTW, am I the only person who actually doesn’t care for s’mores? Mainly it’s because I don’t like toasted marshmallows. (“Raw” they’re okay.) The chocolate part is good. I saw something on tv about making them with peanut butter cups. That might work. (Peanut butter cups make everything better.)

  11. Seriously? Smores are usually made over a campfire–you roast the marshmallow (or burn it to a crisp, depending on who you are), then put it between two pieces of chocolate between two graham crackers. YUM. And the indoors one isn’t the same. Leigh, you’re just going to have to go to a campground or have a BBQ.

  12. Krissie,
    Feel free to come to my house and insist on ME having an evening like that 🙂 I’d love to have you serenade me.

    I’m glad you had such a nice time.

    I spent the day with my best friend at the Fenimore Museum on Cooperstown, where they were holding an Iroquois Festival. There was singing and dancing, story telling, and it was right on the lake, which was nice when we sat down in the shade to eat our lunches. The weather was perfect, which was a miracle since yesterday they were calling for 70% chance of thunderstorms. Only downside was that the only food they were selling was out of a food cart and fried. Paying for that now. But I’m pretty sure a beer will settle my stomach 🙂

  13. That sounds wonderful. We rarely have gatherings like that around here so I bought a cheap 14″ charcoal grill yesterday. Kiddo and I are going to have our own cookout. Will be my first! At least the first I’m actually in charge of.

  14. Kieran says:

    We do S’mores in the microwave! Zap a marshamallow. Squish it between two graham crackers with a piece of Hershey bar in the middle. The BEST dessert ever!!!

  15. Micki says:

    OH, yeah! There’s something so tranquil about looking at the dying coals as you slowly roast your marshmallow to a crisp — and if you eat it like that, you get that wonderful caramel crunch, followed by a gush of warm sweet goo. And if you stick it between graham crackers with a little dark chocolate, you get textures, and sweet with bitter. It slows down the evening, and gets the kids to stay in one place for a little while . . . and I find I can stop with one or two, if I’m sharing the marshmallows with other people.

    Perfect dessert — and I didn’t discover them until my mid-30s, so I really don’t think it’s ever too late.

  16. Micki says:

    (-: EVERY nice summer weekend should have an evening like that! And for the special weekends, there should be small fireworks and fruit salad! (Aw, heck, fruit salad can come to the regular weekend parties, too.)

    Sounds like a lovely evening! My daughter’s sports festival was Sunday. I didn’t go all-out on the picnic lunch because I’d just driven to Sapporo the day before, but we went out enough — lovely to eat our lunch while chatting with our neighbors and friends. It turned out to be a beautiful day weather-wise, too.

  17. Can’t abide the graham cracker part of s’mores, personally. So you can give me all your tasty toasted marshmallows and I’ll give you all my crackers 😉

  18. I’m so glad you all had the chance to cookout together – it sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

    Also, yummy cleavage hotstuff ;-P

  19. Stephanie says:

    What a wonderful time with friends. We had a jammed packed day- brunch with our guests and my mom and get husband, the baseball game with the kidlets, some shopping in the neighborhood, dinner out, and then some conversation and wine after the kidlets went to bed. Whew. Long and tiring day but it’ll be years until we make it to see them again.

  20. Yay for you getting your grilling way, Krissie! I, too bought a new grill this weekend – the hubby was looking at some and whining a bit. I went out with him, picked the one I could afford that had the features I wanted, and bought it and said “Happy Father’s Day, dear!”

    He was thrilled and I got exactly what I wanted! We grill all year ’round, being in So Cal; and I do as much of the grilling as he does.

    Hugs, woman. Awesome cleavage!

  21. German Chocolate Betty says:

    Heck, my German stepson knows s’mores. We even made them years ago on his birthday for his friends — no campfire, his birthday is in Feb, so we browned them in the fireplace. We substitute Liebnitz cookies (no graham crackers in Germany), and Milka instead of Hershey’s. But it worked!

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