Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: Back to Reality After the Final Retirement Fête

Clif, Mike, Shannon, and Dee's hand
Clif, Mike, Shannon, and Dee’s hand

Last weekend we had the final retirement fête for Clif. Dee came home from New York, and Clif was treated to a meal at the Great Impasta in Brunswick. As the accompanying picture indicates, Clf was toasted as well. May he have a long, healthy, happy, and creative retirement.

Dee left yesterday, and her extended stay gave all of us a mini-vacation. It also gave us a chance to celebrate Dee’s birthday, which is at the end of the month. At her request, I made cheddar cheese soup from a recipe I have adapted from a Moosewood cookbook. The whole family loves it, and this soup is rich and satisfying, just perfect for special occasions. I also made a double batch of biscuits—another request from Dee—and a salad with romaine lettuce, roasted walnuts, feta, and sliced apples rounded out the meal. Naturally there was cake. Chocolate.

While Dee was here, we saw a couple of movies. One—Martian—was very good, and the other—Maze Runner—was all right.

Now, it’s back to reality. This afternoon, I have a dental appointment so that I can have a permanent crown installed. (Having six crowns should certainly make me a queen, don’t you think?) While I am feeling much, much better, I have an annoying dry cough that will not go with keeping my mouth open for nearly an hour while my dentist drills and installs the permanent crown.

I have doused myself with Benadryl, and my mouth is sweet from too many cough drops. I’ll take another Benadryl just before I leave, and Clif will be driving in case I get drowsy.

Normally, I would have canceled the appointment, but our dental insurance runs out at the end of the month, and the crown is expensive.  I don’t want to pay out-of-pocket for it.

Never a dull moment at the little house in the big woods.



5 thoughts on “Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: Back to Reality After the Final Retirement Fête”

  1. Sounds like a great celebration. Your salad sounds good, I’ll have to try making it.
    Ha, I, too, was at the dentist this afternoon (for a cleaning). There is a new young dentist there and I think she is a sadist! I’ve never had issues with a check-up before, but she is a killer with a probe. Lack of experience perhaps?
    Hope your crown went well, at least better than my experience!

    1. Thanks, Eliza. It’s one of our go-to salads in the winter. Oh, dear! Yes, perhaps it’s inexperience. Hope she learns fast!

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