Damn the Resolutions Enjoy the Party!

This New Years  for some reason had an unusual peace about it, at least in my mind.  I did not look ahead, did not plan, I just took one day – no – one minute at a time and lived it.  I just was.

And no I was not stoned or under any influence, or zipped or zapped on enthusiastic thoughts, I just was.  I am wondering why such a simple thing is so difficult to explain.  You will just have to take my word for it.  Every thing seemed as it should be.

Dec. 29th we, my brothers and sisters had our annual Brothers and Sisters dinner at S &D’s house.  You may recall last year this same brother in law created raucous laughter and joy that lasted the whole year when he tried to compliment my sister, his wife of 46 or so years on the new recipe she used for the lasagna, by saying how moist it was and that for 35 years he had always found the lasagna dry and how perfect this one was – at which time she yelled ‘WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT FOR 35 YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN EATING DRY LASAGNA?’

That line lasted for the year and when we arrived by BIL said he wondered what he would say this  year at which point one of my brothers said it was his turn.  Mind you his line which I shall not repeat here did not bring roiling laughter mostly because his wife did not find it as funny.  It was a fabulous evening and my BIL and Sis are great hosts.

Normally if there is not a house party somewhere I don’t usually go out and my sis J and I will spend a quiet eve.  This year my other bro and SIL got last minute tickets to my fave place The Commercial Tavern in Maryhill.  I’ve posted on some of the past concerts that took place in this very old, very quaint country bar.  J & I succeeded then in getting what probably were the last 2 tickets available.

We did rest up during the day because sundown comes relatively early for us and on this night we were ‘going to be like big people and stay up late’

Like our Brothers and Sisters dinner the evening was delightful, effortless and perfect.

The Commercial Tavern as you may know is owned by Paul Weber.  He and his family are incredibly talented especially his sister Sue for whom I feel a particular attachment.  Not for any definable reason, just one of those things that happen occassionally when you meet someone.  A very spontaneous reaction.

Paul Weber The Commercial Tavern

Paul Weber The Commercial Tavern

Paul Weber and Steve Richtaritsch (Black Forest Band)

Paul Weber and Steve Richtaritsch (Black Forest Band)









And don’t believe for one moment that sax in country music isn’t sexy.  Steve Richtaritsch who manages and plays in Black Forest Band is the best.  Steve said that many years before when he first met Paul he suggested they play together and Paul hesitated wondering how a sax could ever fit in with country.  Well fit in it did.

Sue and Hubby getting ready to rock 'Red Solo Cup'

Sue and Hubby getting ready to rock ‘Red Solo Cup’


Paul’s sister Sue has long been one of my favorite voices as well as people.  She did an amazing job and everyone joined in.  Sue’s voice has that Loretta Lynn kind of timbre to it that wraps its arms around you and draws you right in making you feel all delicious and warm.







Then another member of the family, Uncle Jim who has been singing forever warmed the hearts and soles, (that’s soles of your feet) as we clapped and pounded our feet in time.  Uncle Jim stops by now and again to brighten our lives and I am sure glad he did this time to see in 2013!



Uncle Jim

Uncle Jim









Then the best kind of treat ever - Pam Miller who if you have not heard before I hope you will make time to now.  This lady (if I call her a young lady it may label me as the opposite.)  This young lady brought everyone to their feet.  She is amazing.  In addition to being talented she is fun, tolerant (I sat near by so she spent the evening listening to my rendition of every song played), and a joy to behold!

Me and Pam Miller Talent Beauty and Charm - and she was pretty good too!

Me and Pam Miller Talent Beauty and Charm – and she was pretty good too!

All of these people, and more played us into the new year, sweetly, smoothly, charmingly, effortlessly.  It was the best New Years I have ever had.

If you get a chance to come visit that would be wonderful, in the mean time you can find out all about Paul and The Commercial here.  By the way I love this fun site!



What Not To Say To Your Spouse of 45 Years

What Not To Say To Your Spouse of 45 Years

My Dad loved his movie camera and got his first one in the early sixties.  When my folks died in the early 80s I was charged with taking care of the tub of photos (none of which were identified) and the canisters of movie film.  My middle sister and her hubby borrowed those movies some years later and were given charge over their preservation which they did very well.

Then a couple of months ago they found out the movies could be professionally transferred to DVD.  This was the reason for tonights dinner party.  A set of DVDs were made for each of us, my sister prepared a feast of lasagna and Caesars salad and the rest of us brought the extras.  The dinner was a smash hit and everybody raved about the lasagna (my sister being one of the best cooks ever.)

Her husband, my brother in law, who is a great guy, wanted to jump on the praise bandwagon and began to rave on about the perfection of this particular main course and that’s when it happened.

“Honey this is the best lasagna you have ever made!”

“Well,” she said, “I decided to do it a little differently.”

“You know,” he said to the rest of us, “For forty-five years I have been eating dry lasagna and this is perfect!”

OOPS….silence…as we wait…


We all burst out laughing but the subject came up a few  times during the rest of the viewing and I’ll betcha it will be discussed again and again and again in the next forty-five years.

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