Thursday, September 13, 2012

On the Road Again

Can we stay home for more than a month at a time? We will find out next winter/spring when we won't be traveling back to India for a change!

Monday evening we hosted our usual small dinner group at our house. My friend Irene had told me about a lemon meatloaf that she made the week before, so I decided to try it. I made them in muffin tins, which made lovely small loaves. The recipe (found on the internet) was a fairly ordinary meatloaf, but with lemon juice in it. Topped with a dollop of barbecue sauce and a lemon slice, they were both attractive and delicious. Served with some of the last fresh corn and spinach topped with chopped hard-boiled egg (one left in the fridge before the trip, what else to do?).

Tuesday morning we left to drive east, where we are visiting our daughter and son-in-law in Virginia Beach for a few days. We drove into a beautiful sunrise just after 7 a.m.

We spent the first night with Dan's brother in Manassas, VA. Camille, the cat that their sister brought for their mother, is enjoying life.

Anda served a lovely dinner of chicken kebabs marinated in Thai flavorings, plus a mixed salad of roasted vegetables on lettuce with olives. Beautiful and delicious. Unfortunately, it was already eaten into before I remembered my camera.

Our niece's husband has class on Tuesday evenings, so she joined us with her 4-year-old tiwins. They are delightful. They enjoy going to "school" every day here at Grandpa & Grandma's house while their mother teaches first grade in a local school.

We left at a more civilized time (9:00) on Wednesday. As we passed Williamsburg, we decided to stop at the old Williamsburg Pottery, a place we used to love exploring. To our great surprise, it has been completely changed. You can see a picture of the faux-French village facade of the new buildings. It is very nice, but does lack the character of the old place, as well as the serendipity of finding unexpected things in unexpected places.

We ate lunch at Au Bon Pain, a chain that has partnered with them. Lovely fresh soup, sandwiches, and salads. Dan had a pesto chicken sandwich and I had a Thai peanut chicken salad.

Now we are with Anjali and Domingos, about to head off to get her bow rehaired and visit the Apple store.

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