I Missed Our Amenities

Recently one of my bridge partners and I ventured out of the city to play bridge.  We had a good game and met great people.  However, when I looked around for coffee, there was none.  I was able to buy a cup for $1.00 next door at a bar/restaurant.  So now I checked for snacks.  There were no cookies, no liverwurst or crackers, no veggie pizza.  To be fair, there was a carafe of water.

What I am trying to say is that we are lucky to have nice places to play and good food and drink to boot.  Thanks Greg and MaryAnn.



Scandinavian Cabbage Roll Recipe

St. Patrick Day reminded me of a different “cabbage” dish I made on occasion.  It is a Scandinavian version of cabbage rolls.  If you still cook at home, you may want to try this recipe.

1 large head cabbage (2 lbs.)

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

1/3 cup uncooked rice

1/2 cup milk

1 medium onion, chopped

1 egg

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup of half and half or water

1 Tbs flour

1/4 tsp instant beef boullion

Put whole cabbage into microwave.  Cook on high 4 to 5 minutes.  Cool and remove core. Remove 12 leaves.

Mix turkey, rice, milk, onion, egg, salt, pepper and all spice.  Place about 1/3 cup turkey mixture at stem end of each leaf.  Roll leaf around turkey mixture at stem end of each leaf.  Roll leaf around turkey mixture, tucking in sides.  Place cabbage rolls seam side down in ungreased 13 1/2 x 9 x 2 baking dish.  Pour water over rolls.  Cover with foil and cook in 350 degree oven about 1 hour.  Remove rolls with slotted spoon, keep warm.  Drain liquid from baking dish, reserving liquid.  Gradually stir half and half into flour in saucepan until smooth.  Stir in reserved liquid and bouillon.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir one minute.  Serve sauce with cabbage rolls,  Serve with your favorite side dish.

Just Do It!!!

The following was passed on to me by one of our association members.  According to him, it is from a Quaker Newsletter – unknown submitter.

“Live beneath your means.

Return everything you borrow.

Stop blaming other people.

Admit it when you make a mistake.

Give clothes not worn in 3 years to charity.

Do something nice and try not to get caught.

Listen more, talk less.

Every day take a 30 minute walk.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Be on time.

Don’t make excuses.

Don’t argue.

Get organized.

Be kind to kind people.

Be kind to unkind people.

Let someone cut ahead of you in line.

Take time to be alone.

Reread your favorite book.

Cultivate good manners.

Be humble.

Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.

Know when to keep your mouth shut.

Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.

Learn from the past.

Plan for the future.  Live in the present.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

It’s all small stuff.”

How true it is.



Last Saturday my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a cookout -bonfire.  With the weather being somewhat iffy, we ladies decided to sit around the dining room table to visit, while some of the fellows sat outside.  Eventually our husbands retreated to the family room to watch a football game.  There were six couples, most of whom I had met previously.  But there was one guest that caught my eye.  Her name was Teresa.  She was a petite redhead adorned with a jeweled headband, a glittering necklace, plus several beautiful rings.  To tell you the truth, I probably would never have gotten away with a head band, but on her it looked spectacular.

So during our conversation she inquired about my heritage.  We had quite a laugh about my sisters and my given names.  There is my older sister named Edeltraut, my younger sister named Margitta and then there is me, Gisela.  Eventually we acquired our nicknames – Edie, Gittie and Gigi.  So much easier to pronouce.

We exchanged parental and medical advice, what to read and what TV shows to watch.  Speaking of TV, I will  be watching “The Young Doctor” and “This is us”.  I cannot believe that I was able to have so much fun away from the “bridge” table.

Our host served delicious barbecue pork which went well with everyone’s favorite side dishes.  What a great party.

Respect A Good Bridge Partner

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of playing with an excellent player and partner.  It was the last round when she and I were in a part-score contract.  At trick 13 one of the opposite team members led a suit which caused us to take an extra trick.  His partner, in a condescending manner, pointed out his error.  So why am I telling you this?  This player is one of the best players in our club.  Could it have been that he simply was tired and had a problem concentrating that evening?  Good bridge partners are difficult to come by.  Treat them with respect, or you may be looking for a new partner.

Tidbits Comes To The Rescue Once More

While sitting  in the reception area of an assisted living facility, Tidbits, an informative little news paper, caught my eye.  I quote from Kathy Wolfe’s article on MISUSED WORDS & PHRASES.

“If you’re going on vacation, and your friend asks you to bring him back a “momento,” what he really means is a “memento,” which is a keepsake or souvenir. there is no such word as momento.”

Step up to the coffee bar and order an “expresso,” and you won’t be ordering coffee!  The correct term, “espresso,” has its origins in the Italian language, from their word for “pressed out”, referring to the process of making coffee under steam pressure.  One of the first  espresso machines was patented in 1901, and could make a cup of coffee in 45 seconds.  To think that I ordered “expressos” while in Paris.  How embarrassing!!!

Has something exciting grabbed your interest lately?  Perhaps you think that it “peaked your interest.”  The appropriate phrase is “piqued your interest.”  The word “pique” means to cause a feeling of interest or curiosity.

When you give someone complete freedom to do as he or she pleases, you are giving “free rein,” not “free reign”, as it used by some.  “Free rein” is  a reference to horseback riding, when the rider holds the reins loosely allowing the horse freedom of movement, the opposite of keeping a tight rein.  “Reign” can mean to rule as a monarch, such as Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom.  It can also mean to dominate or control, such as a certain team “reigning supreme” in the NFL.

Do you know the difference between “regardless” and irregardless?  The difference is, one is a word and one isn’t.  The word “regardless” means “without regard.”  Some people argue that “irregardless” is indeed a word, with the same meaning as “regardless.”  Some dictionaries have given “irregardless” an entry, which technically makes it a word, even though it’s considered “nonstandard.”

So there you have it.  Ms Wolfe refers to several more misused words and phrases in Tidbits.  Why not pick up this Neat Little Paper!  Who knows —- you may end up on Jeopardy some day when this information will come in handy.




All About The Month Of March

While thumbing thru “News And Views” our condo association paper I came across the following information sent in by one of our members.  I found it interesting and I thought I would pass it on to you (in case you did not already know this).  I quote:

Our world would sure be a very different place if these folks hadn’t been born in March. Glen Miller, Dr. Seuss, Knute Rockne, Yuri Gargan, Alexander Graham Bell, Osama Bin Laden, Al Gore, Albert Einstein, Harry Houdini, Eugene McCarthy, Tennessee Williams, and Michelangelo.

Imagine no telephones, no internet (so says Al Gore who claimed to invent it), no Notre Dame fight song, no man showing the way to space travel, no 9-11, great music, magic, and drama.

History has also been made in past March days:

JFK set up the Peace Corps, the Alamo fell, in 1862 the USA started using paper money (soon to be replaced by plastic in this century – or by smart phones), and our Congress met in 1789 for the lst time after our Constitution  was in effect and we can’t forget the Ides of March!”

Just for the record, my birthday is also in March, tsk tsk…..