It's a sunny day... temps are in the 80s... the window fans are all on... the wine glasses are filled with cold, spritzy wine... the grill is fired up... the corn has been cooked in sugar water... the Monaco Grand Prix and Indy 500 have both been run, and we're getting ready to watch the Coca-Cola 600.
Yep... whether the calendar agrees or not - it's officially "summertime" around here!
After almost five years of dealing with laundromats, we FINALLY have a new washer/dryer! We went all-sorts-of Euro-style, and got an LG all-in-one that washes and then automatically starts drying them.
It seems like only yesterday that we were pacing the halls of the Danbury Hospital Maternity Ward trying to convince Brandon to get on with it and make his grand entrance into the world... and now here we are, 11 years later! How did this happen!?!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST SON ANYONE COULD EVER HOPE FOR!!!
A quick stop by the Sycamore Drive-In, in Bethel for a burger and a root beer float.
My iPhone captures the pattern in the well-worn countertop. After 64 years only small patches of pattern remain at the back edges of the countertop. Most of the surface is solid red-orange... the designs long-ago stripped by countless sliding plates and cups and arms and elbows. The edges are worn away even deeper... revealing a sliver of brown inner core in front of each stool spot.
History... Beauty... Burgers... and Root Beer Floats.
As I've mentioned many times before, I like collect oddities. Strange, sometimes morbid odds-and-ends... often religious in nature.
This is the latest of my odd purchases: A vintage bakelite Sick Call/Last Rites set... complete and in it's original box.
I love it. My wife thinks it's a bit morbid though.
And what exactly IS a Sick Call/Last Rites set, you ask?
Here's what the instruction card that comes with it has to say:
When a priest comes to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, he should find near the sick person's bed a small table covered with a white cloth, and upon it a Crucifix and two lighted candles.
Also there should be a bottle of holy water, a glass of fresh water with a spoon, a plate to receive the cotton used in anointing, and another plate with rumpled bread. Elsewhere in the room should be a bowl of water and towel for the priest's use after administering the sacrament.
When an ill person is to receive Holy Communion only, it is sufficient to have the table and cloth, crucifix and lighted candles, and water and spoon.
A priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament should be met at the door by an adult carrying a lighted candle. He precedes the priest to the sick room but leaves when the priest is hearing the patient's confession. He may return and kneel while holy Communion is administered.
In case of serious illness do not delay in notifying the priest. Give him the name and address; whether the ill one is a child or an adult; if the patient is conscious and able to recieve holy communion; if a physician has attended and his opinion of the danger of death.
Still very sore from this whole wisdom tooth thing... but it's nothing a little "retail therapy" can't help! So I find myself at Bed, Bath & Beyond - buying myself a Kapoosh Knife Block for my Henckels.