My Brother was a big baseball fan growing up. Yearly season tickets to the Met's, the whole bit.
So he suggested we all go check out the new Citi field, and take the kids to the ball game.
It was their first time riding the subway as well. On our way to the field, on the #7, we had a train delay, and the train stopped in front of an old warehouse that was COVERED in the most glorious graffiti I have seen in a long time.
It truly was a piece of art. We got a good long look. It was great.
The stadium was awesome, I vaguely remember the old Shea stadium and this was such a contrast. Their is food everywhere. Good food.
But we dined bleacher style.
Beer and hot
The kids loved all the cheering, and dancing and other basebally stuff they have you do there.
K said it was his best day ever.
Which is surprising because he is not a fan of sports.
So the game....
I just want my friend Tony, who is a big sport fan, to know that not all was lost on me.
He was worried about that.
I was made to understand that two great pitchers were at the game, and that Pujols was there. I was disappointed that he did not slam one, so I could watch the big apple spin. But the Mets did win and that was exciting.
I may not have appreciated the significance of this game, but I understood the magic.
Tony, I understood.
Anyways, we had a great day. We were out of our ordinary, it was an adventure, and it was fun.
We headed back to my Parent's, picked up Great Grandma,
and had an 11 month old Birthday party for Connor!
He will be back in Hawaii for his first, so we had to have a little thing here before they leave.
My Brother, his most awesome Wife, and THE sweet baby Connor
have been visiting this week and so we have been hanging late.
One of the best nights of course
an ice cream
run for all.
With full sugar fueled bellies, the boys were ready for a magical hunt.
The weather with it's infinite wetness, has made the toads come out in droves. We geared up in rain jackets, grabbed flashlights, and my brother followed them around in the car to further provide light, and the pursuit was on.
The boys were so happy that they glowed!
It was toad city and the boys had such a haul.
All around there were the random rhythmic lights of the fire fly.
So, we have had some surprise smatterings of sun, and well, we have been out in them.
Just so you know, it is the 3rd coldest June on record.
I am sure it ranks pretty high for the wettest as well.
It means lots of fungus among us.
It means that some of us get cheeky and pretend to snack on them, proceeded by writhing in pain, and a dramatic worldly exit.
It's very convincing.
My Brother, his lovely wife, and their 11 month old son, are visiting us from Hawaii.
This is the first time we have actually met Baby Connor.
And we like him!
I am thinking he is mostly liking us too. I hope at the end of their visit, he will have only fond associations with us.
The kids are so good with him.
They love babies.
I am doing wash like a crazy person because my new fangled washer came. It is so high tech. And pretty, and has so many options. And we can watch it like we are at a laundry mat , but we are not and you can tell because we can sit in front of it and eat pudding, and then leave and pee, and get more pudding, and then return.
We also got a real wooden patio set.
One that isn't like pieced together from all kinds of chairs and a round table that hardly fits us all.
AND it matches.
Like a real grown up set.
A is finally getting a new to us car. Poor guy has been driving our lovely but very old car, with no A/C and body rot. It has some other issues, but I don't talk about them. they make me feel bad about driving the newer nice car. So I just live in my own world that everything is fine with his car and that it is a lovely car to drive. He has a nerve problem in his leg, and the old car is standard, and so it has been an uncomfy thing for him.
Hopefully he will have it by days end.
We have played in puddles
because it's fun and there are many.
K has been singing me the most lovely of love songs.
And really folks, that is just the cherry on my sundae of life.
I look forward to a lot of fun things with my brother and his family this week.
So, it's supposedly summer, and so I made a little yummy thing with the fruits of the season.
It is amazing with ice cream.
If you like strawberries and rhubarb, then this is a dream.
Strawberry rhubarb cobbler.
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbs flour
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2- 12 oz baskets of sexy ripe strawberries
1 1/2 cups of 1/2 inch slices of rhubarb
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tbs b. powder
1 tsp b. soda
pinch of salt
3 tbs chilled unsalted butter diced
1/2 cup buttermilk ( reg milk works fine.)
Preheat oven to 400.
For the filling-
Mix sugar, flour cloves in large bowl. Add the the cut up berries, (halves for small, quarters for giant berries) and rhubarb, toss to coat. Put in 10 inch glass dish of some sort. I butter, because well, butter is good. Put in oven and let cook until tender.
Put all the topping ingredients into a bowl, and knead with finger tips until it resembles a coarse meal.
Slowly add milk, tossing it with a fork, until moist clumps form. Sometimes it just looks like pancake batter.
When your filling is tender, spoon batter over the top, and cook it until the crust is done.