Friday, July 3, 2015

Miller Time Friday - We Rise Again!

Sorry to be incommunicado - we have been very busy: me with writing (big news coming soon!), Barry with work, company, and yard work.

If June was cool and rainy here, July is making up for it with warm days, peonies, dragonflies and fireflies, and a cool beer on the back deck.

We don't have much to look at out there yet.  Our pool, broken thanks to the harsh weather, has still not been replaced:

Barry has turned his attention to another victim of the winter - our grape arbour.

The original arbour was constructed from pressure treated lumber.  The new one is made from trees that fell during Hurricane Arthur last July and is quite woodsy and fitting with the property, and best of all - materials were free!  All will rise again, it seems!

Thank goodness for a handy man!

One of my favourite things this time of year is when the snowball bushes shed their flowers.  THAT is the kind of snow I can get behind...

I am doing yet another draft of my Work-in-Progress and have been soothing myself reading about writers who are tortured as much as I am.  I suppose (hope) that I will get better self-editing, but it can be quite torturous.

I have also been reading an interesting little book, Brian Grazer's A Curious Mind.

Brian Grazer, as many of you know, is Ron Howard's Producer Partner, and has been carrying on curiosity conversations for over 30 years.

I was curious about his hair and he answers that question in the book!

Anyway, some really good food for thought and a call to encourage our young people, our employees, and most of all, ourselves, to case a curious eye all around.  It is an interesting and fun read!

We are having a relatively quiet weekend - seeing good friends tomorrow, praying for the pool man to show up, that kind of thing.  Tonight we will eat out doors and enjoy the gloriousness that is July in New Brunswick.

Since it is Friday, and my late Dad's birthday, let's have a cocktail shall we?

Bud enjoyed his white rum - preferably Bacardi's so white rum it shall be:

Porch Crawler         

  1. 2 ounces chilled club soda
  2. 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  3. 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  4. 1 hot chile, such as serrano, halved and seeded
  5. Ice
  6. 5 cherries, pitted, plus 1 cherry for garnish
  7. 3 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
  8. 2 ounces white rum
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 5 pitted cherries, mint leaves and chile. Add ice and the rum, lemon juice and Simple Syrup; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with a cherry and a mint sprig.

I see one of those in my future...

Have a grand weekend all! 

xoxo wendy


  1. I'll raise a Porch Crawler for ol' Bud!
    Can't wait to hear your news!

  2. Can't wait to hear your news! Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Google ate comment. Take 2.

    This is a mighty grape arbor, hopefully equal to the mighty blizzards of the next years.

    Now I am curious about BG's hair, so must find this at the library...

    Here's to Bud-- white rum over ice with crushed mint, a little forest in a glass.

    1. damn that google!!! The hair is all about looking different and I guess he has succeeded!


    Hmm, although I don't know what I'd do with the grapes.

    OK, you may keep it.

    We love our Mules in the summer, Himself's tipple is a Moscow Mule and mine is a Dark&Stormy. The key ingredient is of course ginger beer, and while I wouldn't say the discovery of Fevertree ginger beer was life changing, we are a lot more mellow.

    1. You know - I have never had a mule? Adding to the list! I can send him down to build the arbor. As to what to do with the grapes? I think you will come up with some things....

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    3. Hi, Wendy the key to a good mule is good ginger beer, fresh limes, ice,and either vodka (nothing fancy, you won't really taste it anyway) for a Moscow Mule, or for the D&S, the ginger beer & lime as aforesaid and Dark Rum. Preferably Gosling's. Note that Gosling's with Mexican Coca-cola, which is made with cane sugar not fructose, and lime, turns rum&coke into a grown-up drink. In NYC, supermarkets carry Mexican coke around Passover because fructose isn't "kosher for passover." Knowledgable pagans stock up then.

  5. Wendy, Sounds like you a having a lovely summer. I wish we could grow peonies! I have no luck with that. Best wished on the pool. Nice to have handy husband isn't it? Your arbor is so neat. Well, this drink sounds good and we just got some cherries so I'll try one in honor of your dad. Kim

    1. Peonies are the easiest ever out here. Roses on the other hand... Last night I drank a pink lemonade margarita. Now THAT was yummy!

  6. Does Barry do grape arbor house calls?? I would love to have one of those here in the country!!


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