Saturday, July 15, 2017

Two Roads to Asylum

A few weeks ago at a jazz concert, we sampled local gin, vodka and whiskey. Today we visited the Asylum Distillery in Bridgeport for a 4 PM tour. We decided to add-on a visit to Two Roads; we've been meaning to check that out for a long time.

We tasted five beers at Two Roads. then five spirits: vodka. gin, corn whiskey, aged corn whiskey, ginger flavored vodka (a win-win for us) at Asylym. Perhaps the best part was tasting some of the flavorings the distillery was testing: cinnamon, cucumber, caraway, coriander, cardamom, lemongrass. Everyone got cinnamon; a few of us got cucumber. No one got caraway. 

It was a fun afternoon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy 200th Birthday Henry David Thoreau

I learned about Thoreau's birthday in this article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

I've never gone off to live in the wilderness. I only went camping once. But I love hiking on trails, in parks and in preserves. I snatch what little pieces of nature that I can;. I find it peaceful and meditative to walk in those pieces of nature.

After I read the essay, I realized that I haven't read Walden. I vaguely remember reading an essay or two, but not the complete work.

Then I remembered that we have this copy of Walden.  I checked the bookshelf and also found this book by Thoreau.

I've got my next two books to read lined up.

Catching Up on...June

June was a missed opportunity.

June was the month where I should have caught up on long term projects.

I barely worked. It would have been the perfect time to do all the new SAT and ACT practice tests and to clean, reorganize and re-decorate our second bedroom.

All I can say is that I did very few of those things.

Here we are approaching mid-July, and I'm still catching up on the things I should have done in June.

What can I say? I can't get back the time of June that I lost. I just have to muddle ahead.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Four Leaf Clover

It was rainy most of the day. I took Lola out to the back yard in the early afternoon and found this: my first four leaf clover. I can use a symbol of good luck and the good luck that comes with it.  

Unfortunately, I can't find specific types of luck.

Oh well, I'll take what I can.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Seven of Ten

Today we visited our seventh new trail of the year: another part of the Wilton loop of the Norwalk River Valley Trail: the west side loop. We walked behind a restaurant in Wilton Center around a field, across Merwin Meadows Park. I had heard of Merwin Meadows, but didn't know there was a lake and beach there.

We walked along the river and took the fork towards Wilton High. We can try the upper school loop another day. We all enjoyed the walk.

Earlier we had lunch at Sedona Tap House: Wagyu beef and pulled pork sliders and stuffed jalapenos.

A nice holiday.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Six of Ten

Today I made progress on my goal of exploring ten new hiking spots with Lola this year. We went to Oak Hills Park. Oak Hills is primarily known for its golf course. It also has tennis courts, a restaurant and nature trails.

We've gone to Oak Hills with Spike a few times. But there are new trails now. We started on the blue trail, which is the steeper one, crossed over to the yellow trail on our way back. It was a short hike of 25 minutes, but it was around 1 PM and hot and humid. We went out to Taylor Farm later when it was cooler for another short walk.

It was nice to take another step toward my hiking goal.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Lazy Summer Saturday Morning

We didn't have anything scheduled for today until a dinner with my mother at five. So Jeff and I just relaxed this morning. I got up around 8, went out front to pick up my New York Times: I couldn't wait to get my word game. I've gotten quite good at it: I regularly achieve genius status in just a few hours. For today's puzzle, I'm at genius level but still struggling to find the word that uses all seven letters.

When I got the paper, I also got a surprise: a package from Plated. The contents were still cold: two good dinners of seared steak with potatoes and tomato vinaigrette and salmon poke with seaweed salad.

I lingered over my puzzle, journal, email, newspaper and breakfast. I made the bed and did the dishes from last night's dinner.

I only felt slightly guilty.