Hello T- Gang, we meet again this week, compliments of Elizabeth and Bluebeard to share what we are or have been drinking. This week it is a glass of the house Merlot wine at The Stake and Grape, you can also see DH's glass of water behind my wine, mine was pushed to the left. We had been out looking at model homes Sunday afternoon, as it was too cold to sit in the house.......but more of that later. After tromping through model homes for hours, looking for a floor plan that we might want to build (hopefully this year) we finally got hungry. We have bee frequenting this place since it first opened about 4 years ago. Nice restaurant that serves a good steak and a very large wine list.....thus the name The Steak and Grape. They do serve a variety of dishes for lunch and for dinner, all well made, all very tasty and the service is top notch. There is a large bar, that fills on Sundays for the "game" of the week, but it isn't a sports bar (the loud and roudy kind) Then there is a very nice dinning room to have a great meal in, lunch and dinner menus. I didn't think to take pictures of the place, inside or out........next time.....promise! As they have begun to hang art, for sale on the walls. This time it was quite a few abstracts and quite a few of those were already marked sold. It really isn't a very large place, and is located in a small shopping center. I know it has made a name for itself, even though it is on the west side of Bakersfield, but I was still a little surprised at how much of the art was marked sold.
One of the foods that always draws us here is the Calamari appetizer MMMMMMM! It is so good and the little bowl has a sweet and hot jelly to dip it into. As you can see the pieces are not little tiny piece either and cooked to perfection...................oh I'm ready to go back!!! After having this, plus HOT FRESH rolls and their small complementary bowl of beans, we split a steak dinner.
Tonight (Monday ) I am final enjoying a warm house. Last Thursday we had to call a repair man to come and see why the heater was blowing cold air. Of course when he got here it was working!! Friday morning, the same thing and I recalled the service, but they couldn't come out until the afternoon, and I had GD Megan all day Friday and couldn't leave it blowing cold air, so it was set up for them to be here first thing this morning...........cold weekend!. I did get out the little electric space heater and set it in the kitchen so she could paint., and when the sun finally decided to show, we went for a long bike ride. That 4 year old can ride for a LONG time!! When we got home we fired up the oven and baked some cookies, so we stayed cozy the rest of the day.
I'm sure some of you are thinking "What does a crazy old lady in California know about being cold?" Well, a lot really. I went through grade school and Jr. High in Fargo North Dakota. But the cold HERE is different, it is a damp cold that works it's way clear through to your bones. It's been so warm and dry here for the last four years I had forgotten what the gray days of damp foggy weather is like.
On the brighter side (and now warmer) I had to go into Bakersfield this afternoon to run a few errands and remembered to take my Michael's 50% OFF coupon with me. So I treated myself to a new art journal and a black Fiber Castell pen with a brush tip.
It is a soft cover, and the pages are a really nice weight, but not as heavy as my larger art journals. This is a real treat for me, it has stitched in pages (just like the real artist use...LOL) It is a 7.75 in. x 9.75 in ( 19.7 x 24.8 cm) and the weight of the paper is 90lb. I plan on using this one just a little differently. Over at Daisy Yellow blog she has started a 67 day prompt challenge, that urges you to write in your art journal, something I don't normally do, but willing to give it a try. Like J52 there are prompts but it doesn't matter if you do them in sequence, skip the ones you don't like, or run late (which they are up to #12 now, so I am LATE getting started) She also does a variety of other things too like the I-Cards, but has a lot of information on other art things too.
Just a little something I thought might interest many of you. I received my Posh order today and, as always they fill up the empty space with packing peanuts, and they always include this little card as a reminder. Sorry you can't read it very well, but it says they dissolve in water, and you could actually eat them.......or they are safe against accidental consumption! (but not recommended!!)
So that's it for this week, Ill be around in the morning with my coffee.