Thursday, April 27, 2017

Herb was my friend.

It wasn't the best way to find out that a friend had died. I was downstairs signing my lease renewal and happened to ask our current property manager about Herb. She whispered in a strange way, "he passed a couple of weeks ago." I was kind of disappointed that his family didn't let me know. :( I first met Herb about 9 years ago when I moved into my current apartment home. Herb was just about 83 then I think. He was always kidding around with me and I with him. We would run into each other often and when you did, you expected either a history lesson (he was a pilot in WW2) or a civics speech about how much President O'Bama ruined our country or where to go for good pie. And he brought me one once too. Who does things like that anymore? He was an awesome Grandfatherly figure in this building. And believe me, this building needs all of the grandfathering it can more than ever. Things seem loud and unorganized around here lately. We seem to have a new manager every 3 months. He was always concerned about how I was doing and I seemed to impress him that I usually had things under control and could make him chuckle. I will miss knowing that he's not around here anymore. God Bless you Herb. You were one of a kind and an awesome representative of your generation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It was a Sunday fun day.

Now that my favorite time of year is here, I have been pushing myself out again. And doing more fun things. This past sunday, we went to a little theatre in North Minneapolis for a legends series show. The show was in the Capri theatre and they raise funds for kids to do theatre in local schools. The performer was Erin Schwab who created her own show which was called "Judy! You Bette!" I have enjoyed following her around for over a year now. She is just so funny and an awesome singer! She started out with several Judy Garland songs. Of course my favorite was, "Somewhere over the Rainbow." and "I don't care..." she also told some stories and fun facts about Judy and how she wasn't able to tie Judy and Bette together. Then onto Bette Midler. Jason Matheson(local radio and tv personality) has nick named Erin Schwab the "Bette Midler of the Twin Cities." And she really lives up to this comparison. When Erin does Midler songs, you sit up and take it all in. Wow, it was an electric performance. I came home and listened to Bette Midler songs for two hours. I can't imagine remembering all of the words to her songs. It's pretty crazy. Beforehand we came upon a tiny, pizza place called Element Woodfire Pizza. Since it was a gorgeous day we were able to help them break in their brand new patio. Great food and staff and I hope to make it back again this summer. Well, hopefully more fun things to review soon. My next big event will be when I visit Prince's Paisley Park on Mother's Day weekend. And I can't wait...thanks for staying in touch with me.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pasta fagioli and channeling my Grandma Irene.

I just made a hearty soup reminiscent of a batch that my Grandma would make for my travelling and hungry family. I do what she did. I use the freezer, fridge and cupboard clean out method. I happened to have been one of the few of my brothers and sisters who would enjoy this said batch of soup. There was one time when she announced it as Pasta Fagioli(Fazool). I can't even remember exactly what was in it exactly. And once I told her good it was, she would make different versions of the soup and it always had a new taste. I've always enjoyed cooking so I looked forward to seeing what she would come up with. And unlike my sibs., I was never afraid to try the soup of the day! So while making my healthy soup today, I felt so close to Grandma and my sibs. too. I wanted to get this memory out there for them. (And my parents too) Remember Campbell's slogan, "soup is good food." My Mom and Grandma's middle daughter often tells us that when she got Campbell's Chicken Noodle in a can, it was a real treat for them! No bones I suppose. :)