A Sunday afternoon get-together and cookout - June 8th, 2014

Matt's in-laws, Alice and Tom, drove up to our place from their Roseville home on a rather hot afternoon for a planned cookout and a visit with Nannie. In fact, the temp when they left home was 102°, but life is cooler up in the foothills -- we were only at 95° or 96°!!  We all hung around in the house watching an old black and white movie on TCM and eating snackie-foods till the direct sun was off the deck.  While it was definitely cooler in the house (A/C doncha know), at some point, everyone gravitated to the deck.  We ate and chatted and laughed a lot! We had a wonderful afternoon/evening.

L-R:  Tom, grill-master Jimmy, Alice, and my sister, Nannie.  Jimmy grilled pork tenderloins (yum yum)!

A little color off the deck.

Alice and me, roasting marshmallows for s'mores.  Nannie was fixing hers.

I'd bought the fixin's for s'mores -- graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey's milk chocolate bars -- and figured a gas grill would suffice, since we're under an open fire burn ban.  Heck, it worked fine!  Jimmy and Tom opted for less-messy strawberry shortcakes.  Alice said she didn't think she'd ever had s'mores and couldn't wait to give 'em a try, and it's been years since I've had them.  Nannie, too.  I brought out those long forks and we three ladies set to it.  The fun really began when we commenced eating the sweet sticky thangs.  I don't dare post any of the pictures Jimmy took while we smacked our lips and graham crackers exploded on plates and table, with marshmallow stuff stuck on our lips, cheeks, fingers and, well, maybe you get the picture.  I'd get scolded if I posted 'em!  We laughed so hard we nearly fell out of our chairs! Oh, it's good to laugh like that.  Thanks, Alice. Thanks, Nannie.

The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, was the skeeters that attacked, little tiny buggers that packed a wallop. Why, you ask, would a dry area like ours have skeeters?  I wish I knew -- this is the first year we've been plagued; we have no standing water, but someone must.  We accused Nannie of not only bringing summertime heat, but also Louisiana killer mosquitoes !!  Jimmy saved the day when he brought out our new ThermaCELL skeeter repellent (which we got for our Livingston, Montana trip, but we're not going this year), and it worked very well. Thanx, Jimmy.

Oh, and Tom brought us two big (frozen) trout caught earlier this spring in Pyramid Lake.  Thanx, Tom!

What a fine day!

Next up?  When the temperature approaches 100°, what can we do the rest of the week?


  1. I'm still waiting for Amazon to deliver my Thermacell. I got the package of refills five days ago, but still no machine to put one in. :( The mosquitoes are awful this year.

    1. Sorry about those pesky biting pests -- hope Amazon delivers for you soon. On our deck, we were pleased with the thing. Up in Minnesota, with the skeeters and those nasty ticks, you're kinda between a rock and a hard place! Good luck this summer!

  2. Those few little skeeters you had were NOTHING. Try stepping outside into our back yard! wow, there are CLOUDS of the dang things. Sheesh. No wonder most animals in the wild have fur or feathers.... Mostly I sit inside and look out the windows, and maybe a morning on the screened back porch...

  3. Skeeters ... bane of our outdoor activities. I put a Thermacell on Mui's shopping list when we get back.


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