Sunday, February 11, 2024

Adventures in Eating - Week of Feb. 5th

"Part of the secret of success is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." ~Mark Twain

"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate." ~Alan D. Wolfelt

We were thankful to see the sunshine more this week and it continued to feel a bit like spring as we continued into February.  On Thursday evening, we welcomed a sweet friend, Ms. Vy, into our home for three nights.  She traveled by car from the New York area and is related to our longtime neighbors. 

Friday afternoon felt almost balmy outside and we convinced Cam to go to Cascade Roadhouse with us for dinner.  Chris and Jane had a gift card from our good friends Ms. Christy and Mr. Michael that they had given Cam's parents for their anniversary.  Cam and his dad split their favorite perch dinner.  With a "split" meal, each person receives 4 pieces of fish, lots of fries and separate coleslaw- what a deal!  A fellow high-schooler recognized Cam and said "hi" which added to our fun evening.  Afterwards, we made a stop at the Dollar Store to pick up some supplies for a crafting project planned for the next morning.

After breakfast on Saturday, Ms. Vy was ready to teach us all how to do glass etching.  We were excited to learn since she had shown us some of the glassware she had done and also gave Jane a special mug etched with a heart as a thank you for her stay.  The process was straight-forward and we honestly couldn't believe how easy it was. 

Then, later that afternoon, we entered into our second learning experience for the day.  Ms. Vy brought all of the ingredients for a homemade Korean dinner.  She quickly organized all of the food and taught us how to make wontons!  We even learned how to fold them so they appeared to be "party hats!"  Ms. Patti joined us for the feast and oh my goodness, we all devoured the delicious Korean spread.  In fact, we were so busy assembling everything, we neglected to snap any food pics, but we managed to grab one at the end of dinner.  Cam, however, was about to fall asleep after the filling meal.  Ms. Vy requested to read with Cameron that evening and he was happy to oblige.

Sunday morning, we said goodbye to Ms. Vy, hopeful that she will be able to visit us again.  Not only did we make sweet memories, she also left us with new skills.

After lunch, we made our way to Cannonsburg for our final skiing lesson with ASA-WM (Adaptive Ski Association of West Michigan).  It was much chillier than the previous Sunday, but we did feel fortunate to have one last round with our team.  We were all laughing trying to explain what the snow seemed like due to the warmer conditions during the week as well as the attempts at making "fake" snow.  Our leader, Jason, used the phrase "mashed potatoes" while Cam opted for the descriptive words "melted brownies."  For the very last ride up the chairlift, Chris asked his son if he could be the one to ride up with him solo.  Cam was a little hesitant, but agreed and was super excited when they both exited off of the lift together!  We thanked our Team Cam for their volunteering time and expertise.

Upon our arrival home, we fixed dinner and settled in to watch the Super Bowl.  Even though Cam only watched the first hour, he really liked the State Farm Insurance commercial where Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps saying "neigh-bah" instead of "neighbor" throughout the entire ad.  Cameron can definitely relate since sometimes others do not understand exactly what he is saying.  He declared it the funniest commercial!

Camology Quotes:

On the return trip from skiing at Cannonsburg, Cam commented, 
"I liked this season. It was not as many people and less chaotic."

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