The shore captain and I had a great weekend in Halifax and it’s always difficult to come home to the reality of making supper. We met up as I finished work on Friday afternoon and headed down to the city making it in time to check in at the hotel and head on over to the Cinema 18 at Bayers Lake where we saw Star Trek as we had a gift certificate from Christmas which had waited long enough. It gave admission for two, a large popcorn and two pops so was really quite a nice date. And of course it’s always good to see those sci-fi movies in the surround sound. A quick bite to eat at East Side Marios was the end to a great evening.
We slept in both mornings and considering I was traveling with the shore captain that is quite a feat! We headed out for a quick breakfast and on to run errands which is where my troubles began. My first stop was at Staples for printer cartridges and a netbook hardcover where I discovered that HP no longer lets Staples make their brand of cartridges for HP printers and I refused to pay the name brand price, and there was no such thing as a hard case for netbooks in the city. Next stop Carsand Mosher where they had advertised on their website you could scan a box full of photos onto a CD. When I asked about the service I was told that this was available on at their Truro store, you had to bundle the photos into categories and send them to be done. Not even close. Next stop, WalMart where you can most certainly scan photos onto CDs but...not if you follow the directions given that morning. Not to mention that the first attempt was sabotaged at 78 scanned by a cranky computer and thus after 90 minutes of scanning I was at the beginning again. I was in no frame of mind to start over at that point. So we headed downtown to the seafood show. It was overpriced at $20 each and food and drink tickets of $1 each but was a nice diversion for a few hours. The man saw folks he knew in the industry and we sampled some great gourmet treats while making the rounds. By the time we headed back towards the hotel I was in a better frame of mind and convinced the life partner to assist with the repeat scanning operation (sounds like an MRI doesn't it?) which we managed in about 45 minutes. Unfortunately I followed the directions given previously and.... this resulted in making prints of each print scanned so no CD for daughter # 1 which was what she requested. Nothing to be done at that point. Did find some slightly cheaper printer cartridges as well.
We headed out to Opa in Bayers Lake for supper to see if it compared to the downtown version and it certainly did. We had a sampler platter and desserts which were delicious! As we sat next to a couple of about our age who were on an early date and discussing dating sites, previous relationships and their interests I told the life partner "that is one of the reason why we're still together, there is NO way I could do that" As you might imagine, he made no response to that comment.
Heading home this morning after a stop for a breakfast sandwich we made a pit stop at a farm market and found some great produce. This resulted in the following dessert when I got home:
Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Pie
out of the oven
pastry for a 10" pie shell
1 quart strawberries - hulled and halved
3 cups rhubarb - chopped
Toss fruit in 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs - beaten
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
Pour over top of the fruit
Bake at 400 F until set - about 45 minutes
This evening was spent crafting and as I checked email I was pleased to receive this message from daughter # 2 as she has headed to off to the USA on a road trip:
Hi mom and dad,
We get free wireless at our campsite, i'm sitting on the picnic table writing you this! The campground is mainly rv's but it's nice and quiet and has everything we need. The lady at the main office is very nice and very helpful. We got the tent set up and the tarp up, since it's giving rain and thundershowers for the next 3 days, although it hasn't started raining yet (fingers crossed that it won't). It was pretty exciting driving on the I-95 today and i'm very excited to get into boston tommorrow. I'll update you as the week goes along, i need to go find a good marshmallow stick for tonight.
So enough news, the Monday morning will come too early as usual.