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Dinner and a drink…

Dinner is lobster bisque – store-bought – with a drizzle of “Deb’s Blend” ( a slight mistake when she filled the empty Roasted Pumpkin Seed Fusti with Butternut Squash Seed Oil. At the time, she was horrified but I am enjoying the fruits of her faux pas. I put a sprinkle of the new Vintage Merlot Sea Salt on top. The deep burgundy flakes melded with the coral color of the bisque and leant a salty tang.

I brought home a wedge of the Humboldt Fog goat cheese we sampled yesterday. I’m very familiar with this chèvre because Hanni works for Cypress Grove, the producer. It’s bloomy and rich. The rind is beginning to mature and carry a taste that almost dries out your tongue. Tonight, to offset the richness of the soup I carved myself a slice and paired it with my neighbor’s Quince Jam. My elderly friend and I picked the quinces a few weeks ago and his wife kindly bestowed a jar on me. Between bites of the creamy soup, the jam and cheese and sips of wine, I think about my day.

What did I learn today? It was a day of mechanical malfunctions. Suddenly at 12:45 the store went dark. Power went out in the entire town. Being daylight, it wasn’t an immediate inconvenience. Then it occurred to me – no cash register, no heat gun to seal bottles, no refrigerator to cool the cheese. Customers were oddly patient and congenial about the situation. They came up with cash and I offered to hand write receipts. Life was a little strange for an hour of so. Before the power returned, my cell phone rang. I had used it as a calculator, otherwise I never would have noticed. It was the alarm company for my house. They had just received a key-pad generated emergency medical response and fire code. I quickly called Julia, thinking she was home on her first day off in a month, and perhaps hit the keypad. She was at the barn but assured me she was headed down the road to check out the problem. The next call was from the EMT who showed up expecting to find me stretched out on the floor, suffering from who knows what. He said there was no alarm going off – just Alice on the trunk in the window having a huge hissy fit, as emergency vehicles converged on the yard. He asked if he could to do a ‘walk though’ to secure the house. I quickly inventoried my dust shelves and dirty laundry tossed around my bedroom. “Sure! No problem! Check the house for dusty bunny thieves!”

The power eventually came back on and I guess the house was secured. Sweating the small stuff really wasn’t worth the time. Enjoying a good dinner and a chilled glass of wine was the perfect way to end the day…


8 comments on “Dinner and a drink…

  1. Doppleganger says:

    So, what was it? I think it was Alice wanting you to come home, she and Dali have figured as way to get the cat to climb up and hit the buttons… who would suspect? Happy Halloween! BTW, dinner at your place always makes my mouth water….!


    1. Happy Halloween my friend! Hope you have a lovely weekend. We are expecting a little “white stuff” tomorrow night. I finally have two days off in a row and the weather doesn’t look very inspiring…:-(


  2. Touring NH says:

    We used to get a lot of false alarms at the shop when we first opened. I couldn’t count the number of midnight trips downtown to check on the situation, only to find everything secure.Glad the power wasn’t off too long.


    1. what a pain! I can imagine the shop alarm was, well, alarming!


  3. Maybe having a dry run was a good thing. At least now you know what will happen if the alarm is ever for real.


    1. True Allen. We know it works regardless of the phone line situation…just no idea how that happened!!


  4. Marie Keates says:

    Maybe it was the power outage. When power comes back on there can be a surge, maybe it triggered your alarm. Still better safe than sorry and you know it all works fine now.


    1. I hadn’t thought of that Marie. You could very well be right about the power outage and a surge!


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