Sunday, January 01, 2017

Safe From Sea Monsters in 2017

Hello 2017!
I was met with a beautiful start to the new year with mild(er) temperature and roads free of snow and ice. I couldn't think of a better way to start the year off than plunking money into video games, so...
It wasn't terribly crowded. Probably not a good place to go 1 January with a hangover. We were on a mission though. Danny wanted to see how far he could get on a Sega game called, The Ocean Hunter.

He finished the game. Forty minutes after starting, he completed the bloody game. I've never run a video game to the last level. That's either a great start to the new year, or a disappointment because nothing else will ever be as exciting. Anyway, that's a proud parental moment though I can't take any credit for it-we only drove him to the arcade. You'll be pleased to know he's rid the planet of some very nasty sea monsters, so next time you're at the beach you know who to thank. 

We made the traditional American New Year's bean stew, Hoppin John popular in the Southern states. I did a meatless version with soya bacon, and served it over rice.
I'll be packing away my holiday china this week, but I haven't decided which set to use until spring. I have a full service of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village, but I might rotate it out with the Noritake stoneware. I have far too many sets of dishes for three people. I hope Danny takes them someday when he moves out.

Let's have a quick cocktail:
The Artillery
2 oz. gin
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters.
Stir well with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of lemon peel.
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage skirt-Goodwill
Vintage chain belt-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage polyester top-Goodwill
Vintage crochet vest-New Life Thrift
Vintage pendant-Sequels
Earrings-K Mart
Vintage box bag-Antique mall
Fragrance-Madonna Truth or Dare (aka, "Fake Fracas")
I won't be taking myself too seriously in the new year (I'm too old to start now)!
Hope 2017 is good to you.


ThriftyParka said...

Oooh, love that orangey-red outfit! I haven't met a chevron skirt I didn't like. Johnson Brothers china! Wow! You're so lucky to have a full set!

Thank you to Danny for clearing the ocean of monsters.

Happy thrifting ;)

Bibi Maizoon said...

Oh my, now that outfit is truly a 70's tangerine dream! I almost thought that necklace was one of those owls that were so popular.
Tell Danny Sega rocks! My sons still play Atari & Myst on my crotchety old Commodore 64.
The Kashmiri contingency here will not eat black eyed peas, Nepalis do though.

Polyester Princess said...

Your orange outfit cheered up my first day back at work. That skirt is fab! Much relieved to hear that Danny has been getting rid of some sea monsters and that you'll continue not taking yourself too seriously. I really should take a leaf out of your book. Have already been practising a couple of silly poses! xxx

Vix said...

That skirt!!! I want it! Just the thing for a gloomy Winter day.
Thank Danny for me, will you? Sernabatim Beach is looking a much safer prospect for next week now - although, if he could magic away the bastard massive sea snakes I'd be eternally grateful! xxx

Vronni's Style Meanderings said...

How bright and cheerful you look in your orange outfit. I absolutely love that bag. The skirt is brilliant with those chevrons and I love the crochet waistcoat. The silver jewellery with it is so 70s!

I've just sorted out my wool stash and crocheted an infinity scarf last night,I'm just about to crochet an earwarmer and then will embarking on crocheting blankets for 'Knit for Peace'. I've got the crochet bug again...

Congratulations to Danny for ridding you of those sea monsters. My son was the same with computer/video games. He'd play them until he completed every bloody level; sometimes staying awake all night to do so!

Goody said...

@Thrifty Parka
The sewing is ever-so-close on the seam matching, and it bugs me because I know I could have sewn it better :)

Those old 64's are collector's items now! how cool to still have it.

Maybe I'm not a good role model-I look stupid 99% of the time!

Sea snakes are REAL? I thought that was just something out of Greek mythology. *Shudder*

The only thing I crochet these days are dish rags as I'm too cheap to buy them. I think that's lovely that you're making blankets for charity.

Mim said...

Hoppin John sounds good. I should try making that. Southern US cuisine always sounds very tasty and hearty.

Hoorah for Danny's heroic efforts. No more sea monsters!

Beth Waltz said...

Glorious color and a riotous field trip - and excellent start to the New Year.

Now I'm giggling at your comment about Danny taking china with him. When we attempted to unload some Spode on the next generation, we discovered they favored the plain white service acquired from a Sears catalogue. (We added two boxes of silverware to sweeten the deal.)

Sue said...

If you ever start taking yourself seriously I will die.

Goody said...

It is very easy to make, and if you own a slow cooker it can be ready when you get home from work...just cook the beans first (or use tinned) because you can't cook dried beans in a slow cooker without serious consequences.

He wouldn't DARE not take it! I have a feeling we'll be holding onto it for years as he travels the world as a wildlife biologist. Then, he'll marry someone that doesn't like, "Old stuff." Watch, you'll see. Mark my words.

Then I'd better keep doing what I am!