|Dianne, me, Melanie|
On Saturday, Mel and I, along with our friend Chris, went twice around Lake Padden, our choice because the awful weather during the previous night included howling winds and lots and lots of rain. It was still stormy, but less so, when we left for the lake. By the time we had gone once around, however, the sun was shining brightly and the winds had died to next to nothing.
Afterwards, Mel and I headed off to Scotty Brown's restaurant to meet Dianne and enjoy a nice lunch together. Dianne is still in recovery mode after having a problem with her hip for awhile now. Although she's not yet ready to hike, she sure was amenable to lunch and a midday holiday quaff with us. I ordered 6 ounces of the house red wine; Mel the pinot noir, and Dianne ordered a martini! I've never actually had one of them, but if it tastes half as good as it looked, I might have to try one.
I hadn't been inside a restaurant to dine for ages, since we have had to be careful with the pandemic. We wore our masks until we were seated and then again whenever we got up for the restroom. The beautiful sunshine that poured through the windows gradually lessened and the clouds built up again. But we enjoyed our drinks and meal before going out to our cars. I was surprised that the rain had started again.
As we stood there saying goodbye, suddenly we were engulfed in a heavy windstorm and sideways hail and rain! In just a few minutes, we were soaked. But within a short time in Mel's wonderful SUV with heated seats, I was just fine. This morning I had to drop my car off for some major work and will now walk to the auto shop not knowing if the weather will hold or not. Just to be on the safe side, I'll be ready for anything.
So nice that you got out! I tried a martini once...didn't like it...or it's sister a Gimlet...not for me. :)ReplyDelete
We too have not dined out but a couple of times in the past 2 years (and I do miss it).ReplyDelete
Looks to be a good time together, but I don't think I'd be having a martini for lunch...way too early.
The weather has been so erratic all over the world. Here, we have cold then wake up to another summer day. Odd.
Weather these days can only be called bizarre. You have to be ready for anything.ReplyDelete
Really miss eating out with friends. Looks like you had fun. Maybe someday soon.
Good luck with a martini. It was my drink of choice back in the day but I never drank it for taste, just effect.
What a happy picture in a restaurant! Here's hoping for many more!ReplyDelete
Except for getting soaked by that sudden squall, it seems you had a very nice outing. We have eaten out occasionally, in fact just last Thursday, when I got very tired of cooking. The spacing in the restaurant we choose was very good and we felt very comfortable. While we still have to be cautious, it's good to get out and about.ReplyDelete
Saturday night we got hit by a windstorm. Probably the remnants of that series of tornadoes in the American mid west.ReplyDelete
That's some very nasty weather. Smart thing to do to take everything for the weather. I'm still not going out to restaurants.ReplyDelete
I don't remember the last time I went to a restaurant. I am glad that you had good company and stayed safe.ReplyDelete
And yes, the weather is weirderoonies (is that a word) world wide at the moment.
That's a great photo of you with your girlfriends DJan, just seeing that martini made my morning!ReplyDelete
We are getting in a bit of a dither about the Omicron surge. I have a restaurant appointment tomorrow. If I keep it, I suspect it will be the last one for awhile. Sigh.ReplyDelete
You're an inspiration to all of us as you navigate both the weather and the pandemic.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're able to pick walks you enjoy. Looks like a great time...except for the downpour. :)ReplyDelete
It is so rare these days to be going out for meals with friends that it is a time to treasure. Loved the look of that Martini.ReplyDelete
The weather continue to surprise us but then again, it’s just a lot more of what we were accustomed to this time of year.ReplyDelete
That looks great, DJan! I am so glad that you had this wonderful time with friends.ReplyDelete