Happy Mother’s Day!

I wrote this post 9 years ago, and it is still relevant today

I have joined another Mah Jongg group, we play on Monday nights.  We have been playing together for 5 years and have a special bond.

Thank you Mom for introducing me to this fabulous game. It has introduced me to more than you can imagine!! 

 

As long as I can remember my mother played Mah Jongg.  Saturday and Wednesday during the day, Monday in the evening.  During the day they would arrive at around 11:00 eat lunch, and then play for most of the day.  They took turns playing at each others homes,and served very nice lunches.  In particular they would serve what we “the kids” referred to as Mah Jongg candy.  Chocolate lentils, jujubes twizzlers, nonpareils(like snowcaps), nuts and something that looked liked gumdrops and jimmes that was called bridge mix. Of course there was an obligatory jello mold here and there.  Well at least when my Mom was the hostess. Monday nights they didn’t start playing until 8:00pm, and played into the late hours.  Johnny Carson was almost over by the time “the girls”, thats how they would referrer to themselves, left.  I’m not sure if you know how the game is played.  It is a chinese tile game.  I think there are 144 tiles consisting of 8 jokers, 8 flowers 4 0f each dragon red white and green 4 of each NEWS wind and 4 of each 1-9 “suit”, crack bam and dots.  There are about 40 hands on an official Mah Jongg card.  Each person is dealt 13 tiles except east, they get 14.  Kind of like gin.  The first person to make one of the hands on the card wins that game and collects money. My mother played with her groups of friends for at least 30 years, they were a very big part of her and my life!  They all shared every milestone together, their own,  and their children’s, and counted on each other for support.  They always sat at the same seat when they started a game and continued to be life long friends.  Unfortunately my mother was the first one from her group to pass on. They were all there for her, and she counted on them to get he through some of the worst times.

Today, I have my own Mah jongg group. We may only play once week, but we too have a bond.  We haven’t been playing together for 30 years yet, but I know we will be there for each other, just as my Mom’s friends were there for her.

The reason for this evenings post…..Tonight, there was a Mah Jongg tournament at one of our local synagogues, I won $100.  It made me think of my Mom and I just wanted to share.

P.S. I came in second last week, prize $50.
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are you ready for some FOOTBALL

are you ready for some FOOTBALL

I love watching football, IF the Patriots are playing. Last Sunday we had the opportunity not only to go to the game, but, also to be on the field while the teams were warming up. I made sure I had my camera, 2 charged batteries,  extra memory cards, and I also brought my 100-400m lens. Unfortunately I dropped it at the security table and it BROKE :(.

We arrived at Gillette Stadium 2 hours early. We wanted to get to the tables close to the windows in the Putnam Club. We figured we could use it as a basecamp to warm up. It snowed on Sunday, was really cold, and all the seats were damp and cold!

The Patriots were played the Broncos. It was an exciting game to watch, lots of action from both teams. We even got to see a trick play that didn’t go very well. Third down and long yardage, the Patriots lined up to punt. Then the whole Special teams ran off the field with the Bronco’s falling in suit. Unfortunately the Offense Line didn’t get back in time to execute the play.  It really was a sight to see!

Here are some highlights from the day. The Patriots won 43-21. We had a great time.

what’s HAPPENING

I haven’t posted a blog, or even looked at my reader.

Here is a link to what I have been up to in pictures. Click on the ferris wheel to watch it.

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I also opened a store on the minted site, click the picture to see my storefront.

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I would love feedback, if you have any to give.

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

a flower a shallot and a ZUCCHINI

I know the title sounds like Ed McMahon, asking Johnny Carson’s Carnac, (A link for those too young) on the Tonight Show.

This morning, like every other morning.  I opened my refrigerator door, and looked inside. What was I was going to eat for breakfast today.  I’m sure everyone else does this. You look, and see nothing you really want. This morning I was drawn to a wrinkly old zucchini, and an ancient shallot.  Both, ready for the trash bin.  I decided to cook something with them.

I washed the zucchini gave it a quick chop, peeled the shallot and diced it as well.  I thought they would be good sautéd, so I heated up some evoo.  First went in the shallots, they cooked for a couple of minutes. Then the diced zucchini, with a pinch of kosher salt.  I let them sizzle for a few minutes, but felt it needed some liquid for it to cook thoroughly.  Back into the fridge I went.  I found some delicious tomato soup, that my husband had made on Sunday.  This would be perfect, not just for cooking but also for added flavor. I poured the soup into the pan, put on a lid, and cooked it for another minute.  I opened the lid and thought, NOW WHAT?

Back into the fridge, aha, eggs.  I whipped up 2 eggs (only one yolk), dumped them into the sauté pan….

Voila….a delicious omelette.

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Oh, the flower… This was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the kitchen this morning.

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Thank YOU David xo

 

 

 

another new CAMERA

I have been taking pictures with a dslr for about 10 years, when my husband bought me a Canon 20d.  It literally ROCKED my world.  I moved up the Canon ladder to a 40d, moved to a full frame 5d and in December 2012, I got a 5d mark iii.  Canon’s latest and greatest consumer full frame Canon. I love this camera, but it is heavy!  Now, so many new cameras have being announced I felt it was time to check them out.

I had my eyes set on the full frame Sony a7 and the crop sensor Olympus OM d EM1.  Both are great camera’s.  I decided on the full frame Sony. I’m still getting used to the controls, they are a bit clunky, compared to the big dslr!

I took these pictures yesterday, it was so cold that when we woke up there was snow on the ground.  Look at the icicles on the bottom of the bird feeder (it’s about 20 feet away).

These pictures were taken in manual mode, shot raw and edited in Lightroom.  I used the Sony Zeiss 1.8 55mm lens.

What do you think???  I think they look pretty good, even straight out of the camera!

happy PASSOVER

Tonight is the first night of Passover. When we celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Every year our family gathers together for a Seder. As a child I loved Passover. I was so fidgety having to responsively read the Haggadah. I wanted the Seder to be over so I could find the Afikomen. 5 kids running around looking for the wrapped up Matzah. The winner the lucky recipient of a crispy new $1.00 bill.  The night was always the same, people arrived about an hour before the Seder.  We started with appetizers in the Living room(so fancy), chopped chicken liver, potato latkes and gefilte fish.  Then we were herded into the Dining Room (I had to sit with my cousin on a bench, there never were enough chairs) for the traditional Seder.  It seemed like it lasted forever. After the Seder we finally got to eat.  I remember the food being delicious and abundant.  Chicken soup with matzah balls, brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken fricassee and sweet potatoes with baked mini marshmallow on top. And, of course the obligatory Jello mold.  My mother always made an elaborate multi-layered mold of  jello, canned fruit and sour cream.  It took her hours to make, starting the previous day, so each layer would be able to set.

Fast forward to the present.  We still have our  traditional Seder, just with some different players.  I no longer have to sit on a bench, I’m the adult (kind of).  No jello mold and the finder of the Afikoman gets $20.00!  Maybe I will make a jello mold next year….then again, probably NOT!

Here is my contribution, a red velvet coconut macaroon cake. I found the recipe in The Forward.

Next year in Jerusalem!

dressed to KILL

Last night I went to a Cher concert at the TD Garden in Boston.  You will never guess who the opening act was.  Pat Benatar.  I know, you’re scratching your head!

Cher, she was fantastic.  Her voice didn’t have the same vibrato she had back in 1999, when I saw the Believe Tour.  But, she is 67 years YOUNG.  Her body still looks great, and she certainly moved and danced on stage.  Even after having foot surgery 5 months ago!  She told us she still could fit into “If I Could Turn Back Time” outfit.  Looks like she was telling the truth!

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If you want to see more of CHER, and all the outfits she wore, click on her name.

Here is her set list: Woman’s World Strong Enough Dressed to Kill The Beat Goes On I Got You Babe Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Dark Lady Half-Breed Welcome to Burlesque You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Take It Like a Man Walking in Memphis Just Like Jesse James Heart of Stone Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (performed by background vocalists) I Found Someone If I Could Turn Back Time Believe I Hope You Find It

Who would think that Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Giraldo would appeal to the Cher crowd.

They sang of all our favorites: Shadows of the Night All Fired Up Invincible We Live For Love Promises In The Dark We Belong Hit Me With Your Best Shot Love Is a Battlefield ENCORE: Let’s Stay Together Heartbreaker/Ring of Fire.

They didn’t disappoint.  Her voice is still strong and she certainly hit us with her best shot!

Click the picture to see more pictures from their set!

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