November 5th is…

… the birthday of Ike Turner, born in 1941. It’s also the same day Japanese army generals received the command to bomb Pearl Harbor… which they did a month later.

Monica and I are having Ta-Ke Sushi in remembrance and watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain in Japan: Cook It Raw. 


Sushi from Heaven

Our Son-in-Law, Matt Calloway, gave us a gift certificate to Ta-Ke Sushi on King Street. Monica and I enjoyed an afternoon city walk-around to see the new container village and snap a few pics. Then home to enjoy the dynamite roll, caterpillar roll and california rolls. Domo arigato, Matthew!

Springtime Sushi

It’s April and time for some spring cleaning. Monica and I spent the day in Fredericton to help Ryan muck out his apartment and put on a fresh shine. To show his appreciation, he bought us take-out dinner from J’s Asian Kitchen: Unagi roll, Crazy Girl Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Chicken Chow Mein and Bulgogi. Thanks Ryan, your place looks great. Love your artwork!

Solstice Sushi

It is the winter solstice. The sun set today around 4:30 right on the end of our street (compared to over the back yard in summer). For some comfort food, Monica and I got take-out from Ta-Ke Sushi on King Street. Mmmmm. So good and then we crashed in front of the fireplace… happy.😊

Certainly Sushi

It is the last weekend of January 2021 and the polar vortex has finally arrived to New Brunswick after a dry, mild, easy-walking start to the winter. Monica and I succumbed to the urge for some sushi from our fav (temporarily take out only), Ta-Ke Sushi on King Street. What a great Friday night! We’ll walk it off tomorrow.

A new sushi discovery

Monica and I had a chance to have lunch in Sussex with Monica’s sister,  Marlene. There is a sushi restaurant there I’ve never been to before, Sushi Jo! Marlene has never had sushi before! I was doubly excited to try a new place and with someone for their first time. We had a great meal with lots of laughs and lip smacking good sushi. Marlene was very brave. Nobody died 😀.

Saturday comfort sushi

Monica and I thoroughly enjoyed a Saturday at home; in the morning running errands around the city including grocery shopping at Superstore. I couldn’t get past the sushi counter and was able to talk her into an easy dinner at home with a bottle of wine. Back at home, Monica made spaghetti sauce for family dinner night on Sunday while I ground glass for Christmas ornaments in the studio.

Through the afternoon, Mon worked on photos for her scrapbook of our children’s lives (pause) and I sat in my comfy chair foiling glass. Total Contentment!

Dinner was divine, of course, at 6:00 and so was the wine 😃. Just an average day at home you might think? Perhaps, but why then am I so thankful as if it rarely happens? It does… often.

Steelhead Volcano roll and Spicy California roll

Not just dinner and a show

This was way beyond ‘Dinner and A Show’. This was Ta-ke sushi and The Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Imperial Theater with our niece Ellen, on a Wednesday evening. How incredibly mid-week amazing is that?

Sleeping Beauty

Our culture meter just went up a few notches. This was my first ever ballet and I loved it, and it was Tchaikovsky! who, is Ellen’s favorite, AND did I mention there was sushi!

The three of us got together on Wednesday to celebrate the newness of spring. How fortunate we are to have our niece in the city where we can see her often. Ellen surprised us with tickets to the Jorgen Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty and was I ever surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I had never seen a ballet before and wasn’t sure I would “get it”… but I did! …thanks in part to watching the Disney movie many times with the kids, and also the skill and strength of the dancers…I wish I was in that kind of shape!

First, however,  we went for supper at out favorite sushi restaurant, Ta-ke Sushi on King Street. We sampled some old time favorites along with some new discoveries. So good… we will be back again soon, hopefully.

It was a wonderful night. Here are the photo highlights.

All dedications lined up together at the perfect moment in time

Just like my home page says, “This site is dedicated to the following…” i.e., all those things I said I would dedicate my site to, well they all just happened to come together this week at the same time: 1) I’m itching for a new stained glass project and have something in mind for my bathroom downstairs (hint: marine theme). So, while I was looking at some glass possibilities, I snapped a pic or two. Selecting the glass is step #2 in the process, after pattern preparation, and is perhaps second only to patterns in terms of the creativity factor. I love searching the colors and patterns in the glass for the possibilities. 2) There was sushi involved (thank you above for the Japanese who perfected this culinary delight centuries ago). 3) My favorite two celebrations of the year are back to back…our anniversary and Canada Day. Monica and I always love to celebrate our lives together and then have a holiday the next day. She somehow masterminded that 31 years ago, and I’m ever so glad she did. Two wonderful occasions to celebrate and I couldn’t be any more proud and patriotic of both.

Here is a quick photo reel of the highlights.