Monday, August 12, 2013

It's Nice to Know your Vises - Weekend with Friends

Birthday weekend has passed (thanks everyone for the well wishes both on and off line).  It's going to be hard to go back to work tomorrow.  For my family, and those friends in other cities  I can best share the day in photos.

It started with Popovers for brunch. 
Then it was off to Half Priced Books.
The model railway book has a section on making relays out of wood, iron wire and electromagnets (hmmm evil basement lab experiment #126).

I got to pick where we'd have "birthday dinner" before some folks had to go back to work early Monday.  I'd heard about this place from so many, including an episode of "Man vs Food" where Adam said "best Meatloaf and Pie ever!" Gray Brothers Cafeteria. It's not your typical cafeteria. It's done up like a old world restaurant with lots of dark wood, stained glass and fireplaces. The food? Amish Buffet meets Southern Home cooking.
They serve you, on plates like Grandma had and will give you generous servings (the guy in front of me had three pieces of chicken including a breast the size of a small raccoon).  I went for two small pieces of chicken and a few side dishes.  Best fried chicken I have ever had, and the sides were all from scratch delicious. (I couldn't finish the big chunk of homemade bread but it was great).
Here's another platter from our group.
It's just 5 minutes south of the Indianapolis Airport and Interstate 70  in Mooresville, Indiana if you are traveling through the state.

Afterwards, there was  a gander at some old cars
Then back on home to visit and relax.

For me!??

Hand knitted Cammo slippers from a trap shooting gal friend I cross paths with professionally.
A book presented with "not that you need it".  Cool!  I'll let someone here guess what it is.
And, the present that any self respecting Ninja Gal would want.  A leather garter belt with adjustable garter and knives, hand made by Partner in Grime. 
For you never know when  the special occasion might arise where you might need a proper garter belt.

Now it's time to just relax and have fun.  There's always board games around here. 

*#^&!  Well THAT was a short game. 

Check out the box.  Notice anything unusual on the aircraft carrier under the fighter jets?

Tam: "Are those taildraggers on there?"

Evening was a few adult beverages and some of our favorite Law Enforcement and Forensic shows ("That's NOT the inferior nasal conchae!) before heading off to sleep in  my new slippers.
The following day, it was Girl's Day Out. I made sure the Birthday goodies were put away where Barkley couldn't get them and then it was time to feast and frolic with the Mongolian hordes! Thanks Tam!
Our food is on the grill.
After yesterday, I went for healthy with a sauce of  Mongolian Ginger Sauce, Teriyaki and extra Cayenne. Crispy, Crunchy, Savory, Spicy all together with brown rice and tortillas to make wraps.  Yum!

Then it was off to explore Woodcraft.  It's a little off the beaten path, but oh so much fun with a friendly, knowledgeable staff and lots of unique supplies.  Just the shop equipment alone was worth it.

See, I told you there would be planes involved.
Too soon, it was time to head home.  Huck was quietly waiting at Roseholme Cottage, as I knew Barkley would be when I arrived home.
Birthdays are great, but it's the little adventures throughout the year, the ones done without expectation or fuss that are the most fun.  Especially when you can hang with the folks that know all your vises and love you anyway.
Thank you everyone for all your well wishes and for my friends, for being there through so many years and adventures. 


  1. Belated birthday greetings and many more.

  2. Wearing a garter belt like that might cause the occasion not to ah, rise.
    That wood working tool store really looks nice, I used hand tools a lot so if the power goes out I still can make things.

  3. What a great post about a great day. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who live vicariously through you.

  4. "Boss, Boss the PLANES, the PLANES!" - Tattoo of Fantasy Island


  5. Wow...Partner made that garter-sheath for you? much bourbon would it take to get him to make me one?


  6. What Murphy's Law said. Glad it was such a great day!

  7. Happy belated birthday!

    On a totally different subject, when Hubby and I lived in central OH and our two nephews (ages 21ish and 23ish) lived with us, one of them was a grill cook for one of the local BD's Mongolian Grills. I personally loved the puns on the backs of their uniform shirts.

    And since we were in central Ohio, naturally there was the obligatory "Wolverines taste like chicken" shirts for special occasions (like game days).

  8. I have a friend who works in Mongolia.
    Someone opened a b.d.s there.
    They don't get it.

  9. I had to work all day today on our birthday. I'm glad someone was out having fun instead. Sorry if I confused people by wishing you a happy birthday on yesterday's post. I didn't know if I'd have time to comment today.

  10. Happy belated Birthday!

    Sounds like you had a great tiem, especially at the hobby store.

  11. I had great fun and I'm glad you did, too! :)

  12. Holy cow! That is one lethal garter!

  13. Damn.
    I've been kinda offline the last couple days.

    Missed all the fun.

    Happy Birthday!

  14. A couple of days well spent!!! Congrats on being 29... ;-D

  15. Ahhh nuts the whole way through I was getting excited about being able to post that I didn't see a single vise....and then you had to have that last picture ;)

  16. Happy belated birthday. Glad the actual day was great.

  17. Belated

    Happy Birthday

    Then around you, most every day is happy. May the year be a great one and the powder dry.

  18. Happy Birthday and many more, just do not get the other foot. :)

  19. Are those ME-109s sitting on that flight deck?

  20. Happy Belated Birthday, fellow Leo!

  21. Glad you had a great birthday weekend! Say hi to your partner for me.


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