Monday, August 25, 2008

I'm Thirty-nine. OMG!!!

OMG!!! I'm thirty-nine! I suddenly realize that I'm almost middle-aged. I mean, I knew Mike was an old fart, but me?
Just kidding. I ,actually, have a very healthy attitude about aging. When I'm old, I'll finally have an excuse for all of my eccentricities. People will just say, " There goes that Jennifer Blue, she's a little off." Whereas, now, I'm just labeled as "strange" or "crazy".

I am, however, amazed at how something can seem like it just happened and at the same time, it seems like it was a lifetime ago. On one hand, it seems like I just left for college. On the other hand, it seems like I've lived a hundred different lives. It does make one stop and think about living everyday to the fullest or as my husband says, "I'll sleep when I'm dead". Anyhow, I thought I'd make a quick list of things to do before I die. This way I have the next 50+ years to complete it because I don't plan on going anywhere for a long time. I'm shooting for at least 95 but 100 would be great. Besides, I have to fulfill my destiny as a crazy aunt since I don't have any kids to torture with my eccentricities.

1. Take a trip to France
2. Learn French so I can actually communicate when I'm there
3. Ride a century on my bike
4. Write a book
5. Learn to play the piano
6. Read War and Peace
7. Sell a painting
8. See all of my nieces grow up and have families of their own
9. Finish my college degree
10. Get real cable tv
11. Swim with the manatees
12. See the Tour de France
13. Ride the space shuttle
14. Take Taylor to London when she graduates (I better start saving now)
15. Start a community garden here in Mansfield

Oh well, not a very exciting list, but attainable (except the space shuttle part). This list making is harder than it seems. I'll have to think about it and possibly add more later.

Anyway, Happy 39th to me!

p.s. The picture is from my 2nd birthday.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Malabar Farm Restaurant

Malabar Farm Restaurant
3645 Pleasant Valley Road
Perrysville,OH 44864

It was Bromfield's dream to someday open a restaurant and hire a french chef. During Bromfield's seventeen years in France he enjoyed the French countryside and it's fabulous foods. This is a quote from the menu at the Malabar Farm Restaurant and let me tell you, Bromfield's dream has been achieved. I enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the restaurant yesterday in the company of my aunts and cousin.

As many of you know, I love to cook and have a special affection for French food so the Malabar Farm Restaurant has been on my list of places to try. I hadn't been to the "Inn", as it was formerly known, for many years. The food was ok but not great, at that time. Word had reached me that the restaurant had a new chef and how terrific the food is.

The menu is diverse yet still retains it's French flair. I enjoyed the East Coast Crab Cakes with a South Pacific Cole Slaw from the appetizer menu ($8.25). The meal was delicious and I am picky about my crab cakes. Others in our party had the Chicken Pot Pie with a puff pastry top ($7.95) and the Blackened Salmon served with a golden saffron sauce ($16.95). They also had a classic French cassoulet as one of the specials. I will be back to try it another day. They have sandwiches and salads or if you prefer a full and proper meal, they also have some "higher end" meals but without a huge price tag.

Want to enjoy a great view of Pleasant Valley? You can enjoy your meal out on the deck at an umbrella table. The decor has been updated since I was last there and they have done a great job of giving you the feeling of an old inn but with some modern touches. Our server was also fabulous. She was knowledgable about the menu and made sure that we had everything that we needed.

If you want to enjoy a great meal in a great atmosphere, you must try this restaurant. It is now at the top of my list and I will be returning often.

For a full menu and more about the Malabar Farm Restaurant visit

The pictures were taken yesterday. Bottom picture from left to right: Helen Wappner, Marge Wappner, Christine Wappner, Marie Wappner and Diane Kracker.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

A Day At The Lake

Call The News Journal.
We actually left the city limits for the day!!!!!
Yesterday, Mike and I went for a drive so he could get his first look at Lake Erie. We've been living on the North Coast for three years and had not gone to the lake. We just drove around and got the lay of the land. Next time, we will have a itinerary but we (I mean "I") just wanted to get out of town. We checked out the new downtown in Sandusky (impressive) and then drove over to Bayview and up to Catawba. Then stopped for lunch and Chili's and came back home. The weather was perfect and I still say Ohio has some of the prettiest countryside. Pretty much a perfect day.
Sandusky Bay facing Johnson Island.

The Pier at Sandusky

View of Cedar Point from the Pier at Sandusky
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