Paradise ponders: the all-kinds-of-stuff, catch-up edition... Seems like ages since I've had a few calm minutes to sit down and blog!
Jimmy and Michelle made it back to the airport for their trip home on Saturday, after a stop at the Red Iguana for yet another outstanding meal. We had a fifth person with us: Jay G. (more on him later), who hails from Michigan and was unfamiliar with “real” Mexican food (Taco Bell was most of his previous experience). Because he was unfamiliar with the items on the menu, we helped him order: chicken tamales smothered with his pick of the mole sauces. His surprised smile when he tasted the first bite was priceless. :) There were not many molecules of deliciousness left on his plate when he was finished!
Last week Michelle and Debbie made a wonderful b'stilla (a traditional Moroccan delicacy, a kind of sweet and spicy chicken pie). I mentioned this in a previous post, but failed to post the photos – I've fixed that below. The two of them were disappointed that the phyllo dough didn't hold together, but Jimmy and I couldn't have cared less: it tasted great, and brought back fond memories of a restaurant in San Diego, long out of business...
Friday was quite hectic for our contractors putting in the sprinklers and sod: rain was due Friday night, and they were scrambling to get the sod all laid down in time. They did it, but only just: the first rain started just as they finished. By this morning we've had over an inch of rain fall here, and the newly sodded areas are thoroughly drenched. The first photo below shows one of the trucks that delivered our sod (three loads in all). The truck is too big to get into our driveway, so they drove through our hay field to get as close to our house as they could, then drive a couple hundred yards with a fork lift to deliver each pallet of sod. Each truckload delivered 28 pallets of sod; we used 62 in all. The center photo shows the dogs on their first outing onto the sod-covered yard. For the first ten minutes or so, there was non-stop sniffing by all five dogs. After that, they started into the hard-core playing (especially Cabo and Mako, the younger two). They played so hard that they've been flipping up corners of the laid sod. :) All of them love their new back yard! The last photo is from this morning, looking at our back yard: nicely smoothed, gently sloped for good drainage, and (for the moment) free of anything even resembling a weed. The color differences, I'm told, come from the fact that the sod was cut from different parts of the field, with different exposures, soil types, etc. That should all even out by the middle of next season. Mark (the contractor) tells me that I'll likely need to mow it next week. Amazing!