Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Day Off

I worked Monday, but was off yesterday and today, and work tomorrow and Friday.  I was happy to see Amy and her husband, Dave, as guests at The Whitney on Monday.  Amy follows my blog. I usually take her picture, but she was enjoying time with her hubby so I didn't want to bother them with photographs.  It was great seeing you again, Amy and Dave!

I can't believe how fast February is flying by - pun intended as this month's theme at the assisted living facility is 'Birds', and it's this Sunday. So I spent most of my day working on the presentation. While I'll be sharing factual information about birds, there'll be some fun bird trivia too such as cars and sports teams with bird names [for the guys that are slowly increasing in attendance] and bird proverbs and idioms.  I love the one, "mad as a wet hen." We know it means angry, but the story behind it is traced back to the south.  After a hen laid her eggs, she'd want to sit on them until they hatched.  Even if all the eggs were gathered, she'd still sit on the empty nest.  So in order to break her, and get her to lay more eggs, the farmer would lift her off the nest and dunk her in water.  She'd then go right back to her nest, so dunking her in water had to be done two or three times, after which she'd get very mad and start fussing and scrambling about, but it broke her and she'd start laying eggs again.  Who knew unless you're a southern farmer with hens!

On Saturday I'll get the supplies to make the residents chocolate bird nests for their treats.

All work and no play makes for a dull day, so when my hubby came into the office and asked if I wanted to go to lunch at El Charros, our favorite local Mexican restaurant, I said yes.  

By the time we got there it was 1:00 o'clock and most of the lunch crowd was gone.  Hooray, because I've been wanting to take pictures of their winter decorations.  The restaurant has two large dining rooms.  One room has a polar bear and penguin scene above the fireplace [below].

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The other has an icy winter theme which doubled as Christmas decorations.  The walls are light blue, so all the silver bulbs coordinate beautifully.

The wreath of dangling silver bulbs is suspended from a sky light.  It's prettier in person, but you get the idea.

Close-up of two large wreaths on each side of the fireplace.

I ordered my usual chicken fajita salad, then it was back home and into my office to finish my bird presentation.  I sipped green pomegranate tea as I worked, and El Charros was the perfect break.


  1. I never knew that about the wet hen! Makes sense, though. I'd be mad if someone dunked me in water, too. Your lunch out sounds so nice, and the decorations were lovely.

  2. I never knew that story behind the saying, but naturally, like all sayings about crazy things, it hails from here in the South! :) And that is the prettiest Mexican restaurant I've ever seen. Wow!


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