Celebrate Summer – Grill It!

The weather personnel warned people that it is going to reach 100 degrees today, pretty much like the past couple days. Yesterday was 101 degrees, which was unbearable. We were warned not to fire up the grill outside. But we have already made plans to have a barbecue lunch with friends today. Summer is always hot anyway. And we can’t grill in the winter. What is it going to be, grill or no grill?

Of course I take the extreme heat warning seriously. That’s why we decided to start the grill early in the morning. By the time the sun was out, we have prepared the meat, chopped the vegetables. By about 7 o’clock we were already cooking in our backyard. Our neighbors woke up and smelled barbecue. No, it was not a dream.

Asian barbecue pork chops. 

Grilled chicken in two flavors. 

I love the basket, can’t grill without it. No more dropping food to the bottom. 

Now we can enjoy the food inside. The man who invented air conditioning is my hero.

The sweet cherry tomatoes and long beans were picked in our garden. Fresh!

Our friends came over and we had everything ready to put on the table. Everybody loved the grilled vegetables. That gave me an idea to create a recipe for the next cookout. Yes, I am always thinking even when I am eating. We had a great time celebrating 4th of July ahead of time. Red, white, blue.


A Magnet Means A World To Me

I don’t remember when I started collecting magnets. I ask for a magnet every time my friends go out of town for vacations. Lucky me, they all remembered to bring me back a magnet. Some people even told me the reason why they chose the magnet for me. I remember all the stories and who gave me the magnets. I love my friends. And I love my magnets.

My refrigerator door looks like a trophy wall to me. After I retired, I lost contact with some of the best people I know. But the refrigerator magnets always remind me of them and the time we spent together. I count my blessings everyday for the new and old friends I do have. You never know how things may change in the future. People move around rather quickly.

Recently my friend from Hong Kong sent me three magnets and a book. It means a lot to me that we became friends. I wanted a Hong Kong magnet for a long time. Somehow it never happened, until now. I especially like the one with the ferry. It reminds me of home, a long time ago. Thank you for the wonderful gift. I can’t wait to check out the book too.

I grew up in Hong Kong. Now I live in the United States. I got home sick looking at the picture.

I added the new magnets to my collection. They look beautiful.

This is a conversation piece. People like to touch and ask questions about the magnets.