The plus side of this is that it is chilling down outside and with daylight savings blacking out our evenings, it’s easy to hunker down into hibernate mode with some DVD’s from the local library. Although my cable company gives me nearly 1000 channels to choose from, the actual viewing selection seems to get narrower and narrower each month. Reruns and crummy movies are the staples of the cable world (with a few stellar exceptions such as Turner Classic Movies and some new programming on USA) and even my old standby PBS is offering a plethora of reruns (again with the notable exception of the new Sherlock Holmes series that is quite excellent).
Monarch of the Glen” that aired between 2000 and 2005. Loosely based on Compton Mackenzie's “Highland Novels”, which are set in the same location but in the 1930s and 1940s, the first book in the series was called The Monarch of the Glen, hence the series title. The well done series tells the story of young restaurateur, Archie MacDonald, trying to restore his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands.
Aside from an interesting look into the life of a family that’s held their lands and titles for hundreds of years and trying to come to terms with economic realities of our modern way of life, these programs have breathtaking scenery that have instilled the desire to visit Scotland to see if it really is this beautiful. The shows were filmed at an actual castle that is both stately and proud while showing signs of long neglect and decay. And yes, the men wear kilts and a few tote around bagpipes. This is a charming series and if you have an opportunity to get this from your local public library it’s well worth watching.
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me to use someones Porsche!
Saturday evening my friend Cathy and I headed up to Independence to assist in an auction hosted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Porsche Club of America. It was their 50th anniversary party and in order to do a little something nice for their community they included an auction benefiting the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House.
Normally as volunteers we are relegated to eating cold pizza, or many times nothing at all, but the Covingtons (Marie was the event Chair) were kind enough to include us in their dinner and program. There were 6 Porsches on display in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Independence as well as a few scattered in the banquet room itself. And me there without my camera for a change! Missed opportunity for sure.
These guys (and gals) clearly are devoted to their cars. They give a new meaning to the term "Car Guys". The gentleman I sat next to at dinner has 6 Porsches and races them at Mid-Ohio on a regular basis. This is no winning enterprise; he says it costs him a half a million dollars a year to support his ‘hobby’, which no doubt included the salary of his mechanic that was sitting next to him at table. He spoke to me at length about the purpose behind the NEOPCA, which is mainly to educate drivers in car handling, both for sport and daily driving of automobiles and motorcycles. They were even auctioning off a defensive driving class to be held at Mid Ohio Raceway.
David Donahoe who won the “24 Hours at Daytona” race in 2009 - 40 years to the date that his father won the same race, and Darren Law, one of his teammates at that race. They spoke at great length about their racing careers and for the enthusiasts in the crowd, I’m sure it was quite entertaining.
|The smallest of my 3 slow cookers-|
perfect for meals for one!
Somehow it feels like slow cooker weather, don’t you think? The outside BBQ has been stored away for the winter (or more to the point, the charcoal has been lost behind all the other crap in the garage), the pizza oven will have to wait until spring for a good burn and the house is chilly, all of which mean it’s time to start thinking of soups on the stovetop, baked goods emerging from a warm oven and the slow cooker doing it’s thing all day so that I’m greeted by wonderful aromas when I come home from work. Ahhhhh…….
|2 minute par boil (after cutting|
out the tough stem)
|All tucked in for the slow cook|
to cabbage roll heaven!