Sunday, June 5, 2011


Unless you lived in Orrville, this weekend was pretty fantastic, weather-wise.  Plenty of sunshine all over the place, so I put on a happy face, much as the song suggests. 

After several days of long-distance arguing, cajoling and repeated explanations, I finally got some issues taken care of with my parents.  This must be what it feels like to be a cat trainer.  The cats will only do what they feel like doing and only when they feel like doing it and every time you begin a training session it's as though you've never been down that road before.  A small victory on my part on Friday lead me  to a more relaxed weekend without worry - at least any immediate worries. 

A good nights sleep on Friday and all of the sunshine peeking in through my window on Saturday morning prompted me to get out to the community garden and get busy bright (literally) and early.  The garden had just been plowed this week and marked off into plots on Friday, so I am one of the first to get anything in the ground.

Last year's garden plots
My garden neighbors, Burt and Joyce, were out ahead of me busy working the ground and working out their plan.  This couple are gardeners from way back so I'm looking forward to picking their brains a bit as the season goes on.  Generally pretty conservative gardeners, this year they are trying a few new things like leeks and celeriac.  It will be fun to see how it all turns out.

For me, I spent my time this weekend planting tomato plants.  And more tomato plants.  And some more tomato plants.  To say that I got a bit carried away at the greenhouse this spring is a bit of an understatement.  So far I've got 25 plants in the ground and still there are a few more in my box to put out.  With a bit of luck I'll have tomatoes of all sizes and colors and frankly I'm really looking forward to it. 

Patio at Gervasi
Saturday evening I'd been invited to join friends at Gervasi to hear our friend Stan Miller perform.  Both the setting and the entertainment were lovely. 

I've been to Gervasi a couple times already and by far the best place to enjoy the place on a warm day is on the patio.  With views of the lake and lawns where people are playing cornhole and boccie ball, it's a very tranquil setting.  They've recently built new B&B's across the lake and while I think it's sort of screwed up the view, I'm sure it's a quaint location for an overnight retreat.

Meanwhile we enjoyed some wine, a salad and some pizzas.  The food here is good but the menu on the patio is limited.  The menu inside is more adventurous and quite delicious.  The wines are OK but a bit sweet for my own taste.  The main attraction here is the setting and, for us, the entertainment.

We met Stan Miller a year or so ago at Riverside Wine Bar out in Kent and met Terri at the same time.  Stan and Teri are good friends and I've been invited often to hear him perform around town.  Stan plays sax and sings, mostly an easy listening set of tunes ranging from rat pack favorites to cool jazz and does them all quite well.  
Stan MIller at the microphone

Saturday was a bit special as he'd been asked to sing a special dedication to a young couple to set the mood for a marriage proposal (she said yes) and it brought tears to eyes all around the patio.  After a beautiful song that I don't think I'd ever heard before, the young man got down on one knee and proposed.  It was really very romantic.  Well done by him and by Stan.

By 10 pm the sky had been lit up by distant and then not-so-distant lightening and the skies opened up a torrent shortly thereafter making the drive home challenging.  Joke was on me since I got home and there was no sign of rain here.  Too bad it chased us out of Gervasi for the evening.

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