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A Satisfactory Weekend

I didn’t have any plans for the weekend.

There were a few things I wanted to do around our backyard, but I was not expecting to be working there the whole weekend.

We have some bare spots in our lawn and I knew I wanted to do something about it. So on Saturday, I took my trusty shovel and started transplanting grass from the sidelines to the bare spots.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

My wife and I worked for a couple of hours and then we went to the hardware store to get some supplies to finish the job.

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

We got some plants, some pavers and some edging supplies to work on the front of the house and the back. She is an awesome bargain hunter so we got some great deals on everything we bought.

On the way back we stopped for a quick bite at the “American Empanada” food truck in Milford, CT.

American Empanada

American Empanada

The empanadas are kind of small but full of meat and cheese. We also ordered the large fries and they give you a ton of those. The Holy Aioli Sauce was very good with the Empanadas and the Fries. Next time, I will order extra.

We came back home and decide to rest until Sunday.

On Sunday, I woke up bright and early and with the help of my son Carlos, started installing the pavers on the backyard.

My wife made us breakfast and coffee and we continue on to the front of the house. My other two son came out and helped us with the edging and the mulch. Everything came out great!!

They did most of the work and I couldn’t be more proud.

At the end of the day, we made some Dominican Chimicurris. My son’s girlfriend came to join us and we had some beers and sat down on the deck to contemplate the fruits of our labor.

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Today, I was telling my wife how tired and sore I am (probably because I am so out of shape) but I would not change it for the world. The fact that I was able to share the time with my entire family working on our humble abode, made it all worthwhile.

EASTER SUNDAY

Happy Belated Easter… Can you do that? or does it only work for Birthdays and Anniversaries?

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Good food, Good Friends, Good Day…

I probably drank way too much. My brother-in-law and I mostly polished a bottle of Tito’s Vodka with Cranberry Juice (Cape Cod Coddlers, as they are know) almost all by our themselves.

I got home took a bath and fell a sleep due to my drunken stupor.

Food was some of the best dammed food I have ever had in a long time, courtesy of my sister-in-law, her father and my brother-in-law.

We had Red Beans Moro, Smoked Ham, Pernil, Potato Casserole, Salad and some mixed green beans and carrots with pearl onions.

For desert we had cheese cake, Flan and Key Lime Pie!!

Goodbye Sunrise

We woke up at 5:00 AM after going to bed around mid nite, so very little sleep.

The anticipation of the upcoming trip back home and the unfrequent flyer jitters meant a fatigued night. We were both sad that our vacations were coming to an end and that we had to say goodbye to family and friends.

We had finished packing everything the night before so all that was left was the toiletries and knickknacks.

We made our way downstairs and placed our bags in front of the door.

The quietness of the hour made us pensive and we sat on the living room trying to absorb the last images of out homeland. Like making mental photographs for posterity.

My brother came downstairs and we put the bags in the car and said goodbye to the city…

The streets were empty and devoid of people. The capital roads, usually full of traffic, were also telling us that we were going to be missed. We crossed the city at record speed and in a few minutes, we were on the road to the airport.

Our goodbye sunrise…

Our goodbye sunrise…

This moment came and changed the whole perspective of the ending of our trip. The mood was quiet in the car. Partly because of tiredness, partly because we wanted to savor the moment.

The sun was saying “So long, come back soon, we’ll miss you…

We promised we will!

A 50 year Anthology

Just came back from the Dominican Republic, where I went with my wife to join my sisters and my parents in celebrating my little brother’s 50th birthday.

He wanted to have a completely different birthday than anybody else, and he been the creative person he is, he decided to marry his love for music with the event and celebrated his birthday with a concert.

In other words, he regaled everybody that attended his party with a concert where he and three other musicians played five songs; one for (and from) each decade of his life.

It was an extremely memorable and emotional birthday…

Sebas in Flight

Sebas in Flight

One of the musicians was my nephew Sebastian Mueses, playing Bass.

I am so incredibly proud (as his father is) of how breathtakingly talented he is. I believe that he will achieve impossible heights.

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They played Jazz versions and arrangements of Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees, 79), Is there Anybody Out There (Pink Floyd, 89), Spiritual (Josh Hayden, 99), Suffering (Lars Daniels, 2009) and finally Mild (Jakob Bro, 2019).

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The other musicians (Sebastian’s friends) were of the same caliber and the night was filled with music to the delight of all of us attending.

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At the end of the night, my brother’s sister-in-law made an incredible gesture. She decided to sing a few songs in his honor. None of the songs were rehearsed and these talented guys were able to perform flawlessly.

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As birthday’s go, this one was so unique, that I am sure that none of the people that were there that night are ever going to forget it.

Ara singing for us…

Ara singing for us…