Catching Up. Again. by BETAkanim

Nine days since my last blog post.

I blame Spring Cleaning and Easter.

This year our family celebrated Easter on Saturday because my oldest son had to work the holiday. He’s single and they pay him double time-and-a-half. He usually works holidays so that a co-worker with kiddos can have the day off. I raised a gem, yes I did.

A few months before Easter my middle son declared “I better get a feckin’ ham for a holiday this year!!” Apparently I didn’t cook a ham for any holidays in 2018. He wanted his mama to bake ham. So I did. I also decided that I wanted to smoke a brisket because it’s officially BBQ season.


Last summer we gifted ourselves with a Traeger wood pellet grill/smoker. J is originally from Kansas City, Kansas and misses the barbecue. Because I love him and love to cook I decided to learn how to smoke everything. My first brisket of last season was a hit. Everything on the Traeger was a hit.

The RTD temperature sensor experienced an untimely death so we ordered a new one from Traeger because the grill is under warranty. Both J and I were SO excited when we fired it up for the first time this month. The smell of mesquite is the best thing ever! Once I get the mesquite in my blood all I want to do is grill and smoke food. So I decided to add brisket to the Easter menu. My youngest decided to add a third protein to the meal and purchased two pounds of extra large shrimp.

We rounded all of that out with smoked macaroni and cheese, steamed broccoli, baked-battered asparagus, deviled eggs and for dessert… CHEESECAKE.

Of course no family get-together is complete without a round of gaming. J pulled out our latest purchase for the game vault: Trivial Pursuit 40th Anniversary Edition. I won. Actually I had the most wedges when we called it so they declared me the winner. Next time we’ll team up to make the game play a bit faster. We played as individuals for our first time.

Trivial Pursuit has always been a favorite of ours. Well mine and J that is. The kids, not so much because they felt we had an advantage due to age. The Ruby Edition however spans 1979-2018 in all categories. We enjoyed it a lot.

Image from Amazon. Copyright Hasbro

Image from Amazon. Copyright Hasbro

You can pick up the Ruby Edition of Trivial Pursuit for $25 right now on Amazon. Just click the image above.

It was a relaxing holiday spent just the way we like. Conversation, good food, goofing with the grandnuggets and playing games. Life doesn’t get any better.

Another Goodbye by BETAkanim

My youngest son had to deal with one of the hardest things in life. His cat's health deteriorated drastically over the last two months and we all knew her time was coming. She was a family member but she gravitated to him and became his cat. She stayed in his room seldom coming out to socialize with anyone else. She's been by his side since he was 8 years old.


On Tuesday he asked J to drive him to the animal hospital so that he could do the best thing for her. She hadn't purred in months but as he held her for the last time she was pouring loudly. We believe she was telling him it was okay. 

Now he's dealing with the grieving and we're doing what we can to help him through it all. It was just 8 months ago when we made the same trip for our Boxer boy Toa.  

She gave us all 17 years of unconditional love and friendship. We all miss her very much.