Blackfin Blues with Roy and Deb

Wednesday, December 28

This was the scene as we turned into Roy and Deb’s road – to go out with them for supper.

Just before turning into their driveway.

This was for Roy’s 2016 birthday – which was in July. 🙂 He had actually chosen something else that didn’t materialize, so he decided to wait until the week between Christmas and New Year when he does not have work.

He and I share a love of eating at new and unusual restaurants. We told him to choose whatever he wanted. He said, “How about Hawaii?” 🙂 I said that wouldn’t fit into our birthday gift budget. So he asked about going to California. I replied, “Same thing.” Try the east coast.

Eventually he got back to us saying he had chosen Blackfin Blues in Port Deposit, Maryland – about half an hour from their place.

A blue crab design on the wall near our table.

Roy and Deb checking out the menu.

Posing for me

Deb’s Iceberg Wedge

Crisp iceberg wedges topped with apple wood bacon, blue cheese crumbles & dressing, garnished with balsamic glace

Cerwin’s Filet Au Poivre

9 ounce center cut, pepper encrusted tenderloin, pan seared and finished with Grand Marnier sauce

Roy got the special. I forget what it was, but it was definitely seafood. The mashed potatoes were made with eggnog. They guys liked it but I thought it was a bit sweet.

Deb’s Filet Au Poivre (same description as Cerwins). She chose mashed sweet potatoes.

My Veal Oscar

Pan seared veal medallions, topped with colossal crab, grilled asparagus and chef hollandaise. I also chose mashed sweet potatoes (delicious). I don’t know when I last had veal, but I was delighted with my meal.

We were certainly not hungry, but were tempted by this berry cake, so ordered one and asked our waitress to bring 4 forks.

We exited the front door and walked around the block to enjoy this neat town at night.

Looking down the other side of the street.

Port Deposit has some interesting history. It would be fun to spend some time there and check it out.

Back in the parking lot

The Susquehanna River is just a block away, so Roy drove down an alley to show it to us.

This is close to where the river enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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It was a fabulous evening! Thanks for choosing this place Roy.

Our Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

It’s nice that Jere and Kristen like cooking and entertaining – and make sure each family member has a place for lunch on Christmas Day.

Jana made Grinch Punch. The red rim is sugar crystals.

Our name tags were made with Scrabble squares.

The coffee and dessert area

Pretty decorations

We took a few pictures while waiting on lunch to be finished.

Lunch is ready

The crew who enjoyed lunch

A popular gift at this house was drones. The boys each received one.

They had fun taking photos.

Because Josh and Allie were with her family on Christmas Eve, they had exchanged only one gift, so we enjoyed watching them open the rest of their gifts.

A housecoat for Jared

Allie had fun buying coffee cups. Josiah holding Deb’s cup.

Roy was amused by his. 🙂

Cerwin and I love our cups.

We watched everyone play with or enjoy their gifts, then stayed to watch the football game.

Oh, what a fun day!

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

We love being invited to join Jere and Kristen’s family for their traditional Christmas Eve movie and meal.

This year we started with an early lunch at Pizza Hut. Roy and Deb also joined us as his family lives in Florida. Jere and Kristen like to make sure all family members have something to do at Christmas.

We had the place to ourselves.

We got to Penn Cinema about noon.

Kristen always takes a picture of their family in front of the tree, so I took advantage of their pose.

Jesse was delighted to carry our stash of popcorn and his drink to the theatre room.

This year we were going to see “Sing”.

We were early so the room was still empty. It got full by the time the movie began.

Previews and ads.

Sing was the best movie I have ever seen at a theatre. I have seen only about 6 or 7 theatre movies in my lifetime. 🙂

It was fun to watch the variety of personalities and situations in this movie.

Thanks, Jere and Kristen, for inviting us to be part of this day.

Christmas Week ~ Part 2

On Friday morning, December 23 – the eve of Christmas Eve – I was feeling a need to go somewhere since we were having a quiet Christmas week.

We had our family’s Christmas celebration on December 4 because some of our family – especially grandchildren – had many other family celebrations. Having the meal early meant that each of our Pennsylvania family could attend.

When Cerwin came to the living room with our morning coffee, I asked if he wanted to do something “brave” that day – like going to a new (for us) Costco for some supplies we needed. 🙂 I chose that store because we had a $32.00 Costco check to spend.

He liked the idea, and upon checking the directions, learned that Harrisburg Costco is a bit closer than Lancaster Costco – where we usually go.

We left the house shortly before 2 pm – planning to shop then get supper at a steak house.

The trees in our area are quite bare of leaves these days.

With bare trees and ground cover, we can see deeply into woodlots.

Our first stop was Bass Pro – just to see what they had. We both enjoy this store.

We didn’t buy anything.

Costco isn’t far away from Bass Pro, but late afternoon Christmas traffic made the trip around the city quite slow.

It was difficult to find the usual things we get there because the store is set up quite differently, but we weren’t in a hurry so did eventually find everything we wanted.

As we were ready to check out, I looked for the shortest line and chose the first one. The line was long, but it was one couple with three carts – including two very large TVs and some other expensive-looking things – thinking this line shouldn’t take so long.

I noticed two men in black overcoats nearby and immediately thought there was a security problem in checkout. I was also trying to figure out if they were in our line or the next one. I followed their eyes and soon knew they were guarding someone.

Cerwin was talking to the man with the TVs – checking on the deal he got – and was oblivious to the men standing next to me.

The two men did not appear to have purchased anything, so I became more and more convinced that they were bodyguards for the couple in front of us. After the couple paid for their equipment, I paused a bit to see if the two men in black would move forward and go through the checkout.

They moved in lock-step and handed the clerk a Costco card. He handed them a piece of paper and they followed the couple with the TVs out of the store.

I do wonder who was in the checkout in front of us. 🙂

Later as I thought about that experience – after watching their eyes looking back and forth across the checkout lines, I thought about the blessing of having a God who does the same thing for me. He goes before me, guards each side of me, and is also my rearguard.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me a live example of having a bodyguard.

Because of the busy traffic in Harrisburg, we decided to go to the Outback Steakhouse in Palmyra. Can you guess what town we are going through in the above picture?

If you guessed Hershey, you got it right. 🙂

I enjoyed a few Christmas lights along the way.

The Roadhouse was busy and noisy, but the food was delicious. Cerwin got steak tips, I enjoyed shrimp and seasoned rice.

By the time we got to Mountain Road – our turn-off road from Route 72 – we hadn’t seen many Christmas lights, so Cerwin (knowing I was hoping to see some Christmas decorations) asked if I wanted to see Gloria Burkholder’s lights. Of course I said, “Yes.”

Shortly after passing Mountain Road, we came upon the above house and yard that were fully decorated – along with Christmas music. We stopped, watched the many moving lights and listened to the music.

At the south end of Manheim we came upon these decorated cars – giving the appearance that a police cruiser had stopped the one in front of it.

Santa Claus was in the cruiser.

Gloria’s beautiful property

As you can seek by her lake – it was a beautiful, calm evening.

From there we went home by Kreider Farms to see their silo.

Oh, what a delightful evening.