I had the pleasure of a l-o-n-g lunch at a local restaurant with a colleague of mine yesterday. I haven't seen him to talk to in quite a while. We did see one another in a grocery store months ago and spoke maybe ten minutes but this time we had hours. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Besides being a colleague, he is a Russian translator. We were talking (among so many other things) about the subtilties of language and how one must be careful when translating (in either direction! ) because of varying meanings to words, nuance, and word placement in the sentence. I loved hearing some Russian (as an example for me in some instances) and I loved when he spoke English with a Russian accent. His accent-- though he is American, sounded the same as any I have ever heard on television when dignitaries from Russia spoke English. :-)
Our choice of topics to talk about were as varied as stones in a creek :-) There were conversations about our particular work that not anyone else would understand or have dealt with---a relief really to speak to those of us who understand and share(ed) the responsibilities etc etc. And we spoke without concern about politics and religion. Those with whom I meet once a month...circumstances allowing, are a very tightly knit family if you will. These are colleagues who are either working or retired..a fair mix of both. Only we fully understand one another because of our shared experience. So, with all that said, I had a thoroughly enjoyable set of hours with my friend.
We had several days...as many as THREE! with sun and now as always, we are being "punished" with mostly rain. This will go on for well over a week as it always does any more. We have perhaps 10 days with sun in a month I would wager. We only need 10 more inches of rain above what is normal and we will be 2 feet over normal.
I bought some new-to-me ice cream last weekend. It still comes in a half gallon size. It is so well worth the small extra amount of money that I will not buy any other brand again. This ice cream is made like ice cream should and used to be made. Milk, cream, sugar and whatever flavor (mine was "Vanilla Bean Vanilla" and it MELTS into watery looking ice cream melt! Not the nasty foam-like disintergration of the full of additives...strange guars, gums and so on, frozen desserts called ice cream that are so available these days. There is one gum, listed at the end. I can take that as it doesn't interfer with the texture and quality of the ice cream. I'll just tell you what kind it is. I wasn't going to but it's a compliment to them so I will. It's brand is called Blue Bell. Only available in 20 States I think, for now. Lawsey me...what a treat. From now on I will wait till one of the family is here long enough to help me eat it as I made a total hog of myself. I'm closing in on finishing it!!!
PS I took the sunflower pic last summer up the street.