Snowdrift Vanilla Porter..

Is a Porter a beer?  It certainly is not an ale.  This particular Porter is made by the Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company of  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  I give this beer a thumbs up. My DW likes stouts and porters and she likes this one as well.   We also bought the Brooklyn Brewery’s Winter Ale today. I did not like this at all. I will save for one of the kids if they will drink it.  It might be me, I am willing to concede that. We walked around COSTCO today and I liked one of the ten or so products being offered as samples. I usually can find some redemption in almost every free sample I taste. Not today..

I seem to be suffering from a post-Christmas sugar rush crash. I tried to explain this to DS2 at dinner today.  The build up to Christmas was intense. The delivery of the holiday met expectations (that’s good, right?). The next day, sugar crash. Way up high, then way down. Why? You ask? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s the real world intruding on my holiday sugar rush. Wednesday we had four inches of rain fall in our area. We had no rain in the cellar. The waterproofing from the fall continues to work. We have a cellar window that is at the ground level. In the past we have had water flood in this window during very heavy rain events. Wednesday night we spent four hours bailing the window box to keep the rain out.  I am devising a plan to permanently solve this problem.

Wednesday we also found out that one of the boys that played with DS1 on his college lacrosse team was found dead on Christmas around lunch time.  This was an unexpected death. At this point I have not heard the definitive cause of death. The family has a history of fatal brain aneurysms. The boy was also in some trouble with the law and may have taken his own life. At this point I don’t know.  DS1 took this pretty hard.

Fast forward to Saturday night. DS1 is in Pittsburgh visiting with his college lacrosse teammates. The trip was scheduled two weeks ago. This can be a good time for them to get together and grieve, if they are careful. The funeral and such will be held near Seattle, Wa. DS3 is on Long Island this evening. I took him to the train station this morning. He took the train into New York City to meet up with a girl who lives on Long Island and goes to the same university as him.  They spent the day in NYC and have made their way to her mom’s house on Long island.  This is a leap of faith on the part of his parents.

Me, I’m working through it. Pictures, of course!  Enjoy!

Namaste

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