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A Picnic Supper with Tom

Yesterday was a provincial holiday here; I decided on a picnic supper with Tom, my brother. We had not eaten outside yet so far this summer, and when you get into August, things are sliding downhill into fall.

At noon I started sort of a casserole in the crockpot with 4 chicken drumsticks and some vegetables and broad noodles. Also a can of cream of celery soup. However, as the afternoon wore on, I realized that the chicken would not be done in time, for Tom likes to eat an early supper.

So I changed gears. I called Tom to ensure he was agreeable to my plan that we eat out in the Kinsmen Park next to his apartment building. There is a new merry-go-round, mini-train, and ferris wheel there. We used to sit there and watch the kids on the merry-go-round while we ate. However, we had not done this since all these features were replaced with NEW venues. Tom happily agreed.

I decided that I had enough fries in the freezer to heat some up, and I made some mango/banana/yogurt smoothees for our dessert/drinks. At 4 pm I loaded those on the car and stopped at the Kentucky Fried Chicken place just a block away, to pick up some hot chicken.

Tom had already wheeled himself to the parking lot of the park when I pulled up. So we just went to a picnic table near the concession stand, and I set up. I threw my red table cloth over the table (saving me the bother of wishing I could wash it down to make it sanitary), and I spread out our meal.

While we ate we people-watched – at the merry-go-round, at the ferris wheel, and at the mini-train which had a brand new station. A couple came to the table next to ours, with twins in a baby carriage. We congratulated them.

We’d felt a few drops of rain as we arrived, and felt a few more as we were leaving. Later in the evening a real thunderstorm rolled in, but we had fine weather for our short holiday picnic.

I did have my camera with me, but I plumb forgot to take any photos.


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