No! That's NOT For You!


Not all aspects of quarantine life are so bad. For instance: the quality of our leftovers-that food enjoyed while standing at the fridge-is off the charts!

But not all leftovers are the same!

Like Jack on the back nine of the 1986 Masters, I have been dominating the grill and cast iron skillet! Tonight was a mixed seafood grill: calamari, shrimp, cod and trout. All made crispy on the tongue, thanks to Guy’s jug of olive oil! Fresh asparagus (which I learned on Tik Tok takes FIVE YEARS to grow), grilled corn on the cob and of course, Italian bread!

No leftovers!

Which makes the care packages from Connie, my mother-in-law to be, crucial at the late-night stress feeders!

Connie is a gift. Neighbors with the occupying Allied army in 1940’s Italy, Connie has had a life full of challenges which would leave most of us with every reason to be angry at the world.

But Connie is never angry.

Connie is an enticing woman who will sing you any of a few family favorites in Italian, English or an odd combo of both. All for a glass of wine!

And she’s an Iron Chef with a touch for the native Italian specialties. When Guy goes to visit her she always comes home with hands full of fresh baked breads, chicken parm and other classics are always on the menu. All sent home for us to share. As long as if by "us" you mean Chris!

Because they’re not for me!

Connie loves me; but I’m not her grandson! And so, it’s not for me! Occasionally she sends these indescribable mushrooms (which her husband Carmine forages for himself). Those aren't for me either but thankfully Chris doesn’t eat mushrooms! I took a piece of his chicken parm today at lunch. Not wanting to make a problem for myself, I left him a slice of my cheesecake so he doesn’t rat me out to his mother!

So, not everything is for me AND it turns out; not everything is for you either!

If you are an independent paint retailer, hardware retailer, decorating store owner or any other type of retailer, the rest of this blog is not for you so get back to work.

Speak to you guys again on Monday! Before you go: I put a new pod up this morning! Go take a look in the usually spots!

Now, go! Run along!