Elaine, Walter, and Boy Twin

I thought I would write a story about hoping everyone had a healthy, prosperous year and that they would have a healthy prosperous new year. However, last night events prevent that from happening.

If you have been following these stories for a year you know that our family celebrated a birthday yesterday. Elaine had ANOTHER birthday. This is getting kind of old. Not Elaine, just this birthday thing. We just had Christmas. I don’t understand why she can’t wait a couple of months to have a birthday.

Anyway, Elaine asked if we could celebrate her birthday at the local fondue restaurant. Fondue is really great if you want to throw down a bunch of money to boil your own food. They give you a bunch of raw veggies, meats and seafood, a pot of boiling liquid and let you cook it yourself.

The restaurant does set some rules. They tell you if the raw food touches cooked food it will contaminate the food. Then you need to get a new plate and/or forks, which they will provide for you. They didn’t say if they would charge for the new plate, and no one at the table needed one. I was terrified about the contaminated food, so I boiled everything.

Seriously, we had a great time. We finished the evening kind of early. When settled in the car for the ride home I mentioned we could be home by 9:15 and in bed by 9:45. (I am a senior citizen) Life is good!

While driving home, I might have exceeded the speed limit a little bit. I know this because Elaine pointed it out for me. We arrived home at 9:13.

Standing on the front porch of our home, reaching for the doorknob, I watched Walter (Great Dane/Pit Bull) jump up on the inside of the door to greet us. His left front foot hit the thumb turn on the deadbolt, locking the door. Yep, he locked the deadbolt we have not used for eight years. The same deadbolt we do not have a key for.