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Mondays with Melitas – December 29, 2014

Warden's  santa

Warden’s santa

flowers from Marshall & Carolyn

flowers from Marshall & Carolyn

MY 96TH CHRISTMAS WEEK                                                   DECEMBER 29, 2014

 

You’ve just got to hear about all of the goings-on during my very latest Christmas week. You will be amazed with all the excitement. However, it may not measure up to your definition of “excitement,” but let me have my fun. A girl has to do what she has to do.

 

Monday the 22 tooth, everything started very circumspect — I had been invited to lunch with the ladies, the ladies being my pals from Memoir Writing, Maureen and Vickie. They came by the house to pick me up, and managed to get me up into Vickie’s SUV passenger seat — WRONG seat — I sure should have been in back. I made Vickie a little nervous trying to tell her how to get to Macario’s, but we did have a very nice, leisurely lunch. We were there quite awhile, but it was because everyone was talking at once, so we did cover many, many subjects. At the moment, I don’t remember any or all the subjects we covered. Anyway, many, many thanks gals. (This is a cheap way of getting out of sending a Thank You card what with the cost of card and stamp.) If they don’t happen to read my blog, they will never know I have thanked them.

 

I sat in the rear seat when they took me home, then I had to rest till I went to bed. Tuesday morning arrived, didn’t get up till 10 — no one had invited me out to lunch so I didn’t have anyplace to go. It made for a very quiet day, spent about an hour on the Skype with my Coach Tammy so I had some fun after all. She’s looking great, and writing so many words for her book, maybe she has 50 or 60 thousand words by now.

 

Now we come to Wednesday. ‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through this house, the Warden was making plans to surprise me with my brunch (never up in time for breakfast.) I sat up on my bar stool at the counter, and I started screeching and yelling, and I heard screeching and yelling coming from inside the fridge. For crying out loud, there sat a flat plate, not a bowl, not my lentils at all. Of all things! The Warden changed my Meñu without consulting me on such a serious item, and it was a Fried Tamale with a Fried Egg on top. I guess I should have realized that around Christmas in this neck of the woods, Mexican food , especially Tamales do come to the fore. The high little noises coming from the ice box were the lentils and olives all upset being left out and not able to be keeping up my strength, since that is their daily duty. I have to admit the tamale thing is very delisioso (Sp. For delicious.) Here’s how to prepare this dish: Go over to Costco and pick up a dozen. They are already cooked, so just put in frying pan with a little olive oil, fry slowly, turning them so they will be toasty on all sides and heat up inside. Fry the egg softly, slap it on top, poke it a little so the yolk will have a chance to ooze into the tamale and there you have it. Eat. There’s another recipe. If you don’t want to fry them, just steam them and have a can of Enchilada Sauce (mild) to warm up and pour over.

 

Later that day, we had made a date for 4:30, to Skype with Tammy, and we each had a cocktail (my Tequila thing) in hand to celebrate Christmas Eve. Another fun chat with her.

My writing coach Tammy and I having a Christmas toast to each other!

My writing coach Tammy and I having a Christmas toast to each other!

 

 

Christmas Day arrived, and I slept in. Brunch was served at 2 PM because of the sleeping in. The Lentils were back in all their glory with tidbits of Costco cheekin, carrots, broccoli, a load of mushrooms, and the ever-present olivos (Sp. for olives.)

We Skyped with Tammy again. Nothing much the rest of the day. Watched the Lakers. Still not much happened, so hit the hay.

 

Saturday. Well, well. We had a nice Open House to go to over at Sue’s place in Indian Springs. Old friends, and of course, there were new people to meet. There were several of us who stayed after “until 6:00” limit. You all know how that goes – when you’re having fun.

 

I am so happy I lived long enough to have had this wonderful, exciting 96th Christmas week. Life is what you make it — I heard that somewhere or other.

 

SO MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT

And while I’m at it: HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

SANTA MELITAS   HO-HO- HO         Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z

the fried tamale thing

the fried tamale thing

teeny weeny  xmas tree

teeny weeny xmas tree

 

 

16 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – December 29, 2014”

  1. Sounds like a Merry Christmas and wishing you a happy New Year to come! This blog made me hungry for tamales!

  2. LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS. HAD A TAMALE WITH AN EGG ON TOP WAS THE MOST . THE WARDEN HAS ALWAYS FRIED HER TAMALES . HER MOTHER AND FATHER USED TO MAKE THE BEST TAMLES EVER YUM YUM . I STILL REMEMBER . THE WEATHER IS COLD SO I AM STAYING IN AND KEEP WARM . KEEP WTITING AND I WILL KEEP READING . HAVE A GREAT DAY AND OF COURSE HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR .. HUGS TO YOU AND THE WARDEN . FOR NEW YEARS HAVE A FEW BEERS AND CELEBRATE . 🙂

  3. Sounds you had a great Christmas……hope the New Year is even better!! Love you, Sisty

  4. Sorry we missed you at Sue’s. We did the early shift and had company coming to our house later.
    That Tamale and egg thing looks pretty good. Being the proud owners of Costco Tamales too we just may have to try it.

    Happy New Year to you and “the Warden”. Jo

  5. This Canadian would NEVER have a tamale for Christmas!! Gotta have turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn or any one of several other veggies and then a big piece of pumpkin pie!! Before I moved to California I didn’t even know Mexicans had their own food!!
    Glad you had a great Christmas ‘down there’. I had a great one ‘up here’ with my two dumb bros. See you and the Warden next year.

  6. Happy New Year to you Aunt Mena and the Warden. Hope you have one of the best ever.
    Love, George

  7. yum yum, tamales, my favorite, have to be pork. Don’t think they sell tamales at Costco here in the east but I’m going to look for them next time I go. Lentils good but tamales better! Sounds like a peaceful Christmas and I envy your tamale. Margot is here with me in the east freezing. Oh well, big fire in the fireplace and nice tequila to warm us. Happy New Year to you and Alba from Margot & I.

  8. Happy New Year!!! Love, Marcie

  9. She didn’t even give me a chance to get out of the driveway before she started in on which way to go and that was just to get out of the driveway. I knew then I was in trouble and should have brought a blind fold and duck tape. Talk about a back seat driver. She’s a back seat, front seat, and every other seat you put her in driver, but I love her to death, I mean not to death. I just love her and at her age don’t want to mention death. ha ha. We really had a great time and I so enjoy talking with her and hearing all her stories. I only hope if I live that long I can still remember as well as she. I wish you and Alba a most wonderful, healthy, and Happy New year. Love Vickie

  10. Vickie, I drove her once to her doctors appt near San Diego, I was a nervous wreck when I got home… I now lovingly refer to her as the “nagivator”…
    no one has driven unless you have driven Ms. Melitas somewhere!

  11. Melitas – I’ll have to try the egg and tamale! I love tamales and this is just another way to love them!!

    Thanks for today’s blog – it’s my birthday today – and I’ve had nothing but good things happen today – including reading your blog. M

    Happy New Year to you and the warden!!!

    ❤️❤️
    Jamieki

  12. Thanks for sharing Melitas. My husband and I both have discovered a fondness for a tamale. Must try an egg, that does sound good. Wishing both you and the warden a healthy and Happy 2015.
    I have to agree with my friend Georia….now that is Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

  13. Dear Mena,

    I loved reading about everything you did during the holidays. I am so happy that you are happy. You deserve every good thing in life.

    I love you,
    Maxine

  14. Love tamales and eggs, but then I’m a Mexican. A Mexican friend recently asked me if I knew why Mexicans have tamales for Christmas. She said so they can have something to unwrap! Happy New Year to you and Alba! Chris sends her love!

  15. We have tamales for Christmas, too. I have served Costco tamales, but his year I bought them from Macario’s restaurant. They came with green and red enchilada sauces and a container of jack cheese. A leetle too much masa for my taste, but otherwise very good. I will definitely try serving our leftover tamales with an egg for brunch, but I hate to miss the red sauce, so I may have to have both. As always, LOVE your blog Melitas, and miss you. Let’s get writing together soon!!!

  16. Best recipe ever…….go to Costco…….still laughing.

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