We asked my niece to come over the Friday before so we could spend the morning together shooting. He had gotten me a beautiful shotgun, a Remington Wingmaster w/ rifle sights & had me put it though its paces & familiarize myself w/ it. I tried a sitting position w/ the SKS, which I've never done, & he had scattered cans full of water for me to hit at 25 yds. I did well enough to not embarrass him. Not so much w/ the revolver, he told me to stick w/ the Glock.
Tuesday I didn't mention Date Night to Victor; so he went to bed. Mike had come home from school w/ flowers. Those colorful plants you see in the grocery store. For me! I never get flowers; I thought perhaps at the 10 year mark, but 8 was so unexpected, I was thoroughly delighted & he w/ my surprise. He's given them once before when I came home from Kuwait & we both agree that there was some other occasion which neither of us remember so this is the 3rd. Look!
He got lilies, because the goats ate the ones I planted & they're doing something really cool; the purple daisies must be dyed because the water is becoming a lovely purpley pink color, it goes well w/ that paper ribbon I rigged up. Victor & I cut off a white rose & put it to drink separately from its own vase of green water in the hopes that it will turn green. They are so nice to look at & I can smell them as I'm doing the dishes.
Traditionally we share a bottle of wine & this year was a 1999 Fetzer, cabernet sauvignon. This might have been the first bottle we ever purchased. I've moved it back a few times to have it at least 10 years old because the oldest wine I've ever had was 14 years old & it was superb. Not so w/ the Fetzer. Firstly I noticed that the cork was made of cork instead of whatever that foam composite stopper is that they're putting out now. I smelled it. Not promising. Ack! I let it breathe for about 5 minutes before pouring it. Then the swirl. Many tears, redolent of...vinegar. I was disappointed but not enough to not take another sip.
Vile, but Mike had picked up some mozzarella balls & cherry tomatoes in oil & spices. They cleared the palette. I was picking up the glass for a 3rd sip when I swear the room tilted a bit. I couldn't believe it, 2 sips? It had increased in terribleness of taste over the years (I hope it was better than that in 99') & alcoholic potency. I can generally have 3 maybe 2 & 1/2 glasses before feeling effects. One glass of this got me tipsy, so I quit.