Sunday, September 28, 2008

What a Fine Day

What a fine day we had right on through the evening. We were pleased with our work in the morning garden, dead heading, picking vegetables, and apples were collected from the trees. However, when the back begins to ache a bit, we know it is time to head in.

Lunch in the gazebo and a cool breeze allowed us to relax and enjoy another piece of the day. A few more chores, and before we knew it the evening was upon us and preparation of dinner began: fresh Ahi and a few smaller zucchini (cut in half lengthwise), both applied with a bit of extra virgin olive oil; freshly ground pepper and chopped macadamia nut to encrust the tuna, and some lemon pepper for the zucchini. . . zucchini grilled on high on each side for just a few minutes so as to maintain its crispness. . . and the Ahi pan-seared on high for just a few minutes on either side.

During the preparation we turned on the tv and discovered Michael Bolton performing at the Casino Rama. He spoke briefly of having spent some quality time with Luciano Pavarotti and then proceeded to sing one of my favorite aria's, Puccini's Nessun Dorma. My husband and I stood still, mesmerized, listening to this wonderful voice and the powerful music which always fills me up and has my eyes well with tears.

It doesn't get much better than that. . . a fine evening with a simple meal and a favorite Pinot Noir, the man I love at my side, music that touches our soul and the glow of the setting sun giving us a wink and a nod as we look out over the valley.

For your enjoyment, I was able to find this video of Michael Bolton singing Nessun Dorma.