Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Return to Golf

A couple of years ago Sweetie and I played golf together on a local 9 hole course once a week. We both enjoyed it but after a time the rains seemed to come the day before of the day of our game and this local place doesn't have the best drainage. In time Sweetie fell from the roof of the shed and his shoulder wasn't up for golf. This spring we were hoping to start playing again but things kept coming up that got in the way. Finally we have started to play again. Today was the second time.

It's beginning to look like we will be lucky to play twice a month. That's a shame because golf seems to be one of those sports that depends on regular practice if you want to improve. Still, some time out there in the green is better than none. The time I've been spending at the gym with the weights also seems to have helped my golf game. I can hit a lot further without too much effort. Now I have to pay attention and use the right club for the conditions, along with 20,000 other things to think about as you hit the ball or line up to hit. Never boring! As long as it keeps on being fun we will make sure to get out and play.

We came home just in time to have lunch and watch some Women's Soccer in the Olympic games. The USA women were playing against the Canadian women and it was far from a shoe-in for either team. They were well matched and played their hearts out. I just wish they could pass the ball as precisely as the men do.

 I made some bruchetta to snack on and then a nice bowl of salad with three kinds of lettuce, avocado, tomato, yellow zucchini, cucumber (the last three from our garden), some feta cheese and kidney beans. Yummy! (Forgot to take a photo, but the tomatoes in the photo at the top of the post are just like the ones in the salad...does that help?)

 I was still hungry, so I ate a handful of mini carrots and drank some water. It was a tense game right up to the amazing header at the end. Munching carrots seemed to help me keep from yelling too much. I remember when Max used to play that I had a tendency to stand behind Sweetie or our daughter and pound on their shoulders when the game became intense. I guess it doesn't have to be the Olympics for me to feel for those athletes giving their all. Well done Canada and USA women!

Summer Lunch Salad
(although it works for dinner, too, if you have enough of it)

1 head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn or cut into bite size pieces
1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried and torn or cut into bite size pieces
1 small head iceberg lettuce, washed, dried and torn or cut into bite size pieces
1 large or two medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks or wedges
1 avocado, peeled, seed discarded, cut into chunks or wedges
1 cucumber, cut into chunks or wedges. If it is a waxed cucumber, peel it before cutting up
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/2 - 1 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salad dressing of your choice...I used ranch dressing

Place all salad greens in a large salad bowl. Add the tomato, avocado, cucumber. Toss. Sprinkle with the feta cheese and top with the kidney beans, distributing the beans evenly over the salad in the bowl.

Serve with salad tongs, being sure to get some of all the ingredients. Top with salad dressing of your choice.

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