Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dump Date

It ended up being lunchtime by the time we were ready for Saturday's "dump date".  When our kids were older and could stay at home alone, we'd pack up the recyclables and trash and head off for the transfer station every Saturday morning.  Then we'd drive around and talk and look at houses we'd like to buy someday.  It was our "dump date".  The kids are out on their own now, but we still have Saturday dump dates.

This Saturday, after our stop at the dump, we decided to eat at a place we'd discovered years before but stopped going to because everyone else had discovered it and the food had gotten a little too fru-fru for our tastes.  We had heard from a friend that they had sandwiches there now that had actual meat and bread, so we decided to see if it was true.

My husband went to the counter and ordered Montes. As I sat at our table by the huge windows overlooking the river dam, a rainbow shimmered over the waterfall.
Oh, my!  It was beautiful!  I tried to get a picture, but it disappeared before I could get my iPhone out.

Our sandwiches arrived.  It was a Monte, but different: roast turkey, ham, honey mustard, raspberry jam spread thick and a swirl of real maple syrup all between two pieces of lightly toasted English muffin bread, with fresh blueberries, sliced strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar on top.
Oh, my!  It was unbelievable!  I managed to get a picture of it before it disappeared like the rainbow!

As we began eating, I glanced out the window in time to see a huge ice floe at the edge of the dam about to go over the falls. Big chunks of ice began to break off and go sliding down the falls, to disappear into the water below.  It must have been like a giant Slushy at the foot of the falls, because nowhere could I see any ice come bobbing up to the surface of the river.
Oh, my! It was like "Good bye, Winter! Nice knowing ya!"  I took a few still shots, and then remembered that I could take video.  So I shot a bit of video before the ice show was over.

What a great dump date...dinner AND a movie!


  1. Great title! I love your description of the ice flow as a slushy. Very enjoyable to read.

  2. Oh I love dump dates! Unfortunately, we are only a half mile from our transfer station...doesn't make for a very long date but lunch sounds good. Usually our extended date takes us to Home-Depot to get supplies for whatever our date project is for that weekend.

  3. I love the 'dump' date too. It's a tradition that makes good memories of ordinary trips. You must be very creative. I loved seeing the movie. I think I tell you often that I envy your views of nature; what a wonderful part of your life!

  4. Isn't it fun to have something happen to you that you weren't expecting. Sounds like a great time. Your title is great. Fun. MaryHelen

  5. This slice has everything: great writing, great experience to share, photos, video ... wonderful! I love the sound/look of that sandwich, but the snow over the falls ... that is amazing. For a cooped-up-in-the-city girl, that really made my evening!


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