A day to remember with friends...Lunch in, dinner out...More fun today but limited activity for me...


Lisa took this selfie of all five of us at the bar/restaurant in Carna, Tigh Mheaic.  After drinks, we moved to a comfy booth and enjoyed lively chatter and dinner.  At the bar, Lisa, me, Tom, Barry and their friend Chuck.  The boys drank Guinness and Lisa and I enjoyed part of a bottle of cabernet sauvignon.
"Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland"
A peace agreement between Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Britain was signed in 1998. Ireland gave up control of Northern Island to the United Kingdom as part of this agreement."
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It was quite a wonderful day. Lisa, Barry and their friend Chuck arrived at noon.  Ann, our housekeeper was finishing cleaning the upstairs and the house was spotless and organized.
I set the table with what we had on hand.  Unfortunately, we didn't have any linen napkins but we did have placemat with Irish ocean scenes and wine glasses.  I folded over-sized sturdy paper towels to resemble cloth napkins.
I'd already made the side dishes and all we had left to do was cook the Rueben sandwiches in a big skillet, based on everyone's preferences such as; Barry doesn't care for sauerkraut and Lisa doesn't eat bread, sugar or starch due to a medical condition that has tremendously improved after changing to her way of eating.

As a result, I made two regular Ruebens with corned beef, sauerkraut, smoked swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing, and a third with the same but leaving out the sauerkraut.  Lisa and I used lettuce to wrap our sandwiches which proved to be so delicious we didn't miss the dark rye bread.
Yesterday morning, I baked lemon cake topped with powdered.  None for Lisa and I due to our wheat and sugar-free way of eating.
After lunch, we moved into the living room with exquisite views of the sea and chatted and laughed for hours.  We got so wrapped up in conversation, we failed to get out the door for dinner in Carna until after 1830 hours, 6:30 pm.

It was pouring rain when we left and continued raining throughout the evening.  They didn't want to impose upon us and chose to stay in a hotel in Carna not far from the pub/restaurant, Tigh Mheaic, where Tom and I dined a few weeks ago where the pub is superb, the food excellent and the service beyond reproach.
My photo of the four of them at the bar in the pub.
We sat at the bar until 2030 hours, 8:30 pm, when we finally moved to a cozy booth with a banquette. Shortly thereafter our dinners arrived.  The food was hot, fresh and overall very good. The animated conversations and laughter continued.

With their hotel in Carna where we were headed for dinner, we drove separately.  Tom and I had decided to leave the pub before darkness fell.  Here in Ireland, this time of year, it stays light until around 2230, 10:30 pm.  We wanted to head back before it was dark.
Tom's chicken dinner.  He was thrilled to have both mashed and roasted potatoes.  Most Irish restaurants serve two types of potatoes with each meal. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal.
The narrow winding roads are dangerous during daylight hours and even more so in the dark.  When one thinks of who may be driving after dark in this remote location, the risk of accidents is substantially increased.

Last night, before heading to bed, after sitting so much all day, I noticed my left leg had become very swollen.  During the night, I tossed and turned, well aware I'd obviously caused the swelling by sitting with my legs down all afternoon, sitting on a barstool in the pub and then again at the dinner table.
Chuck ordered the scallops which we'd had last time we were there.  The little dark round on the right of his plate is blood pudding.  Delicious!

Lisa picked up on my discomfort after dinner, although I hadn't said a word, and insisted I put my legs on her lap while we were seated at the banquette.  It felt comfortable to do so allowing us to stay longer than expected.

Alas, the entire day resulted in my awakening this morning with a very swollen left foot and leg.  As I write here now, my feet are on top of a little table with a small cushion.
Barry ordered pizza which we all know isn't always the best when ordered in a regular restaurant as opposed to a pizza restaurant.  Barry agreed it wasn't ideal.
However, it appears I won't be able to go to lunch in Clifden today.  I've insisted Tom go with Lisa, Barry, and Chuck while I'll stay behind continuing to rest my legs and walk around the house which seems to help.  Sitting with my legs down is definitely a huge deterrent to the healing process.

In any case, they'll go to town, have lunch and return here for dinner and to play cards.  Tom will pick up some roasted chickens at SuperValue and make rice as an accompaniment while I make salad and vegetables for tonight's dinner.  I'm fine with this plan knowing how important it is for me to get the swelling down.
Lisa and I each ordered the smoked salmon salad and shared a side dish of blood pudding described as follows: "While black pudding has some positive nutritional traits, it's not something we should be eating in abundance. Black pudding does have some benefits. It's high in protein, which can keep you feeling fuller for longer. It can also be rich in zinc and iron as it contains blood."  We both loved the four little rounds of blood pudding we shared.
Later, while we dine and play cards, we'll arrange my chair with the little table and pillow nearby to allow me to keep my feet up.  There's no way I'm going to miss the evening's activities and the last evening with our friends.

We are so fortunate to have friends from all over the world, a huge benefit of our almost seven years of world travel which began on October 31, 2012.  Seeing Lisa and Barry after meeting them on a cruise in November 2017 makes us grateful, so very grateful.  Our heartfelt thanks and love to them and Chuck for coming all this way!
Be well, dear readers.
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Photo from one year ago today, June 7, 2018:
A stunning scene of the Crocodile River from our visit to Wild & Free Rehabilitation in Hectorspruit.  For more details, please click here.

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