Elements of a Perfect Life

October 12th, 2019 § 0 comments

So, what do you need to have a perfect life? A hot shower. A comfortable mattress, not too hard and not too soft. A toilet that flushes efficiently. A large Smart TV. On Prince Edward Island there are sea views, spectacular sunsets, salty breezes (whistling winds), swimming, kayaking, beach walks (beach glass finds). PEI food: Much fresh inexpensive fish. World’s best oysters at $.65 cents each. Excellent potatoes and vegetables. Cooking done on big time Viking Professional range and oven. Only drawback: Overpriced inferior wine. Overpriced spirits. All due to taxation. In New Mexico home there is much art. BSK’s pots, paintings and photographs. More photos by George Tice, Nir Baraket and Lyonel Feininger. A wall of books. Much music. Crackling fires in a wood-burning fireplace. Views of Las Barrancas (mesas) and sunsets over Jemez mountains. Eames chairs, Noguchi coffee table, Scarpa dining chairs. Long swims in the heated lap pool. Splendid chickens, beef, Petrale sole from Whole Foods. Other good things from Trader Joe’s plus splendid inexpensive wine, whiskey, etc. Weekly Santa Fe Farmers Market is a treat (roasted chiles, peppers, eggplants and Gundersen’s organic greens). Cooking done on old Viking Professional. Like HG, aged but effective. Much enticing Mexican and Tex-Mex food in Pojoaque (near HG/BSK home) and Santa Fe. Good Vietnamese food at Saigon Cafe and many fine sushi bars. Favorite New Mexican restaurant dish: Green chile menudo at El Parasol in Pojoaque. Both PEI and New Mexico would be meaningless without love. And, that’s what HG receives from the love of HG’s life, BSK. Plus health care, intellectual stimulation, tasty cooking and wine selection, efficient household and financial administration including laundry, cleaning, repairs, etc. After more than 56 years of marriage to this beautiful, creative, multi talented woman, Ninety-year-old (Nov. 9) HG still gazes at BSK and wonders: “How did I ever get so lucky?”

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