Fathers’ Day in Minnesota

I spent Fathers’ Day here in Rochester, Minnesota.  I have a really bad cold so I didn’t feel like doing a lot but Cindy and Rachel made it a special day for me.  As soon as I was up and ready, I got a really special card and some new khakis in a smaller size.  I am shrinking so it was good to get a pair of pants that come much closer to a good fit.  It was very thoughtful.

After that, they had made reservations for a Fathers’ Day Brunch at Chester’s Kitchen and Bar that is located just across the street from our hotel.  We had eaten there several times before on our previous trips to Mayo and once on this trip.  Always a good place to go.  But, let me tell you, this brunch was extra special.

I started with a Bloody Mary and beer chaser.  The Bloody Mary was spicy and topped with stuffed olives, salami and cheese chunks.  A really great appetizing drink.  And the beer chaser was Stella Artois.

On the buffet were lots of really great things.  Ceasar salad, fresh fruit (the strawberries were large, ripe and full of flavor), smoked salmon with capers, eggs and onion, eggs benedict, two kinds of potatoes (the garlic mashed were to die for), scrambled eggs (with lots of special ingredients), prime rib carved to order and cooked to perfection and a great baked glazed ham that was also carved to order.  There were yeast rolls, biscuits and gravy, and a host of other things.  It really made you feel like a king for a day.

For dessert, there was another buffet line that included a delicious spice cake, several varieties of cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie cake, and other odds and ends.

It was really my only meal of the day and it put me out for a while.  We did take some pictures around the area of the restaurant before heading back to the hotel for a rest.  That night I had a martini (called Blue Goose) and a small side of fries.  Then up to bed to watch Turtleman on TV before calling it a night.

And, I got to Skype with my grandson Paddy and daughter Amy and son-in-law Kevin for a few minutes.  My sons sent me Fathers’ Day greetings on Facebook as well as several friends.

Now this might seem like a pretty plain day to you but it was pretty special to me.   I slept well, but got up still sick with this nagging cold.  We do some things around the clinic today but tomorrow is a free day and we plan to take a private tour of Amish country and some wineries.  Sounds like fun too.  I’ll probably drop off in the van while driving but it will be good to get out.

I love my four kids and two grandkids.  My son John spent his first Fathers’ Day with his daughter Chloe.  My other son Joseph cooked them a special dinner.  I am so lucky to have a great family.

All for now.  More to come.


About mcreyscope

Retired / disabled survivor of Stage IV melanoma and paraneoplastic syndrome. Now in a fight with terminal treatment resistant Stage IV Prostate Cancer.
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