A Pandemic July 4th

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Late last evening, while being kept awake by the firing of illegal fireworks in my community, I began contemplating how I was going to observe this July 4th holiday.

No family is coming to visit because of the pandemic. There are no parades, no large city fireworks displays for the same reason. Our local park which is usually packed with activities and events for at least a couple days, is going to be silent from all that! In many ways, other than those illegal fireworks outbursts, one wouldn’t know this holiday was here at all.

Late last night while contemplating all this, and what I could do to find some remnant of July 4th celebration in my soul, I contemplated what I would be eating today. It was too late to go grocery shopping. And, I certainly didn’t wish to navigate aisles which I suspected would be crowded today!

While perusing my freezer, I came across 4 lobster tails which were frozen solid together, nearly a single unit. There wasn’t any chance they were going to be comfortably untangled in their frozen state. I hauled them out to thaw for today. I had managed to procure these crustaceans at my local BelAir Grocery when they were on sale for about $5.00 each awhile back. They weigh approximately 5 oz. each.

I slept a little later than usual this morning (because of those illegal fireworks). But, when I woke, it was time to embrace this holiday head-on - Just me, and my two felines, Reuben and Camilla.

I decided to go ahead and broil up those 4 Lobster Tails, along with some marinated Brussels Sprouts, and Coconut Jasmine Rice. While those Lobsters weighed about 5 oz. each when purchased, once the shells are off, they only intimidate a waistline with half the weight. That isn’t counting the Lemon-Butter-Garlic Sauce, however!

By 10:45 AM, I had a lovely brunch put together. I looked around for something to drink. I don’t wish you folks to criticize me about my unsophisticated parings of drink to cuisine, but I pulled out a Dos Equis Amber! I like brews more than wine!

I’m known to be a lightweight drinker (cheap drunk) in my family. You’d be surprised at the glow-on I get with a single bottle of beer. However, it took a bottle and a half to wash down all the Lobsters, Coconut Rice and Brussels Sprouts. Even with a little help from Reuben and Camilla with the Lobsters.

Anyway, I’m relaxed, a little sleepy, and have no place to go, or things to do today! But, before my long nap, I want to wish all of you, a Very Happy 4th of July!


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Comments (36)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl yes I remember those inexpensive lobster tails, they had them in our stores too, but unlike you just like wine would not stay long in the house:)) now with that said hope your Fourth was nice and clearly the food was good based on the picture...on a side note did someone reach out to you from my company looking for help? Endre

Jul 04, 2020 10:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Too bad I sent your name when they were looking for a Sacramento Agent...

Jul 05, 2020 02:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

Endre - No, I haven't heard from anyone from your company! Was that recently?

Jul 05, 2020 01:00 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We had a small gathering but we still have a pretty good darn time thank goodness! Happy 4th!

Jul 04, 2020 11:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Inexpensive lobster tails really make the world go around in my neck of the woods. Endre Barath, Jr.

Jul 04, 2020 11:39 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Happy Independence Day! You really lived up to the day!

Such a Lovely meal and Great Company too

We can all learn from you!


Jul 05, 2020 01:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I can tell you that if my husband heard lobster tails, brussel sprouts, and jasmine rice, his eyes would light up and mouth would water! 

Living in a tourist area, we don't normally go out on holidays.  So for us, this was a typical 4th of July.  We do have the kids come over every Saturday so besides putting up flags...nothing different. 

Jul 05, 2020 05:56 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Myrl,
You're killing me!  I can't say I have EVER cooked up a feast like that for myself. That looks absolutely magnificent.  Kudos to you! 

God Bless America.

Jul 05, 2020 06:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Myrl,  I love lobster and clams, I guess I love the New England States for their great food.  Looks good

Jul 05, 2020 07:37 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

So, after showing my wife your plate, she asked if you would like to have some company for dinner next 4th of July? Great post.

Jul 06, 2020 08:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

That was really a fine meal.

I was in the hospital for the holiday with surgery Sunday morning.

Jul 06, 2020 02:11 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Myrl, Amazing pic, amazing food.  Inspiring cuisine for an inspiring holiday.  The foodies in Sacto are on their way!!

Jul 06, 2020 04:01 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Myrl I am super impressed that you created this AWESOME feast for you! Holy smokes......you blew me away with that picture. And made me hungry!!

Jul 06, 2020 04:32 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I'm with you--cooking a special meal for myself is not unusual. I deserve it! And so does everyone else!

Jul 06, 2020 08:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 07, 2020 05:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Loved reading your post and glad to see it featured. Your lunch looks heavenly..what is your recipe for those Brussel sprouts?

Jul 07, 2020 07:27 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  - I halve the Brussel sprouts, drizzle a little Olive Oil over them, add Garlic Salt, and Grated Parmesan Cheese.  I place them on a cookie sheet and put in the broiler until tender. 

Jul 07, 2020 07:45 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!


Myrl..Sounds like you had a great time.  WE had a few close family and friends to enjoy. Ham and trimmings.. Golf cart parade..was the best that we could muster...

Jul 07, 2020 12:59 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Myrl Jeffcoat 
Glad you took the time to prepare a festive meal for yourself. Great way to celebrate a birthday - a very special birthday. All the best - Lynn

Jul 07, 2020 01:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

What a delicious meal you prepared. You must have had such fun treating yourself as cook and diner, with a great bottle of beer+ to top it off. Hope you had a wonderful holiday, despite the fireworks. I was rather surprised it wasn’t all that noisy here; given all the big shows were canceled I would have thought the residents would have been doing more. We have had family here so that’s been wonderful.


Jul 07, 2020 02:49 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was alone for the 4th and there was no lobster to be found 

Happy Tuesday evening, Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jul 07, 2020 08:50 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


You are such the treat to come and read about your great cooking prowess. Bologna sandwiches are getting old.

As for my two companions, left and right hand. NO not in that way, just slapping me silly. Your two, Reuben and Camilla, sure beat mine.

 As for things here, with the recent spike in cases, from about 230 to w30 in one week, they shut things down again. No more indoor dining nor wine tasting. Some wineries have gotten creative and are now tasting outside.

Hopefully, one day soon, Don Giovannis or someplace neat in your area. Truly looking forward to such, cheers cvc

Jul 08, 2020 07:32 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'm going to really hope that this year in 2021 goes a lot better than the above because I have small gatherings andbe very happy to do so

Mar 20, 2021 08:18 PM