|My Florida grandcats.....Front: Bella and Tig, Back: The beautiful Theo!!|
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Having the day after Thanksgiving off was such a gift....I rested, and took my car for some quick service and just enjoyed being by myself, as LM was working. I also managed some cuddle time with Ms G. When LM arrived home he brought a nice container of fresh sea scallops which we thoroughly enjoyed as dinner that night. We do love seafood, so much and these were perfectly fresh and sweet. Now that I have everyone salivating for some scallops, I will distract you with the photo below....
This critter was staring at me all day Friday....he is one of LM's salt water flies, sitting in the vise, waiting to be finished. He is so amazingly creative with his process. All the tools, etc, are set up on the living room coffee table and are right in front of my spot on the couch! I'm very surprised that Ms G doesn't try to make off with these things, as they are all over the place and have dangerous hooks attached. So far, she's not the least bit fazed. She would rather annoy the fly creator by trying to get in his lap while he is working. Of course, you, know, that he does stop whatever he is doing and allow her to sit and have a nap.
Saturday morning we woke quite refreshed and I posed the idea of taking a drive to Provincetown for the day to have lunch, shop locally, and watch the Christmas lights come on at sunset. This was our view as we approached P-Town....Pilgrim Lake and the National Seashore dunes on our right. The sky was so beautiful, but it was really cold.
Nearing the dunes. There was an amazing amount of sand on the roads, having blown in with the strong gales we had on the day before Thanksgiving.
We found perfect parking on the town pier, and as we walked toward town the beautiful Pilgrim Monument was straight ahead. You can even see the strings of lights waiting to come on later.
We had lunch at Ross's Grill upstairs in the Whaler's Wharf building. A wonderful and bustling place. The town was so filled with visitors. So nice to see a lot of local retail shopping taking place, and I did my best to help the cause! Ross's is on the 2nd floor and we loved looking down on their beautiful tree from above.
We like the Vintage store, too.
The sun was shining in so nicely and it made me feel like I was in ancient Europe for a sec.
Happily lunched, my favorite date and I were setting off to shop.
After shopping we were on the road to Herring Cove Beach to catch the sunset...oh, I do love living near the national Seashore. The beauty always leaves me in awe.
Just in time....we got the last parking spot.
Silently we watched, and gave thanks for all we have....
Love and peace to all....
Love and peace to all....
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Thanksgiving day dawned crisp and beautiful after a day of wild wind and heavy rain. We gathered up Sara and Samantha and were on the road to my brother, Sam's house where we were greeted by "Ed Weird", one of their fun and handsome Manx kittens, who led us through the door to this beautiful arrangement of dining tables. With 25 guests expected, Trish had done a spectacular job of accommodating a special place for everyone.
The center table by the fireplace was for all the teen boys who would join us, and was soon filled with lively conversation about cyclocross racing.
This table was where all the beautiful food was to be arranged in heated servers.
The chandelier was so pretty with its Fall decorations and when the sun came around while we enjoyed our dinner, the light danced on us in the prettiest formations.
The dessert table filled up as guests arrived...my cherry pie in the center. I'm continuing Mum's tradition of making Sam a cherry pie every Thanksgiving.
Harley discovered sneaking in a nap before dinner.
Ed Weird practicing his piano solo.
Birdwatching after practice.
Helping Samantha learn to play the piano
Sister Eleanor had flown in from WA .....she enjoyed seeing Samantha after many years...Sara in background preparing the relish tray....great job!
I was so happy to see Mum's beautiful old crockery bowl filled with fruit. It was always on the counter in the kitchen as we grew up....sometimes holding rising dough, others, cookie dough, dill pickles in brine waiting to be canned, and my favorite, watermelon rind soaking in a sweet brine of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves.
Samantha was really happy to find a piano and LM acquainted her with the fun of chopsticks.
Ed sneaks in a before dinner nap, too.
Each place setting had a lovely hand-lettered placecard.
Meanwhile in the kitchen, Ed was dangerously close to the cat thief and El's son John, as Sam, Trish and I worked on the dinner.
Ed is such a love bug, and he knows who needs love! LM was having an emotional day as he missed his children very much, especially Kristi.
Samantha and I got some love, too.
Sara enjoyed a lovely conversation with family friend, Gerri whose family always joins us for Thanksgiving. A very large and loving family we are proud to call part of ours. Their boys participate in cyclocross racing with my nephew, Nate.
Our wonderful and very busy hostess, Trish, opening bottles of wine and cider.
El with my nephew, Danny, Sam's son.
This little one had such fun playing with Ed....
Just about ready to serve....
El and John (he is so tall now) serving themselves
Blurry but special...LM and moi
Samantha having just been told it was time to eat!
Post-feast conversation was so nice...
So nice to have a visit with Gerri
El, son, Ian, and Trish
Ed Weird enjoys an after dinner nap.
We really enjoyed the day and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by a lot of love and appreciation for life, and the wonderful family of which I am part.