This past weekend was a whirlwind! We got up and went to my brother’s to have a short visit for his birthday. Then on to the party place to give the older Duchess a birthday present and get hugs. The younger Duchess was at both parties. Double blessings. Next, we rode out to Montgomery to a spectacular venue for a fairy tale wedding. Our life long friends’ son wed his beloved. Everything was lovely. The men all looked handsome in their suits. My girlfriend looked spectacular in her navy evening gown and made a wonderful showing dancing with her son. We all teared up watching. It was more touching than the bride and her father dancing.
Rock and I had an adventure riding home. Following the google map in the dark along unfamiliar back roads. We stopped to eat at Whataburger in Livingston in our evening attire. He had shed his coat and tie, but was still gorgeous in his red shirt. We enjoyed our time to visit with each other while riding all over the place capturing moments with very important people.
Sunday, I cooked turkey and dressing, dumplings and all for a belated Thanksgiving meal. We ended up only having all the girls. The Duchesses and their mothers. Their daddies couldn’t attend. The girls play well together for the most part. They are very loud when they get going at times. Running and screaming through the house.
I have a set of china that was a gift to my parents from my maternal grandmother. I don’t know how she afforded it, but there are twelve place settings and some side pieces. I always use it for Thanksgiving. I want the children to have memories of it when I am gone and they are old.
We serve ourselves buffet style. I’ve never really tried boarding house style. Think the Walton’s or the Picket House. All the food in serving bowls on the table being passed around. I think I would like it and I certainly have the bowls for it. Maybe we can give it a trial run in the spring.
Christmas is usually a casual arrangement of hors d’oeuvres and sandwich trays. Platters of cookies and a few pies make dessert. Throwaway plates are the usual for that day. Shooting and opening gifts are the main events for Christmas Eve. Though I would be in serious trouble if I didn’t serve Cheese Torte and Ham Rolls.
I have waited till this week to start on Christmas decorating. I got the tree out of the closet. It’s still in the box. I should have everything done up by Friday. I hope I have enough working lights to go around. I want to have it done by then because I should have a Duchess over to spend some time with me. One this weekend and one another. I like the private times I have with each of them. Time to give each my undivided attention. And to get some undivided attention. Grannies need to feel loved by their grands. So do Paw Paws.
In this season of festivities, I will make time to be quiet with as many of the ones I hold dearest as possible. Yes, we will play and feast and have a ball. But we will connect more deeply, too. If we make it a point to do so. Intention is the word currently in fashion. It is an idea that should never be out of fashion.
I didn’t post last week. I was too tired and too late getting home from Liberty. I had gone to our daughter’s Monday and spent the night. We finished up moving her housekeeping to her new house.
I never could have imagined how quiet a room could be right in the middle of town. The front bedroom was painfully quiet. I had trouble going to sleep. I did finally get to sleep only to be awakened by the train whistle about 3 AM or so. Several trains passed through. I was sure they must be going through the next room! They aren’t as loud in other parts of the house. Something about the location and windows and lack of other noise along with it being unfamiliar to me made them sound terribly loud.
Duchess was asleep in the bed with me. She never moved. She has been hearing trains for years. Not as close or as loud, but still more familiar. My niece lives within hearing of a train and I would hear it all night when I stayed with her. Something about that sound awakens me.
We spent Thanksgiving with another couple whose grown children were at other places. Our son and his bride and Duchess were partying with Mickey and Minnie and Elsa in Florida. Our daughter and I decided to wait till they could be here to all have dinner together. Our son will be away after all. But we still want to get the Duchesses together for some turkey and yeast bread and green bean casserole.
Our daughter, two friends and Duchess and I went to the Renaissance Festival Friday. I always hope it will be less crowded. Shouldn’t all those people be shopping? It seemed to be even more crowded than the Saturday we went in October. I think the last time I went on Black Friday it was super crowded, too.
Weekend before last, our daughter and Duchess came and spent the night so daughter could go hunt with her Daddy. Some friends came and brought some heifers back to us. We had gumbo and a good visit.
This past Sunday evening, my friend brought her dress over so we could hem it. It is a gorgeous navy lace encrusted with sequins and beads. She is wearing it for her son’s wedding. We will be attending the event and I can’t wait to see her all decked out in it.
I hope Rock and I get a good photograph of us, too. We don’t have many pictures of each other and even fewer of us together. We will be dressed up some and it would be a good opportunity.
Busy. In the best possible way. Spending time with our children and friends. We will see some family this weekend, too. Big brother turning the big 6-0. Older Duchess having a party for the big 5. And Christmas coming up fast. Busy and trying to be careful to savor the moments.