Monday, December 15, 2014
Well, in the last week and a day I haaven't really had time to do anything except prepare for and enjoy company, do some shopping, and try to get some things done for Christmas.
My company came up from coastal, N.C. and I had a small dinner party the night she arrived, then on Monday we decorated my tree, on Tuesday we shopped for a gift for Peter Mayer, went to the place where his concert was to be and set out lunch for the band and others who are necessary to put on a concert. We then came home, grabbed a bite, (my special pasta sauce on veggie pasta), and headed to the venue where we worked the merchandise table before and after the concert.
Then my friend went home and I began trying to get more stuff done. I had several appts, one for a recall on my vehicle, shopping to do, and a dinner and movie date saturday night! (Prayers, please, for the continuation of the relationship!)
Sunday was lunch with Tammys, dinner with my daughter, and today I have been trying to get coordinated so that I can go on a road trip (with 2 friends) tomorrow to the outlet mall and on to a great mall 115 miles from here.
The rest of the week is busy too. I still haven't begun baking, haven't gotten all decorations out, and have a wedding to attend on saturday.
I hope I get it all done before Christmas!
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Sunday was my grandboy's tenth birthday; so, he picked where he wanted to have lunch (Max and Erma's where we usually get terrible food and worse service) and what kind of cake he wanted (devils food with chocolate icing with hershey's kisses around the edge which makes it look like a crown for a prince). He got his wish on both preferences and his aunt, two friends and their mother (his mother's friend) joined He was so excited to see his friends at the restaurant but acted so appropriately, which is difficult for a child on the autism spectrum.
We were seated and our waitress approached, introduced herself, and we noticed that she wasn't young; so, we thought, '' Well, the service might be better than the other times when kids have waited on us''. Now there is nothing wrong with kids but the ones we had were lacking in experience and didn't know how to handle obvious problems and brought the problems to the table!
Anyway, Sue, the waitress, took our order and whispered something to my daughter. It seemed that Keegan, when he placed his order, told her that it was his birthday. sue whispered that they were baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies for him for his birthday! Wow! So far a good experience. By the time it was over we had a marvelous experience! food was good, kids were delightful, service was perfect, and we will go back.
Then for the surprise! We headed to Busch Gardens and their Christmas Town but didn't tell the kids where we were going. Of course, as we left the interstate they realized where we were going and there were cheers in the back seat! It took 50 minutes to get from the exit off the interstate to get into the gate and get parked. No one fussed though.
Once in the park we were to meet some people from Richmond. Keegan loves one of the young women and hadn't seen her for two years. When he saw Heather he came barreling toward her, shouting her name!
Ok, heading for the rides and Keegan had his handicap accessible bracelet so that he could go onto the rides without standing in long lines and having a meltdown which can happen when kids like Keegan get frustrated!
Well, this is where I noticed the unhappy people. Some people were furious that we were allowed on before they were. OK, I get that they had been in line for a long wait ( 15 or 20 minutes) but to lamblast the mother of the child dwith the access bracelet and push the child out of the way? How very sad!
It was after this incident that I noticed that we were the only people smiling. People were rushing here and there and everywhere, supposedly having fun, but there were no smiles. How sad that is that even when one is at a place that is supposed to be fun and happy that everyone is just two rushed to truly enjoy it!
People, Stop the hurry and get on the carnival! This is supposed to be fun!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
After the mass and sacrament of marraige the trolleys came to pick up the guests and take us to the reception at The River House in St Augustine. The wedding party would follow after photos.
We arrived and were shown to the patio where a steel drum band played , bars were set up with every imaginable drink,and hors d'ouvres were served. There was beer cheese to dip the warm pretzel bites and drizzle over grilled veggies, party sized grilled cheese sandwiches and tiny cups of tomato soup, ahi tuna, guiness sliders, coconut-curry chicken and steak skewers, escargot, and several other tidbits.
While enjoying the view of the river and sail boats, the delicious food, and a drink a friend who had lost her husband , at a very young age, three months after my Ed died, came and asked me to go inside with her. She took me to awhere there was an easel. On the easel was a large ornate frame with a lovely poem about family members missing from the celebration because of their death. There was Michael's first wife, Tracy's parents and grandparents, Michael's grandparents, various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Then there was the photo of the two Ed's who had died so close together. It was a photo of them with the bride taken 8 or 10 years ago. Kim and I were so touched that Tracy had loved them so much that she included them that we just held each other and cried.
The bridal party arrived, Tracy and Michael danced their first dance as a married couple, and we all went inside to another band, a beautifully decorated ballroom, and dinner.
More to come later.
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