I did a little traveling in April, as most of you know. First, I flew down to FL and had dinner with my mom in St. Pete and then drove over to Sarasota where my friend Ruth has a condo. It is a beautiful spot right near Siesta Key beach. Ed and I became engaged at Siesta Key beach and we spent our honeymoon at Ruth's almost a year ago. Officially we are still newlyweds for 8 more days.
Ruth was terrific to share her vacation with me and we hung out by the pool and had a great time. I met some of her friends, including her old boss from the Town of Arlington. For some reason on this trip to FL I only took a couple of pictures of the beach. I don't have any idea why I didn't take any pictures of people!
Normally we have only beautiful weather in Sarasota. And this trip was no exception other than a day or two when there were high winds. Very few were on Siesta Key Beach on this day, except for walkers and surfers.
Ruth and I drove down to Naples to see Dad and Inez for lunch one day. Dad said Inez punched him in the nose, but we know better. Just a little skin surgery the day before. This was the first time Ruth had met Dad so I am not sure what she thought! Personally, I think he had a nose job.Inez, pretty in pink, and Dad waiting outside Tommy Bahama's for a table.
We stopped at our house in TN the first night then on to Massachusetts, stopping once more in Wilkes-Barre, PA. We had to hurry, though, because I had a very important party to attend that Saturday morning in CT.
It was William Henry's coming out party! (That might have more than one meaning now-a-days, but you know what I mean.)
There were many friends and lots of family there. Becky, Chuck and Monica, Lizzie, Corina and Eric and Sky, Doug, Bill and Kim all came from the Hall side. There were family members from the Kahn side like Irv and Lenore and Steve's sister and her family. Angie's Dad's family, the Jennette's, were well represented including Steve, the Grandpa and William Henry's great grandmother and his two great uncles. Actually this little guy has two grandfathers and a father all named Steven. Pretty confusing, but he already knows who's who.
It was a great time in Connecticut, seeing some folks we hadn't seen in 25 years and meeting others for the very first time. To see more pictures from the gathering in CT, you can go to http://www.williamhenrysparty.snapfish.com/. You will have to register, but it is free for you to view the pix.
Once I arrived in Sudbury, my dear friends Melinda and George put me up in their house for a week. What saints they both are for doing that. Their daughter Emily let me use her car all week while she was at UNH. I did get to see their eldest, Lynn, a couple of times, but didn't get to see Emzers at all. And I spent the week getting to know their circus cats, Barnum and Bailey, who are not really getting along at all and are in need of some couple's counseling...although they are sisters and not really a couple. Hannibal, the Guinea Pig doesn't know what to think and there is some concern that it may leave permanent psychological scars.
Sunday morning, our friends Linda (Linder) and Frank hosted a fabulous brunch, gathering my closest pals, whom I hadn't seen in 6 months. Malaryn, Elizabeth, George, Linder and Kitty all admire Kitty's cranberry scones. Everyone brought something. I wonder if Frank and Linder ever drank the Mango Mama champagne I brought them. Did I tell you they are wine connoisseurs? What was I thinking? But, it was made in Sarasota so doesn't that make it a little exotic?Linda hosted the brunch and mixed the bloody Marys. This is George, Melonhead's husband, who put up with me for a week. You might remember him in my blogs from the Biloxi crew. He was George the Foreman. He almost never drinks anything other than the occasional beer so this was kind of a momentous occasion!
Linda's husband, Frankie poured the champagne-he does that so well!. A winophile (made up word but you know what I mean, right?) he only serves the best. No white Zin in this household. In this picture I am not sure if he is pretending to play the saxophone or about to thumb his nose. Whatever, he and Linder are wonderful cooks and gracious hosts and I love 'em both lots.
I tried to get a picture of Rick, but as you can see the "centerpiece", borrowed from the Bloody Marys, blocked the view. So here is a better one of Ricky.
Rick isn't always this serious.
It was so good to be back in the company of such close friends. Although in the past they had usually been careful to avoid too much political conversation at dinner, this time I think they found it impossible to hold it in. It had been a while since they had been together, after all. They usually are cautious because St. George and I lean a little more to the right than the rest of them, and they know it sort of bothers me. But this time I didn't care at all. They went on and on and I just sat there with a champagne induced grin on my face just happy to be back among my bleeding heart liberal friends who I know and love so much.
I miss them all so much and expect them to come visit me in TN soon! We could go to Dollywood!
The week I was visiting, mid April, there were still piles of snow in parking lots in Massachusetts while FL and TN were in the 80s that whole week. From what I hear, MA has finally welcomed some warmer weather and yesterday it was in the 80s there as well. I bet the snow is all gone from the Solomon Pond Mall now!
I really did squeeze in lots of visiting in that 10 day time. I saw both my mother and Dad and Inez and my friend Ruth in FL. In addition to everyone at the Connecticut gathering, I got to see Doug 3 times and Bill and Kim twice and Becky again for supper. I had lunch with Chuck. I had a chance to see some folks at Church as well as my dear friends at brunch. I went to the Cape to see Kathy and I had dinner one night with friends from work. I had lunch with the whole Finance Department right in the tax office on the day I left to go home...well the first day I left.After a tearful goodbyeI got to the airport by bus and checked my bags through to Chattanooga. Wouldn't you know it, due to some really bad weather in Chicago, my flight was canceled. I had to call poor Melinda and George to tell them their house guest was coming back on the next bus. Talk about anti-climax. Can you imagine? One more night they had to put up with me. They were very gracious and welcoming, as usual, and I can't thank them enough for their friendship and hospitality. The extra night in Sudbury might have been a pain, but as luck would have it my pal Cheryl, with whom I hadn't been able to connect all week, was home that night, and we had a nice visit. Ed had to wait one more day for his bride to come home, but I finally did manage to get home to my sweetie.
And in 2 weeks we will be off on another cruise, but Ed is coming along on this trip. A week after we get back, if all goes as planned, I will be back in MA for a week on the Cape in June. (Ed will stay home and earn some money to pay for my trips.) Then home for a while before spending most of August on the Cape at our trailer. So I will be seeing some of you in Mass again very soon. The rest of you can come and see us in TN anytime...well maybe you better check to see if I will be home first!
Have a great day.