Saturday, May 31, 2008
at 6:13 PM
Did you say them, people? Did you say your rabbits? Or your Lapin Blancs as my cousin Heather says. I am writing this blog on Saturday evening for publication tomorrow so if you are reading it on the 31st, this will be a reminder.
I haven't posted a blog in a while, in fact not since Mother's Day. I had a lovely Mother's Day thanks to my sons. I spoke to all 4 of them and got a call from the grandkids. Ed gave me the chair I wanted for lounging outside and the Carol King Tapestry CD. Love it.
But the rest of my month was busy and fabulous!
First, we had a beautiful display of pinks and reds in our garden early in the month.
The perennial dianthus went crazy.
And the rose bushes, all taller than me, were spectacular.
Then, after most of the flowers had gone by, we had visitors from the north. Our friends Kitty and Rick took a detour on their way home from a family graduation in Colorado and spent a couple of nights here in TN.
The weather was awful and it was not a good showing for someone's first visit. We tried to show them the view from Lookout Mountain, but there was none. We drove around a little while, girls in the back, boys in the front. And then, believe it or not, we spent an afternoon at the art museum. And we ate a lot. No pulled pork for Kitty this time, but maybe next time. What a visit we had!
Rick chose the room with the big bed but no satellite TV.
Kitty bunked in the room with twin beds but it did have Satellite and frequently she disappeared to catch something on MSNBC or CNN.
"Corn bread or biscuits, Rick?" "I won't make that decision for you, Kitty."
"So, GW, Daddy Bush and Cheney went into a bar..."
"Sorry Sue. We won't talk politics anymore." "Yeah, right!"
The view from our deck was still nice in spite of the weather while we sipped mugs of coffee in the morning and a glass or two of wine in the evening. Watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, a peaceful time with lots of laughs and great conversation. I didn't even mind the political discussions! And I missed them the moment they left. But, they promised to return!
Then, a week or so later, our second round of company arrived. Dad and Inez flew up from Florida to spend the Memorial Day weekend with us. We were very honored because they don't fly too often. This time the weather was beautiful. We spent lots of time on the deck with them, too.
The deck is up high on the house and overlooks our backyard and woods beyond. It's very peaceful there and people seem to gravitate to it.
Watching birds and chatting; Dad enjoying a cigar and reading a book; looking through old photos. It was really special for me. Dad and Inez had a suite using one of the guest rooms to sleep in and the other room across the hall was their own private TV room, for when they wanted to check out Fox News.
Dad and Ed spent some of their time watching golf.
I never thought I would see the day when my father would corrupt my husband, but there they were watching golf. Something we were subjected to every Saturday and Sunday afternoon growing up. I didn't even hang around long enough to find out if Match Even was playing. (It's an old joke from when I was about 10. When they flashed those two words up on the screen I thought it was the name of a golfer and Dad's been bringing it up ever since!)
They were terrific guests, too but didn't want to do too much gallivanting around and were content to just hang out.
We did drive them through the downtown Chattanooga area, girls in the back and boys in the front, and up to Lookout Mountain and that day the view was almost perfectly clear.
We watched the Incline Railroad for a while and had ice cream at the bottom. We had some nice meals out and some leisurly breakfasts in. And we were both so happy to have them in our home. I hope they come back again soon.
It was a wonderful month...Oh yes, we also celebrated 2 years as a married couple the 20th of this month. (Thanks for the cards Joey and Liz) It has been the happiest two years of our lives. I am so lucky to be able to say that.
Oh, and my baby Bill turned 32 on the 21st! I know what y'all are thinking. I am too young to have a 32 year old son, but I was a child bride...the first time.
So there you have it. I think I wrote enough to make up for the lapse in posts. We are off to OK for a while for Ed to take some classes. Wish us well. It's been a little busy in the tornado department lately!
Have a great day and come visit us some day!!! There's a bed all made up and waiting for you!