Greetings! Won't you join us for a nice holiday luncheon? Make yourself comfortable beside the fire. Lunch will be ready soon. :-) House tidied, fire lit, ham in the oven. Gifts made and wrapped.
My job was to lay a fresh (new) tablecloth and set the table with my Christmas plates, imagine my surprise and pleasure when I awoke and Kristi had done this for me! What a dear DIL I have!
I got these dishes at a "one stop shopping center", Fred Meyer, ages ago. They are not a fancy brand but I am still in love with them. I love the tartan plaid and the neat designs. I got matching napkins for the tablecloth, 100% cotton, my favorite.
Entwined cornucopias will with fruits and greens.
Mandolin and ?
A rocking horse and wrapped gifts.
Lunch is served! Baked ham, broccoli salad, made by Shirley and a gluten free cheese biscuit made by sister Denise. This is a low carb meal, not bad, eh?
Kristi made iced tea, too.. and even made sure to have fresh sliced lemon for us. Sweet.
Candles alight brought cheer on a rainy grey day.
After a nice lunch we retired to the living room and the fire.
Stories were told, Shirley told us about her trip to visit family in Mexico, one dinner had some 60 of them there! She loved meeting those she had never met. I told of how we ended up with Dayle's mother's china cabinet, which is a treasure to us.
We then opened gifts, sister Roberta gave me this fun pair of Santa and Snowman, completely clad in knitted clothing!
I made a "private beach in a jar" for each of them, with sand and shells and pieces of driftwood that I picked up on walks on the beach. I added agates that we have collected and in each one I put a polished agate that was found and polished by our mother and beloved stepfather, Danny. :-)
My Santa and Snowman had a surprise - when you lifted them up from the top, their legs got longer! LOL!
Shirley gave us a nice big bar of bath soap and a bookmark! We sure did enjoy our afternoon, I'm so glad I have my 2 sisters who live close enough for us to get together often and Shirley, my best friend from 7th grade which we've adopted as our 4th sister. :-) The girls also brought a gift for Kristi and the boys. They were still here with the boys arrived home from school so it was fun to see their delight with a box of legos, a candy cane full of peppermint Hershey's kisses and a mug which you could put different decorations in it. When older sister Roberta arrived she was greeted by all the dogs and she said.. "How many dogs do you have now?".. I said.. 10. LOL It was a glorious, noisy and happy time.
This is a photo from a few days ago as I was wrapping gifts for the boys. :-)
I'm heading off to swim soon. Tomorrow I will be taking Dayle to the hospital in the morning for surgery at 1 pm. I will let you know how it goes in my next blog post. Needless to say, we're both a bit stressed out about it. Wish him luck!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)