Sunday (16th) – Combined Birthday Bash
Last year (September 19), Richard turned 70. We celebrated with a big, end-of-summer BBQ with friends and family who lived nearby. It was warm and sunny, allowing us to have the full party outdoors. This October, I turn 60. I will be away on Home Exchange on the big day. Building on last year’s success, Richard and I combined our birthdays and prepared another BBQ Bash.
The weather was cool and wet. But the warmth, generosity, and ingenuity of friends refused to let a little rain dampen our evening. Richard had also prepared three poster board collages providing glimpses into my past 60 years. It was a very endearing touch!
Monday and Tuesday (17th and 18th) Hanging out with Liesbet and Mark (Roaming About)
The photos here are deceptive. It wasn’t all about the food. It was about friendship and connection. But the duo’s handmade pizzas (1. Chicken with Caramelized Onion, 2. Vegetarian) were phenomenal!
Liesbet and Mark always offer such wise insights. I look forward to meeting up with them again.
Wednesday (19th) Richard’s Actual Birthday
Breakfast in bed, golf, lots of communing with nature, as well as brunch and dinner lovingly prepared by friends. How did we get so lucky?
Thursday (20th) Meet Up with Ann (The UnRetired)
This was the second time this week that I was able to hang out with a friend whom I met through blogging. Today, I met up with Ann from The UnRetired. As usual, we chatted non-stop with spontaneous bursts of laughter. If you haven’t yet visited her blog, I encourage you to check it out.
Friday (21st) The Start of our Weekend Dog Sitting
We had the pleasure of pet-sitting our neighbours’ five-month-old Australian Labradoodle, Kaylee, for the weekend. I was able to sneak out for a walk with a friend whom I have not seen in a long time. But I did receive a lecture from Kaylee when I returned!
Saturday (22nd) Hike with Friends
The weatherman (correctly) predicted that we would have four hours without rain this morning. We took advantage of this by hiking at one of my favourite spots. The rest of the afternoon we watched movies and had dinner with friends. I was so mellow during the afternoon part that I forgot to take photos!
Sunday (23rd) Loafing, Puttering, and Packing
I set aside today to pack for our upcoming Home Exchange. True confession — I did not pack light. I know, I know! I have repeatedly sung the praises of packing light, and I still do — for airplane travel, hiking/backpacking trips and weekend getaways. This trip is none of the above. There is plenty of room in our vehicle. I packed to ensure that I will not need to take my suitcase out until we reach our final destination. I did follow my tried and true packing guidelines, 1) Use a travel checklist. (I used the exact list that I used for this same trip last year.) 2) Pack in advance. 3) Avoid ‘Justin Case’ items. I was also excited to include in my suitcase ‘Of Human Bondage.’ It’s been years since I last read this novel. I look forward to reading it again…around a pool, with drink in hand!
Monday (24th) Girlfriend Lunch
Once every couple of months this group gets together for lunch to catch up. Many of these ladies are also in our Thursday walking group, and three of them live close-by. Love them!
Throughout the Week
Throughout the week we have been adding leftover party food to our salads, pasta, roll-ups, scrambled eggs, and sandwiches. We finally used up the last of the leftovers on Saturday. In what inventive ways do you use your party-food extras?
How was your week?