Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Plain and Simple"

Funny thing happened this week. I was planning to have monthly book club luncheon at my house. Zazsue our 15 year old mixed terrier had 2 seizures in the middle of the night, so I thought, "this is her swan song, we're going to have to put her to sleep". By the next day she was back to her normal self, so I started getting in gear for Book Club. I decided to keep everything "Plain and Simple", which was the book we read this month. My mother gave me a set of dishes 36 years ago that I rarely use, so I thought, "perfect time to get them out". Now, what can I use for a tablecloth on my 31 year old table? Hmmm, let me call Laura. She told me she had 4 quilts I could borrow. I met her half-way at Target. Lo and behold, a quilt that Ryan's grandmother made, was a perfect match with my dishes. A coincidence? Didn't spend a penny on table decor, even had matching cloth napkins!

The Book Club sisters were wowed, told me I raised the bar! How ironic, I am really lacking in those decorating skills. My good friend Tina made some homemade wheat bread and came an hour early to help. How blessed I am!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Blast From the Past!

Ken and I took advantage of his long weekend break from teaching seminary to drive up to Atlanta. We stopped in Peachtree City,Georgia to see our dear friends, Carol, Fred and Ashley. Ashley is a celebrity of sorts, having just been to NYC to tape a "Tyra Banks" epidsode to increase awareness for "FOP" a degenerative muscle disease. We hadn't seen them in over 10 years, but they are still as young as ever!

From there we traveled to Cumming, Georgia to stay with Jim and Lynda, our daughter's in-laws, and our former mission president and wife. It was a rainy, cold weekend in Georgia, but we spent hours reminiscing about Portugal and our missionaries.

On Sunday afternoon, we drove to Pendergrass, Georgia to spend a couple hours with Jerry and "Aunt Jackie". They related their 3,000 mile trek out west last summer to Idaho and all the significant Church History sites sleeping in their Jeep until they got to Idaho Falls where they traded the Jeep for a motor home. What an adventure they had!

Finally, on our way out of town Monday, we stopped to meet Lourdes, Noah, and Annalisa, the family of Suzanne's boyfriend. It was a delightful way to spend the MLK weekend!