Friday, April 23, 2010

Four Twenty Three Twenty Ten: Two Good Friends and The Fringe That Binds Them

Today is the birthday of my beloved friend, Barby Doll. On her birthday, for the last 8 years, I have also always thought of another of my dearest friends, Tall Pretty Blonde. The reason for the connection is below: My North American Fringe Tree, which was a gift from TPB and is always in glorious bloom on Barby Doll's birthday.

So happy, happy day, dear Barby, and happy Arbor Day, Dear Blonde. I love you both with all my heart.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

36 Years Ago This Week

These are my parents. This photo was taken on April 20th, 1974, at the wedding of my dear friends, J and B.

My father's detached look was, well, because he was pretty much detached in those days. He got better with age. My mother's smile was genuine. She loved people, and social occasions made her smile. Plus she loved my high school friends.

Most of my life I have been told I look like my father. Now I know it's wrong. I see myself in Mom.

I miss them both. A lot.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Four Eighteen Twenty Ten: Socializing

We had a very social weekend. On Saturday we hosted my friend of longest standing and some of her family. Since they are out-of-towners, we made the obligatory pilgrimage for ribs and barbecue. YUM.
Today we had my good friend, "E'erbody", as we call her, join us for coffee and CBS Sunday Morning. After that our favorite neighbors came over for brunch, which involved an inordinate amount of fresh fruit and a delicious quiche with Gruyere and Black Forest ham, which I made in honor of my father who loved to cook, and LOVED Gruyere. The day was gorgeous-cool, breezy, sunny and clear. The fruit was unbelievably fresh and juicy: pears, kiwi, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and two kinds of melon. I always like a little fresh lime and mint with my fruit, so I put that out as well. Even if your guests don't choose it, it looks great on the table. I don't like to make fruit salad-I think everyone has ONE kind of fruit that they always end up picking around, so we just cut the fruit up and put it out all over the table, and everyone can make her/his own combination. Today, I just had kiwi, strawberries, pears, mint, and lime. It was all sweet and luscious.

Later still, our good friend Music Store Owner came over, supposedly for dinner...we were not hungry enough to cook a big meal, so The Attorney made her a fabulous sandwich of fresh turkey breast, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and some of the Gruyere from this morning's quiche on Ezekiel bread!!

We love to entertain-join us for a weekend sometime and we'll make sure you're well fed. (And Susan-the skies are very blue in Memphis these days-you should come see!)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

???/365 Four Ten Twenty Ten: Oh, Crap

I CANNOT keep up with this poor old blog. I'm too freakin' busy. So I'm doing the best I can, but I feel sure I will not reach 365 this year. As my lovely Older Daughter would say, "Whatev."

Here is that damned tree again, only this time, totally green with the white dogwood in front of it in bloom.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Another One For Cat

This is the room we re-did last weekend. It had started out blue when Older Daughter inhabited it, remained blue when Gigi moved in, but with new color trim and all new "stuff." Most recently, it had been a bedroom for Younger Daughter's B.F.F., Flower Girl. YD and FG had painted it purple together. Now everyone has flown the coop, so I decided to take one of the spare rooms and make it my office and a sitting room for our guests . The color isn't exactly right-incandescent light and no flash, at night...what can I say?
But quite a transformation, I think.