Saturday, November 28, 2009

Good Friends

Our friends Jim & Susie came to Charleston for Thanksgiving this year. We all gathered at John & June's house (they've known Jim & Susie even longer than we have) for a delightful dinner. As Jim pointed out at dinner the first time the 6 of us were all gathered was 35 years ago this week at Jim & Susie's wedding. Of course at that event we didn't have all the assorted kids and grandkids. In fact, our son Craig was the only kid who was even around 35 years ago.

Here are the 6 of us this weekend. June in front with me and Susie standing behind her. Then in the back are John, Jerry (peeking over our heads) and Jim.

I'm not sure what June, Susie and I are laughing about in this photo, but this is a common occurrence when we're all together.

We're lucky to have such good friends.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Helping out with dinner

As I was out and about today I realized I should stop for milk. I pulled into a grocery store where I seldom go and ran in. There was a bit of a holdup at the register and as people started leaving the line to find a faster one I found myself close enough to see that the person checking out was having an issue with paying for her groceries. The cashier closed out the transaction and was ready to move on. Impulsively I told the cashier I'd pay for the groceries. Since it was a store I don't usually frequent I don't have one of their club cards so the cashier made sure to scan one to take advantage of a great turkey sale - The $18 turkey came to only $5.50. My milk and the woman's groceries totaled only $20 so it was an inexpensive feel good moment.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving is coming

This year we'll be spending Thanksgiving with a large group of long time friends. Jim and Susie and their kids & grandkids will be coming from out of town. We're going to all gather at John & June's.

June and I have been breaking down all the tasks so that no one has to bear the full load of the dinner. One of the things we talked about was table linens. June said she had tablecloths but wasn't sure if she had enough napkins. I told her I'd see what I could come up with and decided I'd embroider some Thanksgiving napkins. I found a package of 12 assorted color napkins at Bed Bath & Beyond fairly cheap and picked up 2 packages. (we will be more than 12 and hopefully less than 24)

I found the turkey design in my library of embroidery designs. The variegated threads I used were fun to watch develop and I used a different thread for each of the napkin colors.

Just before I was finished with all 24 napkins I got an email from June telling me that she had enough napkins. I guess we'll have LOTS of napkins now!

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