What a WONderful day this is.
The weather is so pretty that Terry and I swang/swung in the patio swings while we discussed our husbands and their FEW, teeny, tiny faults -- hardly worth discussing -- LOL!
Actually, we mostly discussed the dinner Terry is having tomorrow for what is called "Life Group" from our church. There are lots of Life Groups all over this town and others, but this one is the only one we ever go to because Terry and Doug have it at their house occasionally. Terry always cooks and some of the people bring a dish. Terry thought she was having only 13, but it turns out she is having several more people. She had only one small turkey. I offered to make a ham and some other dishes. She said, "I HATE to ask you."
I reminded her that it is OUR Church too. She smiled and said, "Well, since you put it that way, YES, please do all that stuff you said."
I asked her last night if there was anything I could do. She said, "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!"
She asked if I could make some simple place cards. Well, if I'm going to make them, they will have to be pretty simple!
Here is what I came up with:
Terry came over to see if I had any Christmas placemats. I did NOT! I gave her all the red and burgundy tablecloths that I have. LOOK what she did with them!
Here is the children's table:
they are too pretty to mess up, even with paper plates and plastic silverware.
And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Terry takes my buttinski advice, and she actually uses it. So many people take offense when you try to "teach" them something. She was here this morning, and I was telling her that I would get that turkey cooked TODAY -- carve it and arrange it on a pretty platter -- clean up the whole mess, and reheat it tomorrow before the party.
She came over to me and took my head in her heads and said we need to meld our brains (or something like that). She ALSO took my tip from Thanksgiving, and she set her tables the day before. I have done that a WEEK before and covered it with a sheet.
This is the first pic Terry sent me:
Much to my awe and amazement, she DID care!
I sent her this diagram so she would know I didn't just make it up that the silverware wasn't on "right".
I realize that most families don't even sit at a table these days, but I think they should. It was a wonderful family time for us. We talked and laughed and laughed and laughed. My sister, Janice, was so funny, we nearly choked on our food watching her imitate situations and people.
I really miss that about our family.
We don't do anything together anymore. )-: Jerry and I do have dinner at a set bar every night when he gets home from work, although "dinner" for me may be a shake these days. I try to do the shakes for breakfast and lunch though.
ANYWAY, if you will scroll back up to the first pic I sent you of Terry's table, you will see she rearranged everything. She wasn't mad at me AT ALL! What a blessing. I told her she can totally boss me around whenever she wants -- and she does, lol. There was a certain function I did NOT want to attend this year, but Terry and Deb BOTH told me, "YOU ARE GOING!"
I told Terry we should start a catering business because we are such a good team. She agreed.
Come back tomorrow and I will show you something VERY EXCITING about Terry!!!
Gotta go downstairs and set the bar for dinner. We will be at Terry's tomorrow night.