Are full of happy (and cold!) memories of tailgating with friends!
It feels like it’s been ages since I wrote a weekending post. And, I suppose, it has been a while since we had holidays and busy times and it’s often easier for me to write a Monday post in advance. You see, a weekending post generally has to be written at the end of the weekend and around here that’s Sunday night and (man, I’m going on and on) I really like to stay off the computer on Sunday nights. Ya know?
But right now the music is on and Dale is working on a puzzle and I’ve got a glass of wine and it seems like an okay time to upload some photos and tell you about our weekend.
Friday I did the usual errand type stuff but I didn’t get to hang with Jackie. The poor little dude has been struggling with an ear infection and cold since before Christmas and he’s better off at home than getting dragged around with me. I do miss him, though, and I’m hoping he’s well enough to come out and play with me this coming Friday. I had an awesome beet salad for lunch. I grabbed it from the grocery store and it was so delicious, loaded with beets and greens, goat cheese and walnuts and orange segments. A friend dropped by while I was eating and we both said how happy we’d be to eat salad for lunch every day . . . if someone else made it!
Dale and I had our usual Friday night at home. We listened to some music, watched some TV, and just enjoyed each other’s company. I made cheese fondue and laughingly referred to it as our Fondue Date Night, something I totally stole from an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. It was delish and simple and a fun change from our usual cheese and cracker dinner.
On Saturday we decided to go to the movies. I consulted with my Oscar guru and we both agreed that the top two choices for us were Green Book and Vice. Dale wanted to see Mary, Queen of Scots, though, and I let him pick for a change, partly because he doesn’t ask for much and partly because it was playing at a theater near a restaurant I wanted to try. I should have gone with my gut and overruled him because that movie? It was just okay. The setting was gorgeous, the costumes were spectacular, and the acting by Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie was superb but the whole thing just never really took off. At least the restaurant was good!
On Sunday we stayed home. We had talked about going to see a movie again but the call of the wood stove and the comforts of home were strong. I made omelets with spinach, feta and sundried tomatoes for breakfast. I read for a bit. Dale puttered around in the garage.
And we finalized our list of 19 for 2019. We did this for 2018 and really enjoyed it so we naturally wanted to do it again. A couple of items are on there because we didn’t get to them last year (paint our bedroom, get rid of the pool table) and some are on there again because we really enjoyed them, like our classic movie night each month. It’s a fun way to connect as a couple, to plan for things we need to do around the house, and to push ourselves to try new things.
And there you have it. Weekending in 2019, Carole Knits style.
Remember that photo of Jackie with the naughty pillow and innocent expression?
Remember how I told you the pillow does not lie?
Take a look at this photo and you’ll know what I mean.
Okay, not really. Last Friday I had Jackie for the afternoon, as I often do, and the plan was to keep him until it was time for Dale and I to head out to his work Christmas party. I was standing at the sink doing my make up and Jack was toddling about between the bathroom, where I was, and the living room, where Dale was. I sort of knew he was behind me and then I realized he was really quiet. That’s when I turned around and saw him heading out of the bathroom, pulling the end of the roll of toilet paper with him.
I know I should have taken it away from him but I didn’t. I laughed. And called Dale over. And then we both laughed. And I took a photo and sent it to his mama.
Grandkids are so much more fun than regular kids!
We had a super Christmas-y weekend here at Carole Knits!
There was apple pie made by me. I call this, with apologies to Vincent Van Gogh (and Don MacLean) Starry Starry Pie.
There was our annual Christmas on the Common event, complete with parade. I marched with the Board of Selectmen and that’s just so much fun! I love waving and smiling and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. I also love Santa and Mrs. Clause. Just like in Elf, I KNOW HIM!
Jackie had a ball at the parade. I ran over to kiss him as I was marching and when we got to the end of the route I doubled back to watch the rest of the parade with my family. It was cold but not too cold and just a really great experience.
After the parade we walked around the Town Common, checking out the trees that were entered in the annual tree decorating contest. Dale and Hannah are posing with the tree he did with his Civil War Roundtable group. He didn’t win (I mean, it would look really bad for the President of Kiwanis to win his own contest) but his tree was great – as were so many of the others.
Saturday evening we had a dinner party for 12 at our house. It’s a great way to wind down with some of our fellow Kiwanians, rehashing the event and relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. And, while 12 is a little daunting, everyone brought something and helped out and even though we were squeezed into my dining room no one complained a bit. That could be because I kept the wine flowing but I think it’s mostly because what matters is being together, not having the perfect dining room.
Sunday was a day of catching up and resting. I started my Peace Project. Dale scratched the lottery tickets that he won on Saturday. We watched football.
It was really a wonderful weekend, hope yours was, too!