The schools are closed Monday and Tuesday this week since Veteran’s Day falls on Tuesday and we know, those who work in schools, that you cannot get kids to come one day after the weekend and then take a day off and return, so just give them the extra day off. Because of the holiday, I’m not doing Good News Club this week. Since I had extra time, and it was the week for Ladies Who Lunch, and I didn’t care for the restaurant that had been selected for the monthly lunch, I offered to host the group at my house. I would have the time, and I do enjoy cooking and entertaining when I have the time.
I made chicken tortilla soup and apple dumplings. One of the gals brought a lovely assortment of breads from a local bread company and another brought a peach cobbler, so as you can imagine, we were quite full by the time the meal was finished. I also juiced grapes, pomegranates, and cranberries for a beverage. I added sparkling water to the juice and it was a quite refreshing balance to the mild heat of the soup.
Because it is still fall, and I’m not about to put out Christmas decorations, I went to Michaels just to see what fall decor I could find for table decorations. I got fabric leaves and a bolt of ribbon to make napkin holders. Turned out, when I got to the register, that all fall merchandise was 75 percent off. I only paid $2 for my supplies. Then, at Salvation Army thrift store I found five brand new kitchen towels (still had the tags), with roosters and apples in fall colors to match the leaves and ribbon, that would make perfect place mats. All for $2. I also bought an ivory colored crocheted table runner (or couch doily, depending on how you use it) for $1. Another guest brought each of us warm colorful socks and I packaged up the leftovers and sent everyone home with a goody bag. Each of the ladies took their “placemat” home as part of the “swag.”
Even though it is a holiday, Terry has a doctor’s appointment to see what is wrong with his back. He has been in excruciating pain for the past week. We are thinking there is a vertebra problem as nothing has helped that he tried for muscle aches which he has had before.
One of the Ladies Who Lunch is at the hospital today having an MRI as she has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The MRI will determine whether the surgeons will do a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. There were lots of tears, along with laughter, at lunch yesterday.
Tomorrow I return to the school across town and tell the story of “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon,” about a little girl who did not get sad or mad when bullied at a new school, but instead used her grandmother’s advice about accepting one’s self and having a positive, upbeat attitude. The bully becomes a new friend.
So, how’s your holiday week playing out?