Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes. I guess I don't look old, just fat, because someone asked me at the Girl Scout leader's meeting that I went to Monday night, "so how far along are you?" Um, two enchiladas and a bowl of minestrone, I guess.
My oldest and dearest friend and I are going to a nearby spa/resort on Friday night to celebrate our 40th birthdays - she hit her milestone a few weeks ago. I am looking forward to being pampered, but mostly I'm looking forward to spending time with Jamie.
So, changing subject with no segue, last weekend was busy, as usual. Saturday was particularly stressful with all the things on our calendar.
Ballet, tumbling, race to to the store, race home and make (from scratch) BBQ meatballs and bake a cake, race to a birthday party*, run home to pick up meatballs and cake, and then drive 20 minutes to a Christmas party.
Yes, a Christmas party. My paternal grandma was from a big, close-knit family. We have always had a family Christmas party with her siblings and their kids (my dad's cousins) and now their kids and their kids. So we end up with 4 generations in one room, which is pretty fun. And unless there is a wedding or funeral, the Christmas party is the only time we can all get together. There are so many of us that we have to rent a hall to have the party, and the place we've used the past few years is no longer available. November 3rd was the latest date we could get for the new place we found. And it worked out fine. It was good to see everyone. Dixie brought her seven layer dip, all was right with the world.
Sunday, more family time - another guest house work day. We took three trailer loads of cabinetry and furniture to the barn. There is a LOT of junk out there that has been there for 40 years. And the dog caught the pack rat. Yum.
My parents have another truck load of stuff to take to my cousin's today. Since Sunday my brother has ripped all the sheet rock off the walls you see behind him in that last picture. And now he's ready to rip more off the ceiling. So progress. :)
There's nothing like an autumn day on the farm. And the weather - perfect. I hope you're enjoying the season, whatever that may be.
* A dog-themed birthday party - the six year old birthday girl asked for donations to the Humane Society - so she got a bag each of dog and cat food, and Aidin and I braided some dog toys out of heavy knit fabric scraps.