We knew something was up when our friend Jan called to ask if we would be home on Friday to receive a delivery, but that was days ago and we forgot all about it.
Friday afternoon I made a trip to the grocery store, ostensibly to get brats and corn on the cob for an easy grilled dinner. When I returned, with four bags full, there was a big Styrofoam container sitting on the counter. The packing slip said "Omaha Steaks" and the note said "Thank you! Love Mavis and Jan".
Jan and Mavis are part of our Friday breakfast group and retired teachers who worked with Tom. We have been friends for a long time.
We put away the groceries and then we began to unpack the delivery. It contained 8 burger patties, 2 sirloin steaks, 2 filet steaks, 2 boneless pork chops, 4 pieces of chicken fried steak, a pack of meatballs, 4 kielbasa sausages, 4 baked caramel apples, and 4 potatoes au gratin. It all came frozen and is now tucked away in our freezer.
Oh-my-goodness! Well, we called Mavis and Jan to thank them, somewhat bewildered. Mavis told us that it was a thank you for being such wonderful friends - for all of the field trips and the dinners and teas at our house and picking her up every Friday to go to breakfast, and just being who we are.
Well, that was wonderfully heartwarming. We're not sure we are deserving, but what counts is that she thinks we are. Makes us want to be even better people.
And I had another surprise. I had forgotten all about our struggling little strawberry patch, but Tom had been watching it. This evening he brought me this out of the garden.
Wonderful. We had just enough vanilla ice cream left in the freezer. I cleaned the berries and chilled them and then later we had this while we were watching The Great British Baking Show.
Oh, and one other expected surprise! The baby juncos in in the coal bucket planter have hatched!
The mother bird was off of the nest when I went to peek this evening, but she was chipping at me in alarm so I quickly snapped a few pics and got out of there.
I wonder if they would like a strawberry. There are a few more yet to ripen. They're not getting any of our meat!