Thursday, July 29, 2021


 I promised myself that I would do this, and I have fulfilled that promise.

With the Covid restrictions lifted I wanted to host some summer lunches for my two teacher groups. We did.

Two weeks ago we hosted the retired teachers from Des Moines Elementary who make up our Friday morning breakfast group. Tom is very much a part of that group since he was the one who actually worked with these ladies. I was adopted.

We had a lovely afternoon together in the shade on the patio. It felt great to be able to treat our dear friends. 

Yesterday we hosted some of the people I worked with at my long time school, our neighborhood school, McMicken Heights. 

This was a larger group and more of a potluck. I enjoy setting up for an event and using things we save for special occasions.

These colorful Vera placemats and napkins and Heller Ware dishes were all gifts from my mother-in-law years ago, when we first moved into this house. She envisioned just such a setting, and we used this table ware often in the summers. 

The buffet table is ready for the food. 
Tom was my staff for this gathering, and our photographer. He was a great help and much appreciated by all of the ladies. 
There was a lot of hugging and joy expressed at our being able to be together after a long hiatus from our once monthly gatherings.  My efforts in bringing us together were much appreciated and that filled my heart with joy. 

As we were visiting after lunch. and the sun was beginning to creep onto the patio, my delayed Amazon order arrived just in time. It was my new patio umbrella, replacing an old one that we discovered last week was broken. Tom set it up for us and we continued sitting in its  shade well into the afternoon. 

It's orange!

I like color! I had breakfast under the new umbrella this morning.

Next up, I need to get my kids here for a gathering. They are all just returning from adventures, Jake from an extended hike in the mountains in one direction, Jill and Irene from a three day mountain hike on another trail, and Isaac from his graduation trip to Hawaii. They all have stories we need to hear. 

But right now I am inside. It is heating up again, up to 92 outside, too hot for the patio even in shade.

We'll be watching more Olympics. They have also been very entertaining. 


  1. It’s nice to have all friends back again!
    Here it’s still difficult to gather again, too much virus coming back. I don’t know how the situation will be after the holidays season, but it is already not good at all.

  2. I have been seeing friends again as well, although in smaller groups. It is good to be able to see people in person again. Your whole setting is so gracious I'm sure it was a treat for all.

  3. How fun, I've missed gatherings also but our church groups are beginning to plan some without masks!

  4. I like your new umbrella, and yes it's too hot for me right now, too. Only 85 here, but still. Love the pictures of the long wished for gathering. :-)

  5. Nice new umbrella. It came in time to be useful. Now it's like you said, too hot even in the shade. I'm looking forward to next week when hopefully the temperatures will be more reasonable. Now I'm off to do some much needed watering.

  6. Pretty Umbrella! Stay cool, we are hot also. I do "stuff" outside in the morning and evening...the afternoons are inside. The heat is just exhausting we are thankful for Central Air.
    Sounds like everyone had adventures...what fun!

  7. Isaac came to Hawaii!!! Unfortunately it wasn't the best time to be here. Much too crowded and everywhere was overbooked. Would you believe there were much more visitors than before Covid? Seems the combination of more flights and pent up demand to travel created a storm of tourism, and Hawaii was not ready. From feast to famine.

    Still, I hope he had a good time. I really do.

    1. It’s a good thing he was here before the surge we’re having.

  8. What a fabulous get-together and it’s all outside too. My daughter and family are in Arizona now and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll be OK. They are all vaccinated, but I worry about the break-out infections.


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