Those pretty tulips in the header are all fried now. It got hot!
I stewed a bit about where we would dine in the heat, with 90 degrees expected by our scheduled dinner time of 5:15, so I scoped things out the day before. That giant house next door served a purpose as the shadow fell on the upper lawn at just about the right time, and with a light breeze blowing it was very comfortable. Tables were moved on to the lawn.
Earlier in the day, I had some time to relax when it was still sort of cool. I spent some time walking around the yard, doing a bit more yard decorating.
I got the welcome flag up.I sat in my patio rocker and enjoyed this view.
I appreciated the results of all the work we did last week, cleaning and planting and redoing pots and arranging pots.
I finished putting out the yard art.
When the shade arrived down on the garden deck I sat there for a while under the just beginning to bloom wisteria. Jake gave me a little Buddha a few years ago and he sits in the bench table on the deck. I stroked his head and then did some deep relaxing to chase away an encroaching headache. It actually helped.
In the afternoon we slow cooked the pork ribs in the oven and then when they came out I made the corn bread and baked it. It was about then that our family arrived. Jake had come earlier and sat on the patio in a rocker to read and then talk to his dad. Now SIL Jan, Jill, Isaac, and Irene were here too. They got a few jobs as we counted down to dinner time, getting the ribs sauced and finished on the grill, then grilling the asparagus at the last minute. Jill brought a fruit salad and that completed the menu.
We ate, in the shade.
We lingered and visited. The "staff" cleared and did the kitchen work. We moved back to the patio, now in the shade and had dessert: rhubarb cake with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream. Charlie/Mewdini came to the party. Irene put out cat food for him but he was more interested in what we were doing and eating. We are all cat people so he got lots of strokes as he rubbed legs all round the table when we were still in the lawn. He stuck around for dessert and got more strokes. He was still stretched out on the cool glass of "his" table when the guests all departed about 7:30.
It was a good Mothers Day. Today is another hot one. The laundry is getting done, my job, and Tom is swishing the bathrooms and doing some vacuuming. This afternoon will be down time.
And we have left over ribs and cornbread for dinner!