Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Happily, we are almost completely settled…This move has been difficult, to say the least. So many emotions, and so much to do. Unpacking every day and working hard to make this townhouse "ours". It is definitely coming together and feeling like home. Loving our new view and having fun putting the new outdoor space together. With Mark's generous spirit and hard work, we have a great deck. The smaller outdoor entertaining/gardening area means much less work.. but it is definitely looking like "our place". It was great having mom over for the first time… Priscilla was in town so we had a small family dinner, only nine of us. We are loving it and can't wait for our first dinner party with the rest of the family and friends … very soon!
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Moving day is quickly approaching, and there is soooo much to do. Downsizing is going to be good, yet difficult on so many levels. Getting rid of tired old things, and holding on to things that are most loved and/or sentimental. There will so much to miss about this home… not to mention the garden and the shed. Changes… focusing on the positive aspects of a smaller space, and smaller garden, where much less maintenance will be a welcome change. While trying to detach a bit from all that I do here, I try to keep my sanity by having fun in the kitchen…Creating delicious things… making and doing things that make me smile…
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Two months after Mom's passing, the family gathered to say goodbye. Cate and her family, and Mike and some of his family came down for a weekend of remembrance . We took Mom to Rosecrans National Cemetery where she would join Dad. We gathered around the crypt and shared thoughts and feelings about Mom…Cate wrote, and read aloud, a beautiful letter full of wonderful memories. Amasa, also read his letter , which was lovingly written… so heartfelt and touching. Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye amongst us. After the ceremony, we came home where I finished preparing dinner. We all gathered around the table, ate and shared more memories. The rest of the weekend included more eating, family time and a walk on Coronado Beach, where we came across a Sandcastle in honor of the Navy Seal who had recently died in Iraq and was also being honored at Rosecrans National Cemetery while we were celebrating Mom.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
A special season in the garden…Springtime… the last one in this garden. Where we've spent so much special time sharing meals alfresco with family and friends… Created with lots of love and work, it will be so hard to leave behind…