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Sunday, September 09, 2012

We had family over yesterday. It was planned for weeks for 10 people. We purposely kept it small so we too could enjoy the company as well.

We all were looking forward to the company. We love having guests but this past year since Ralph death I sort of slowed down. Less luncheons, less BBQs and less dinner parties. We did host some just not as much as usual. So we were all looking forward to this evening.

DH and I planned a menu my stuff baked clams, stuff peppers and stuff mushrooms and DH's pot roast. The story continues...

So, after weeks of planing, I went food shopping. Then right after I bought all the ingredients for the dinner party. I get a phone call three of them had to cancel due to our uncle being in the hospital. We understood but I still was disappointed. Our uncle was doing fine (so they say) but the docs want to keep him for awhile. This sounded particular because the last time a doctor said all would be okay, just taking tests... a few days later I got the worst news of my life..."YOUR brother, Ralph is dying, Anne.". Still, for now, I choosing to believe all we be well.
Now we were down to 7 guests. So, all day Friday I sliced, diced, saute, blended and mix the food. Then cleaned like a idiot (plus two loads of laundry and flag football practice). Saturday morning I got up early I continued cooking than the final step...stuff the mushrooms, clams and peppers. In between, making breakfast for the kids, making beds and straighten up. Of course, showered then boom I get a phone call. It was our cousins (the rest of the company)they were concerned about stormy weather. They were canceling. Again, I get it we live over an hour away from them, but gees! I just could not handle the whole conversation so I excused myself calmly and handed the phone to Michael. I thought I was going to cry. I love having guests but this past year since Ralph death I sort need it too. DH explained that the weather here was not bad just simple rain and that is all it would be. He convince them to either come Sunday or give it a few hours for rainstorm to let up by them. Phew, they decided that is what they would do.

They all arrived safely. Thank GOD! And we had a lovely evening. I know my emotions are getting the best of me lately. I mean seriously I could have just freeze 90% of the food and enjoy the cleaned straighten home, but I just get emotional, much more than usual. So much has happened this past year between 2011 and 2012.

Oh and more good news, I called to hear how our uncle was doing. He is so cute, (he is 83yo) and is doing fine. I will feel even better when he is home fine should be released this week. He was so disappointed he missed our dinner gathering.

Breathe Anne breathe
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    I'm so glad it all came together for you! It's always nice when plans come together, and so disappointing when they don't. :( We haven't had a family get together for some time and this weekend my brother is flying home from BC for my Dad's 70th so hopefully everything works out for that as it's been years since we've seen some of the family!
    2408 days ago
    Thank you for the well wishes...
    2415 days ago
    Kuddos for the your husband! He saved the day. Nothing worse than preparing for company and then they cancel the day of. I had that happen and it Christmas and I had a huge turkey waiting for them. As like you, I was preparing for days and was very disappointed.

    I'm glad in the end, everything worked out. I think you should see your doctor about how things are getting to you. He may be able to help.

    Hang in there, friend.

    2415 days ago
  • NANT406
    Wow! Sounds like you've had a lot on your plate lately. I'm glad your family made it and that your uncle is fine. Stay strong Anne. You're an amazing woman!
    2415 days ago
    Thank goodness it all came together well and your uncle is recuperating and recovering quickly.
    2416 days ago
  • DIANER2014
    I'm glad you enjoyed your family. emoticon
    2416 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2012 9:52:13 AM
    so glad it all turned out well...remember the movie 'Finding Nemo' ? well when things are overwhelming me I get that tune stuck in my head 'just keep swimming...' emoticon

    emoticon emoticon emoticon food sounds like it was amazing!!

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    2416 days ago
  • HEIDE69
    So glad they decided to make it! Hang in there Anne! Do you still have my number if you need to talk??? Hope your uncle is ok!
    2416 days ago
    Crazy day. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
    2417 days ago
    I'm so glad you 'weathered the storm', and that your uncle is doing fine. My husband's mantra is sometimes 'serenity now', but I prefer to remind myself to breathe as you did.
    Hang in there!

    2417 days ago
    I'm glad it all came together and you had a nice time. I know you've been having a rough go of it. Good news about your uncle. God bless him. Dinner sounded wonderful.

    Just keep breathing. You're doing great.

    2417 days ago
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