wednesday--tuesday was quite the day
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
good morning everyone. gee--its below zero here--I really wish I weren't able to be sarcastic and say "what a shock".
well--yesterday was a really up and down day--but overall a positive one.
I woke with a migrane. despite that, I had a full day that had to see me functional and in control--so I did everything I could to relieve it. my friend Patrick was having a group of us for brunch and right after that I was going to go pick up my mom and take her to look at 2 nursing homes. we had a sort of minor "dustup" over the place my two brothers chose--and my dad actually began to express an opinion and we really want him to have some input, so we widened the search and found a couple more prospects to go and see. I knew my day would be an extremely long one, so I couldn't afford to feel ill.
fortunately as the time drew near to leave for patrick's, the headache began to loosen its grip. I was pretty sure if I could get to his house and spend some relaxing time with my friends everything would be okay, and it was.
we had such a lovely time. Patrick is an extremely "well brought up" artistic person--he loves beautiful things and really enjoys setting a lovely table with nice linens and dishes. he has been taking me on the journey with him as he has settled on a menu and decorated his house for this gathering. he lost his partner 5 or 6 years ago and has just begun to really live his life again. this is the first "party" he has had since brad's death and a very important symbolic step in his recovery. he is also learning to cook and next summer plans to help Marianne manage her huge garden in exchange for learning to can and preserve. he designed his menu around the beautiful collection of dishes he has--fiesta ware and Franciscan (I didn't know there were more than 2 Franciscan patterns--but there are).
in the little ceramic skillets we had spinach frittata with red peppers that he had picked at mariannes and dried. he reconstituted them in olive oil, and used eggs from my chickens.
then he made baked oatmeal since we were using his beloved fiesta ware bowls, and a very nice grape salad, bacon and some nice breads that rosie and nancy brought. we had two kinds of wonderful tea as well. there were candles on the table and lovely placemats, tablecloth and napkins that he had chosen so carefully after searching the thrift shops (Patrick lives on a very limited income but he is an absolute guru in the thrift shop game).
it was ever so lovely--a wonderful break in this punishing winter and we all just loved it. by the time I left there my headache was gone. later when I called to thank him, he told me the other friends stayed on for another hour and a half, so the party was a terrific success.
drove to my moms and we went to the first nursing home and it was a really good experience. an older facility but filled with active, alert and happy people and a very friendly staff. clean and small, with a great deal of activity for the residents, a big fish tank, a little dog on the premises (the nursing director's pet) and some lovely new wheelchair height garden planters on their new veranda, along with a new water garden.
my mom was very pleased with it, so we went home to tell dad that she was going to take him the following day to look it over.
got home by about 4:30 in time to let the dogs out. I did manage to track my food, and when rob came home I informed him I wanted to go to our favorite trattoria for dinner. my calories were quite low, so I knew it would be okay, and I really needed some time to relax and not have to cook! we called it our valentine's dinner, so that was fine. didn't manage to get any exercise done, but I can make up for that on the weekend.
so not much to do today--recoup and start working on my next slate and paint on the living room walls some more.
have a great day!