Friends and Single Parenthood
Everyone brought something to share; Pat's and Honna's hors d'oeuvres were spectacular. Helen's husband's German potato salad was wonderful, as was Honna's [still slightly warm] beer bread. I forgot that Marsha was bringing cauliflower, and while I was making the chicken, I got the idea of doing cauliflower, so we had a kind of deuling cauliflower situation (buh buh BAH buh BAH buh BAH buh BUHHHH) with no one being able to decide which she preferred. Turbo and Bobbi contributed wine, Judy a delightful green salad, and Kathy provided not one but two desserts and oh my were they good.
We'd received a parcel from some-of-our-friend Sharon out in the Midwest that I'd been told not to open before the dinner. We opened it after dessert and found that Sharon had made for each of us a sewing stiletto, all different, and all beautiful. Here are nine of the ten of us (I'm taking the picture) showing stilettos. How thoughtful and generous of Sharon!
Joe's been gone four nights and there are two more remaining. Blackberry thoroughly enjoyed the dinner party, but once it was over, he became despondent, just not understanding why Joe wasn't here. We've had some nice walks and quiet moments together, but he just isn't himself. Friday after work I stopped at the pet store and bought four new things for him: one for each of the remaining days of lonesomeness. Friday night's bone was just the thing he needed, and he gnawed and gnawed and threw it around. Yesterday morning I gave him a small purple stuffed squeaky toy and it, too, was a hit. He already knows it by name, as in, "Where's That Purple Thing, Blackberry?"
Later today he'll receive a rubber chicken and tomorrow's offering is a peanut butter flavor bone.
Between the sewing, the socializing, and the dog entertaining, I'm busy enough. And will be very glad to come home from work on Tuesday to find Himelf back in residence. Too bad I'll miss The Reunion when he comes through the door!