I have been away from home
a great deal in the last month.
It is all to the good:
visiting grandsons, daughters, and planning a birthday celebration.
This morning, while our youngest daughter is at work
(she is a high school English teacher),
I have made my nest at
this ranks up there with a limited number of my nesting favorites away from home.
The noise, background music, and nearby conversations are not jarring or irritating,
the coffee is beyond delicious,
the food is delicious,
and the service is excellent and accustomed to people who like to sit a little longer.
And so here I sit,
reviewing my list for the birthday celebration
our family is hosting for our daughter Katherine this Saturday in her wonderful backyard
at her duplex in Dallas.
This list has prompted all sorts of future post ideas on my way of entertaining,
and I hope to do those next week when I am back home.
I will hint that one of the things I do when I entertain is find resources
so out of the way,
so ‘on the side of the road’ so to speak,
I create my own comfort zone-
even when I am 10 hours away from home.
String white lights in her large tree and hang colored papel picado banners
Cover 3 Market Days tables I have in Hauler #2 with turquoise burlap
Place turquoise, chartreuse, and silver mercury glass votives and other candles throughout
Fill my tall pewter tiered tray and vase with hot fresh flowers
Use the Mexican oil cloth pattern fabric I bought at Casa Ramirez in the Heights (Houston) for the bar table
Delfino from Lupitas’s Taqueria (near Greenville) will bring a small grill and make and serve
Tacos Reynosa with fresh con tortillas, diced fajitas, onion, and cilantro
Frijoles a la Charra
Chips, salsa, and queso
Fresh aguacate (guacamole)
I just ordered a platter of fresh tropical fruit from Fiesta, and I will be baking chocolate brownies.
Delfino is bringing a margarita machine, and I am filling a metal washtub
with Coronitas (small Corona beer).
Entertaining Note and Rationale:
One of the things I will discuss in a future post is a guideline of mine
which deals with a friend’s advice years ago:
What is the value of my time?
Just know I am NOT extravagant, and I found some bargains
and bargain priced resources.
That is what makes it fun for me anyway.