Friday was a special day, indeed, for me!
Photo Courtesy of Pat!
Meet my friend, Pat from Gypsy Heart!!!
We have been Facebook Friends and Blogging Buddies for several years now but this was the first time we have met in person. It was just as I imagined! I already knew Pat and her heart and she already knew mine. Our hearts met long ago.
We visited all through our salad lunch and Louis Dean even joined us toward the end, although he has an aversion to 'Ladies Food!' Apparently the chicken salad was hearty enough for him!
Louis Dean played Pretty Paper for her!
I recorded it but it was too long for Blogger to post.
That's the reason I usually just take snippets.
I know there's a way to do whole songs - I just don't know how to do it!
The afternoon simply flew by!
It seemed like we had just got started when she had to leave for home in order to beat the traffic.
This was the first of many visits to come!
Friday was a good day to celebrate, not only a new friend, but old ones as well.
Candie was Amber's first synchronized swimming coach when she joined the Pirouettes of Texas at 6 years of age. Candie's daughter, Megan, was swimming on the team back then and later became Amber's coach. These two ladies are so dear to our family!
Meet Brady, Megan's son!
He had a basketball game earlier and they came over right after it was over.
His team WON! He was excited!
It has turned cold in Texas so I made a big pot of Taco Soup!
Perfect for a December Supper!
"It was fun like a PARTY!"
That's a quote I picked up from Megan.
She IS a party!
Payton is her beautiful daughter!
While she played Go Fish with her brother......
Candie, Megan and I played my favorite card game - NUTS!!!
Candie was a pretty laid back player and casually won most hands that night!
The first time she quietly said, "I think I'm out of cards."
I think I only won twice but I shouted NUTS with great enthusiasm.
So did Megan on the hands she won!
She and I really get into it!
I was happy to spend the entire day with Friends!
This is from the dining room 'Cardinal Tree.'
When Brady was little, he took a clipboard and roamed the entire house counting Christmas Trees.
I haven't counted how many I have this year yet - but I will.
It's nice to have the decorating done early enough to simply sit back and enjoy it all month long.
I think I decorated every single room except the utility room.
This was one of the first things I did - washed all the glassware and added greenery.
Poinsettias make anything look Christmasy!
I will close with this amazing hand sequined poinsettia.
I have several hanging on the branches of the Cardinal Tree as well as several on the dining room table around the candles. I bought a whole BOX of these hand sewn beauties at a garage sale years ago for $2! Candie, Pat and I all marveled at the amount of time someone spent on these.
It is now Saturday as I write.
Last night I went to bed around midnight and slept better than I can remember in recent times!
It was 10:30 this morning before I woke up!
Louis Dean and I have spent most of the day in the den by the fireplace!
We watched Coat of Many Colors with Dolly Parton and now the Army/Navy game is on.
I fixed an 'almost like Christmas'
I am loving the cold winter weather we are having!!!
Stay warm! Have fun!