Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Home and Party Prep - Monday and Tuesday.....

As is her custom, Jutta was up early and out to greet the sunrise.

She is known for her famously beautiful photos!
This one is a real winner!

We were all packed in with room to spare!

Jutta laughed and so did we when we made our first stop across the street from Casa Del Mar!
Summer ordered breakfast from McDonald's on her phone app - but forgot Jutta's coffee.
So Jutta went in to get it and I went in to use the ladies room.
We loaded back up in the car and she said, "At this rate - it will take us three weeks to get to your home!" Hahahahahaha! We laughed all the way to Houston where we dropped Summer off at a hotel near the airport for her flight home to Puerto Rico the next day.
She was still feeling pretty rough but had put on a brave face and marched on as best she could.
It was around 10:30 when we arrived and her room wasn't ready yet so she had to camp out in the lobby. It felt so wrong to drive off leaving her there like that.

They said it would be able four hours but it was actually 30 minutes when she sent me the text that she was in her room and a photo of what a nice room it was!
I felt better.

Jutta and I made good time stopping only at Woody's in Centerville.


I love that place!
Jutta bought some Jalapeno Shrimp Poppers and I bought some cheese and iced tea.
We already had olives from the Kroger Olive Bar in Galveston, grapes and come good crackers....
so we snacked our way home without having to stop for a meal.

We arrived in Irving shortly after 3:00 and had time to do some errands and shopping before we got to the house. Jutta needed to buy a new suitcase as her expensive hard case one did not fare well on her international flight. I had been telling her that I did not want to leave the house on Tuesday. At all.
And yet I knew exactly where to take her to buy luggage....Tuesday Morning. She seemed confused but didn't say anything. When we pulled up in front of the store yesterday afternoon - she burst out laughing!!! "I had no idea that Tuesday Morning was the NAME OF THE STORE!!!"
She was no longer confused!!
Oh, we had the very best time driving home together!
Even when we got into radio range and I looked down at the station and noticed the blinking 'Get Fuel NOW!!' sign! I admit to being rather stressed for the 15 minutes it took us to find a station and profoundly grateful to God for being so gracious and us not running out of gas! I'm driving Summer's rental car and MY car dings when it's time to refuel so I was not paying attention to the messages on the dashboard. More laughter - AFTER we fueled up!!

She bought a nice piece of luggage and we stopped at Aldi for wine and sparkling water for my friend. I even tracked down a beauty supply place to get wig shampoo. My hair has thinned so much I bought a crown wiglet and it was time to shampoo it. I want to look nice at the tea party!

Louis Dean helped us unload our by this time bulging trunk and we settled in.
I ran around doing damage control and putting things up while Jutta made herself at home - as old friends do and that's what we feel like - life long friends.

Louis Dean had a ham all baked and warm in the oven.
Jutta chopped things for the potato salad and I made a pan of baked beans.

Dinner is served!

Louis Dean was in heaven when Jutta joined him in his music room later in the evening.
It was a wonderful homecoming!

WE all slept well and, once again, Jutta was up at first light.
I had left enough lights on for her to feel welcome as she came out from the bedroom area.
My friend, Virginia, has a friend who is a driver. I love having friends who have friends.....
Charlotte is the friend of Virginia and we had arranged for her to pick Jutta up at 10:00 and take her to Northpark Mall for some shopping. I felt good knowing that she was with a safe person. 
Northpark is beautiful any time of the year but especially so at Christmas.

I slept in until after 10:00 and as soon as I woke up I texted Summer asking where she was.....
thinking she would be in Miami by then on her layover to Puerto Rico.

Summer Davis checked in to William P. Hobby Airport.
15 hrsHouston
Well, well - I thought my Spirit flight was out of Hobby but no it’s out of Geo Bush and I can’t make it so I’ll try again tomorrow. Thanks Sabrina for helping me through this ordeal.

What an ordeal she has had!
She knew how concerned I was and sent me this pic of her watching Hallmark Christmas movies and sipping Starbucks ice tea. Another day to rest before flying is obviously a good idea.
She sure rolls with the punches!
However, I felt terrible that I had left her there like that!!

We were watching a Hallmark Christmas movie this afternoon as we took a break from all the party prepping and decorating. A Shoe Addict's Christmas was really good.
Louis Dean had chopped up some firewood and I had lit some was wonderful.

Jutta has been such a help in the kitchen with chopping and cutting up everything from onions to celery to cheese to apples to ham!
I had put some brownies in the oven and, thanks to her, they didn't burn.
It was a recipe using brownie mix with a layer of mint patties between two layers of the mix.
They are cooling overnight and I will cut them up in the morning.....and taste one to see if they are good. I made two crack cakes - one chocolate fudge and one pistachio.

Louis Dean and I hung the last of the lights in the gazebo tonight while Jutta manned the kitchen.

Dinner was a vegetable beef soup Louis Dean made while I was gone.
Jutta added a salad with her own special dressing and I made garlic bread.

I think we are winding down and will be more than ready to party tomorrow.

It's nice to be able to sit here in the sewing room and write tonight's journal entry.
And it also feels good to have so much done this early in December.
The rest of the month will be so relaxing!!

So I am going to bed with a happy heart tonight and hoping to see many of you tomorrow at my annual Cup of Christmas Tea Party!


Bluebird49 said...

Y'all have a ball tonight!

Kathy said...

It is always nice to come home. Looks like everything is ready for your party. Have lots of fun tonight.

Deb said...

Looking forward to the tea tonight 😃

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

delicious foods and beautiful series of photos.
have a great day

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always make every day so much fun. You're going to need a quiet day soon....I can't imagine when that will be though. What fun with friends and family close by! Give Jutta hugs for me!

Arlene Grimm said...

Linda, what struck me about your post was your comment about rolling with the punches. I have never been good at that but as I have gotten older, I realize that ultimately it is all in God's Hands and I have to trust that delays etc are part of his plan. I think Summer did need another day before travel so she could rest. I look forward to seeing pictures from your party!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How nice to have a friend that helps out so much. It's good she got to go shopping too. You sound like you are ready for your party and I know it will be lovely. You have certainly put your heart into it. Have a wonderful Christmas Tea!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing your photos from your tea! Everything is going to be lovely, I know!

Sandra said...

you really should change your blog name to The Adventures of Linda.. never a dull moment in your life. maybe Linda's Love of Life Ventures. ha ha.. you do love life and it shows... poor Summer, but looks like she was happy with her movie .

Ginny Hartzler said...

I wish I could come! Wow, you have a lot of energy! I am so glad you are having such a good time! What is this in the gazebo? A fancy fabric wall hanging with lights woven through it? It is gorgeous!! Is summer satisfied with her diagnosis of Fibromyalgia? I have had it for many years. What is she doing currently for it?

The Feminine Energy said...

Oh Linda, have a wonderful time at your tea. Like Ginny and so many others, I wish I could come too. Perhaps one day.... perhaps one day we can all be together, sipping tea and singing Christmas carols. Lovingly and always your friend, Andrea xoxo

Carole said...

A shop called Tuesday morning... how on earth did that get that name - does it open on other days!.... Have a great time Cheers

Hootin' Anni said...

Your dear daughter, Summer, has the will & flowery attitude of Spring. She's a good gal. Sounds like so much activity & fun!! And Jutta is lucky to have your down-home Texas friendship!

Vee said...

Your heart was with Summer. She is such a sweetheart for taking you off the hook with those photos of her doing well. That room looks wonderful to have to spend an extra day in. Who can go wrong with Hallmark Christmas movies. I may be lost in time here so I am not sure exactly when the Christmas party is. Nevertheless, I hope that you have had or will have a wonderful time. How handy to have Jutta's help!

Art and Sand said...

Your comment about gas made me think of a disastrous drive I took with a friend last summer. She has never been a comfortable driver. She wanted her grandchildren to come for a visit, but her daughter couldn't retrieve them so I offered to drive the 5 hours with her. The trip with the kids was uneventful, but driving home the next day, on the most desolate stretch of freeway in California, in August, with a temperature of 102°, we ran out of gas. I drive a Prius and on that particular drive I would have been able to go up and back on one tank. But her SUV is a gas guzzler. We were so far from anywhere and dying from heat, but we got back home safely and now have a funny story to tell.

BeachGypsy said...

Cant wait to see pictures of the Christmas tea party, I just know you did it up all pretty and festive and so fun! Did Summer get home okay by now i hope? So glad Jutta was able to come and have this nice visit with you, y'all are sure staying busy doing fun things and going places an SHOPPING!!--shopping is always a blast with a friend! How long does she get to stay? goodness that "tater" salad looks delicious, it's one of my most favorite foods!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Linda, I'm running behind in blog reading after we returned from our Thanksgiving holiday in PA and also dealing with a lingering cold. But, I have enjoyed reading about your tea party prep and the adventures you and Jutta have been sharing.