today, i need a recharging day. we have done so much entertaining already this summer and as much as i LOVE it, i am exhausted. i went to bed before midnight last night, woke up at 3:00 and did my usual insomnia routine...come downstairs, check my email, read for a bit in my chair and either fall asleep there, or go back up to bed. i did go back to sleep and woke up with my alarm this morning. during my devotions, i fell asleep like 10 times. seriously. i know i've reached my limit. so today, i don't plan to leave my nest. i think we'll grill burgers for dinner tonight and keep life really simple today. i hope i don't sound like i'm complaining. i love the life i'm living...i just know when it's time to take a break. today is that day. i want to have some creative time. i am finally feeling it, and i have some great new stuff to play with, so i plan to make that work. that recharges me.
i tried to take more photos than i typically do when i have get-togethers. we didn't get a lot, but i'm happy with the ones i got. and i'm in some of them! that's hard for me.
i love these two girls. we are having so much fun cooking together. it's amazing how working together in each other's kitchens has bonded us. pam is in the group too, but her son just got married saturday, so she wasn't as involved in the tea party. she did make her famous scones though.
here's the menu:
chicken salad croissants
egg salad croissants
shrimp, egg, lime and dill sandwiches (donna made these sandwiches, which she remembered her mom making for parties years ago.....and they were so delish!)
scones, jam and cream
mini cupcakes with pink sprinkles and those sweet little silver balls
lemon bars with toasted meringue
vanilla bean cheesecakes
me and becca. love her.
and me and my vicki. love her too. i am smiling so big, i look like a horse about to have my teeth examined! ha! and what's up with the veins popping in my head? i'm so hard on myself!
it was a great day. spending time with friends. it hit me this morning as i was reflecting on yesterday-how fortunate i am to be at this stage of life, doing what i love, and having such wonderful people in my life. great friends, who i can be real with, a fun and loving family, a best friend/husband who means the world to me, and so much more, but i don't want to sound like i'm gloating : ) i haven't always been in this place. there have been rough times and i know that there will probably be rough times again...but for now, i'm going to savor every minute of this time. i'm just glad i'm recognizing that it's a golden time. i hate to see people who have good things in their lives, wasting time worrying about what might happen, or dwelling on something bad in the past. i say, enjoy the now. savor it. find the good in it. life on earth will never be perfect, so find the joy in what it is right now.
so today, i will be right here, editing, straighten the house(which i enjoy doing), creating some stuff, and maybe even reading. i finished "little altars everywhere" last night and i'm going to start "rose cottage" tonight, or maybe sooner. hey, if alicia recommends it, it must be great, right? what are you reading this summer? i'm going through books like crazy. reading instead of sleeping, you know? so i would love some recommendations. have a great day and God bless!