The weather cooperated and we were able to dine outdoors. A bit of Tuscany in Texas!
This past winter was not kind to our grass; but you can see some green sprouts. The vine covering the pergola is three years old and looks like a three year old: bursting forth, unruly and out of control.
My Guy needed something as a reward for all his hard work. Nephew and wife brought a few mixings. They are young, hip (happen to be gorgeous) and know how to make a lovely Bloody Mary.
He looks much better without a shovel and a wheelbarrow!
The food cooking, Sirrius Coffee House music playing while all are stuffed into the kitchen is HEAVEN! I love gatherings. We gathered around the island to say grace and dug in. A new item was on the menu, Blackberry French Toast and was well received. Some could not stop. I mean really. Like he said he could just put his face in it. He did!
It's rare in these parts to enjoy outside dining. And that's why I felt rather Tuscan-y. Under a pergola, a fountain splish-splashing, a cool breeze.
We had to set two tables but it worked well. Can you spot the high and the low of said tables?
Oh, don't be concerned. Those are not wine bottles. Well, they are wine BOTTLES with water in them. Soak labels off your white wine bottles and fill them with water. When you march them down your table, it's a ready made centerpiece.
My Guy may be known as not-so-timely BUT he also has the reputation of The Dish Washer. And, again...he does not bemoan the title. He just gets in the kitchen and does it. I love that man! We played Left, Center, Right (a dice game) which is about the only game out of three/four that I can (or WANT to) play. I'm NOT a game girl. LCR is easy and fun.
By 2:15 the guests said they were stuffed, satisfied and had to get on with their day. A couple of folks had to be stirred to move on.
The sermon on Maundy Thursday began: "What is the quality of your love?'' It's had me thinking these past three days. We are to love like Jesus. Everyone. No matter who they are, what they do or say. I find it hard sometimes...to love unconditionally.
Today was a day of love. Between me and My Guy. In my kitchen with family and friends. And even between Steve and Duke.
I hope that you and yours dined well, enjoyed one another and loved.