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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Love

Our Easter brunch was to begin at 11:00.  When were we ready for company?  10:59.  Time management is not a fine-tuned skill of (mine) and My Guy.  You'd think as a CPA timeliness would be of the essence.  Not around the house.  Or in the yard.  The poor dear was shoveling pea gravel off the flagstone to another location for three hours on Easter morning.  Nothing like "an event" to motivate one to hack at your to-do list.  I LOVE seeing the fruit of My-Guy-Chores completed!  He does not complain...ever.  He just does it.  I see!  It doesn't bother HIM - it only bothers me!

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 HEAVENI 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!

                                         (Saint Steve and new friend, Blackberry French Toast)

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. 

                                                                  (Easter Overload)

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 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. 



Dianne said...

Va your yard looks beautiful!!!! I only wish I had been there. I know the food was delish and the company divine. I do believe your guy is a keeper. xoxo

Morning T said...

It looks like a wonderful time was had by all and your yard and tables look gorgeous. Happy Easter to you!

CC said...

Oh, Virginia! Your yard is divine!!!!! Everything looks so beautiful! I'm so happy that y'all like the blackberry French toast casserole. It is yummy! :)

Thanks for sharing your Easter with us! Perfection, my dear, perfection!

Emily said...

What a wonderful, happy, complete day! Everything looked so inviting, and I know you were in your element!

Teri said...

This is getting spooky my dear... my husband is the OFFICIAL dishwasher at our gatherings... a title he earned by choice!

We played games too... I made an official Easter quiz, and we love playing a game called "Catch Phrase".

Oh, and I am doing a Beth Moore Bible Study callled "Loving Well" and I need a kick in the rear to do it... my daughter has a 'mean girl' in her life, making her life miserable at school AND at church. My only hope... stop being angry, and start praying!

LOVE your tables... yes~ very Tuscan!

moondiva said...

Beautiful Vava, your yard looks wonderful. Love your tablescapes!!! My Easter was good and fun.

xoxo Deborah

Mary said...

Va~ thanks for sharing your festive day with pictures and all! Everything looked beautiful! How special that you were able to dine outside.
I am so like you in the guest arrival to being ready ratio! :)
Had to laugh about the Tito's. My neighbor is a rep. and has been singing the praises of Titos for some time now. Handmade and distilled six times which is why he says you will never feel a hangover with Titos!

marthaandbo said...

Oh Va! Tuscan Tx indeed-this is so very lovely-i know you had immense pleasure from all of your arrangements! It must have wowed everyone! Hope you had time to kick up your toes later....and water in the wine bottles-genius!
You have a delightful backyard-i wanna stop over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HUGS!

Beautiful Things said...

Looks like you had a great Easter. x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous time, and ideas too! Love the Easter overload pic! Too funny! I've tried Tito's...smooth and S T R O N G! xoxo