- to share with you how I manage to live the good life
- to share a bit of the wisdom gained from many years in various leadership positions
- to express my personal political opinions
- to lighten your burdens with humor.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
THE LAST SUPPER! Our Last Christmas Dinner
THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE
If the devine creator has taken pains to give us
delicious and exquisite things to eat,
the least we can do is to prepare them well and
and serve them with ceremony.
Message received, Mr. Point! On a bright red charger, we placed a Winterberry Christmas plate. The Galway Irish crystal is of the same pattern used in the White House. We used our good stainless instead of the silverware. The rolled red napkin in the poinsetta napkin ring is showy against the green tablecloth. The nutcracker name place holders are one of Julie's treasures. Candles glowed on the table and elsewhere around the room. We "served with ceremony", Mr. Point and it was fun!
The house is still decorated from Christmas. After the dinner we opened the entertainment center to watch the football game. Earlier today I counted 17 Santas on this center. It will be sad, not to mention all the work, to take it down and pack it away for another year. Sad also was the loss for Tim Tebow and Denver, but clearly the best team won.
"And, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care". Uh, sorry, no chimney! But the stockings, none-the-less were hung with care. From time-to-time people would look over my head toward the stockings and grin. I'd know old Gunner had sneaked part way down the stairs and was peeking through stockings. I'd "growl" and back up the stairs he'd go. Kimberly had brought her little, white "Bella" dog and Julie was afraid Gunner would "eat" her. I knew better!
My ten year old granddaughter, Delanie Rose, had no interest in a football game. Thankfully she is right at home at Grandpa and Nana Julie's. After dinner, where she ate her share for being such a little thing, she went upstairs to lay on our bed and watch a movie. Was she all by herself? Of course not! She had the bears and santa for company.
We saved a corsage from last Saturday night's dinner and I gave it to Rosebud. She gave me a million dollar grin.
When we have a lot of company I'm reminded of the song Loretta Lynn wrote in the early 50's, This Old House. Built in 1904, a hundred and eight years ago, our house started out life with a "path" and not a "bath", an outhouse if you will. Today, we do have a bathroom. Wondering if it is empty or full, we tell our guests to listen to see if Frosty and the two little penguins are singing and ringing their bells. Bells a'ring'n? Full House!. Un Huh! Part of the memory! Well, yes, if the door is shut and locked you get a clue.
THE DINNER? Oh, yes! The dinner. Normally we would do hors d'oeuvres, soup and salad with strawberry margaritas after dinner. Tonight I asked Julie to fix my favorite, a good, plain, dinner, simple and down home. Our guests were my daughter Kimberly, her husband Jack, their children Riley and Delanie Rose. My son Mark and his wife Mary Kay were also here alongwith their daughter Jessica.
WHAT A GANG! WE LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL AND ROLL. WHAT FUN!
After Kimberly's family said grace for us, everyone took their plate to the buffet set up on the kitchen table. Baked steak in mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese for the little ones, and sourdough rolls. More than one went back for seconds. I also baked an apple and a sour cherry pie with which we served ice cream. The apple pie was mostly eaten but Mark took over half of the cherry pie home with him. My granddaughter Jessi baked a special treat for Julie and I. Thanks, Jess!
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS IS NOW OFFICIALLY BEHIND US.
God Bless You and Yours
GOD BLESS THE USA
OOPS! My wife reminded me that I had forgot her E.G.G. party. EGG PARTY you ask? Yes, on Super Bowl Sunday the house is filled with old biddies, (Julie's work friends of many years), and all they do is have themselves an E.G.G. party, you know, EAT, GIGGLE AND GOSSIP!
Then, Christmas is officially over at the Pierce household.