Sunday, December 3, 2023
Sunday, December 3, 2023, MN
Last Thursday was cleaning day at Ben & Jill’s house and thanks to my good friend Deb, who took Joey for a nice walk, I was able to come home and take a short nap when I finished. I assembled the lasagna that I will be having for dinner tomorrow night when my good friends Carol and Richard arrive for a visit. I made the sauce on Wednesday.
Carol and Richard arrived early Friday afternoon and we proceeded to catch up on the family news since the last time we were together, August of 2022 at their place in Michigan. Ben hadn’t seen them since Mike’s memorial and he and Norah and Camille joined us for dinner. The best compliment a cook can have is when people go for seconds and we cleaned up the pan - there is enough remaining for one meal for me. We had a great visit and they all left about 8:30 - I did the dishes and went straight to bed.
Yesterday, Deb kept Joey for me so I could spend the day with my friends. I met them at their hotel and we walked to Mall of America, doing the rounds of all three floors. The crowds increased as the time went on. We ended up spending about three hours there, stopping in a few shops, having a bite for lunch, and walking, walking, walking - about 13,000 steps worth of walking.
In the evening, we went to Burnsville to meet their friend Jim for dinner and had a fun time. The waitress had an incredible funny sense of humor and we had lots of laughs and great conversation.
Just a few minutes ago, I got my dishes from Friday night put away - that doesn’t happen often in Rose’s world - but the busy weekend was so worth it.