“Never miss a party…good for the nerves–like celery.”

The morning is cold, rainy and windy, an ugly morning. I turned on my heat for a bit as the house was chilly. It was also dark so the lamp is now lit here in the den and Jack is sprawled underneath. I’m warm and cozy.

When I woke up, both Henry and Jack were on my bed. Each had his own side, and I was in the middle. They were comfortable. Now they are on the couch. Each has his own side and I am in the middle. Both of them are sleeping. Life is good for Henry and Jack.

Last week was a lazy week. I didn’t do very much except loll and read. This week will be busier. Henry and Gwen have vets visits. Henry just needs a shot while Gwen will have a physical and have her gnarls removed. On Saturday friends are coming to play the Escape game. I need to plan my menu.

My parents were often party throwers. My mother once threw a D-Day anniversary party. The living room had maps of D-Day beaches and The Longest Day on the TV. The dining room had the food, tons of food. The kitchen had the same people it always did. They’d sit at the table, smoke cigarettes, drink and sing. World War II songs played, and everyone sang along. They all knew the words. They all had lived with the war, and my father and uncle had served.

For years my parents had a huge party on Christmas Eve. It was a bit dressier than usual, and the food was special. My mother cooked for days before the party. She usually had a honey ham and a small turkey or roast beef. There was potato salad and pasta salad, Mac and Cheese and so much more I don’t remember. Dessert was a tower of decorated sugar cookies. People never stayed really late. They went home for Christmas Eve. What I remember is how special the night always was.

I am my mother’s daughter. I love theme occasions. On movie nights I like to tailor the decorations to the movie, especially the summer’s opening movie. This year it was Killer Klowns, red noses, clown pins and circus food. I even bought calliope music. Another year was Woodstock including appropriate clothing and a lava lamp.

This Halloween I will be my theme. I have a new fascinator. It’s beautiful and glittery. Even the bows sparkle. The rim is a spider’s web. The bottom is black, but the top is bright orange with web lines. It is a gift from my friends Bill and Peg. It is now my favorite fascinator.

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8 Comments on ““Never miss a party…good for the nerves–like celery.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,
    This is day six in the hotel. We have electricity but no cable or internet service. Some people had their roofs removed so we are lucky to have only lost one window.

    I’m not a party person and I don’t like theme based anything. Walmart is already advertising online holiday sales. It’s not even Halloween and the retailers are licking their chops ready to empty our wallets because there are fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If we didn’t have Christmas we would have to celebrate the winter solstice with some kind of character who gives gifts so as to keep the US economy going. 🙂

    Another beautiful day with sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’m amazed it is taking so long. Around here the small towns are the last while the cities seem to be first. Why is cable so far behind the electric company? Number of trucks? Number of problems?

      I think by this time I’d just be happy to be home.

      Theme based means I, as the hostess, decorate the table and such while you, as the guest, just come and eat. Many of my meals have had countries as the theme with all the food from one region, one country or one city highlighted. What is it about theme parties you don’t like?

      I will never be as cynical as you. There is so much more to Christmas than an economic spurt. Christmas is just so much more than retailers “licking their chops.” I love being with friends and family and decorating the gingerbread house and picking out my Christmas tree. I decorate my house and tree and make all sorts of cookies. All of my favorites have nothing to do with buying gifts.

      It is pouring right now.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Of course, I’m extra cynical as we approach the holidays. Yes, there is more to Christmas than the cornucopia of spending. I enjoy your responses to my holiday cynicisms. 🙂 Your kind of theme party sounds great.

        I spoke with an AT&T guy on the street today and he was taking pictures of the telephone poles which used to support the wires that blew down across the street. Until they hang up new telephone wires our internet and Uverse TV will be out. I’m hoping they get it done by tomorrow morning.

      • katry Says:

        We are all Christmas bugs as my mother used to call us. She gave us a love for everything Christmas. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I used to make my gifts. People loved the needlework. Now I buy gifts and I never just settle for just any gift. It has to be perfect in some way.

        I love decorating my table, and I always buy fresh flowers, especially in winter. This Christmas I’m going to do a brunch, my first. My friend’s father is in a facility here now so he and his wife have to spend time with his father on Christmas. I suggested the brunch as we do gifts together on Christmas then he can visit his father for the afternoon.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Somewhere in the uncomfortable confines of Brady Park, my daughter and her husband are sitting in the pouring rain watching the Michigan Grad be mean to those folks from Ohio. They really like the Pats.

    The Lions took a leisurely stroll past the Giants this afternoon. No big thing and they went back to .500

    I have been listening to the reissue of Abbey Road, Bob shows up on Friday and my radar is on high alert for the new Beck album. Tons to enjoy as we rapidly approach the holiday season

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      And it is really pouring. One TV camera angle keeps giving us a spotted lens wet with rain view of the field. They have good taste!

      I am not a huge football fan, but I do follow our local boys, seldom miss a game.

      This is the season of buying for the holidays. I also need a new washing machine so no gifts for me.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Yesterday started with lots of rain but it didn’t take too long before we could see the sun and it stayed all day. The sky is still clear so the night has been cold and it is way below 32F.

    I finally could start with the digging in teh garden and kept on for five hours, wasn’t too bad but now I can barely move 🙂 🙂 I had problems lifting my coffee cup and I think every part of my body aches except for my feet which is odd since they alays ache otherwise 🙂 🙂

    So I’m staying at home today, I would be dangerous driving around since I would have problems to even steere the car 🙂 🙂 🙂 I wouldn’t have had this if it hadn’t rained all the time, then I could have dug some every day. Well it’ll be better soon enough.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We are in a rain, drab weather pattern. Today is at least dry.

      My days of working in the yard are over. My back has been quite bad. I did plant all the window boxes and pots for the deck. Now I need to clear it. I’m always exhausted when I do all that lifting.

      I never mind staying home. I like being lazy and in my comfy clothes. Henry also seems to enjoy my company. He hangs around me as does Jack.

      Have a wonderful day!

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