I met my friends (and former neighbors), Sheila and Suzy this morning for coffee. We hadn't met since Sheila returned from Europe. She was in Finland with her husband while he was on sabbatical, teaching at a University there from January through part of the summer. When he finished, they did a bicycle tour of the surrounding countries.
There is obviously no empty nest syndrome in that house. By the way, all four of their boys are in college now since their oldest decided to attend Harvard Law School after teaching in an inner city school for a few years.
It was their house where Christopher stayed this summer, all their boys had internships in other towns so it was empty. Our sons grew up together and my son is their "adopted" gentile son. He was across the street at their house so often, they could have added him as a dependent on their tax returns!
While I still have a lot to do to prepare for the trip, it was still nice to get together. I have found through the years that if time isn't made to stay in touch with old friends... it doesn't happen. I know so many people who travel all over the world at the drop of a hat and I'm hyperventilating just going to New England. Can we say... small town girl? :)
Here is the agenda Stephanie has planned so far:
- Attend their church on Sunday and then her friend's baby shower.
- Dinner at my son-in-law's parents (wonderful people!) the same day (I think).
- Reservations have been made at a tea room for Stephanie, Elisabeth, Tigger (aka: Faith), and both grandmothers... now there is a memory in the making.
- A trip to an apple orchard.
- Sarah Clarkson flies in at the end of the week (my grandchildren love her already).
- Off to Hartford for the women's conference... Elizabeth George is the morning speaker, Sally teaches one of the workshops (am I in Heaven, or what?). Yes... Stephanie bought tickets the day before they sold out! Whew...
- The remaining Clarksons meet with us at Stephanie's house on Sunday and spend the night (it will be a full house but lots of fun).
- We are planning on making a trip to Old Sturbridge Village if the weather is good... which is one of my favorite places on the planet.
- Lots of looking at fall colors at their peak... yes, I am bringing my camera (thank you to my blog friend who gave it to me so you can have pictures on this blog).
I'll make certain the book and film recommendation post is up by Thursday evening. It will stay up the entire time I am gone. Be sure to write your favorites in the comments on Thursday's post... that is the one I will link back to after assembling all the suggestions in one big post when I return. I will give an example on Thursday.
In the meantime, enjoy going here to find the most delicious pumpkin recipe links on the Old Fashioned Tips blog. I have loved Brenda Hyde's Old Fashioned Tips website for years and years. How happy I was when there was also a blog. I love the blog and website (for the website, go here).
Now... I must really get some more work accomplished. Miles to go before I sleep...