Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Sunday, May 20, 2007

a busy day

So I got up dark and early (it was overcast and a sweet, fresh drizzly rain was blessing us), and finished setting the table.

We had roses,

and strawberries.

Juicy ripe grapes,

And velvety sweet apricots.
I made curried chicken salad sandwiches. Tamara made cucumber sandwiches, her world-class biscotti, and some divine rhubarb cake. The tea was Murchies' Golden Jubilee blend.

Here's the table all dressed and waiting.
And here are all the happy actual guests, knitting and nibbling and talking and laughing. I introduced them to all my virtual guests as well, and they greeted you joyfully. It was a lovely, lovely party!
And then, come evening, DH and I went to his company's awards banquet. DH has been there for 20 years now, and got called up front for a handshake and a gift certificate. ($500 pre-paid VISA card. {Omigawd, omigawd!} But we do have to pay income tax on it.)
There are about 18 people who have been there 20 years. There were 13 guys who had been with the company for FOURTY YEARS! Seven of them will be retiring this year and all of them, "...enjoy fishing, ..." Some also enjoy hunting, others also enjoy golf, and a few also do woodwork. So the key to longevity in your job is to be a guy who enjoys fishing.
Employees got to attend the banquet for free. If spouses wanted to come, there was a ten dollar fee for the meal. They overcharged. OK, to be fair, the salad was wonderful! Nice crisp fresh greens, with grapes and strawberries and a wild variety of edible flowers. Pansies are yummy!
But the entrees - DH's steak resembled a chunk of broiled wet-suit. And my salmon had clearly been frozen and thawed repeatedly. No matter how you cook salmon, it should never be mushy. The asparagus was nice, with a pretty sash of carrot strip bundling the five stalks together. I passed on the fried cheese and potato thingy and I passed on the desert which was a cake and pastry-cream confection with berry preserves. (I'm lactose intolerant) Really, now that I think of it, everything but the entree was quite nice and well presented. Just because I couldn't eat some of it, and wouldn't eat the mushy salmon (Yuk, yuk, yuk!!) doesn't mean it was a crappy meal.
And we had a great time. We sat with the couple who will be taking a cruise with us in December- Igor and Yanna. Igor just got back from visiting his family in the Ukraine, so we had lots and lots to talk about. It was a grand evening.
Between the knitting tea and the award's banquet, I pretty much blew my diet. But it was WORTH IT! It was such a lovely day.


  • At 10:56 AM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    You and DH look so so happy--and the knitting get-together looks so gracious... seriously, Roxie, you do living right:-)

  • At 12:22 PM , Blogger Warrior Knitter said...

    The set-up for your "real" tea party looks scrumptious -- tasty treats, luscious fruit, steaming tea, fresh flowers and luck duck knitting buds.

    Contrats! to DH on his 20th year with his company. So rare now adays. It's a shame about the food. I don't go to those things for the food but sometimes you get lucky. I'm glad you were able to enjoy part of it. It's all about the fellowship, anyway and the $500 gift card!

  • At 7:29 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Congrats to dh! Wow, 20 years!

    All those fruits at the knitting tea look so yummy! And Murchies has the best tea!

    Wish I could have been there for real.

  • At 2:47 AM , Blogger Grandma Flea said...

    What a day - a magnificent knitting tea party - I'm full from eating all that wonderful food (virtually) and enjoyed the company too! Congratulations to your DH for his achievement - shame about the food and the fact that they charged the partners! Why do employers rarely recognise the contribution that the other halves make? You two look so happy - and you look marvellous in that dress.

  • At 8:38 AM , Blogger Margene said...

    Fabulous, fabulous day!


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