Monday, July 29, 2013

A lovely fall weekend ... in late July?

Oh, I'm not complaining. Our weather has been glorious - windows open, needing a sweater in the evening, not wanting to get out of bed because it's just a wee bit chilly... who am I kidding? I can find any number of reasons to not want to get out of bed. It did rain on Saturday, both literally and figuratively. Our weekend definitely had its ups and downs.

Friday evening we continued the Restaurant Odyssey.

I think Aaron's eyes are closed as he remembers "the best cocktail ever."

Saturday we woke up to the news that our neighbor Amy's sister had died, very suddenly and unexpectedly. Julie was only 56, she'd been married for 33 years and had three children and one grandchild, with two more on the way. Amy and her family are what we call framily (friends who are family, per Steph) and we are shocked and saddened by this loss. It's also another reminder to not take life for granted and to savor every moment we have together.

Julie (second from left) with her sisters and her daughters, June 2013

Later on Saturday, we went for lunch/brunch with another couple to Hangover Easy.

Left, my cinnamon french toast with praline pecan topping. Right, Theresa prepares her pancake (it's a gift).

Sunday we did some chores, which for Aaron included working in the garden:

We had a late lunch/early dinner at another Restaurant Odyssey stop, Arch City Tavern. Later in the evening we gathered the troops to rally around Amy and her husband Colin. It's so good to be able to mix laughter with the tears.

And just to end this post on a happy note, here are various pictures of the cats.

Clockwise from left: Bella took my spot on the chaise; Clover and Gato are thinking about going to the porch; Bella now seems to like toilets, first on the one in our bathroom; then a few minutes later in the other bathroom; Clover and Gato love the windowsills; how can that be comfortable?; Sunday nap on Mom & Dad's bed.


  1. OMG, I want that praline french toast.
    Great support to Amy and her family.
    Such a help, especially with a sudden loss. Your garden looks divine!

    Have a great week.
    love, Steph's momma!

  2. So very, very sorry to hear about Amy's sister, Julie. Prayers and good wishes from me to you.

    All that food is making me drool. Brie and I started keeping track of our calories yesterday, and I DO NOT like the number the app deemed appropriate for me to consume.

  3. Cheers to the good and so sorry about the bad.

  4. So sorry to hear about Julie. I'll be thinking of Amy and her family, for sure.

    Glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful Ohio weather this weekend! I'm totally jealous of all those tomatoes from your garden!

  5. So sorry to hear about Julie. It sounds like you guys are helping to provide a pretty amazing support system for her sister.

  6. The cinnamon french toast needs to get in this preggo's belly! :)

    I love all the pictures of the cats. Maybe Bella can learn to clean that toilet she loves so much! ;)


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