We just spent the past month with our grandchildren, which is the height of our summer months. They like to eat different foods, so we focus a lot on the evening meal, and the eldest, KDW, has given himself the job of choosing the menus (grilled lamb, lasagne, fried chicken, shrimp fried rice, macaroni & cheese, and spaghetti). We try to have one meal with mussels, which is our only granddaughter’s favorite. All meals end with some sort of ice cream or other frozen dairy product and games, such as Monopoly, bowling, swimming, and movies. Never a dull moment!
The children have returned to their homes, and we are alone again, naturally. So now, we turn our focus to our friends. My hubby is out of town, so I’ve been seeing our friends a lot this past week. I just said goodbye, for the evening, to some ladies who came for dinner. I’ve heard the phrase, “There’s nothing to do around here!” Perhaps, it’s the non-creative mind that says such a thing. There is always something to do. When you’re used to making your own fun, it can be most stimulating.
This weekend has been especially busy for me, in terms of interacting with friends. Friday, we had happy hour on the back porch. There was lovely food, conversation, beverage, laughter, and getting to know some new friends. On Saturday, I went to Lynn’s, house for some interesting fun. We sat in a stock watering talk, filled with water, which was delicious on a hot, muggy day.
The point is that we can make our own fun. I have wonderful friends, and all of us are easy “entertainers”. That is, we fix some food, and have some friends, who usually bring more food, come to visit. We share these evenings, evenly, among one another. I suppose it helps that we all like to entertain, we love to cook, and we love discussing our lives with each other. Half of our group is retired and some of us still work. That’s another story, however.
The picture that I’m featuring here, is the Saturday afternoon on Lynn’s back porch with her “spa” made from a livestock tank. We filled it with water, set out the spread of smoked salmon (caught in Alaska by Mark & Kathy), blue corn cakes, cavier, sour cream, hummus (made from scratch with my own cooked chick peas), caprese salad (fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto sauce), and some cut up veggies. Lynn made Moscow Mules, and we soaked in the water, and passed the time. It was marvelous. Water is such a healing element. We put our lawn chairs in the water tank so that we could sit next to the food table and help ourselves. The afternoon was lovely, and before we knew it, five hours had passed.
Tonight, we had a girls’ night the featured ground lamb kabobs, veggies with dip, Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon, fresh corn on the cob, and watermelon. The great thing about summer is that one has access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Our conversation centered on music and the arts.
I’m not sure what motivates one to be around friends, or not to have those types of relationships. I realize there are some people who simply do not entertain guests in their homes. I’m sure it’s a preference that either we have or do not have. I was raised by a mother and father who fed a lot of people when I was growing up. Mostly, it was relatives who ate at our house, but I remember the interactions and conviviality with great affection.
What are your thoughts on entertaining people in your home?