Thursday, July 02, 2009

Therapeutic Steam

You know, there is something about cooking that straightens out my thinking.  Or maybe I just cooked so much tonight I am too tired to be very stressed out.  

What a lovely evening.  Today was another wack-a-doo day at work.  There are many of those anticipated in the future.  But I try not to write very much about work here.  I am grateful to be gainfully employed in the field I spent many years getting educated to work in (and I recently read that the rule about not ending a sentence with a preposition is silly and outdated, but it still just feels wrong to me).  

I am now on vacation.  I don't return to work until July 14.  Yippee.  I am excited about it.  

I have a huge family dinner here tomorrow.  So, tonight I made potato salad and I forced my daughter to make a key lime pie.  And after she made it, she talked to her boyfriend on the phone about how she made this pie all by herself and she will be happy to make him one... it was so cute.  

I came into the house from the back yard and saw that steam rising off my stove and all the stuff all over the counter and it made me so happy.  I am pretty compulsively neat, so I cannot possibly LEAVE stuff all over the place like that, so when I see it, I know there is something really special going on.  And there is.  

Tomorrow my brother, who lives far, far away in North Carolina, will be here.  And his wife, who has been my sister-in-law since 1965.  And their son.  And his wife, and their three children - and my niece's two children.  And my three children (adults to anyone but me).  Oh joy.  I am so excited.  My brother and his wife have never been to this house.

Tomorrow I need to get up early to get to mass before the day begins.  Then I have another pie to bake, and some last minute sprucing up to do, and more cooking.  My son will be manning the grill, which is a good thing.

This is good stuff.  Very good.

14 comments:

Steve E. said...

GOOD STUFF! I like it, Mary. Busy, and family, and no work for nearly two weeks.
Praise God!

Remember me at mass toorrow...please. Special intention-type. Thanks

Tall Karen said...

Oh, I so share your excitment in having all the family over! You are going to have such a lovely holiday! Can't wait to hear all about it! Happy, joyous, freedom day!

dAAve said...

That's great that you're off til July 14. Maybe that's just what your HP ordered.
Enjoy this weekend.

Kim A. said...

I can't wait to hear all about it..the food, the family and who cleans up the dishes :-D

Namaste

Scott W said...

And so tasty, too!

Lou said...

You are busy, so I will keep it short..

God Bless You and Yours!

Patty said...

WOW! Have a great weekend Mary!

Gin said...

I love being busy when there is something special that will come of it. Nothing better than spending good quality time with your family. Enjoy it! (I know I don't need to tell you to enjoy it because you definitely will!)

Hope said...

I can feel the gratitude oozing through every sentence. Have a blessed day Mary.

Prayer Girl said...

I love family gatherings. I know you will have a wonderful time with your brother and family.

Have a great vacation.

Blessings and love to you,
Prayer Girl

♥Shann♥ said...

MC, lol I swaer when you write, its like Im right there!! Have a wonderful time with your family today, tomorrow and until they return home Happy 4th

Pam said...

Oh that just sounds so so wonderful little pickle pie!!
Isn't it great when we have sister in laws who have been in the family for so long that you sometimes forget which one of the couple you grew up with????

Ed G. said...

Sounds lovely...

Blessings on you and yours...

Syd said...

Wonderful warm photo. Enjoy your much earned vacation and the holiday.