Happy New Year. The company is almost gone. The decorations are strewn all over the house in a half put away disarray that lends a warehouse quality to the home. Casa de Messa. Maybe tomorrow we can clear the chaos.
The college girls seem to ebb and flow like the local tides. Last night we took 4 of them out for dinner. These "kids" are always so grateful to be treated to a meal on Daddy's dime. It is worth it to see them enjoy the food when it is free and their choices are endless. That is a simple pleasure for parents. There is no food snobbery in a hungry college kid. I personally enjoy food prepared by others for me. It is such a treat to be served. Gourmet is not necessary, just appreciated. Sigh. I have done a lot of cooking and cleaning lately.
It is the 3rd day of the New Year. Last night, we received the news that Aunt Jane passed away in MI. She had just shoveled the snowfall off of her new car and sat down at the wheel when she was felled by a massive stroke. No suffering- and onward to her heavenly home. She was 83 and lived a good life. We celebrate her home.
I spent my lunch hour with a table of good friends celebrating a Birthday that often gets overlooked due to the proximity to New Year's parties. We were all deconstructing our holiday events. The good, the bad and the ugly. Next year I will lobby strongly for a hot weather, island getaway.