For the last week from Sunday to Sunday I have had out-of-town family visiting. It was so good to have them. My 91 year old sister from Tennessee was here all week and from Thursday until yesterday her daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and her boy friend were here.
This Monday morning the house is quiet and very empty.
No one can be found anywhere!
On Saturday we were joined by my niece and her husband who drove up from Fort Lauderdale, a three and a half hour drive. A big thank you to them for driving that far since they could only stay a few hours - many miles to travel for a one day visit! My daughter and her husband and my son and his wife came and we all had a meal together and caught up on family news, straightened out a few world problems, etc.
This room was filled to capacity! I loved having each and every one of them.
My sister sat right here for most of the week, talking, crocheting, laughing, eating, and did I say, talking. She also spent hours sorting through years of greeting cards that I had saved but finally decided to get rid of. She saved parts of them to repurpose.
Now, everywhere is empty, including the porch.
All rooms are empty!
My niece, Freida brought these huckleberry products, along with other things, for hostess gifts. I am anxious to try these and you may just see them later.
Just perfect for a little tea setting. I love the name and packaging. I am sure the taste will be special, too.
My sister and I made a quick trip through Home Goods and she bought this great bird cage for me. I can see it with a ribbon laced through that bottom part! And it may end up with a bird nest inside for spring, watch for it decorated at Christmas time.
I was able to cut enough roses for a small bouquet before they came.
Falling petals only make the vinette better! Knowing my sister is fond of kumquat preserves I made an unsuccessful attempt to find some. I did find fresh kumquats but had no time left to make preserves. You can take her word for it - they are VERY sour!!!
Thanks to my daughter, first one on the left, we got a good photograph of the Saturday gang. They all look color co-ordinated except me, with that red shirt on. Sure wish I had chosen differently. By the way, Caroline, with the crutch is my niece who spent about seven hours (round trip) in a car to be here with a foot which had been operated on a few days before.
There is no family to be found that is better than my family! These and all the ones not present, including the extended family are a very large group of good people. I am proud of all of them. I am so happy to have had this opportunity to spend some special time with a few of them.