Good morning! It’s foggy here, a common occurrence on the mountain, but less so “down here” in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. We’re moving a little slowly after our weekend away, so in a way it’s a nice way to reenter the world.
We had good visits with Kathy’s daughter and her family Friday night in St. Louis, then with family at the reunion on Saturday, and with a subset of closer relations that evening. Ken hadn’t seen many of these folks for more than 20 (30?) years, and he was glad to reestablish contact and get reacquainted. It was good for me to put faces with names, and to see the places he always talks about from his youth. People were very nice and welcoming to me, which I appreciated. Sunday on our way home we stopped at a winery in Ste. Genevieve, MO, owned by friends of mine, and had a spectacular visit there. I had called my friend Caroline (whom you all would know as our long-distance vet!) a few days before to see if by any chance she and her husband could meet us there (Caroline’s uncle is the owner of the winery), and it turned out that they already had plans to be there for a get together with her mom after picking up her stepdaughter from camp! It was a lovely day, not too hot, with a bit of a breeze, and we enjoyed a fabulous lunch outdoors while visiting with everyone. I kept saying to Ken and Caroline, “This is the life!” What could be better than a beautiful day eating wonderful food and very good wine, in a special setting with good friends? I’ll say more about the winery another time, because it deserves its own plug.
Today we’re getting ready for a visit from one of Ken’s cousins on their way from the reunion to a place they have near Pigeon Forge. Not too much to do in that regard, since a lot of our cleaning efforts last week were in anticipation of this visits, but there’s still some tidying up, groceries, laundry, and so on.
First, though, it’s time to get to the pool and then pick up the dogs at the kennel (it was so strange not to have them here to greet us when we returned last night!). I look forward to getting caught up with everyone!