Today, we're having some dear friends over for an early supper. You know, the older I get, the less I want to be out on the (mostly one-lane) roads late at night. I believe our aging friends feel the same. And. since most of us are retired anyway, we can choose days in the middle of the week (not having to get up to go to work); and in the middle of the day: friends are arriving somewhere around 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. And it's so relaxed. The only thing needed is sprucing up the place a bit (we get careless about putting stuff away, and the house--if we're not careful--begins to LOOK like an old person's home! So, MM volunteered to cut the dust kitten complement in half, while I baked a cake, and put a BIG chicken in the oven to roast....before they arrive. We haven't seen them in well over a year, despite the fact that they live only a county away.
It's like welcoming home family. We're gradually coming out of hibernation. And everyone's glad to see the sun shine! Even the first-to-bloom maple tree is happy!