Wednesday With Old Friends and Day 9~ Elvis on the Shelvis

19 Dec

“I love coming back home and seeing old friends and family. I would say it keeps me grounded.”

~Coy Bowles


I spent most of the morning entertaining and holding my one year old grand-daughter who still wasn’t feeling well. She finally fell asleep in my arms. I was afraid to move her, so there I sat for an hour and a half or more. It was nice Gamma bonding time,

My friend Vicky was picking me up around 1 pm, and we were going to visit and have tea and she made some of my all time favorite, her homemade baklava. Then, we were meeting our old bowling team and long-time bestest girlfriends for dinner at 6.

Vicky was kind enough to pick me up from my son’s house and chauffeur me around today. When we arrived at her house, I said, “I hope you have plenty of food. I’m starving, and I may pass out in your kitchen.” I knew that would get her going. She brought out an extensive variety of her homemade Middle Eastern specialties that I can’t pronounce, and it was all delicious. I started with a couple of pieces of the baklava sitting on the counter while she cooked up a storm. “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” Normally, I’m pretty reserved about asking for food or drink at people’s houses, but not at Vicky’s.

After a great meal, leisurely tea, dessert and conversation, we went into her family room to see her decorations. Of course, her tree is her focal point, and also a homage to Miss Toni. Most of her ornaments are my hand-painted personalized ornaments that she has collected over the years. I think she said the earliest one she has is from around 2001. I paint a different one every year, and she had many with her children’s names, too. There were dozens. So, we needed to take a selfie.

When we were clearing the dishes and getting the tea ready, Vicky noticed the beautiful sunset outside her kitchen window. Another photo op. Sunset in Buffalo Grove.

Our next stop was D & J Bistro in Lake Zurich to meet our old bowling team. We had a marvelous meal and exchanged wonderful gifts. You’ll be proud of me. I didn’t even take a picture of my food. But, we did take a group picture.

Lin, Vivian, Diane, Vicky and yours truly. Our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange. The nicest group of ladies you’ll ever find.

“I love coming back home and seeing old friends and family. I would say it keeps me grounded.” Coy Bowles. I agree with Coy.

Now, More Elvis.

Day 9~ Elvis on the Shelvis. Elvis “Hanging” out with some friends, just having a ball.

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