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Monday, July 6, 2015


Drew likes to host three barbecues every year -- Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.  His back yard is very comfortable for a small gathering, there's a large patio with an awning that's ideal for dining.   He likes to grill burgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken, corn on the cob, knishes.  There are appetizers and munchies -- cheese and crackers, chips, dip.  Salads, of course, to go with the meats.  And later, desserts -- cakes and pies, fresh fruit, ice cream.

For the 4th, I made my caprese salad, my balsamic honey pasta salad, and something new -- Ritz crackers topped with hummus, cucumber and feta cheese.  Nice combination, but it needed 'something" -- next time I think I'll add some roasted red peppers.

It was a fun afternoon, with good food and good friends.  And as it got dark, there were fireworks all around the neighborhood.  Illegal here in NY, but nevertheless....

Poor Duchess.  Drew banished her to the spare bedroom for most of the day.  She can get overwhelmed if there are too many strangers in the house, and with everyone coming and going, he was afraid she might get out of the house -- she is NOT an outdoor cat.  And when the fireworks started, well, the loud noises scared her.

But the humans feasted, and chatted and enjoyed themselves.

But it was bittersweet.  The size of this party keeps shrinking.  Between those who have separated from us via moves out of state, and those who have moved away from us emotionally, our group continues to dwindle.  Sigh.

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Lolette Stephenson said...

Yes it is sad that "groups" start to dwindle as we get older. Habits change, values change, some stop smoking, some stop drinking, you get the picture. But whatever the reason, we will find others to fill in the gaps.

Monica Nixon said...

Wow, I felt like I attended the barbecue myself. I think I'm full from all that food on the list. :-) I mentioned in Sunday's post how I love the summer holidays. There's something so special about them, and gathering with friends and family is part of it. It is a bit challenging when the circle gets smaller, though. Unfortunately some relationships do prove to be seasonal. But I agree with Lolette. Here's hoping that you find others to fill the gaps. In the meantime, enjoy those who're in it for the long haul.

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