Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Quick Weekend Recap

Hello All,

I'm back from FL - actually got back on Sunday.  A quick whirlwind trip to Daytona to see my best friend (52 years!!) and her sisters for our annual Sisters' Weekend.  It was so good to reconnect with these ladies.  We rotate hosting the weekend as we are pretty spread apart geographically (one in RI, one in NC, one in FL and me in PA).

Work is still crazy/busy and being out last Thursday & Friday didn't help matters, so this will be a very fast recap (which will be enough for you anyway, I think).

We were at Merelyn's house in Port Orange.  She and her husband Bob have a new puppy (well, they've had Max for about 9-10 months).  Such a sweet dog.  Here is the host family:

So, from the beginning.  Janet arrived Wednesday night; Leslie and I flew in and landed around 5 on Thursday.  We went to the house, had a glass of wine (or 2) and then we all went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner which was EXCELLENT.  Two couples (friends of Mer & Bob) joined us.

Friday we got up and left around 10:30 for our spa appointments.  The spa was located a block from the ocean.  A little chilly (breezy), but sunny.  After the spa we went across the street to Crabby Joe's for lunch on the pier.  A friend of Mer's from Jacksonville drove over to meet us.  The shrimp po boys were to die for!  And, another little friend:

These birds were everywhere - flying in and out of the place and waiting for folks to leave food on the table.  I don't know what kind of bird they are, but they sure were pretty.

We always shop during Sisters' Weekend so we set out and did some of that after lunch.  We headed home around 5 to start cooking (another thing we love to do together).  Friday night was pizza night.
Here's Leslie checking on them:

And here's Leslie and me - my best friend!!

The pizzas were so good:  mushroom & spinach, zucchini & prosciutto, and sausage & mozzarella.

And here I am with Janet - the 3rd sister:

In a MDSW shirt - LOL.  None of these girls are knitters, but they are all so creative:  Leslie is a poet, Janet is a jewelry designer and Merelyn is a musician.

Saturday we were up and out shopping by 10:30 or so.  I do confess to buying a lot (clothes).  We made it back in time to make a wonderful dinner:  shrimp & lobster over fettuccine:

We spent the rest of the evening listening to old music (Beatles, Doobie Brothers, Janis Joplin, etc.) and singing along to all the tunes.  Went to bed way too late as Leslie and I had a 7 a.m. flight out of Daytona.

Sunday I landed in Philadelphia to blustery, rainy weather (it had been 80 in Daytona).  I was home by Noon, unpacked, talked to Fletch and then took a 2 hour nap!  Got up, had a shower and ordered out for dinner...and slept 9 hours that night.

Yesterday was non-stop at work...plus our annual Halloween Party (great food and great costumes by a lot of folks in my office), and then yoga last night.  Today is just as busy and I have to leave by 1:30 for a doctor appointment, so I'd best get back to work.  No knitting to report - hoping to do some tonight.


  1. I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit!
    The bird is a female cowbird-they are not shy at all and very entertaining to watch!

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the photos. I love to see yoU!!! Homemade pizza....the best! Happy Halloween

  3. So nice to have a group you can connect with like that - no matter how far apart you live.

  4. Keeping in contact with a best friend for 52 years is really something! That sounds like a wonderful weekend with great food, friends, and shopping. Thanks for sharing all your fun!

  5. Sounds and looks like a wonderful weekend! What a fun thing to plan and then do.

    Hope the rest of your week goes well.

  6. You are killing me with that food!!! It's hot dogs and beans for dinner here tonight and now I want pizza!!!

  7. Friends, food, and fun - I ❤️ it! Glad to hear you had a great time.

  8. Looks like you had a fun weekend! So glad!

  9. Glad you had a good sister's weekend.

    Welcome home!

  10. P.S. The mystery bird is a female grackle.

  11. welcome home! love the photos and it looks like everyone is happy and smiling and enjoying each other immensely. yay!

  12. Sounds like a fabulous weekend!!!! What a cool thing for y'all to do. So great that you can all stay connected. XO

  13. Having a best friend for that many years is a True Gift.

    Sounds like it was a terrific weekend and you deserved your rest!

  14. That sounds like a fabulous weekend. I see my best friends from childhood every year, too, and it's one of the things I live for!

  15. Girls' weekends are the absolute bestest! For years, a group of us -16 - gathered at a B & B - we took over the entire place - over the Columbus Day holiday weekend and had a blast. Every fall, I think of and miss it...Glad you had such a super time. Coming back to the 'real world' is a real wake up !

  16. Oh, how wonderful!! I am reminded of the Sister Weekends we used to do... we always shared/taught a craft/project. Basket making, quilting, chair caning, upholstering. We're all crafty, and all of my sisters at least knew how to knit -- some better/more than others!! ;)

  17. Your trip sounds wonderful. So glad you had fun.