My sister and nephew are down for a visit--my spouse didn't have to teach yesterday, and my nephew had a half-day school holiday, so as we planned, it was a good week-end for a winter visit. In the past, we've met on Presidents Day week-end, but this year, my school celebrated differently, and Presidents Day week-end also included Valentine's Day. I took the day off, as did my sister.
At one point on Thursday evening, I worried that they wouldn't be able to make it down at all. Their plane was delayed and delayed, and I worried that as it got later, the flight might be cancelled altogether. Happily, it was not.
Yesterday, after the late night Thursday at the airport, we took it easy. What a delight to take it easy. Some highlights from the day:
--We sat in the sun and read. We forgot to put sunscreen on, but because it was cloudy and because it's February, we didn't get too much of a sunburn.
--We made one trip outside of the house to get steaks. And since we were at the grocery store, we picked up all sorts of other things too.
--My 9 year old nephew LOVES Shirley Temples. I loved this drink too, when I was a kid. While we were at the grocery store, we got supplies: ginger ale, grenadine, and maraschino cherries.
--We ate our steak dinners outside at the picnic table. It was delightful weather, although a bit breezy.
--We put on our wetsuits and went in the pool.
--We had happy hour on the front porch. Because we had a late lunch, we had cheese and crackers, our happy hour food, for dinner--my favorite dinner.
--My spouse gave motorcycle rides around the neighborhood. At first my nephew was a bit scared of the noise. But by the end of the day, he asked for an extra ride.
--We ended the day with a fire in the fireplace. We had just the right amount of wood left.
--We played SkipBo, which was fun at first, but we were tired by then and ready for bed.
Today is my sister's birthday. We'll probably celebrate in much the same way.
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