I took a day off from work yesterday to spend some quality time with my spouse's family. His dad and step-mom had spent Monday doing a touristy thing--the Key Biscayne lighthouse--so they were happy to spend much of yesterday relaxing at our house.
First, we went out to get ingredients for our planned feast: chickens at Doris' Italian Market and ingredients for banana pudding and charcoal at the regular grocery store. As always, we made too much food--my spouse wanted to smoke 4 chickens and grill 2. We thought we'd have 8 adults over to eat, but my brother-in-law's grown children decided not to come.
So we have leftovers for days, which is fine. We have freezer space, and it's good to have food for later. We had a great time with our big meal poolside at noon.
By later afternoon, we needed a walk, and so we headed for the beach. We got beer and pizza at the organic brewery. It was almost too breezy--it's been windy for days. But I was glad that the beach was not as crowded and chaotic feeling as it was on Sunday. The high part of our tourist season has felt more hectic and road-clogged than any other one since we've lived down here. My in-laws commented on the Monday traffic which left them exhausted. I understand that feeling.
My favorite memory from yesterday will likely be the time in the organic brewery when we were waiting for our bill. Suddenly, in a complete change of programming, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" started blaring from the speakers--and we all started singing, all 6 of us--and not shyly. I had a momentary vision of being kicked out of the organic brewery, and I decided it would be worth it.
It's good to have a day off where we focus on relaxing. It's good to have visitors who like to take it easy.