Friday, June 19, 2020

We Finally Had A "Lunch And Tour Date" With Carol

In April of 2019, we finally met Carol. We had her over for dinner. She's a very special lady that I had corresponded with for a while. She's a friend of a friend. An elder. Wise. Funny. A vibrant personality. Honest. Candid. All of our kids adored her too. 

I took this photo of Carol when she visited us for the first time that April. 

Carol lives an hour and a half west of us here in CT. She understands that we don't leave the house for more than a few hours because of our kids. For that reason, she made the journey to our home that April and then again in September

Coco and Sophie are seniors. Sophie is slowing down a bit and sometimes needs help getting onto our bed or the sofa. Coco has stage 1 of a luxating patella (floating knee cap). Lobo only has 3 legs. His single hind leg isn't fully functional and it tires easily. He is unable to jump on furniture or go up and down staircases.  

And Willa...she's just Willa. Young and vibrant, but she will get into mischief if we don't play fetch with her on demand.

That happens at least 153 times a day.

Shortly after we bought our house in February, the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard. Carol wanted to visit to see our house, but it wasn't safe for any of us.

With our state being in phase 2 of reopening, we decided to plan a Lunch and Tour for today. As always, I spent the day before making a gourmet lunch and dessert.

Because if you're going to drive almost 4 hours roundtrip to visit us, you're going to be treated like a queen while you're here.

Carol showed up at 11:30. It was wonderful to see her face and hear her voice.

So much love.

Our kids were excited to see her too.

We feasted on Pork and Chicken Carnitas on tortillas with all of the fixings, freshly made Potato Salad With Dill, specialty goat cheeses, and other assorted cheese, crackers, pepperoni, and fruit.

For dessert, I made Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes topped with strawberries that we had picked early in the morning.

And, of course, we washed it down with peach wine loaded with fresh fruit.

We talked and laughed and ate.

We packed lots of leftovers for Carol to take home.

Our visit ended much too quickly.

But, we're already planning on another visit in the near future.

Thank you, Carol, for your friendship and the conversations we've had between visits.

Your voice has always brightened my day.

Sharing meals with you is something we look forward to.

We appreciate you taking the time to travel and using up an entire day just to see us for a few hours.

We are extremely grateful that our paths crossed.

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