Kat, what a gorgeous photo!! and even more so when enlarged!!!
Okay, guys, I need those of you who are religious to say a prayer for me and those who aren't, cross your fingers or something! I have two sisters arriving on Monday, staying until the following Monday. We've not spent that much time together in almost 50 years! We've been somewhat estranged... no letters, calls or visits for about 45 years (I left home at 16). We've only been talking and seeing each other in the past couple of years. Our mom was in the hospital at that time and past away not long after. I did spend about 10 days with one of them last year when she had eye surgery. Whenever we've been together for a day or so, I usually take on the role of mediator. They are true sisters and I was adopted. I'm thinking we should prepare Thanksgiving dinner together, so the menu I originally planned no longer stands. I will let each of them prepare whatever they'd like to contribute to the dinner. I thought we might visit the Manatee park down the road, maybe drive to Marie Selby, take in an Everblades game, but not sure beyond that. Any ideas, anyone? I'm 60 and they are 70 and 71. (One really likes sports and flowers and the other likes anything educational). When I ask them for ideas, I just get, "Nobody's going to be spending a lot of money." Well, I'll be cleaning inside tomorrow, outside (so many leaves) Saturday and hopefully getting my nerves to relax on Sunday!
I think the Edison Estates might appeal to both.
Maybe go see a concert either at the Naples Phil or the Barbara B. Mann depending on what is on?
Have a nice relaxing brunch somewhere where you can sit outside - such a great time of year! The Turtle Club in Naples is very nice, or La Playa.
I wholeheartedly support your idea of making Thanksgiving dinner together - in general if you are spending time together with people you are quasi-uncomfortable with, it's best to have something to DO.
And let one or the other or both drop out from time to time too, don't feel like you need to be tourguide non-stop!
Marianne...That's a tough one! Hetty had some really good ideas and the idea of everybody cooking dinner together is also good. Barbara B. Mann has that Radio City Christmas Spectacular Concert with the Rockettes going on until the 28th. Looks like it could be a good show: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Thanks, Kat. A friend is taking me to see the Rockettes on Sunday before my sisters arrive. I suggested we all go after my sisters arrive, but she knows our history and wanted it to be an early birthday present for me, without them. Who knows, I still may take them though.
I like the old movie idea also, Woofie. One of the sisters would watch Law and Order every single night, all night, if left to!! I like Law and Order, but I got my fill while with her after her eye surgery!
You guys are great! Thanks so much for your suggestions.
Name: Susan Zone 5 Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Marianne you don't say arriving from where but if you think like a tourist/traveler local events are generally inexpensive. When my mom and I visit Florida 57 & 78 we love the beach, we have been to manitee and loved it, went to the sea aquarium and swam with the dolphins, visited the botanical gardens in coral gables and any fresh seafood is delightful as where we live and you might need to cover your ears 'the fish is frozen fish'...and oh how I love those Florida flea markets. When you go looking for joy you will find it.
Susan, one is from Alexandria, VA (recently stepped down as Dean, Geo. Washington University), the other is from our home town, and never lived anywhere else, Lynchburg, VA. Neither like the beach or large bodies of water (never learned to swim). One does not like "fancy" restaurants, but likes to play the slot machines, the other would never gamble; (and since she supports the one that does financially, I can't take them there!!!)
Hetty, I was born on December 14. You, November 30!
Hi y'all, the appointment was a dud. As this was a student dentist who had never seen me, he had to do a lot of paper work, specially as this will be his first root canal. AND they are not in the clinic next week so the root canal will not be done until the 29th.
Hetty, I love the Dock! Been there many times, and once or twice for my birthday. Marianne, it really is a nice place, good food and not expensive. But then you probably already know that.
Jeri...something screwy is going on with my FB account, so I can't answer your sweet greeting. I can see it, but can't reply. So thank you! Hope things are much smoother at your house now.
Sorry about your dental trip, Wren. Did I ever tell you how much I hate going to the dentist. Not at all my favorite thing to do.
It's cold here, well, not cold compared to Alaska, but cold for me. I've started my annual shiver/shake thing and it won't end till probably April. Doesn't matter that my house stays right on 70, I know how chilly it is outside. Thermostats don't mean a thing, I'm cold!
And I have a layer of yellow leaves from the maple tree all over my yard and driveway. They might stay there if it doesn't warm up.
You all have a real good weekend. I'm going to find another sweater and my fuzzy socks.