Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Coming Up For Air.

I can hardly believe a week has flown by since Rocky discovered the joys of the ScratchScroll. Luckily, he's still enamored of it - so much so that he's already plucking up bits of the tight industrial carpeting that covers the surface of the kitty sine wave. Lucky too in that the lounger kept him quiet during my mother's birthday party.

Party. Right. Didn't mention that. This was an important one (platinum I think) and she wanted a homey, intimate gathering at my place instead of a restaurant or the like. We'd been planning things for a month and everything was under control until last week's power outage. Now, there was an air of uncertainty over the impending festivities. Would the power stay on? Would the weather hold? The freezer was off long enough for the food to spoil but, thank jeebus, I hadn't yet purchased any perishables for the party.

Later that afternoon, I got a call from someone whose a voice I'd never heard before. It was KnitPastis! She and her husband were visiting Chicago for a few days and she asked if I would be interested in meeting up at one of the local yarn stores. What is the sound of one arm twisting?

KnitPastis and Husband
What a lovely couple! He, a man of few words (at least in the few minutes we were together), and she, a petite natural beauty with a faint Southern accent. We only had time for hellos, hugs and a few pictures before I had to run. Grocery shopping for mom's party and a body that hurt like hell kept our meeting from being anything other than rushed. Too bad, too. Next time, more time for a meal and relaxed conversation.

Friday was CRAZY busy! My mom was at loose ends. She and my brother arrived late and prep was still required for two dishes. She was the one holding the recipe. Guests had begun to arrive and I could do naught but answer the door in bare feet with a spoon in my hand. By the time I popped the cork on the champagne and poured the mimosas, things settled into a rhythm of serving and seeing to my guests comfort.

I was worn to the nub, but all the effort was worth it. I originally wanted to send her to Italy but my circumstances have changed since that promise was made. In my mind, a party at home just didn't measure up. That's why, when my mother hugged me goodbye, I apologized because it was so much less than what I'd wanted for her. She held me a bit tighter and said that, for her, this was better than Italy!

I sighed, put my feet up and napped more comfortably than I had in days. It was over. She was happy.

Now it's almost Wednesday again. Where did the week go?

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Blogger Chris said...

Belated happy birthday to your mom! It sounds like a great gathering - and by her not being in Italy, you were able to spend it together, right??

Wow, Rocky is far more serious about his ScratchScroll love than Chaos or May!

8/12/2008 05:50:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Glad that the power returned in time for your party. It sounds like it was a lovely evening of celebrating your Mom - congratulations to her!

8/12/2008 06:20:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Best wishes to your mother for a wonderful year!

I'm glad the party went so well and you were able to spend it together.

I hope you are feeling a bit better! Chronic pain takes a terrible toll.

8/12/2008 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Oh, so nice that you threw a party for your mom. There's nothing better than being together with the special people in your life!

8/12/2008 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

Proof positive that time flies when you're having fun!

Warmest salutations of the (belated) day to El Bee... and, of course, hugs to you, dear friend and hostess extraordinaire!

8/12/2008 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

as soon as i clicked on your blog, i thought....is that knitpastis?!! it was! so great having a meet up!!!

happy birthday to your mother!!

8/12/2008 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Happy b-day to Mom, and you know what? All we really want from our daughters? That they be happy, healthy (ok..as healthy as possible), and secure. Then if they toss a little party for friends and family in our honor? It's icing on the cake!
Well, done, hon!

8/13/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Happy belated birthday to your mother! And you know what Sallee said rings so true. I'm sure she enjoyed the party and appreciated your efforts beyond measure. :)

8/13/2008 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Awwww! That was so nice of you to host a party! It's always exhausting to do so. I'm sure she appreciated it. Too bad you didn't have more time for your online friend.

8/13/2008 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I'd rather have a party with my daughters than a trip anywhere without them. What a gift of love you gave your mother. Rest up and relax. you done good.

8/17/2008 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Sounds like you put together a great party for your mom that she really loved! No wonder you're a bit exhausted.

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. I'm actually glad the air show is over because I felt like I was being dive-bombed. Poor Capricha hid under the bed.

8/17/2008 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Karen's Mom! It's not where you spend your time, but how and with whom.

8/19/2008 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

i think welcoming guests barefoot with a spoon in hand is the best way to enter a party!

8/21/2008 05:07:00 AM  

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