An Evening with a Friend

So, it is about 20 degrees here and it has been snowing all day.  I have yet to get out of my pajamas.  I did finally get everything out of the dining room because a friend invited me to the “red carpet” opening of the a Denver Film Festival film and so I invited her to dinner here first.

I love a reason to finally get something accomplished that I have stalled and procrastinated with.  So today, I was forced to find a home for everything in the dining room that was put there when the kitchen was painted.  It felt good to get that room back.  I now have the table set for Cream of Asparagus soup, a great loaf of bread with garlic I am roasting and the Basil Infused Olive Oil that Laura and I bought during an olive oil tasting while in Napa, plus some of the Domaine Chandon bubbly we had shipped home.  Fortunately, I could spend the day cleaning and de-cluttering because I made the soup a week or so ago and froze it for a day like today.  My daughter does not like this particular soup, so this is the perfect night to use it.

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I am just very pleased with the clean house and the evening ahead.  It will be a nice, warm dinner with a good friend followed by The Imitation Game about the man who cracked the code used by the Germans in World War 2.  These kind of spontaneous get-togethers make me happy.  I love having my friends over and wish I did it more often, but sadly, my house is almost always in some sort of disarray and all of my friends’ houses always appear to be in perfect condition.

But for now, the kitchen is clean, a cool new sign hangs on the wall that I found just yesterday on Antique Row, dinner was made ahead of time, the dining room is clear of clutter and looks welcoming and I have a nice evening ahead.  I am going to need to bundle and layer up, but am still looking forward to it.



Weather, it is a changin…

OK, so in the 60s this weekend and today, Tuesday, it is 14 degrees.  If it is possible, it feels even colder than that.

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I came home yesterday and made a quick batch of chili…so good on a chili evening.  Complete with cheese, sour cream, avocado and fritos….yummy!!

I do love that I live in a place where we get all 4 seasons and all of them have their best sides, but it does take me awhile to get used to late fall and winter here in CO.  I hate that it gets dark at 4:45pm.  The day just feels over on the ride home from work.  I have one window that is not stormed because it has our cats’ patio attached to it.  It is not energy efficient in the winter and it happens to be in my bedroom.  I hate seeing it form ice on really cold days.

So I guess I need to officially put the summer stuff away, get the winter stuff out and hang the coats, scarves and gloves by the door.  I found my base layer stuff this morning, wore it and was still cold if outside for more than a few minutes.  The gas fireplace is on high, the tea kettle has water ready to go, the heated mattress pads are on the beds.  We are warm and cozy at home, blessed, grateful and aware of it.