Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Simple Pleasures & News

Simple Pleasures:
Mother Nature sent us a treat this evening
One of her most exquisite wild creatures landed in our Madrona tree
We had time to admire his beauty and immensity
On the 4th of July, I was thinking of hosting a party...but then, we were invited to a party with the rest of the staff of Burrata Bistro & Paella Bar at Kim & Alfonso's house (next door).
You may remember that I maintain the facebook page for the restaurants.
Kim closed both restaurants in order to provide this treat for us.
If you've ever tasted Kim's cooking or been to one of her parties, you'll know why I immediately cancelled my plans to host, and gladly accepted Kim & Alfonso's lavish hospitality, which extended to include my parents.
The buffet was beyond delicious.
We provided the fireworks, after dark.
Unfortunately, David had to work; fortunately, David has a J.O.B. (very important, nowadays)!
Their deck has several levels, like sunken living rooms, with beautiful plants, windchimes and lights
I had to show you this beautiful tunic, which was purchased for me by Gregg, on the isle of Capri, on his recent business trip to Italy.

Homegrown ingredients for homemade tea: rugosa rose petals, mint leaves and lavender. Pretty and delicious!
I am working on my manuscript, formatting, polishing and adding material as recommended.

The Guild is ticking along, with generous seamstresses and fleece blanket-makers creating comfort for patients at Seattle Children's Hospital. Please consider joining us, if you would like to help - they always need blankets, and now that the hospital is expanding, the need will continue to increase!

Due to the thoughtfulness of Fred Merritt's family naming the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research in Fred's obituary, 22 new donations have been received. We are deeply grateful.


Elizabeth said...

Everything is humming along, no? I love hearing of your "manuscript" -- how utterly fantastic. And I think I already mentioned it, but you look wonderful in that tunic. The colors are great, and I'm very impressed that your husband can actually pick clothes out for you!

ChiTown Girl said...

Wow, that tunic is beautiful. I'm going to resist the urge to say it's because it's from Italy! Oops, I guess I said it anyay. ;-)

Karen said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening. I would have loved that, too. Glad everything else is clipping along. Forward motion is a good thing.

Kay said...

Beautiful! The scenery..the tunic..your evening on the deck. I'm so thankful for the donations to the guild also. That's so great.

Yes, having a J.O.B. makes it easier to look over a multitude of things, like having to work. : )

Busy Bee Suz said...

How wonderful is Fred's family???? Well, you know...very.
The 4th party looks amazing. I am always so envious of people who can throw a beautiful party together. (Ok, maybe I can too?)
Still loving that I said before, Gregg has amazing taste!!!!
So glad the manuscript is going well!!!!

karen gerstenberger said...

Suz, your parties always look fabulous!

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement & kind words.

The tunic is actually a bathing suit cover-up, but if you know me, I don't "do" bathing suits - I'm a board-short or skort kind of gal, so I like to wear it as a top. And Gregg does have great taste - he doesn't buy clothes for me very often (I take care of that myself), but when he does, he gets it right!

AnnDeO said...

I am loving the colors of that tunic... you are a colorful girl. I am glad so many joys are coming your way during the summer.