It was BIL Mark's birthday last week. My SIL Shelley invited my granddaughter Jacey, her boyfriend, and I to a small family party. I was in a bit of a quandary as to what to get Mark. He pretty much has everything. A while back I came across a leather bound journal made by a small mother-daughter business in Wyoming.
Ordered it and tucked it away in the gift box. I have to admit I took it out a few times thinking I might just keep it for myself. Then I would feel guilty about that and put it back. Got down to the wire on a present for Mark and decided that the journal would have to be it. Now I'm not exactly sure what rep I have in the family, but when I handed him his present he said, "Yes!!!, you got me a bottle of The Best Whiskey, didn't you!" "Ahhh, nope." His response to that was, "huh". He sighed, and slowly opened his present. And he loved the leather bound journal. Said he used to keep a journal and had been meaning to start another, and this was perfect. whew...
SIL Shelley is by far the best cook I have ever known. At the small family gathering for Mark's birthday she cooked & served: steak, salmon, shrimp scampi, tortellini, insalata caprese, artichokes, grilled corn on the cob, green salad, and sour dough bread with her nephew's wine.
Everything was delicious, as usual. This is her idea of throwing something together. She is awesome!
My cousin, who runs two of the cutest air BNB's in Portland, came over Friday and we went to an estate sale. She was looking for things for the houses, and I still needed a few things for the hovel. She found a nice metal stand that will work well in a nook, and some retro dish towels. I ended up with an oak mission style chair for the living room,
and an antique wedding ring quilt for my bedroom.
The prices were more than fair. After that we scouted out some future venues to take in.
Next we are planning to take my granddaughters and a friend of theirs for a girls day at the coast. Yay, road trip.