He has made everything appropriate in its time
He has also set eternity in [our] heart[s],
yet so that [we] will not find out the work
which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
I know that there is nothing better for [us] than to rejoice
and to do good in [our] lifetime;
moreover, that every[one] who eats and drinks
sees good in all his labor--it is the gift of God.
Well I've gone through a lot of difficult times in the last year. I'm probably not out of the woods yet, but I think that it is time to start acting like I'm a pretty normal.
It wasn't long before we got up. Caleb heard us up and came upstairs to be with us, with Annie hot on his tail of course. We all went into the sitting room, where lots of toys are kept. That's Annie's favorite place to be when watching children. When they were settled in, I left to go down and see what Riley was up to. He told me all about the thermostat and what he did. I then remembered that Annie was probably hungry, so I got out leftover curry and rice, fried the rice and headed the curry. Just as I had it plated up Annie and the kids came down, as Emily wanted to be where I was. We all sat at the table. Annie was so glad to have a highchair to put Caleb into, as she had to use his stroller at her house. Eventually we ended up in the living room, and soon Stephane and Parker arrived to pick up Emily. They stayed around for a while, and we finally gave Stephane one of his Christmas presents - duck comfit. He seemed to like it very much. Now we have just one more present for Stephane, and one more for Parker, and one more for Caleb, and ... one more for Heidi. We do stretch Christmas out a bit.
Soon after Stephane and Parker and reluctant Emily left (about 5:30), then Sarah arrived to get Caleb. She also stayed around for a while, and Riley showed her his silly videos and she almost fell off the couch for laughing. But she eventually needed to leave, as Zac was due to arrive home at a decent hour this evening. So Annie, Sarah, and Caleb all bundled up and headed out. I had had a lovely day with everyone, but it was good to have some quiet also. Riley gave me a foot rub while we watched and episode of "House Hunters International", about a couple with children and grandchildren buying a house in the countryside in Portugal. I have to say that that was the first time I watched an episode and thought I could like to live there. They got and absolutely fabulous family home in the countryside about 30 minutes outside of Lisbon for about $465,000. Six bedrooms, two or three terraces, a library, a swimming pool, etc... I think at least I want to visit Portugal.
Then we went out for dinner, eating at Pasta Pastini. That's not the real name, but that's what we call it and we can never remember the real name. We got to sit in a booth (our favorite seating), and we had a wonderfully chatty waitress, and we played gin rummy and for the first time ever Riley absolutely creamed me, and we each loved our food. Riley said he now has a new favorite dish. I thought I don't remember him having an old favorite, so I asked what it was. He then said he didn't have one. I had brushetta classica, which I love. Toasted Italian bread with an eggplant spread and an Italian tomato salsa with balsamic vinegar. Yum!
Back home we watched Jeopardy, then turned off the tv and dinked for a while. I worked on my Dad's sweater and read an old knitting book I love. Then we headed upstairs to get into bed and do a crossword puzzle. Then I read my Bible for a while and went to sleep. It was a lovely normal day, and I never felt tired or anything.