Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Tis the Season

“What are you planting today to harvest tomorrow?” 
― Lailah Gifty Akita

     So busy!!!  This past weekend, the Villas on the Bluff where I live had two events! On Saturday night, we had our catered Christmas dinner from Olive Garden held at our clubhouse. We had a special treat this year with entertainment by a few of the members of the Trinity Terrace Ukulele Band featuring singers also. They led us in a singalong after eating!

Trinity Terrace Ukulele Band (in part)
One of my friends and neighbor here at the Villas, Reed Bilz, is also a member of this group and arranged to have them play for us.

One of the decorated condos
Then on Sunday, we had our second annual open house.  There were six people who opened up their homes for a tour...often it is those who have really gone all out on decorations or have done some remodeling in their homes.  There are four basic floor plans here and most of us have put our individual stamp on our condos.  So it is fun to see what each has done to this effort!  Then after the open house our social chair person with help from her minions, has a little hot cider and treats in the clubhouse.

Home Tour

Our fearless social chairperson, Gloria Belisch
And one of her minions, Mary Hiett, who hosted the reception after the home tour.

Then on Monday, I had lunch with a dear friend, Khadija Kapasi. Khadija and I had gotten to know each other when we served on the scholarship committee with Trinity Valley Quilter's Guild many years ago and just recently reconnected.  I knew Khadija and I were of the same mindset philosophically and politically, but this was the first time we had really had a one on one conversation and I discovered we really are of one mind!!! Great to see her! And she brought me this lovely bouquet!

Bouquet from Khadiji
Then Monday evening, we held an impromptu dinner, serving two purposes....for the volunteers serving the dinner and helping with the reception to eat up the left over lasagna and fetticine (small compensation for the work involved!) and to celebrate Burble's birthday!  Eight of us gathered around my table about  5:30 and had a great time well into the night!
The Lovely Miss Burble!!
I feel very fortunate to have moved to the Villas...great people and great location.  Dick and I located here shortly before he became so ill.  When we located in the country on retirement, we knew the day would come when we would need to move closer in so how fortunate that this came available  at the precise right time! He was very happy to have me "settled" in a good location!


  1. WONDERFUL! Happy holidays! I loved the pictures included!

  2. Great photos. We had the Candlelight tour of home in Cleburne Dec. 3rd and I spent a week helping a friend (over) decorate her home that was on the tour. Now I am burned out and simply bringing out 2 small trees that are already decorated. We are ready to retire from retiring!

  3. PS. That quilt in the background is fabulous, truly a work of art.