It rained most of the night and stopped just before I went out to do chores. Wind gusts today up to 45 miles per hour. I'm starting to feel a little better, but still have a lingering cough.
It started to rain again as soon as the horses went out to the pasture, so I brushed them and put on their rain sheets. Fortunately their hay was under the shed roof.
I also put a couple of hay nets up in the main barn run in. It was so windy, the hay blew all over the place.
Spent much of the day getting the house ready for a dinner party tonight. 20 people...my art students (current and past) along with their spouses.
My good friend Donna created this basket for me and brought it up before the party.
We had a major feast. Appetizers (shrimp and little artichoke tarts), a soup course (pumpkin....yum), ham with pineapple, scalloped potatoes, squash and apple casserole, bread pudding, fruit salad AND THE BIGGEST TOSSED SALAD I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!! Enough for 50! Mel certainly outdid himself. For dessert we had apple pie, pumpkin pie and two apple tarts. All of these artists know their way around a kitchen.
Several of these people are no longer in class and it was so good to see them again.
I love this portrait of Sandy's husband...he and many of the other men had some serious discussions around the kitchen table.
The chatter was non stop in the studio/dining room.
Joan and Dick Fenton told us a great story about their nicknames....Joan'D and Fuel.
Candles and twinkie lights add to the ambiance. Those twinkie lights are in the kitchen, studio and living room...year 'round. I just like what they do to a room.
I cleared the tables and put away the leftovers and extra chairs and poor Gary is still out in the kitchen doing dishes. I'm going to bed. Night all.