A good time was had by all at the Seattle party–we all gathered at Christina Dodd’s lovely condominium for food, fun and friendship. There was a lot of laughter and shop talk, and I loved every minute of it. Jayne Krentz was there, along with Cherry Adair, Stella Cameron, Jill Barnett, Kristin Hannah, Susan Anderson, and Julia Quinn, Christina, of course, and Debbie Macomber, too. If I missed anybody, I hope to be forgiven. These women are all pros, and we’ve known each other for eons.
Debbie and I got to catch up on our visiting, too–we stayed at the lovely Andra Hotel, did some Christmas shopping and a lot of chattering, and it was wonderful. Among our favorite stores: Nordstrom, a place called Fireworks, and Papyrus, the paper place. We had a wonderful dinner at the Italian place next door to the Andra–I forget the name–and we both had the same thing: risotto with mushrooms and slices of duck breast. YUM. The next morning, we had a wonderful breakfast at Lola’s, which is in the hotel. We tried to go to the Dahlia Lounge, across the street, but only the bakery was open and we both needed protein. Alas. The food at Lola’s was delicious. After eating, we went back to our hotel room to do some more talking. We always have lots to say to each other, but our busy schedules make it hard to get together.
By the time I arrived in Spokane on Friday night, I was utterly exhausted, which is why I didn’t sit right down and write a blog entry. I spent the weekend resting, fighting off a cold–yea, I think I won that round!–reading and doing a little painting. I visited the Dick Blick art supply store in Seattle before my flight, and what a lot of fun that was! I buy from that company online all the time, but there’s no substitute for browsing–I found products I didn’t even know existed. I’ve got some projects going–one is a special Christmas present for my daughter–and the writing is going SO well. I returned to the book this morning and the story just seemed to flow. It was a very good and productive day, my favorite kind.
The weather was beautiful this morning, though the clouds had rolled in by lunchtime, and we got some rain.
Mary Ann and Larry have two turkeys, Flora and Taft, and a couple of deer stopping by every morning and evening. Life is always interesting around the Triple L.
The horses are all thriving, as are Cha Cha, Jitterbug and Bernicie. Our new baby, Margie the golden retriever, is settling in well. I swear she grows an inch a day! The cats have developed a new trick–they like to drink from the faucet of my bathtub, and now they’ve begun to wake me up to serve them. The little stinkers.
Mom’s new walk-in tub is installed and operational. She’s loving it.
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