Today I am taking an R&R Day! I am so tired, sleepy, aching, cold, miserable and exhausted! Becuz:
All this week, and past weekend, I have had one destination in mind, preparing everything and everythought for hosting the annual "Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Education and Support" Christmas Party.
Which was last evening, from 5:00 till 9:00 pm. We had a great time, everyone said so. This is how it went: At the November meeting, they voted to go to The Bellevue Hospital Cafe for dinner, rather than everyone bringing in dishes and goodies from home. So we met at 5:00, had a lovely dinner of Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or peas, salad bar and beverage. And Coffeecoffeecoffee!!!
At 6:30 we returned to our meeting room, ie, the Conference Room, where we had decorated the tables, people brought in desserts, and we played Card Bingo.
Friend Pat and I had wrapped and brought in a couple dozen little prizes, some useful, like the jar opener, and a reacher and a back scratcher, compliments from a Pharmaceutical company. Then friend Beverly brought 8 gift bags she had put together of candle holders and candles and Susan brought in a dozen Christmas mugs, filled with the mix for Hot Cocao and candy canes. We gave them all away as prizes for the winner of each round of the Bingo game. There was a tremendous lot of hysterical laughter!
I had baked my favorite Cranberry-Orange Nut bread, and made an Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Spread to slather on it. There were also plates of homemade Christmas cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake., pretzels and candy canes. The hospital Cafe sends us a beverage cart for each meeting, with Teas, Coffee, and cold soft drinks, and all the additives.
Baking really tired me yesterday, and at one point, at 3pm, I had to lay down, just could not take one more step upright. But, I didn't dare fall asleep, as Pat was planning to arrive at 4:00 pm to load the car and me and my walker and go over to the hospital to decorate the tables. Had to hurriedly change into party clothes as it was! Wore my new black heels that I had gotten for the wedding, they are very comfy! Oh, OK...wore navy blue slacks and a white pullover shirt with an over-lay of lace woven with Christmas trees and snowflakes, topped off with my currently favorite blue crystal beads spaced with silver beads.
In the rush to leave my house, I forgot to take the photo-memory card out of the viewer and put it back into the camera, so I had the camera, no way to take pictures. Pat took lots of pics and will forward them to my computer.
Now, I need to bake a couple kinds of cookies and another Cranberry Bread to send to son Duane in California, as he will not be home for Christmas. So, if I develope some ambition and energy yet today, I may bake a batch later.
The first shipment of my on-line shopping over the weekend , has just arrived. Now I hold my breath. If I open the box and something is back-ordered, I will be p--ss--d!
So everybody hang in there, we're almost there! Oh, yeah, have to start the cards too!! Think I'll go take a nap first!! Cheers, Loret