Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Of festivities and fishing

Last weekend was the annual sister’s get-together. We invited the sisters-in-law as well, like we sometimes do. The middle sister moved this year and the younger sister is unemployed, so we decided to get together in Boise on the cheap instead of going somewhere else. Of course, the best time to get together in Boise is the weekend after Labor Day because that’s when you get Art in the Park.

We all showed up in Boise on Friday and then spend the better part of Saturday at the park looking at all kinds of arts and crafts made by vendors from all over the place. A lot of the vendors are the same from year to year. I always get a kick out of doggy designer clothing. It’s there every year without fail and has been as long as I can remember. Of course, the potters and jewelers are all there too.

This year, I decided I was going to purchase real art. I didn’t have a real budget, but I knew I wouldn’t spend more than a huge load of money. That’s fine, right? I was getting discouraged by most of what I saw, but finally found several things by one artist that I really liked. He’s Karl Pace out of Salt Lake City. The art is representational and hopefully looks good in my house. That would be the best part.

We all went to dinner at Cottonwood Grill and had wonderful, tasty appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Yum! Even the chocolate banana bread pudding was great. After dinner and a phone chat with the DH, I went back to Art in the Park to purchase my art. I bought a painting called “Low Bluff” that has nice hues of blue and tan with a touch of green. I think it looks pretty good and I really hope the DH loves it when he finally sees it in person.

Low Bluff

After dinner, we just hung out at the parent’s new house and chatted and had a nice evening. It was really great to just relax with such wonderful people. I’m lucky to have two great sisters and three wonderful sisters-in-law that were all together for the weekend. You can’t get much luckier than that.

On Sunday, we had my all-time favorite dinner of fried chicken, new potatoes, and gravy. My mom does the best job on this dinner. I love it! The only thing that could have made it better would have been to have the DH there as well.

The DH, on the other hand, spent his weekend fishing. It was the annual work fishing trip. He might have had fun, but of course he missed me too much to really enjoy himself.

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