What a wonderful book, A powerfully written debut novel offering an intimate look at one couple’s unconventional marriage that survives against all odds. Cancer and bipolar are holding a friendship and then a marriage together. I promise you won’t be sorry you picked it up and understandably find it hard to put down until the end of the last page. I will warn you, there is lots of laughter and I had a box of Puffs tissue beside me during the entire read.
What a very blessed Saturday I experienced with some cousins of my hubby! On May 15, 2014, his only surviving paternal aunt passed away. Peggy Ann was such a beautiful woman and I considered her a friend because she welcomed me into the family with open arms the first time I ever met her as did her husband, Dickie. Peggy Ann and Dickie lived in Lanexa, Virginia and have two children, Stuart III and Teresa. I’ve never met Teresa unfortunately but Stuart and his beautiful wife, Debra, have become very special to me and have been to the farm previously. They have a 28-year-old son, Stuart IV, and daughters, Heather, Dana and Brianne. Heather and Dana had not been here before and were anxious to meet us and see where they’re grandmother was raised along with four other generations.
On Saturday, all of the family except for Teresa and Bri, but including two special son-in-laws and four grandchildren, caravan to Craig County to memorialize Peggy Ann and spread her ashes on her beloved mountain on the family farm which connects to our farm. This was the first time that me and Eddie had met Heather and Dana and their children. Our daughter and granddaughter joined us shortly after they arrived.
We spent the day with four of the most adorable kids and one being a seven month (I think) little girl by the name of Vada but I’ve nicknamed Ducky. I was in heaven!!
Cousin Stuart was thrilled to be able to share the farm with his kids, son-in-laws, and grandchildren and they all visited the house that his mom grew up in. It’s still standing and they’re hoping to fix it up a little and be able to come and camp out whenever they want.
Hubby is not a great champion to babies and never was but I think he fell in love with Vada and she him!
He doesn’t let just anyone wear his hats!!
Before they trekked to the mountain in the cold to spread Aunt Peggy’s ashes they all got to visit the animals, check out the cellar, hives and sugar house after we had a small lunch.
This was a day I will never forget and am so looking forward to a return visit very soon.
We truly had a wonderful day with my kids and our friends and it seemed to fly by but I guess that’s because we were having fun!! The day was full of stories, laughter, getting to know each other and friendship.
For lunch, I fixed a vegie tray, fruit bowl and a small cheese tray. I made homemade chicken salad, teriyaki chicken wings, and fried morels for the main course. Of course, the day wouldn’t have been right with a big batch of homemade dinner rolls and loaf of homemade bread. I made a cocoanut dream cake which was my first attempt at the recipe and it was so moist and good but I dread what it may do to my weight-loss. I made a cherry crunch tart, also a new recipe, but I wasn’t real thrilled with it so that recipe is coming out of the box!!
One of my guests brought some homemade cheese pastries that were so good and we had tea, lemonade and a new drink I’m using, called marguerita ade. It is so sweet-tart and really quenches your thirst on a hot day!
Family, friends, and fabulous food, what more could you ask for.