Mom had 2 brothers and 5 sisters so I have lots of cousins and I guess I have taken on the responsibility of keeping us connected. Yesterday was our reunion and we all enjoyed seeing each other. Two years ago we had 75 people here but this year we were only about 40 – several cousins currently have health issues which kept them home. So all summer this reunion has loomed over my head – the yard, the house, the food – you get the idea. This time I did all the food and kept it pretty simple because then I had control of what was here. I accepted donations because the food bill got high but entertaining is not something I really enjoy. When you have animals in your home, it’s hard to keep a house clean. I did have professional help with the porch windows but each day of the last week was scheduled right down to the last minute. Thursday was my day to mow and I could always mow Friday afternoon if it should happen to rain on Thursday. Whoever heard of it raining two days in a row in August? But rain it did! And you know how I am about mowing! So the grass did not get mowed. Darn!
This was the scene Friday morning when Becky and my cousin Tonya came to help mix up all the food. See why I don’t enjoy entertaining? Too many 4 legged helpers!
We entertain the kids with golf cart rides through the grove. There weren’t too many kids here and no bigger kids so the 2 young dads had to drive – miles and miles all afternoon. Rick mows and clears the road through the grove in a long route to the garden – it was grass at the beginning of the day but was worn to mud by the end. Here are the drivers and riders with one grandma.
Rick provided all the sweet corn for the event. You just can’t imagine how delicious it is – if you’ve never had Iowa sweet corn, you’ve never tasted summer. Now I can relax – no more company! I played for 9 am church today and I’ve had a 2 hour nap. Rick is in the process of freezing 5 huge batches of corn – he does it all – he even cuts it off outside so I have no mess in the house. What a good husband!
The cats can now come out of hiding, I can sleep at night, no pressure to keep the house spotless – I’m not good at entertaining. It was a fun day but I’m so glad it’s over. Tonight I will sew and watch the Olympics! Go USA!