Thursday, I didn’t have a spa all day that day because of the endless rain. Consequently, when I got into the tub early yesterday morning, the world felt right and good again. I love that spa and being warm all over when outdoors. Plus: Although rain was predicted, it didn’t rain all day
Sheba and I headed off to the dog-walking group after my spa. Her foot seems fine! After that, I dropped her off at home and went into the village to shop for last minute supplies and then came home to finish the salad, cook the beet pasta—using beets from my garden by the way—and to clean up. And, I had another spa.
My guests came at 6:00 and at first, I could’t speak. It didn’t take long for me to relax, though. And I felt fine once I opened the Veuve and put out potato chips. (I love chips with champagne!) I had a small fire lit, more for coziness than heat, and left some windows open so that we had the nice fresh fragrant forest air as well.
The dinner went superbly as far as I can tell. The salad was a terrific hit. (It was Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe and Judith has all his cookbooks.) And the Garlic, Spinach and Cheddar pie was a hit too—especially, silently, with me. I’d never made it before, so I was happy and pleasantly surprised. And no one gave a dam about the melted crust. This is Gabriola!
And they were very gracious about the tart and I’m glad. These people have been very welcoming; we’ve been walking three times a week together, for a year-and-a-half.
And I was glad I did so much prep on Thursday because I was calm and relaxed all day.
As for today: No landscaping, no baking, no cooking, no people—nothing! That’s my plan. I’ll definitely do some seeding and I may tidy up the shed so I can start working on the palettes and finish the pathway. Otherwise I’ll be eating left overs and chillin’ all day.