A few years ago, I had the happy circumstance of reconnecting with an old friend. We had lost touch for many years, then happened to reconnect through a friend of a friend. I won’t go into the entire story, but it was really neat. Not only did we reestablish our friendship, but also we did it right at the time that she was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Having survived colon cancer myself, I was able to be supportive of her during that time. As a Christian, I firmly believe that there is no such thing as coincidence. The Lord specifically put us back together at that particular time in her life.
We have emailed sporadically since then, and have FINALLY made plans to see each other this weekend. She has another friend that she is bringing with her, and the two of them are also old friends of a good friend of mine here in town. So the four of us will meet here for lunch on Saturday. First, the tablescape, then my thoughts about the day.
I have tweaked the same table from both the harvest and the Halloween tablescapes. I used the harvest-colored runner from Dollar General, the sage green placemats from Fred’s, and the square taupe plates from Wal-Mart. The green Dollar Tree goblets with the harvest-themed charms also remain in place from last week.
Then I added the square Friendly Village salad plates. I chose them because the colors fit in with the fall theme, plus I just love the Friendly Village. I left the San Remo flatware from the Halloween tablescape.
I have again used the fall leaf napkins from The Napkin Lady. The acorn napkin rings look good with this table.
I had to use the cute little Dollar General pots. I am planning broccoli cheese soup. I wanted to use these little pots so badly that I put soup on the menu!
I finished off with my candle holders and some of my fruit and vegetable salt and pepper shakers. This is not all of them; I just wanted a few for decoration.
So on to the menu and why this day will be stepping out of my comfort zone. I am not a terrible cook, but not a real accomplished one either. I’ve never really been one to cook for others or to enjoy entertaining. My son knows my insecurity in this area and challenged me to work on it a few years ago. His reasoning was that the nest was empty and that his dad is a good sport about being a guinea pig, so why not try it? He even gave us a cooking school lesson at Viking, which we loved.
So I’ve been working on it and doing a little better. I’ve gotten a little more adventurous and a little more healthy with my cooking. I actually found the broccoli cheese soup recipe on line and just jumped in and tried it. Surprise: it was actually good. I still can’t believe that I actually made something like that and that we liked it. Saturday will be the real test when I fix it for my friends.
I won’t go into all the psychological evaluations behind my feelings about my cooking, but I assure you that there is good reason for it. Saying stuff like, “But you’re a good cook,” makes me feel no better. People who say that have maybe had one thing that I fixed for a church supper or something.
But, as I said, I am working on it. This Saturday will be WAAAAAY out of my comfort zone, and I am a nervous wreck about it. But I am looking forward to seeing my friend for the first time in almost thirty years.
I will report here after the visit and let you know how it went. In the meantime, send prayers my way for me to step bravely out of my comfort zone and deal with whatever comes up.