It’s been nearly a year since I’ve had the pleasure of hosting overnight guests.
My friend and her daughter were driving between Chicago and New York State when they took a detour to visit us. We aren’t sure, but it seems like it’s been close to two years since we’ve been able to get together. When you do life with someone on a nearly daily basis…through the thick and thin, but mostly thin….it’s a joy to finally be able spend time together. We’ve burned many minutes chatting on the phone, but that isn’t quite the same, is it?
I love serving a nice full breakfast to our guests as they appear in the morning after a late night of catching up.
Today’s menu included my “famous” Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake along with scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and blueberries.
Because there should always be a pretty table to sit down to, I created a super simple white and blueberry tablescape for our breakfast. This inviting table was set with Blue Willow bowls of blueberries, a mixture of blue and white plates, and assortment of tea cups and saucers, toile napkins as a nod to the transferware dishes, and placemats festooned with tiny blue roosters. Everything pulled together to perfectly complement the large urn holding the gorgeous hydrangeas with a few blueberry sprigs.
The hydrangeas on the table were fresh picked. Isn’t it wonderful to be blessed by a friend’s garden abundance?
Because of the weight of the flowers I needed to create a grid, like I did here, to help support the bouquet and keep the massive blossoms from falling out of the wide-necked urn. This time I used black electrical tape and it worked great. For fun, I added a few sprigs of blueberry stems (with berries!!) because this table is all about blueberries.
My friends enjoyed being treated to a wonderful homemade breakfast. After a busy weekend of moving and helping another daughter/sister set up a new apartment, they was pretty tired. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast to bolster body and soul for a long day’s drive. After breakfast I enticed them with the beauty of the water. Though they faced a long drive ahead, they decided that a paddle boat ride around the lake would be a good thing before hitting the road.
So my friend, her daughter, and I, paddled and explored the edges of the lake. We spotted white and yellow waterlilies, red cardinal flowers blooming just off the banks, and turtles sunning themselves on logs and branches jutting up from the water. We even saw a muskrat, fairly far from shore, sitting on a lily pad enjoying his morning brunch. We had a ton of fun spying all these things and more on our nature ‘hike’ from the water.
My heart was sad to see my friends go. Yet, I was so grateful to spend time with them. Hopefully, it won’t be another two years before we get together again.
Have you noticed how the light is different and how the darkness descends far too early these days? It’s so hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. I loved her like a best friend this year. After the long hard winter, spring and summer seemed like a blink in time. Have you felt that way too? A few trees are already sporting a few bright red leaves, and many others tinged with a faint burgundy blush though still green.
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the color, the crisp air, apple cider, and sweaters. I even chose to get married in early September. So why am I dreading the change of season so much this year? Why does it feel so foreboding? [sigh] Today I’m not going to even think about fall. There will still be moments to soak in the warmth of the sun. And so….for a wee bit longer…I’ll stuff my face with blueberries and turn my face to summer’s waning light and the memories of a special overnight visit with my friends.
Do you enjoy hosting overnight guests?
What’s your favorite thing to do to make your guests feel special?
If we were to rank blueberries in the top ten fruits…where would they be on your list?
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