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Filed under: prairie musings, Dane Britton, Ally Britton, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 7:10 pm

I had my first dinner party tonight. Even though it was simple from start to finish, it met the requirements of a party.

I had an assortment of food that pleased my two guests…rotisserie chicken, homemade ham salad (Meredith’s specialty)  spread on fancy bread for finger sandwiches, good red ripe tomatoes, pickled beets, shoepeg corn salad, chips, dips and spreads, honeydew melon and zucchini cake (Claudia’s specialty) …wine and other libations.  Something for everyone.

Ally and her friend stopped by this afternoon to arrange my table and find my placemats and napkins.

I experimented with my long-time friends who live here….Ivy Marsh and Ginny Frederick.   I am no longer able to  stand in the kitchen and cook all day.  It’s something I can’t do just now.  Maybe in time I’ll have the strength to do more on my own.   In the meantime, I know how to make a  simple but good meal.   We had a nice visit and it was a special treat for each of us to spend the evening together.  It’s what you do when you get old and live  in independent living, as we all do.  Any meal outside the dining room is a treat.

I got the idea how to do this from Mabelle who had Ginny and me for dinner the other night.  It was simple but delicious and a bunch of fun.  We laughed our socks off.  Mabelle will be my next door neighbor when I move.  She’s a nice lady in her 90s, but you ‘d never know it.

The Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza is tonight in Ellsworth. Ally is going to attend for Dane and me.  I remember so well when Dane returned to Ellsworth from Houston, in 1980 I believe, and learned there were no public fireworks for children.  He arranged the first really wonderful display soon after and it has continued since then. Those loud boomers are for you, Dane.

Thanks for tuning in….

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