Sunday, April 22, 2012

Family times and heart places

First Course Salad
C.C.'s daughter Mikaela is having a grand time eating her way through Paris. After a month and a half she has discovered more fabulous eateries, wine stops and hot chocolate vendors than even the most diehard gourmand imagined possible.

She tells the chronicles of her travels on her blog, Mikaela in Paris, and it is absolutely fabulous!  Those of us following her cannot help but comment when we chat -- OMG! Have you read Mikaela's new post? She is hysterical. She's so funny and charmingly neurotic! Wow! Can she write a good story.

Following her blog will keep you in stitches, and will make you hungry -- but it's okay to devour her words and photos because virtual food has no calories! Bonus!

C.C. behind a vase of tulips
Last night, family got together for a dinner Chez Jackie & Jim. The intent was to have 'everyone' there, which included the younger generations but.... the younger generations are all out busily living lives of wonder. Mikaela of course is in Paris. Alexis is in Vancouver, Liseanne is visiting a friend in Texas, Ryan was busy painting his brand new condo he just bought and Taylor was still living the excitement of his new CD which was released on Friday night -- and wow -- is he talented! His lyrics are outstanding and his voice a powerful blend of Jason Mraz and Cat Stevens (to my uncultured ears).

So, instead of many, we were five. And we still had fun. Jackie, my eldest sister, put together a feast that could have fed the many! Everything was delicious and visually stunning and the conversation was lively and the wine flowed velvety smooth.

Which goes to prove, we don't need the younger generation to have a good time!  Even in our dotage we can do it up right!  :)

Oh. But I should mention. C.C. and I left at 9 and I was in bed by 10....

At the Heart of our Family
is a shared meal!
Okay, so if we were of another era, the evening would just have been beginning and we would have been out tripping the light fantastic!

Whew! Another bullet dodged. I always end up tripping over the light fantastic and landing in a heap of not so fantastic grace!

It was a great evening even without the younger set. In the laughter and the talk was the circle of love family represents. A circle that cannot be broken no matter how far apart we roam.


Jennifer Richardson said...

oh your CC is handsome:)
and that meal!
and the stone on ice art!
and your lovely heart
....oh, your life is beautiful
like a song:)

Anonymous said...

fun family news around a beautiful table.

Josie Two Shoes said...

It sounds like a lovely evening warm with the gift family and laughter! And yes, home to bed at a time befitting our silver status!

Anonymous said...

Although it seemed strange not to have the younger generation at our table, it was none the less, wonderful to just "be together", en famille as our French relatives would say. I did cook enough for many but now have some lovely leftovers. The dynamics change as everyone ages but we still remain connected and I'm always thankful that we are family and that we always enjoy ourselves whenever we are together. Your photos made my day as the food looked quite appetizing...Mikaela will be pleased!! Love, ta soeur, Jackie

Louise Gallagher said...

Ellie and I played by the river Jennifer.

She splashed about, and I built a heart sculpture in a patch of frozen snow.

it was divine!

Louise Gallagher said...

it was nance!

Louise Gallagher said...

Ah yes, Josie. That silver status! :)

Fi said...

Sounds like a delightful time was had - good company and good food, can't beat that (although an ice sculpture must go close)

I'm off to visit Mikaela's blog (love that name, I was going to have that if I ever had a girl - my third son is a Michael because I figured that I was running out of chances)

S. Etole said...

Enjoying the essence of this and then heading over to check out that blog!

Sandra Heska King said...

Snow? Still? Makes a beautiful heart, though.

Louise Gallagher said...

LOL Sandra -- just in patches -- and it's pretty well all gone.... though they are threatening snow showers on Friday :)