I have many things to be thankful for.
Each and everyday
I am thankful for the pile of dishes
Because it means we had food to eat.
I am thankful for the laundry
Because it means we have clothes to wear.
I am especially thankful for
For our friends on the Buzz
For the special friendships we have made
For laughter, smiles and hugs.
The Southern California Chapter of AR planned to gather at Tom's Farm's.
Have you ever heard that 'It Never Rains in California'?
Not so -
The weather forecast predicted a huge storm -
Which in Southern California meant rain.
I, personally, love the rain -
But I put in a plea to the Weather Gods - asking for a little cooperation.
We pressed on - undaunted!
As it turned out it was overcast and threatening but
It didn't rain on our parade!
Let me back up a bit - Mauigirl Julie and her lovely husband and loyal companion Lily were planning on driving across the dessert to join us.
In the rain, this can be a four + hour, white knuckle drive.
Emails flew back and forth - finally it was agreed to proceed -
Carpools were arranged, plans made and we forged ahead with our plans prepared to be a bunch of wet hens out to Respect the Bird!
Lily made herself quite comfy.
But I think she is keeping an eye open for our big black lab.
Saturday morning arrived - damp and deary....
We pressed on....holding onto hope that the skies would clear.
As agreed we met at Tom's Farms Wine and Cheese Shop.
The smell of fresh baked bread greeted us -
Racks and racks of wine - cases of cheese - condiments galore!
It was a feast for all the senses just awaiting our eager group.
Just look at this lug of string cheese!
I was just imaging how much milk it took to make this!
While we were waiting there was so much to explore!
They must have known the Mauigirl was coming!
We thought these products would be appreciated by our brethren.
This is a case of "If the shoe fits....."
Yes - we were thinking of you....
Cat - we were thinking of you too!
It is hard to see in this picture but this is a Cat wine bottle.
We were not disappointed to find the wine bar "Respecting the Bird."
Soon the rest of group started arriving.
On the far left is our newest member 1st Lady!
Then Marianne, Mauigirl Julie and Dawn-'Trying Cake'.
Thank you for being brave enough to join us, First Lady!
Look what Barb found!
gderr and Doug
Thinking of you!
XRayBarb and Baby XRay gave me this lovely tribute!
We were soon all starving and so it was off to the lunch.
Dawn made the right choice!
got the Nathans HUGE Chili Dog!
After lunch it was arts and crafts time.
- Julie had to hunt high and low but she did prevail!
Right there in the restaurant we started assembling our version of
"Respect the Bird"
Baby XRay and XRay Barb
There was a young boy who was seated at the table next to us that was quite intrigued by our Respect the Bird project.
He gladly joined in with the fun.
(No pictures of him, as I don't have his parents approval)
Mauigirl- Julie, Marianne and Baby XRay
Look who we found!
Chef Luigi's cousin "Tom"
Chef Tom was quite honored to join the All Recipes group.
After lunch we headed to the Home Store
Look what we found for you Sassy!
We were thinking of you Witchy Woman!
Redneck Grandma - we were thinking of you, too.
At the Home Store we found a complete Thanksgiving dinner ready for us!
From the left -XRay Barb. Baking Nana, 1st Lady, Mauigirl, Marianne & TryingCake-Dawn.
From there we were off to the Produce Market.
The bounty of Autumn.
Noemi, Mauigirl-Julie and XRay Barb
Gabriella and Marianne
"Respect the Bird!"
Hey, nobody said it had to be a Turkey!
On our way out - Mauigirl Julie and I stopped by to visit with this old miner.
He thanked us for coming and gladly adopted our token of appreciation
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