The Entertainers



Tonight Kish and I throw our first party in our new house.  It’ll be a family affair, kicking off a weekend where uncles and cousins and sons and daughters gather to remember my mother.

Even though the guest list in this instance is limited to relatives, entertaining always brings a surge of angst — and particularly so when the event will be the first time your partygoers see your new home.  Obviously, we want it to look nice, so there has been a lot of shifting things around and moving “accent pieces” from here to there.  And because we’re planning to use our backyard as the prime gathering spot, we’re wondering whether Mother Nature will cooperate with some warm dry weather, too.

We want our family members to like our new place.  Having an ample supply of their favorite liquor on hand for tonight’s activities should help to achieve that goal.

Screened In



One of the best features of our house, in my humble opinion, is our screened-in porch.  It’s a snug little spot that faces the backyard, with two walls of exposed brick.

For the first few weeks here at our new house, the screened-in porch was a convenient repository for discarded stuff.  As a result, it was a jumble of boxes, stray furniture, papers, and trash bags, with a narrow path for ingress and egress.  Gradually the detritus has been cleared away, and yesterday we finally configured it as we have wanted.  It looks exactly as we pictured it — as a bright and tidy spot to have a cup of coffee on a warm and sunny morning.

With our screened-in porch on line, we begin to see the possibilities of our new house, and it’s fun.