My grandmother had 10 children. My Daddy was the youngest. There are a lot of cousins and we always spent a lot of time playing together when we were young. Although there was a vast age difference between some of us, we all loved each other and got along.
Several of my female cousins still live close and I am thrilled to be able to spend time with them. We always get together on each of our birthdays and around the holidays. Sometimes we go out to a restaurant we have never been to and other times we have a “tea” party.
One of my cousins and I are teapot collectors. It is so special when we meet at our homes. Each of us brings a finger food type dish, dessert or other treat. The hostess fixes the tea. We eat, laugh and then open presents. It is a special time and we all have a lot of fun.
Although MS has greatly reduced my ability to cook anything really elaborate, the girls understand and take up the slack. I can still manage to contribute something simple and don’t feel too bad about not being able to do a lot……..at least I tell them that.
Cooking is one of the things that I really love to do. I have more cookbooks than I care to admit. It is a joy to me to be able to find something new to cook or a twist on an old dish. Being up to my elbows in flour is something I always loved.
At times I still try to make a special meal for my husband. Sometimes it turns out really well, other times I get lost in the process and have to tone it down. Either way, he is still complimentary and tries to make me know that he appreciates the effort.
I am thankful for my cousins and their love and support. Even though I may not be able to join in the fun like I once could, there are still good times to be had and life is still good!!
(The one on the top right is me!....NO LAUGHING!!!!)