Jane and I went to The Nutcracker ballet yesterday afternoon at Bridges Auditorium on the gorgeous Claremont Colleges campus. It's four or five miles from the house, and although I've driven through the campus before, I've never gotten out and walked around.
We had to park a couple of blocks away and walk. Such a gorgeous day, and seeing everything so lush and green on the campus was fabulous. I commented to her that it reminded me a lot of the LSU campus with all the big trees, except there were no azaleas. No sooner than I said that we spotted some blooming azalea bushes. Talk about make me homesick! If only there were blooming gardenias!
The ballet was such fun! I was particularly partial to the mice because I danced the Nutcracker for 10 years when I was a kid, and I think for about six of those years I was a mouse! There were several truly extraordinary dancers in the cast. We really had a great time! Of course, we were both humming the music when we left there.
We got out just in time to head to the employee Christmas party at Ginger's. There was so much food there! I mean, lots and lots of food, from a baked ham to every sort of homemade cookie and cakes and pies you could imagine, and Ginger's famous homemade potato salad! I may have gained back several of those pounds I lost a couple of weeks ago! We had a gift exchange, and I came home with a gift certificate to Starbucks! Ginger and Linda were so sweet to give us all a gift also. One of the items in my package was a tube of gardenia scented hand lotion! The day was complete!
This shop is really special in that Ginger and Linda encourage folks to just drop by and visit. There's always something to nibble on there and the coffee pot is always on. You just feel like you're home when you walk in. I especially love that I always get hugs when I'm leaving. Heck, I never turn down hugs!
I had a wonderful day yesterday, but it will be nice to stay home today. I'm finishing up one small project today, and will be a binding machine next week! I've got three bindings to get done! Daisy will be happy because I'll be sitting next to her on the sofa. LOL
My gratitudes today and every day are the wonderful friends and "family" I have here in SoCal. I can't imagine how I ever got along without them in my life!