I really hope that anyone who visits our home will feel immediately welcome. I love having people over--though it's not happening much lately. Part of that is trying to stick to a better school-night routine, part of it is just getting back into the swing of school and feeling like we need to ease back into this whole school thing.
But I looked at the calendar the other day and October is NEXT WEEK! Oh my goodness. I guess school didn't just start and we really are into the swing of school. Time to send out some invitations...
We're having a family from school over for dinner on Saturday. He's a teacher at the middle school, I've met her a time or two, their son is in Emma's class. (In fact, she's declared that she's going to marry this boy, so I think we may need to arrange a marriage over the peach pie I'm going to make for dessert.)
And I'm thinking, thinking, thinking about a tea party. Mom and I used to have a Christmas tea every year--for nine years straight, in fact--for all of our friends. Hats, gloves, party dresses, bone china cups and saucers, and every kind of homemade cookie you can imagine. So much fun! Maybe something on a much smaller scale to welcome autumn. I really need to sit down and make some lists--who to invite, what to serve, when it could go on the calendar.
I'm also thinking a lot about my knitting group left behind in California. I usually had an open house on Wednesday morning, made yummy things to eat, and invited women in to knit, crochet, embroider, or just sit and talk. I miss that. It's sad that no one really just "drops by" much anymore and my Wednesday mornings at home gave me a chance to connect with so many incredible women. So few women have time just to sit and visit and I loved seeing people come in, sit back, take a deep breath, and just be.
At this point I don't think I could host a weekly open house like that--there is a book to be written with a deadline coming up. But I think I could possibly combine a tea party and crafty morning. Or maybe a tea party followed by a time for women to come and learn to knit. There are several friends who've hinted they'd like to learn...
All that to say, if you're ever in my neighborhood, please stop by. It's not imposing. I love unexpected company and if it's a bad time I promise to tell you so. Otherwise I'll invite you in for a cup of tea and we can sit in my newly rearranged family room and look out the window at the changing leaves.