Party of Five

Over the weekend, we all took a well-needed break from distance learning and working.

Our Party of Five chose to pack a blanket, pick up pizzas, and dine amidst the snap, crackle and pop of the waves crashing at the shore of East Beach in Westport, MA. The beauty of this chilling culinary experience was that we could include our fur baby , Leo as our plus one.

We made a couple of stops along the way, most notable our drive-up visit to Gramma Sukey who has been self-isolating in her home most likely curled up with a stack of mystery and history books. She was so excited to open her door, stand on her porch, and have a face to face conversation with our Party of Five at a safe more than six foot distance apart.

Our Party of Five perused movie titles and voted to watch Casino Royale when we returned home. Reader, I have to tell you that the last James Bond movie I watched was in the theater, and I am ashamed to admit that I found myself nodding off throughout its playing. Fortunately for my family and me, that was most definitely not the case with this edition! Daniel Craig is equal parts skilled, resilient, handsome, and human and we all remained engaged in the plot as it twisted and turned even when we thought nothing more could surprise us. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this movie, this Party of Five gives it 5 stars, one from each of us!

Yesterday, our Party of Five stayed extremely local, spreading out in our yard to enjoy the sun and continue working on the spring cleaning sprucing that has been ongoing. We cleared leaves from areas that haven’t been touched since we moved in over 20 years ago and others that have been sporadically neglected due to lack of time. The kids raked, moved large branches to the back of the yard, rebuilt a stone edging around the back garden, and swept the patio and surrounding walkways among other things. When not directing our child labor, my husband and I found ourselves pitching in by clipping limbs that were overgrown and hand-cleaning the row of boxwood plagued by leaf deposits. Our yard is going to look amazing come summer!

It’s now Monday and this Party of Five is back to business. Our goals today will vary and we’ll convene as one for dinner later tonight.

6 thoughts on “Party of Five

  1. Quite a busy weekend for your party of five. I like how you got to visit grandma- we may try a picnic on the porch with grandpa next weekend. He can stay inside and we can stay outside.

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  2. It’s amazing how we can find things to do in our isolation. You got exercise, had fun, and spruced up the yard. I loved your visit with grandma, and your nod to Jane Eyre (reader,…). Loved this post.

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  3. We too took the weekend off and it was amazing to remember what it is like to be a party of four. It has been so long since we have had quiet time with the four of us together. I love that you make a visit to Grandma and the visual image you created of her – I can vividly see her.

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