And laugh and laugh we did! I lost count of how many times I was doubled over with tears streaming down my face, trying to catch my breath and not pee my pants.
Marisa and I were the first to arrive even though my GPS,
also known as Bossy Bitch, tried her best to send us to Falmouth instead of Eastham. Bob, the cottage’s owner, met us there and showed us everything we needed to know about the place. Which was even more wonderful in person.
Seriously. The rooms were exactly as pictured on the rental site. Exactly. No surprises at all, which I guess was the surprise! The cottage has just enough original details, (built in 1913), while still providing all modern necessities. Which, let’s face it, for me, is all about the kitchen.
I joked about the kitchen when I found the cottage online with it’s blush pink counters and while I still wouldn’t choose them for a kitchen, they fit the cottage perfectly. The range was propane- hurrah! – a full size fridge, which was empty when we arrived and soon overflowing with everyone’s groceries.
I really should have taken a picture of the fridge when it was loaded up, it was full of fresh fruits and vegetables, just gorgeous.
Note : Next time, and there is going to be a next time in the autumn, maybe we should bring along a stills photographer as we were all too busy laughing, talking and catching up to remember to take pics.
But back to the kitchen. I planned the menu, made up the shopping list and then divided the shopping list between us all. There was no discussion about this, these ladies know me. (The good, the bad and the ugly me.) I would be head chef and they would be my back up dancers. And yes, you read that right.
Friday night we had a dinner of :
- Thai Red Curry with Chicken
- Cumin-&-Cardamom Scented Rice from American Masala, by Suvir Saran
- Naan Bread from Artisan Pizza & Flatbread by Jeff Hertzberg, MD & Zoe Francois
After we ate, laughed and chattered our way through the meal, the table was cleared and dishes were washed, (by my back up dancers).
We reassembled around the table and the merriment continued, music playing in the background, until, at nearly 3 AM, the last of us, (Despina, Katie & I), wandered off to bed.
Tired but happy. Very, very happy.
To be continued…