We were in Kentucky for 9 years and I don’t think we ever had anyone over to our house for dinner nor did we go to anyone’s house.  I had friends that I’d go out to eat with and run around with but we didn’t have any friends . . couples that Vince and I shared as friends.

We’ve gotten involved with a group here and I just love them all!  We have so much fun with them.  This group gets together at least once a month; often twice a month.  They’re the kind of people you wish were your family so you’d never lose contact with them.  They’re the kind of people you can give your house keys and say “check on things while I’m gone” or “feed the animals”.  They’ve been getting together like this for years and no matter whose house we’re at, everyone feels perfectly at home.  They know where everything is kept; any one of them will set the table, load the dishwasher . . it’s just a fantastic group.

Notice the basket of Onion Rolls and the plate of Buttermilk Cluster Rolls?  I’m hoping my bread baking has earned me a permanent spot with this group! 🙂

There are at least six couples and sometimes seven so it’s a pretty big group.  Saturday night was our last get together with the whole group.  One of the husbands leaves 12/1 to go to Minnesota.  His wife will stay behind and move when school is out.  They have three kids and one of them will be graduating from high school in May.  I’m glad they’re getting to stay behind and finish the school year.  Before they go, Lenore is going to teach me to make hot tamales and I’m going to teach her to knit socks.  Good thing for me . . she’s an excellent knitter; she’s just never tried socks.

The other husband is leaving 12/1 for Springfield.  His wife will stay behind til they make a decision on a house in Springfield and are ready to move. I’m sure she’ll be gone by March or April.  He will continue to come home on weekends so they’ll stay a part of the group for a while.

Saturday night we played the game, Catch Phrase, for at least 3 hours!  I can’t tell you how many times we were all laughing til we had tears running down our faces.

When I get together with my girl friends, we always have so much fun but until we met up with this group, we didn’t do anything as a couple with other people that was just tons of fun.  I’ve looked so forward to these get togethers and I so hope they continue and stay fun and maybe we can pick up another couple or two but it will not be the same without Jim, Lenore, Jeff and Jeanette!  I’m going to miss them so much!

I’m not even going to try to explain this picture but this was one of those times we were all laughing so hard!

Good luck to those of you leaving us.  You will be missed!


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    pdudgeon says

    it’s always good to have friends like that!
    that last picture reminds me of “The Hokey Pokey” song.

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    I understand about the friends. We had three families that we felt were family. We were actually neighbors in one community and we all moved to another community and bought houses right next door to each other. It was wonderful. We even put a gate in the brick wall between houses so it was easier to “come over for dinner.” We are all separated now, one family is in CA, we’re in NV and the third family is in MT. We still keep in touch, but it’s definitely not the same. Enjoy them while you have them!

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    Pat says

    Sounds like a great group. Of course, you know it’s not fair to SHOW that photo and then offer no explanation, don’t you?

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    Good friends are hard to find….. and when you find a group it is a true blessing.

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    Happy Thanksgiving!


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    Lynne in Hawaii says

    The rolls look wonderful! It’s great to have a real couples group. Friends are so very important. You gotta explain the last picture. Tighty ‘blue-ees’ overtop his jeans???

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    I don’t make friends easily but we usually had a couple or two that we were friends with – usually from my work or Keith’s – until this last move. Sometimes I miss it but since I get stressed by having people over these days it’s probably just as well that we don’t. What I do miss is not having family close enough to visit.