"I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off, I sat and wondered," started humming a song from Peter Pan (I'll never grow up, never grow, not me) that wound around my exhausted brain and body while my poor liver quietly tried to filter a weekend of rich food, too much drinking and too little sleep. The swelling in my knees and ankles were trying to find somewhere else to go. But we had a HELLUVA a lot of fun. My sides still hurt from laughing so hard until 4:00 in the morning when we quit playing cards and started playing Wii Bowling but we were so tired we bowled sitting down. (Even the youngest bowled left handed from the sofa horizontally and he's not even left-handed--and he's about to turn 40!!!.) My team won the most amazing game (and they didn't win it with any last minute miracles) but my husband was almost home before he realized he had driven all the way back from Tuscaloosa with the lights off. ( Now keep in mind there were three other adults in the car. I asked "didn't anybody blink their lights at you? And they all said "Yes, but we just thought they were celebrating with us!!!) . We ate Tomahawk steaks so big they didn't fit on the Grill, we had sausage and biscuits made from blueberries and maple syrup. Paella, Turducken, Curried Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Beets turned into a salad, Blackbottom Pie and Lemon Meringue Tarts. Oh and a fortune in very good Bourbon. I really didn't hear thunder last night, but I did hear myself come to a good realization that I had been sung Happy Birthday to 59 times and have since I retired acted like I was still in my 20's. Yep as I write this, it's 12:30 in the morning but you've got to understand that yesterday I slept almost 24 hours. I lost a day of my life. Bill and I had a wonderful weekend with both sides of the family, but I have come to the realization that there's a good reason that my side of the family dies young. We just have too much fun dammit and altho we don't really grow up, we grow older. So now I have vowed that I am going to be better to myself, my knees, my back, my heart, my liver......altho, uh-hum, it's a late start. Back to Art tomorrow!!!