Thursday, June 14, 2012
So Many Stories, So Much Stuff
Jeanne McGrady wanted the Lago buffet. Said she was entertaining the family on Boxing Day every year and intended to have ever more family gatherings. So the buffet is hers. She and Dan and the kids picked it up on Sunday afternoon and I saw it in its new digs last evening. Well, it absolutely makes the room. Both the dining room and buffet never looked better.
Carrie's first choice was Mom's carved Indian screen which was the first thing you saw as you walked into their Houston townhouse. They carted it all the way to Seattle, but I don't remember that they ever used it again in their living room. The stores in Aruba would get a new item and dozens of folks from Lago would decide they couldn't live without it. I think the carved screen was one of those things. We never got the full story from Mom, but it seemed to me to be more exotic than most of her choices. I any case, our family home, like most in Aruba, was eventually filled with furnishings from all over the world. A bit of a mis-mash, but 'so Aruba'. There was always this sense that folks were buying these things to furnish their dream homes back in the States, whenever that time came. They'd have their own household of beautiful things.
Korean spa day. Body scrub at 10:00, followed by time in the hot rooms and lunch and then, a full body moisturizing treatment that includes coatings of olive oil, milk and honey over every inch of me, plus ice cold cucumber slices on my face. Maybe, all of this will be as restorative as the Caribbean salt water? That's the hope.
More stories. More stuff. Next post.