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The extended family weekend visit has come to an end.  The visiting guests have gone home.  It was short and sweet.  Beds were made,  food was made, memories were made.  Walks in the woods, reminiscing, food, wine, laughter, more food, more wine.

The house is very quiet now.  This is all the evidence that remains of our guests.

Debris on the kitchen floor – three cantaloupe seeds, two little sticks, and pile of dirt from the woods.  (Sing to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.)

Two almost empty bottles of very nice wine – thank you Greg and Barbara.  The completely empty ones are already in the recycling.

One piece of Mushroom and Onion Quiche  (Quiche des champignons et oignons) with Gruyère cheese, which I ate for breakfast.  Same recipe as the Bacon and Cheese Tart with mushrooms and onions in place of the bacon.  I would do it all again just so I could enjoy this one, delicious piece of leftover quiche for breakfast.  Really!  The quiche is that good.

And just one more bit of clean-up remains.  The laundry.  If you leave a comment, I’ll get back to you just as soon as I finish washing the five loads of blankets, four loads of sheets, three loads of towels, two loads of regular clothes and one shower for me because I was so busy I don’t think I ever got around to that while they were here.  Eeewww.

Remember, visiting family members don’t care what you feed them, how your house looks, or whether or not you’ve had time to take a shower.  (Well, maybe they care a little bit about the shower if you are creating a negative olfactory sensation.  In that case, light a scented candle or apply a spritz of your favorite perfume.)

Families gather to share history, to love each other, and to celebrate life.

So go forth and gather, share, love and celebrate.

Thank you for filling our house this weekend, with people we love.