Tom and Sheila hosted a solstice party last night for a small gathering of friends and neighbors. There were about twenty people in attendance. Sheila served delicious homemade gourmet pizzas. Guests gathered in conversation groups around the fireplaces in the family room and living room. A pianist who works for the opera sat down at the piano and entertained guests for at least two hours with holiday songs. It was a great way to celebrate the solstice.
The party was my only holiday engagement. I was going to sit back and relax for the next few days. Then I got home and everything changed when I checked my voice mail and texts. Double A left a message asking me to bring a desert to the Christmas dinner he’s hosting. The dinner went from four people to twelve in twenty-four hours. Aimee invited me for an early Christmas Eve dinner and construction of gingerbread houses with her two sons. Connie sent an email invite to her annual Christmas Eve party which was a lot of fun last year.
I’m feeling a little stressed. I now need to pick up two hostess gifts, make a pie for Double A’s dinner and a dessert for Connie’s party. I went from relaxed to stressed in sixty seconds.