Inside were demonstrations of traditional art forms, including Ikebana (flower-arranging.) Now, one Martin Herbach, a NYT Crossword Puzzle test solver and frequent flyer on WordPlay, the online blog that accompanies each day's puzzle, also happens to be an Ikebana Sensei (a master of the art.) I knew he would have an arrangement on display. When we entered the hall, I picked out someone who looked likely and quietly stalked him while we admired the diverse examples. Picking a moment when he was not busy answering questions, I introduced myself, using my WordPlay moniker of 'Mean Old Lady.' Martin exclaimed, "What are you doing here?" but not in a bad way, ha ha. It was a happy surprise for Martin and a pleasure for me to meet him. We met his wife (Japanese, also an Elaine.)
I picked up this postcard at the Bonsai exhibition table.
Naturally, I had forgotten to bring my camera...
Our other Saturday plan was a potluck dinner with my nephew (and Nat's cousin) Ben Hilburn and his new bride Amy Malady (pronounced 'ma-LADY) at Nat and Karen's home. I had made a cold pasta dish (cheeses, pine nuts, basil and EVOO) and Natty had smoked two chickens, flavorfully stuffed with olives and rosemary. Ben and Amy brought a delicious chopped salad. Karen's fabulous praline cupcakes were a wonderful finish to the meal.
Yes, this is how darling they are.
DHubby Don stayed bundled up a good bit of the time. (Even on hot days it usually cools off at night.)
Also present: the three black cats. Neo here looks uncannily like our beautiful Charlie.
After it grew dark, we all repaired to the patio and toasted our toes and a few marshmallows around the fire pit.