Martha Thinks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

40 years of friendship

Every year on a chilly weekend in November we take a trip to Linda's lake house in New Hampshire.  We base it around Christmas shopping, but really it's just all about the food and friendship!

This is the front yard.  Take a deep breath.  It's really that beautiful on Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire.

Most of us all graduated high school together.  Two grew up across the street.   Some years not everyone can be there, but we are all together in spirit!  On Saturday night after a day of shopping we eat Dolly's eggplant parmesan (to die for)...

Kathy's antipasto salad ...

and her famous cocktails, make a big pot of spaghetti and have a wonderful dinner together.
Dessert follows...a more casual affair usually in front of a movie.  We laugh and catch up on life's events.

There are so many bags in various cars and on the floor that we have a hoot going through them all and making sure everyone has the right stuff!
Who bought the blue sweater at Gap?  What kind of boots did you get at the Bass Outlet?

Sunday morning usually follows the same comfortable pattern. 
 Shopping at local boutiques.

But the most important thing about Sunday, the reason to get up in the morning and leave our wonderful scenic this place.  Sunshine and Pa's has hosted us for Girlfriends' Weekend breakfast for at least four years.

It is this wonderfully homey place with the smell of maple syrup in the walls.  Mmm...This friendly face always greets us and although 364 days have passed since we have seen him, it feels to all of us like yesterday.  We are treated like old friends.
We start thinking about what to order on the car ride over, LOL!

Don't miss it if you are ever in Meredith, NH.  4 Stars.


  We have been coming together on these weekends for so long that we used to go into the kids' clothing stores to buy for our own little ones.  Stories of kids' high school graduation have moved to how college is
going, first apartments and jobs.
     We've weathered and supported each other through illness, divorce, moves, raising kids and the trials and tribulations of life.

The end of this chapter is that this beautiful lake house is now for sale. So after 10+ years, it's time to find another place to gather.  We'll find it, for truly the place does not matter as long as there's antipasto and wine!

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