Sometimes you just have a weekend that is laid back and mellow. That was this last weekend. (This one can't possibly top it!)
It began with dinner with good friends on Friday. Then Rick and I enjoyed another episode of "Slings and Arrows," a Canadian TV show shared with us by our friend Mike L. It focuses on a Shakespearean company in a Canadian town -- I think they had a couple of festival models in Shaw and Stratford. There are lots of crazy moments -- a comedy? A drama? A little bit of both!
Saturday my friend Kate and I headed off to Ann Arbor to celebrate her birthday.
First, lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Amadeus, where I have enjoyed blog meet-ups in the past. (HERE and HERE).
Our lunch was delightful -- potato pancake spaetzel with a wonderful salad and their delicious dill soup for me, borschst for Kate.
And it was a birthday -- so of course there was dessert.
A turtle for Kate...
...Apple for me!
Then time at Hollander's -- the ultimate in paper stores.
I was not a good girl. But I had a good time!
Then we were off to Trader Joe's, then home to make Rick a great dinner with the spoils of shopping (pushing a cart there was akin to driving on I-96 in rush hour.)
Sunday, after tea with my friend Richard to talk about his book, Rick and I headed to Flint. The ultimate goal was to pick up Greg from the airport, but we started with the movie "The Sessions" (very good), then enjoyed the Flint Institute of Arts.
This is a case of a city that has clearly seen better times, but you wouldn't know it from the museum.
It was simply glorious, from the magnificent Rubens angel in a room filled with tapestries...
...to Impressionists and some of my favorite painters, including Pissaro, Matisse and Mary Cassatt...
From this delightful painting by German Fritz Von Uhde called "Les Chiens Savants" (The Performing Dogs)...
...to the Chihuly ceiling.
All that, then dinner with Greg. Yes, a very good weekend!