Ever since Sha and her husband separated, five or so years ago, in an effort to help out, we had them over for regular Monday family dinners. She always had the kids on Mondays and Tuesday, and Mondays being what they are, it seemed like the best day to help out.
Along came the pandemic, and those dinners ceased in March 2020. We did manage to revive the practice twice last summer when COVID rates were low – even lower than they are now. But quicker than we could say jack robinson, rates soared crazily, and we went into phase two and then phase three lockdowns.
With Sue, Sha and me fully vaxxed and the kids single vaxxed we were not hesitant to invite them over on this past Monday night when I made my lightish mac and cheese. And that is another thing, for I haven't cooked much since it all began. For me, cooking tends to involve deciding to cook something and more often than not then going out to purchase the ingredients. Since, we had been eschewing stores for the most part, that wasn't on.
Even yesterday, I had to make a little shopping run to purchase some of the ingredients, like both the mac and the cheese, if you can believe it.
I don't know whether these dinners will ever become a weekly habit again, especially now with summer timetables being what they are, but we should be able to resume somewhat more frequent get-togethers come September.
We didn't take many photos, not even Sue who chronicles these events more than I do. However, we did manage a few phone photos as we sat in the living room for a short while after the repast.
For the most part, Lacey steered clear, but she did come down long enough to notice JJ on her couch, and she did get close for a minute. She doesn't do this with everybody, but she has shown some affinity for JJ in the past.