Everybody I know seems to have gone through some crises this year. Maybe that's just life, but I'm sure we all would like to have some calm peaceful times during the holidays. I was given that gift yesterday. My kindred cat friend, Chris, called and asked if I'd like to go out to lunch with her. Of course I said "yes" and Chris said she'd pick me up at 12:30.
As we were traveling down my street, Chris asked if I was up for a trip to Cincinnati. I'm always ready for an adventure with Chris. She makes everything fun. The destination was Buca di Beppo - which translated means, "Joe's Basement". I found out the Buca chain of Italian restaurants is owned by Planet Hollywood. That was surprising. I do know it's the most unique Italian restaurant I've ever visited. What a wonderful experience! We had a very leisurely lunch packed with scrumptious antipasto salad and a platter filled with four different kinds of pasta dishes which tasted as delicious as they looked.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a host who led us through the kitchen then through a maze of cozy rooms, to our table. Each of the dining tables was dressed with a red checked homespun tablecloth and Christmas lights had been strung on the walls close to the ceiling. What fun! There was also a table set for patrons who wish to dine in the kitchen, where I suppose one could watch meals being prepared. All the walls were completely covered with framed photos and at first glance many of them seemed to be quaint images of people in their everyday lives. On closer inspection, some of the photos were downright crazy and made us laugh out loud.
While enjoying the festive atmosphere of the restaurant, I was also thinking about all the things by which I've been blessed. There have certainly been some disappointments and heartaches this year, but I've also experienced some very positive things. I'm so thankful for my friends and family, my home and pets, and for life in general. Things don't always go as smoothly as we'd like them to, but I hope each of you can find some time this season to stop and enjoy the company of a good friend and soak up the ambiance of a cozy place to visit. Thank you Chris for your friendship, your adventurous spirit, and your kindnesses through the year. You are such a blessing to me, dear friend.