Oh my goodness, the last couple of days of work were so busy. Yesterday, I got up at 4:30 am and was at my office by 6:15. I was constantly swamped and did not leave until 6:30 last night. I was fried and just came home and went to bed. I woke up this morning, and my neck was so stiff that I could not turn my head. I felt generally unwell and almost wondered if I was having a heart attack. Luckily, it passed, although my neck feels terrible. I think I am just really exhausted. Sorry to whine.
I was glad that I felt better after a shower and cup of tea. I had been looking forward to this day for about a month. We had our knitting club at a huge mansion in Pebble Beach right on the Pacific Ocean. One of our very cool members is a house manager for the mansion, which is 25,000 square feet and breathtaking. She is allowed to entertain guests there when the house is not occupied. I had visited before but was so thrilled to be invited back. After a tour, where I got some great decorating ideas, we had a ladies afternoon tea, complete with fancy cocktails, amazing finger sandwiches and lots of laughter. It was a gorgeous day so we sat at a table over looking the Pacific Ocean. It was amazing and we had so much fun.
Below is a photo of Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach which is an icon. It has stood on this ledge for over 250 years. I took it after we left the home we were visiting. It was on the drive home and in a spot for tourists to take a photo.
My contribution to the tea today was homemade white chocolate, apricot, walnut scones. They are very soft and delicious. I have had the recipe forever but have not made them in about 12 years. I will have to make them again soon.
I was so forgetful and felt terrible. Last year my daughter gave me a beautiful Longaberger basket with a gorgeous linen breadcover that she knit for me. It is really special to me because I know she put a lot of time and care into it. I had brought my scones in it and forgot it. We got all the way back to Monterey before I remembered it and felt so panicky. My daughter was a total sweetheart and drove with me all the way back to Pebble Beach to retrieve it. The extra hour in the car with her was an additional blessing. I was so happy for the extra time with her.
When I finally got home, I switched on the TV and there were Tony and the boys of NASCAR in the first race of the season. It was a totally exciting finish although I was terrified when I saw Jeff Gordon barrel roll about four times. It was a day of perfect. I can't believe it is already over.