One of the nicest things about the Christmas Season is getting together with family and friends.
This afternoon a dear friend - who's like a daughter - drove over to my side of town for 1:00 p.m. lunch reservations. Mother Nature sent another snowfall, but Ruth arrived safe and sound. We had a nice time visiting over lunch and getting caught up on each other's family. Our server loved her British accent [and so do I!].
She brought me a beautiful Christmas floral arrangement.
I was home just a short time, then I left for Oakland Mall's Macy's Lakeshore Grill for the annual Christmas gathering Mike Hauser coordinates for former J.L. Hudson Department Store employees, and a few who weren't employees but loved the store [which includes me]. Due to the bad weather, some who live a distance didn't attend this year so Mike will schedule another gathering later in January.
I wasn't hungry after just having a big lunch, but I ordered a bowl of Canadian Cheese Soup [which Hudson's was known for], and a popover came with it.
I shouldn't have done it, but I ended up ordering a hot fudge cream puff for dessert. It was SO good, and I don't even want to know how many calories were in it!
I listened as they shared their Hudson's memories, and the recent ground-breaking ceremony for Detroit's new tallest skyscraper to be built on the site of the old Hudson's store. Mike Hauser was at the ceremony, and said J.L. Hudson, Jr. [great-nephew of the store's founder] joked that he hoped somewhere in the new building would be a restaurant that would serve the store's iconic Maurice Salad. We visited until the restaurant was ready to close at 8:00 p.m., and posed for our group picture before leaving.
Mike Hauser is on the far left. The petite lady standing next to me [Grace] was a Hudson's personal shopper - back in the day when there was such a thing as customer service!