So DH and I decided to stop fliffyfluffing around and start just DOING IT - opening our doors to folks, inviting them over.
I was going to a women's Bible study for quite some time, and it's stopped... I was meaning to invite a couple of the girls over for coffee. I finally got that done today. Yes, I have all the gear to go completely insane... but I didn't want to do that, I wanted to have folks feel at home.
So I brought out my teacups and my coffee and sugar and cream (yes, I have china, yes, I use it). I put out the white tablecloth on the end table I pressed into service as a coffee table. I invited a couple of the ladies over... we sat and chatted for a couple of hours. It was nice! Not earth shattering, but nice.
The other night, we had a family about the same size/constitution as our own over for dinner. Again, not earthshaking, but it was fun.
I like doing this stuff... it's fun to get back to it. No, the cleaning and prep is a pain, but having folks over? Yes please.
And I like to feed people, which should surprise no one. :) You know, you don't have to get all fancy or expensive when you offer hospitality. This was candied ginger and pecans - both of which were in the pantry.
(Linkback to Sis' post about reaching out to friends. http://delightfuloak.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/reach-out-to-friends/comment-page-1/#comment-1155)
In both cases, the invitees were *thrilled* to be asked to come over. People are so very lonely these days.... you really don't have to be perfect to offer up some fun.