It’s hard to wait 51 weeks for the best week of the year, but it’s worth it.

It’s strange to hit the end of April, and see a snow fall, but we managed.

Because we’re girls!!

We came in a little scattered this year due to this and that. A group on Wednesday, another couple rolling in on Thursday, then Friday, then Saturday.

And we’ve had nothing but fun.

COLD outside initially, so we missed those morning walks. But Jo and I worked out in our room every morning. She wanted that 10k a day, and got it. In fact yesterday because finally the sun shined and the temps hit mid-60s, we walked. And she hit 20k!! A record.

The score board’s filling up with stickers. The fabulous prizes are thinning out. We’ve had some dark horses* push their way into the next heats, and the usuals hold their own.

I call this “Redhead by Scoreboard.” Photo by LMR

Lots of laughs, lots of wine, lots of chatter. Some shopping, lovely treatments, food none of us had to cook. And just that simple and marvelous community of pals. Pretty perfect.

Last night was our Paint Night, and I have to say I think it was the best yet. Not only for the fun, the everyone’s work became a masterpiece. And they’re all so different. Wonderful, individual visions realized (with more wine).

Empty canvases. Photo by LMR
Finished! Photo by LMR
The Spa Girl gallery. Photo by LMR
Close up. Photo by LMR

We followed that with pizza and salads, and more wine! Then Dancing, Bowling, Trivia, Scrabble!

We have a couple of finals coming up tonight, and what I know will be a vicious second heat of Drunken Scrabble. I suck at Scrabble. Words aren’t a problem, but I have no strategy. I’m always impressed with those who do.

Since we have another warmish, sunny day, I’m going to walk outside again, soak in the moments before the rain returns.

I have a book** to read, pals to hang with, and a deep tissue massage on my afternoon schedule. A really good deal.

There’s nothing, just nothing like girl friends, and this week, with just girls is a treasure.

Though we have allowed a male into our glorious female group this year. And while we’re not entirely sure of his name, he’s been welcomed by all.

For those who asked for a Random Katness, here’s a couple photos Laura took last night.

The best kind of #randomkatness. Photo by LMR
No caption needed. Photo by LMR

It’s a boy!

Obviously, I’m beyond thrilled, already besotted, and as you can see, Kat looks amazing.

Best week ever!


Yay! Cake! Photo by LMR

* This means Laura.
** Twisted Prey by John Sandford. 

33 thoughts on “Spa-La-La”

  1. Congrats, Nora, you’re going to be a grandmother again! I know, as much fun as you’ve had with the other two and sorry they’re growing up, you’re going to have just as much fun with this one! And Congrats to the expectant parents!

    So, is there going to be someone tolling a bell & announcing the birth like this morning over in England? At least they no longer follow the tradition of having a government minister present to prevent switching of the child! Would prefer not to have such present during that fun!

    1. We are delighted in England that such traditions have not existed for many years and we brits have become tuned with the times..Thank goodness for safe delivery of our latest royal his mum looked amazing on the steps of the hospital a mere few hours after birth….true British grit.

      1. Congratulations Kat..may all go well for you. He is going to have a yummy mummy xx

  2. This is fantastic news! I am so happy for everyone and thank you for sharing. What a cute baby bump 🙂

    Random katness is the best- yay!

  3. Congratulations Nora!!! I know you will enjoy that new grandchild.

  4. Congratulations to Kat and Jason! And to the grandparents, of course. I wish for an easy pregnancy and a healthy and happy baby. I know he will be well-loved.

  5. Wonderful news on Kat and her little one (ahhh, so this is where the “guy” attending the girls outing comes from, that took me a few minutes).
    You guys did great on the paintings; the lady who painted the one in a circle like form – I bet she always stands out in the crowd because she looks at things differently orrrr could be all the wine had the clouds swirling around in her head. Love it.

  6. So happy for your family looking forward to another little one. Kat’s Baby bump is adorable. I’m still chuckling over Laura’s painting. She was not looking forward to games. I’m glad she had painting to let out the angst. Thank you both for sharing your considerably more interesting lives.

  7. Congrats on new grand baby! So cute- we have a male amongst us. Thanks for sharing looks like a great time was had by all!

  8. Another royal baby (take that, Cambridges) for the Queen of Fiction. So happy for you and the family. Best Random Katness EVER.

    And thanks for the heads up on the read. Hopefully, my copy of Twisted Prey will be in the mail tomorrow (per B&N shipping department). And Drunken Scrabble sounds like a great way to pass the time with treasured friends.

    Thanks for this window into your world. Have a happy week.

  9. What a great sounding Spa Weekend!
    Congratulations to Kat and Nora’s son. When is the baby due?
    Laura, hold up your end. You cannot let us other Laura’s down! I wish I was there to help you. My family and friends won’t play Scrabble with me anymore. I always win!
    Keep, keeping us posted!

  10. Good friends, fun games, enjoyable exercise, great food, fabulous colorful paintings, the usual excellent photos AND a new baby boy on the way! What could be better?!

  11. Congratulations to the expectant parents and grandparents! What an exciting time for all.

  12. Oh, Wow! Congratulations Kat and Jason and especially Nana ( Nora)!!!!
    So glad for all of you.
    Loved all the pictures! Especially the the ones with Kat telling Nora!
    Can’t wait for the name reveal.

  13. Congrats to Kat and Nora on the new baby! Nothing greater than a new baby! Very happy for the whole family!

  14. Congrats to the entire family! Jason and Kat are going to be great parents. And I’m sure the grandparents are over the moon.

  15. Looks like a wonderful girls time! Kat will be an incredible mother! She is so artistic & imaginative. Knowing how close your family is, this will be a beautiful gift for all of you!

  16. Congratulations to Kat and Jason . Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy. Looking forward to pictures when the baby arrives.

  17. Congratulations on the baby boy babies are always a welcome addition.
    Looks like a great deal of fun amazing and cool paintings.

  18. congrats! there’s nothing like a new baby, to add joy to a family.

  19. Wow congratulations Kate and Jason. I’m sure you are just thrilled Nora. There’s nothing more precious than a grandchild to love. I always look forward to Spa week and see what you say about it. It looks like you guys are having a fabulous time. So have another glass of wine ???

  20. Congratulations on the baby news. I can see it now, a little boy sitting beside his Nanna and begging to hear the story on how he got his name/nickname again.
    “So you see, said Nanna Nora, everybody loved Random Katness so much, it sort of just transferred to you, naturally as it were.”
    “Now off you go Random, go decorate what you baked today with your cousins, Mom is waiting to take your picture.”

    ** Just finished reading some Hollywood or others ridiculous baby name and thought whilst Random would be a weird name, it sure sounds more normal than others, cough, Pilot Inspektor and Apple.

  21. So much goodness. So much happiness shared. So deserved for all. Keep doing this and that. It suits you.
    Congratulations Kat and the rest of the “village” honor-bound to love this new joy in Nora’s Life ❤️

  22. A Baby boy. congratulations to Kat and to you and to everyone and everything.
    I totally love Spa Week. The paintings are simply beautiful and I agree that I think these are the best ones yet.
    When does the baby arrive? I’m not sure how I missed this announcement but now I know. Words are hard to find with this kind of news. Besotted is good!
    Have a fantastic time. Hugs to all, Beth

  23. This made me cry a little. Congratulation on your new addition to your family. THAT’S SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!

  24. The amazing power of women!

    And what a fabulous way to celebrate the new arrival!!!

    All the best for a speedy delivery and a healthy, happy baby!!!

  25. Congratulations to all on the coming baby boy! Such happy news! I can’t wait to see pictures of future family vacation adventures with Kat and Jason, hiking and treking up and down hills and steps, carrying the baby on their backs! Nothing is going to slow them down! So exciting! Also my birthday month!

    P.s That baby is going to have the best photo albums ever, with his creative mommy!

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