I got to her house early Saturday morning and knocked on the front door. Her butler answered:
He leads me through the house to wait in the living room. As we pass the kitchen, I do a double-take:
Where was I? Oh, yes...We get to the living room and the butler asks me to wait and he will let Cecile know I'm here. As I look around her living room, I notice she has a large backyard, so I get up to get a better look out the window:
"Enjoying the view?" Cecile asks, walking into the room, looking lovely. "We're having some landscaping done. If you look out that window you can see where we're adding something a little more exotic on that side of the house." My view shifts to the other window, where one of the workers appears to be taking a break:
"We've even hired a gardner!"
I tell Cecile the view is wonderful and everything looks great. She realizes I've still got my purse and a bag of books and the cake. "Why don't you set the bag and your purse in the guest bedroom and I'll put that lovely cake in the kitchen?" Cecile asks.
"Hmmm.." I'm thinking, "I'd really like to put the cake in the kitchen..." and then I turn the corner and walk into the guest room:
"Uh...Cecile?" I start to say, just as she says "Oh! I forgot, we've got an LSU student staying in that room while they repaint his dorm! I'll just put your bags in my room."
"Well," I say, "I was thinking we could go out for coffee?" (Don't ask why we're going out for coffee if I brought cake. Work with me people!)
"Sure, I know just the place!" Cecile answers, and we get into her car and head downtown. "There's this cute little coffee shop I occasionally stop into that has great pastries and buns." We pull up and the valet takes her car, greeting her by name:"Cecile, so nice to see you again! I'll park your car close, just like you like it."
I look at her out of the corner of my eye and she shrugs..."I told you they've got great buns!" We walk in the door and seat ourselves. Immediately we're surrounded by waitstaff, all clamoring for Cecile's attention:
"Oh, Cecile, it's so nice to see you again. Welcome back! What can we do for you?" they all fawn over her.
We enjoy our coffee and head back to her place to look at each other's books. "I have to be honest," she says, "I have such a huge TBR pile it's got it's own room! Would you like to see? It's in the basement." Sounds intriguing, so I follow her. As we descend the stairs, she greets the carpenter:
"Nathan, I keep telling you those are not regulation safety goggles!" she says sweetly. She looks at me and says "He's building me a new set of bookshelves. The ones I have just aren't enough."
And then we get to the book room. I understand now why Cecile is such a Smutty Hussy when it comes to her reading choices:
So...who wants to come with me when I go back to visit Cecile next weekend?
Thank you so much for coming over to my place and playing. **smiling wickedly** I hope you come back over for more visits!!! Ladies, I was tickled pink to find Ms. Patti in the blog world and only to discover that she lives about an hour and forty five minutes from me!!! Now we have never met, but I was just so happy to see that someone around in my area blogged too!! Please go visit her sites, she has two of them and let her hear from you!!
Sleepless in New Orleans and Book Addict