So we did it. Finally. Shabbos at the Ranch. It was decidedly splendiferous.
Cooking wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be. Sleeping space worked out and it turned out to be quite an interesting mix of people.
There were 10 of us and nobody knew everybody else before Shabbos.
Friday night we davened at Mercaz Harav and the meal was nice. After the meal our neighbor stopped by with three girls and we had a nice oneg. Shabbos morning Shosh woke me for shul (at 7) and off we went. Davening was really long but it was beautiful. Back at the Ranch we made kiddush and ate cake. Eventually we woke everyone and had an enjoyable - but not too long meal. Then it was time for Shabbos naps. Three hours later we actually had seudah shlishit and our neighbor stopped by again. We z'mired and shmoozed until shabbos ended. We had a 'real' havdala and then everyone helped clean up, packed up and went on their merry ways.
Well, almost everyone.
I think that Toffee, Barney and I are going to go snuggle on the couch with some hot chocolate and a book. Or maybe I should work on my scarf. It has gotten soooo much colder here in the last 2 weeks.