Last time A. & I were in Smithville was Thanksgiving 2008, a couple of months following Dad's death, so Smithville seems to be our go-to holiday retreat complete with strolls along the lake, in and out of shops filled with handmade items -- from shore and fishermen home decor to trendy jewelry and fresh cheeses. My favorite was a sample of horseradish cheddar! We wanted to treat Mom, so we had a short stint at Borgata in Atlantic City. She was only down $5 after an hour or so at the slots, and A. was up $20 from Blackjack.
We attended Sunday service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon. Funny enough, a Filipino priest led the Mass . . . & shared his Filipino sense of humor during his homily. On ourway home, we stopped by Rennault Winery in Egg Harbor for a quick peek. Definitely worth a longer visit next time. To top off our Easter weekend, we decided to unwind at the Keport Pier and watch the sun set . . . & I had a chance to visit quietly with Dad.