How are you about this, dear readers? Do you invite people in advance, and plan a special meal for your guests, or do you pick up guests while you are at synagogue? Or do you almost never have guests for Shabbat, because it's your special family time?
Or do you have a regular guest? When I was growing up, our regular Shabbat guests were my grandmother and my great uncle. I looked forward to seeing them every week.
I am often smitten with regret because I figure "Oh, I won't have time to cook much this week" and then I do cook a lot and I haven't invited anyone over to eat it. Not everyone likes a last-minute invitation, and sometimes you can't get them to come over unless you make plans weeks ahead. I am sad about this because I find that if we invite people to our house for lunch after services, they come back to services! It makes a difference even if you only share a bowl of cold cereal (and of course the obligatory stale matzot for motzi! Or am I the only one who was charmed by such a meal?)
Let's see if keeping this blog makes me a little more organized about inviting people!