Archive for the ‘Friendship’ Category
Last week, Kathy and I spent the day in St. Michael’s , MD. We have a plan to meet-up on a quarterly basis and spend the day, catching up with one another. We missed our spring tete a tete and just barely made the summer deadline. But we did! We met at the St. Michael’s branch library – but of course – and while I waited for her, I sat outside in the reading garden. Luckily, I was able to capture this butterfly who was having a love affair with these flowers:
We have this wonderful tradition of taking a picture of one another taking a picture of one another; this is my photo of Kathy getting a picture of me:
And we had a grand time, talking and talking and talking…and for lunch fairly good Maryland crab-cakes… topped off with delicious hand-dipped ice cream cones. Just the right ending to a perfect day’ See you in October, friend!
…Bowlin that is! My Pam + I did the “wild hair” thing and ran to Lancaster, PA for a CKC event in late July. Turns out that one of my favorite scrapbook creators, Jenni Bowlin, is from the area and was womanning her own vendor space…well, along with Her Hub on cash register. Yeah, that’s me…I especially love the one where I’m semi-stalking. Grab the Moments, folks…grab the Moments.
In many parts of the country, some kiddos have already gone back to school. Today is the day for my 12 year-old, in the 7th grade, grand-niece (who wants to be 21 like her older sister).
As I’ve done for the past 8 years, I was on hand to greet her for the first day of school – partially because it was fun to see the little ones, all spanking clean in their new school uniforms, new shoes and way-too-big backpacks. Certainly made me nostalgic for my back to school days…
This morning, my sister – her grandmother – and I made our way through rush hour traffic to continue the tradition. Kayla (my niece) was happy to see us and stopped long enough to pose for the obligatory photo sessions. She wasn’t smiling much, however – more like a scowl (what a bother written all over her face).
And then the magic happened: a friend tapped her on the back, she turned around and there was this:
What better reason to go back to school ?
I’m playing with Patti Digh and an empowered group of pilgrims! There are 137 days from Patti’s birthday August 16 to December 31, 2013 and we’ve come together to love well, live fully, and let go deeply, and make a difference. Today is Day Four of Project 137—so exciting—we’re answering writing prompts, snapping photos, and sharing and connecting!
Girls Day Out
Today, I spent a lovely afternoon with friends, stitching – either knitting and/or hand appliquéing blocks for a quilt; sharing; helping each other make decisions about colors; figuring out what we’re doing —-or did wrong; commiserating; enjoying.
We have been gathering now, once a month for over a year, starting with brunch – today we had parmesan baked chicken, zucchini to-die-for and wilted spinach with a zingy lemon butter sauce —topped off with a scrumptious slice of apple cake. Yum! Yum!
All too soon, the afternoon is over and we reluctantly pack up our bags – but not before we’ve set the date for our next Girls Day Out. August 25 can’t come too soon!
Hope you’ve had a great Sunday, too!
…so dear to my heart! Our beloved friend Laura recently celebrated a birthday. Belated but no less enthusiastic cheers and well wishes, dear friend for a great year and many more to come!
Lucky me, I got a chance to see Laura in May…and to meet her gorgeous and brilliant daughter ,Brin.
We met for dinner and had a delicious meal – Laura’s was dessert…and that is so like her: unique; individual; caring; cheerful; so full of life; adventuresome; vivacious; happy. Always a great big smile (as evidenced in this picture). Even when she answers the phone, there’s a lilt in her voice, “this is Laura.”
Kathy and I have known Laura for 7 or 8 years (don’t remember when we first “met,” virtually) and worked with her until I retired in 2010. Fortunately, she continues to work with the program and that has made it possible for at least an annual get-together (tho’ we’re still trying to make a date when all three of us are in the same place at the same time. That would be awesome – someday…).
So, again, dear friend: best wishes for a super great year! Love ya!
….who KNOW me and love me. ♥
On our road-trip Brin and I were only in Maryland two days and one of those was for a client event. We arranged to meet up with Honoré after the event for an early dinner in Columbia at Greystone Grill. ( I had dessert for dinner, YUM-O). She and Gail have known each other for years and Honoré and Brin met for the first time. It was quick but perfect! And she brought me an entire blue Ikea bag filled with books. Not just ANY books but every one of them is about writing. The most awesomest gift ever! Here they are ready to be sorted and added to my bookshelves. Thank you so much dear Honoré!
Not long after we arrived home from our road-trip I received an unexpected package from Kathy. Hmmmmm….what could it be? A lovely Easter card received in May, with a note wishing me and Jeff a belated Merry Christmas and a book of course!
And inside an extra fun gift: friendship bracelets! Kathy wrote they are to remind us,
1) I await anxiously to see your art 2) we can pretend to be in middle school anytime we want.
Thank you sweet Kathy—the entire package made me smile big at your creative thoughtfulness and playfulness. And Jeff and I have both worn our bracelets since we received them.
I am honored to share this space with you my friends…and connect over the miles as though there were no distance at all. Much love, and of course vuuuuugs! ♥