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Delicious food and fine friends
Can you relate?
A day at Back Bay, Newport Beach,
with dear friends, Janet and Charley …
Mudslides are threatening some lovely homes on the cliffs.
We traveled from Redlands, CA through Irvine to Newport Beach.
Clouds parted and lovely blue skies greeted us.
We stopped at the most amazing “H Mart” –
a phenomenal Korean grocery store
in Tustin, CA
Oh my! I have never seen such gorgeous fruits and vegetables!
(Not even in Italy at the outdoor market
or in Spain at the Barthelona Farmer’s Mkt!)
I hope you had a day that was as much fun as ours.
Happy Weekend, dear friends.
What did you do today?
We are very blessed
To love our son’s dear in-laws;
They are our in-loves!
Do you have long-time friends for whom you are eternally grateful?
These are our friends, Cecilia and Tom. We are visiting them in Camarillo, CA. What a grand way to begin the new year … with long-time friends, touring the gorgeous Camarillo area and visiting their fantastic Camarillo Library! Cecilia and I worked together in Ceres, CA in the 80’s and 90’s. I love and respect her – and treasure the opportunity I had to work professionally with her. She is a long-time friend with whom I have stayed in connection through FaceBook.
How do you stay in touch with long-time friends?
This is my long-time friend, MaryFran. She was my neighbor in the 50’s. We were the very best of friends… maid-of-honor in each other’s weddings. Then we lost touch with one another. Sometimes that happens. For no particular reason. Friends can be for a reason or a season or a life-time. And when you are true friends, time just slips away and dissolves when you get back together again after years of separation. I called her when we were in CA within an hour of her home. At her gracious invitation, we just dropped by. What a gift to catch up with one another again! Long-time friends are forever friends.
How do you reconnect with friends from whom you have been separated?
This is my long-time friend, Rosalie, with our daughter, DeDe. Our daughter lives in Switzerland. She flew to California to surprise us for her daddy’s 80th birthday Dec. 29th. Rosalie in like family. She and her husband, Mike, drove hundreds of miles to surprise Bob for his birthday. Forever in my heart… no matter how far apart! We met Rosalie and Mike in 1963 when Bob & I were moving our meager belongings into an apartment in the San Francisco area. We were instant friends.
Do you have those kinds of soul sisters and brothers who just seem to have been destined to be in your life? If so, count your blessings. Know that whenever you can be together, your ties will tighten – and your blessings will increase. These are the kinds of friends you’d want at your bedside when you breathe your last breath. They are the ones who would fly across the continent to be with you in a heart beat if you needed them. And we feel the same way about them! What treasures!!
Do you have new friends who are long-time friends?
When I first met Terry, I knew she was my soul sister! Like my meeing with Rosalie more than 50 years ago, Terry was one of those people I felt I must have known in a prior life! We met in Ennis, Montana about a decade ago. She comes every summer, but lives in California during the rest of the year. When Terry is in Montana, we get together with her and her husband, Jim, as often as we possibly can. When we visit California, we are sure to drop by their place and spend precious time together. Our hearts connect.
Whether they are long-time friends, or new friends who feel long-time,
our lives are greatly enriched by friendships.
I would not be complete without them.
I am sometimes asked, how do you make so many friends?
The answer is a simple cliche’:
To have a friend, you must be a friend.
Through thick and thin… be there for one another!
I am grateful for my bestest buddy, Marcie!
Always there for me… always supportive.
I’m so grateful to be married to MY BEST FRIEND!!
Tell me about a friendship you treasure.
Are you blessed like we?
Have a fun-loving daughter?
One of life’s blessings!
Holidays are family time.
We enjoy them through and through.
We gathered here to laugh and celebrate.
We hope your family blesses you, too.
From nearly two to eighty years,
We spanned the decades here,
And each of us added a spark
To greet this coming year.
A brother from central California,
A sister and her husband from Oregon came –
Friends from north and two daughters from east
All traveled with their purpose the same:
Happy Birthday, Dad, Brother, Grampy & Friend!
Thank you for enriching our days.
May the year ahead bring you health and cheer,
And the Good Lord bless you in countless ways!
As we move into the new and remember the past,
May old friends remain near in our souls.
May our love of Life and the Lord permeate our acts
And reflect in our daily walk and our goals.
Happy New Year!
God Bless You!
What did you do to ring in the new year??