Loving One Another

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Lucky In-Loves


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We are very blessed
To love our son’s dear in-laws;
They are our in-loves!

Are You Blessed with Long-time Friends?


Do you have long-time friends for whom you are eternally grateful?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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!

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I am grateful for my bestest buddy, Marcie!
Always there for me… always supportive.

AND…


I’m so grateful to be married to MY BEST FRIEND!!

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Tell me about a friendship you treasure.

 

Do You Carol?


I think Christmas caroling is a lost art. Do you carol?

When I told Chris, my 23 year old Swiss grandson, that we were going caroling, he asked, “What’s that?”

I responded, “Do you know what carols are?”

Keep in mind that his language in Switzerland is French (even though with his mom – our daughter – he speaks English at home).

“No.”

“It’s Christmas songs,” I explained. “We’re going to sing them at the Christmas stroll.”

Of course, that was a new concept for him, too.

“But I don’t know your Christmas songs.”

Not letting him off the hook, I explained, “We have books.”

“Who will we sing to?”

I told him about our annual custom of going door to door in neighborhoods or singing on the sidewalks downtown, going in and out of stores. He thought that was pretty strange!

“We’d probably get arrested if we did that in my town,” he puzzled.

Did he go?

You bet!

Did he enjoy it?

Of course!

And the frosting on the cake was seeing the front page of our local newspaper a few days later:

How did you kickoff your Christmas season?

We love our Pets


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Our pets are a part
Of the center of our heart
We love them in a way
That only pet-owners can say.

We talk to them in words
That seem to others quite absurd.
And spoil them with treats,
Adding to their food cheese and meats.

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Their smiles make us smile
And we walk with them a mile
In freezing weather and snow
To keep them healthy, you know?

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We picture them as family
Part of the kids for you and me –
And know their presence is a treat
Bringing joy to all they meet.

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So in this Christmas time of year
I’m sending greeting from over here
To help you know – no need to guess –
.Why we love our pets!

Bay Area Rapid Transit


Riding the BART

That is our son there

Leaning endearingly on

His wife, Monika.
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Not a simple ride –

It is a happy BART train

Headed for ‘Frisco

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Doesn’t it look like

A day in San Francisco

Would be quite a blast?

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Wait for me, dear ones.

I just want to come along –

Oh, for this one day.

 

Christmas shopping in

That beautiful place

Sounds like Paradise.

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But maybe I should

Spend my money locally.

That’s what merchants say.

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Is your shopping done?

I have barely just begun.

What gift do you want?

Skills to Become Employable


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Which of these 13 skills do you think are most important?

Our 23-year-old grandson went with us to the Job Corps site in Anaconda, MT yesterday. We’re looking at various options for his future training, education, exploration, and employment. This poster caught my eye.

Are those skills listed in priority order, or would you prioritize them differently?

Are there points on this list that you think are not as important as others?

Are there skills missing from this list that you think should be added?

An instructor of carpentry with whom we spoke yesterday at the job center said, “I can teach students to become a carpenter, but I can’t teach them to work.”

The work ethic is something students have or don’t. Do you believe that?

Talk to me!

I Wish You CAVU


I wish you CAVU.

Do you know what CAVU is?

I didn’t until today.

Mike Pence spoke eloquently at George H.W. Bush’s funeral today. I loved his reference to the letter GHW Bush sent last August to Pence’s son. In the letter former President Bush referred to his understanding of Mike Pence’s pride in the accomplishments of his son, and he mentioned his desire for the young Pence to adopt the “CAVU Spirit”.

I had not heard of CAVU before. As a Navy pilot speaking to a young Marine who had recently reached a new pilot’s landmark, each man understood the acronym from a personal perspective.

Like Geo. H.W. Bush’s wish to Mike Pence’s son, I also wish you CAVU today and always:

“Ceiling and visibility unlimited.”

AMEN

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