Yes, the roads were clear
While mountains of snowy white
Invited us out.
Yes, the roads were clear
While mountains of snowy white
Invited us out.
We had to drive 100 mile+ round trip this morning to deliver the car to the auto body shop in Bozeman. Had to have it there by 8: AM.
So what makes this day terrific? We survived the trip. It was knuckle-biting because we were driving right into the rising sun. Blinded!
But, now we’re back safely and feeling extremely grateful.
On the drive home (in Bob’s pickup), I could relax and enjoy the scenery. This Haiku danced in my mind:
Frame a beautiful skyline
Where’re the Graham Crackers?
Chocolate’s in the road
Where yesterday’s cattle drove
Our state’s traffic jam.
See the cattle drive?
No, it wasn’t elephants –
Not in Montana!
Hah! The mind’s a funny thing, ain’t it? Have a Terrific Tuesday!
It’s easy to get caught up
In the ABBAABBA CDECDE
Rhyme Scheme and Rhythm
Of the Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet
That I have written below.
Petrarchan is fun!
I chose the Italian Sonnet as an exercise today
Because I do love Italy!
My maiden name is DeAngeles, afterall …
“Of Angels” – always seeking higher ground!
I remember a “step to higher ground”
My husband and I took a few years ago:
To this beautiful city of Venice …
A step out of reality
Into a dream world
Where only the blessed tourists and
The residents struggling to make
A livelihood seemed to venture out.
Here’s my step into the higher ground of poetry,
Trying my hand at a Petrarchan:
What’s Your Next Step?
A text from a friend of more than fifty years:
“What’s your next step?” she wrote to ask.
I’m retired, I thought, find sunshine in which to bask.
But, though she’s my age, I sensed some tears,
And figured she’d missed some steps in her latter years.
I wondered if she had some sort of task,
A favor perhaps, but her question was a mask,
Designed to seek help while hiding her fears.
So I waited awhile to send her a reply,
Didn’t want to be flippant or seem like a jerk.
“What step do you have in mind?” I inquired.
She picked up the phone, and I heard her cry,
“I just lost my job. I can’t live without work.”
What help could I be to a friend who’d been fired?
It was fun to try and create a “Petrarchan.”
You should try it!
This was a fiction account,
With a shred of truth;
For indeed I am blessed
With health and security
And a choice of next “steps,”
While I know friends who
Indeed are not and cannot!
Who will you reach out to today?
And will you try a Petrarchan?
Assures us in chapter seven
Faith flows eternal
If faith’s eternal,
Shouldn’t my faith lead me straight?
Why do I wander?
Are you always right?
All your decisions are great?
All of us at times
Make boneheaded decisions.
Thank God for His Grace!
All the rivers flow
Into the eternal sea,
Yet it never fills.
My river of faith
Is evolving to follow –
Not because of me
God’s got me covered
In spite of my boneheaded
Lord, lead me into
Your sweet everlasting sea;
Guide my faith river.
Time with fam-i-ly
What very precious moments
Add friends to the mix
Enrich and share enjoyment
That’s the spice of life!
Bob enjoying his buddies in La Quinta at the polo field
Alicia with “Doodles” sharing love at Loleta’s baptism
Our son and daughter-in-love with our grandson
(He treated them to dinner as a thank you for all their kindness & hospitality this month)
My nutty husband of 57 years, Bob, on the occasion of our last California dinner,
It’s been a wonderful break
from the Montana snow and cold.
Today we head back home.
Stay tuned for more love shared
between family and friends,
… and more fun!
What have you done with family and friends this January?
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.
Have You Been Surprised Lately?
I posted this morning my tribute to Bob,
My husband of 56 1/2 years,
Who just celebrated his 80th.
You saw him with his giant card, right?
What I didn’t show you was the
Surprise he experienced in the morning
When he was outside with our son, grandson & Kyle
washing our mud-infested Montana car…
That’s DeAna, our daughter, who surprised him
By arriving with her BFF, Elaina, to say,
“Happy Birthday, Daddy!”
DeAna lives in Switzerland.
Elaina lives in Maryland.
We live in Montana.
We’re visiting our son & family in California.
The joy was – as is – overwhelming!
Can you feel it?
Have you been surprised lately?
Tell me about it!