Archive for December, 2014

Joanna

December 13, 2014

I am going out later with friends, and think I am going to stop at that point and not work again until Monday hopefully. Thankfully I am getting through the things I need to this morning.

Last weekend we were in the place I lived when I was four until I was nine. And I ended up getting some time with a friend from grade school. I think we met in the first grade and were pretty close friends from when we met until I had to move away. I know we were always at each other’s hous e, always had each other at our birthday parties.. We were in clubs together at school.. I remember we used to to call green peas stinky socks, something my family still jokes about to this day.

I know there was at least one year when Joanna joined me at my aide’s house for a few days of summer fun. We were near Cherokee, NC, before it became a huge gambling place. I think we went shopping one day.. We just did different girls things.

One of our dear friends from the place also keeps up with Joanna and her mother. And Joanna and I have connected on Facebook. But it was splendid to get sometime to catch up face to face..

Terry

December 8, 2014

We went on another trip this past weekend, going to see some friends we met when I was four. He’s a potter, and his work was part of an art show this past weekend. Mom and David helped them set everything up and stuff like that. I was at the show most of Saturday. And the highlight for me was reconnecting with a friend I used to go to elementary school with. We’ve been Facebook friends for quite some time, but Saturday we hung out. Really enjoyed myself.

But anyway, today let’s talk about the person my family calls my other mother.. Her name is Terry, and I think we met in 2007 or 2008. A friend of mine was on a retreat with Terry and must have said something about me always looking for friends to do things with.. I got a note from her a few days later. I know our first meeting was at a Mexican restaurant one Sunday afternoon. I am pretty sure I thought that this would be a one time thing.

But it wasn’t ! Terry and I started doing lunch together on Sunday afternoons more and more. Sundays great for me since I almost never work on Sundays, and it’s wonderful to have friends to do things with… If neither of us have anything planned, I go home with her and her husband. We’ll have a nice lunch together, and then we usually rest on the couches and watch movies. It’s so nice to have a friend like that.

My huge Thanksgiving blessing

December 1, 2014

I have some news that I can still hardly believe. My family usually does pretty simple Christmases as far as gift giving goes. We’ll usually get a little something from one another and then decide on people in need to give to together. And Mom said something about this being a simple Christmas, I really thought little about it.

But this past Friday morning when all of us were together after Thanksgiving, they gathered everyone together. They had a big surprise for me. Everyone in my family, except my nieces and nephews, have decided to go without Christmas gifts and instead give me money to go on a trip out of the country somewhere.

At first there was no question, I was going to England. I’m a writer as well as a travel agent, and I’ve always longed to see where people like CS Lewis and Jane Austen lived and wrote. I knew I wanted to see London as well, hoping to at least take in a play at the Globe. And of course, as a Downton Abby fan, I would like to see where my favorite show is filmed.

And then something happened on Saturday that has kind of made me question where I really want to go. If this trip is to be an once in a lifetime experience, and it would be unless my life were to change pretty dramatically, where would I really want to go.. Someone came from Israel to meet with my parents. And I ended up listening to their meeting a lot. Going to Israel would truly be a dream come true, just like England would be… I spend a pretty good bit of time in the scriptures day by day. Seeing those places I’ve read about would be awesome..

So I’m not really sure what I am going to do at this point. I need to think and pray this through. I think I’m also going to talk this through with some close friends.