For those of who able to enjoy a nice long weekend - hope you have fun and create lots of memories!
It was a busy week in some ways. Yes, still sorting/cleaning and, as I'm taking my time, this could take quite a while. I just could not get myself to do some of the sorting and such when my mom was here; so now I'll just take as long as I need.
I tried three new restaurants (at least for me); caught up with an old friend; and brought several people into my circle. I felt like I was in the car a lot which is a change from my little tiny community and traveled to some areas I had never been. I did not realize there is a large agricultural high school about 30 minutes from here and that I know someone attending. Thank goodness for GPS as I traversed some of the backstreets of Massachusetts/Rhode Island.
It was a week of emotional downs and ups - as I'm sure it was for many of you. I am at an age where many of us are losing parents, siblings, friends, etc. I attended a viewing of a friend's father in Rhode Island last week. I had not seen this friend in several years and I felt I needed to be there for her. My BFF and I (we were all roomies at one time) found our way there. Our friend was shocked, but glad to see us. We were able to reconnect/catch-up later in the week for lunch with her and her sister. I ended my week visiting a dear lady as she is preparing to leave us. Her daughter-in-law became a wonderful friend who helped me several times over the past few years. I brought lunch and dessert (because that's what we do at this time) and was able to sit and chat with both of them. We sat in her living room, which has a beautiful view of the river, and reminisced with pictures and stories of their family. She still has her sense of humor and beautiful smile. I'm holding her in my heart.
During the week, I visited the nursing home to check on a few people and staff. I had hugs and kisses and met a few new people. I also got to congratulate an aid who was accepted into nursing school. I'm glad I did visit, as for me, it was a bit of closure to a chapter of my life.
I did get to meditation this past week - thank goodness. Oh so needed. It was on Valentines Day and we did a beautiful meditation, I felt cleansed and healed in many ways. Always so beautiful when we are together.
I finished reading: "ALL WE EVER WANTED" by Emily Giffin. Very good book involving families, money, and choices. Another excellent recommendation from the FB challenge.
The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about:
17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
18 National Battery Day
18 National Drink Wine Day
18 President's Day - third Monday of month
19 National Chocolate Mint Day
20 Cherry Pie Day
20 Hoodie Hoo Day
20 Love Your Pet Day
21 Card Reading Day
22 George Washington's Birthday
22 Be Humble Day
22 International World Thinking Day
22 National Margarita Day
22 Walking the Dog Day
23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
23 Open That Bottle Night - last Saturday of month
23 Tennis Day
I'm going to leave it here for today. Lady should be up soon and I have not made coffee yet. I've been sitting here long enough that the sun is up - clear sky and the birds are really moving around. I don't know if I mentioned previously, almost every morning I sit in the living room and read. As I sit, I glance out the window at the awakening world. Within a few minutes there is a huge blue jay that comes to the shepherds pole and does a little dance. Once I acknowledge, it flies away to join the others. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch." - Patience Strong
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” Max de Pree
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” Yoko Ono