Monday, April 14, 2008

A friend recently emailed me and asked if I was ok, cause I hadn't posted... I really didn't realize it had been that long... I've been busy- spring cleaning, dragging stuff to the dump/ Goodwill (and feeling very un-green for every item that went to the dump, but things DO wear out!) Now my closets are cleaned, my pretty blue glass bottle collection looks so pretty again . I do love my bottles-I have gathered them from many sources for about... well, a long time!

Some came from my sister- some make me smile because I found them while on vacation, some from not very good bottles of wine (purchased for the cobalt blue bottle, not the questionable quality of the wine!) and a lot came from people who love me who saw them and thought of me. A collection of pretty things that makes me feel loved- not such a bad thing to collect, huh?
All this cleaning and such is not really my favorite thing, but I must confess to a lightness of spirit that has graced my days since we finished the big jobs. The cobwebs of winter are gone, fingerprints on the wall from many Sundays of inside hide and seek played by uncles and kids have been wiped away- the fireplace cleaned out (not from ashes- it never got that cold- I forgot to take the little fireplace candle holder I put in there at Christmas away) and now we look to a season of cooking out (Love It!) sitting on the deck (Gotta get a new umbrella for out there) watching Zoe and Noah blow bubbles and the dogs tear through the yard (tearing the yard up- er- aerating the soil! ) and outside games yet to be discovered. Our winters aren't severe, and the "bad' weather doesn't last long, but the spring here is so beautiful and we have so much fun in the yard. Even though we don't have Northern winters to contend with, Spring is still very welcome!

I was blessed this week to have a visit from my dear friend, Carol. We were young moms together, and she was married to my brother, so we have a lot of history. What a joy to spend time, however short, with her! She knows my heart and is such a gentle, peaceful, loving woman. It had been way too long since we last had a long visit, but we won't let THAT happen again!

We went to the Flea Market in Raleigh- what a trip! It'd been a long time since I'd gone, and, once we fixed the fact that we showed up without any cash- OOPS!, we found wonderful treasures- Like my mermaids!
Lots of buttons- a pair of antique stork embroidery scissors and a basket of fresh strawberries. It was a beautiful morning that passed way too quickly- like the rest of the weekend. I took Carol to the airport this afternoon, and cried all the way home. It helps that we had so much fun and made some new memories. I miss you, my friend.

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