~Atlantic Ocean view from restaurant, 4:20 pm, 15 Nov 2019 ~
I had an absolutely delightful weekend celebrating my Fri, November 15 birthday with friends: some from far away and long ago; others, right here in the area:
- Thursday, friends Kathy and Laura (both former work colleagues. Laura lives in FL; Kathy, DE. Laura was here Wednesday for an end-of-training session celebration in Columbia MD. I picked her up Thursday morning} and I drove to Bethany Beach , DE for a retreat in the off-season!
~sunset, Bethany Beach, 15 November, 4:55 pm EST~
- Friday, we walked the beach; collected shells and pictures of the ocean, sky, waves; ate; laughed; chatted; journaled; shared books and ideas and caught up with one another. Friday was also Journal Club and we joined in, sitting at the same table! Afterwards we went to a fun restaurant for an early dinner, more laughing, sharing, reminiscing,… wash, rinse, repeat…
- Saturday, we awoke to a roiling ocean. Sadly, our gathering was ending and we had to resume normal lives. After depositing Kathy at home, I dropped Laura off at the airport, drove home arriving about 8 pm. Exhilarated and tired. Ready for my own bed…
- Sunday, monthly Friendstitch gathering. More birthday celebration: good friends, good food (pizza; champagne; salads; cookies and lemon tart cake) and fun… and on
- Monday, she rested!
I am so grateful to my friends for this wonderful celebration and forever memories.
The Autumnal Equinox officially arrived this morning at 3:50 am, EST. Despite my desire to be wide awake then, I wasn’t nor did I make plans to get up quite that early. In fact, I even overslept, getting up about 7: 15 am… AND, I actually spent MSQT in my craft studio rather than the Great Room (aka dining room/kitchen). Why? Today was the first Mindful Monday session – a 10 week’s program created and led by Jamie Ridler, the convener of Friday afternoon Journal Club – which resumes this Friday, Yay! Actually, I have spent most of today at the computer – between two sessions with Jamie and catching up with email, etc. We did take time out to bag leaves for tomorrow’s pickup…and you know, it’s hot out; currently 91° F. Yuk! Plus, looks like it’s going to rain.
Yesterday was our monthly Friendstitching gathering…and we celebrated Pat’s birthday! Lunch was delicious: shrimp, rice, salad, breads, fruit and mimosas plus delicious dessert. It is our practice that the hostess gives us each a tchotchke; we got that delightful fall dishtowel… On my walk yesterday evening, I ran across the sidewalk chalk art and thought of the towel. Pretty close match.
To quote Dee: It’s Finally Fall Y’all *
*Do drop by her blog to see the delightful piece she just finished.
I sit here,
smelling the gift of daffodils from Michelle’s yard
holding a hot mug of tea in my hands …
looking out at the view I see most mornings, if not all when I’m home…
thinking as I look, “Spring! has indeed arrived “…
hearing the steady tick, tick, tick of the clock …
recalling the time spent yesterday FriendStitching, the good food and camaraderie …
holding tight in my heart the gift of our friendship…
smelling the gift of daffodils …
A friend is a gift you give yourself ~
Sunday was my monthly Friendstitchin’ meet-up. We have a new member, Michelle, who is a baker extraordinaire; she made each of us a small bag of oatmeal cookies – yum! and for dessert, chocolate bundt cake – double yum! In addition to the delicious sweets, hostess Theresa served mac-n-cheese with crabmeat – yum!; Pat made a delicious broccoli salad – and we also had grapes, strawberries, raspberries and champagne. There was applique´stitching, knitting and needlepointing going on.
The photo above is Margaret’s needlepoint; eventually it’ll be a 3-dimensional slice of cake; you can see the mockup sitting on the canvas.
We celebrated my birthday – my friend Pat created the above watercolor of a morning glory for me. I am delighted and plan to frame and hang in my stitching studio.
I am so grateful for my friends and our beloved Friendstitchin‘ gatherings.