Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude #23 at Heart and Home

Hi all! How's it going today?

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"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer

I'm feeling grateful today for the warmth and comfort of my home.
Because it was FOGGY most of the day, and then a cool ocean breeze kept things very unlike summer.

After finishing all the errands and running around here and there and everywhere, it was a good day to stay inside and read.

This is where I like to do that best. My comfy slip covered chair sits right next to the window, with a view of the orchard.

I'm grateful I have a nice collection of books to keep me company, on those days when it's better to stay inside and contemplate other peoples lives, or to learn new things, or to armchair travel to faraway lands.

I'm going to be counting on those books a lot more in the future.

I just found out my best friend is moving away.

She won't be around for those girl-talk lunches we've been having together for 12 years now.
Sure, there's still the phone, but I don't think it will be the same.

She was the one I counted on for all the conversation and understanding that only girlfriends seem to share.

She's been there through the thick and thin of the past decade, plus some.
She was a rock solid support to me when my mom died, and all during the time my husband was dealing with serious health issues.

That was a tough, double-whammy, bad year, and she stood by me and helped me get through it.
I'm very grateful for that.

With her moving away, and everyone else off doing their thing, I'll be alone in the house.

I suppose it's an enviable position to be in.  I'll be surrounded by the things I love, all the stuff of my life that only means something to me and the family that grew up here.

It will be time for me to start doing my thing.

Which means I have some work to do.

Because I have no idea exactly what my thing is.

I'm hoping to figure it out though,
and I'm grateful I have the time and space to think it through.

And grateful I can share my thoughts (deep or not-so-deep) on this little blog of mine.
Or sit around and read on a foggy, windy day.

I know I will miss my friend.
I'm grateful I still have you. Don't go and move away now, okay?

Until next time,

linking to: Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, and Welcome Wednesday at Take it From Me.



Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Sorry your friend is moving :( Your tulips are beautiful. Can I ask a favor. I can't link up, as the picture linky won't let me crop the picture. Could you see if you can post for me. Thanks so much!

Dena E's Blog said...

Wow Sweetie,,most of us can relate to your post in some way or another...I am sad~happy for you and we say a prayer or two if its OK.. I'm working on my post for Gratitude day and we're preparing for a short trip,,its part of our business ...Maybe I'll add the info in the post along with the designs...Thanks for being there for us that come by to visit you and for being such a wonderful "Hostess" too.
Your a Sweet Friend Sweetie!!!
Blessings and Hugs Dena
I'll link back when the post is up.

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Kiddo;

So sorry your friend is moving. Perhaps you will have a new destination to visit.I love to travel. Often, the inspiration I needed to inform my next step is found on a trip. Maybe for you too!

Thank-you for sharing your heart!

love, kelee

Jemsmom said...

Oh my sweet friend... I am so sorry. I had to deal with this last year. You inspired my post that I did to link up with. I am so grateful for my best friend and glad your party gave me the opportunity to share. It will be a very sad and hard time, but that kind of friendship never goes away. I am linked up and you can read about my BFFL!

Lori said...

I have posted the 100 year old table that I just sanded and re-stained. When my husbands grandfather built it three generations ago he had no idea it would be going world wide. Thanks Lemmie

vignette design said...

Sorry to hear your best friend is moving. I would be devastated if my friend moved! Now you can have an adventure though when you go to visit her. Being an empty nester is really hard at first, but you will grow to like it. This is Heidi time!

Apron Senorita said...

I'm sure your friend feels the same about you and that your too will always be close at heart. May God Bless you with great memories!

Yoli :)

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Heidi; Oh what a lovely written post,,,,, and what a lovely home you have... I just love your reading area, so cozy and warm.... it is so hard when a dear friend of so many yrs moves away,,,, but I so admire your sprite,,and you will find your Thing,,, I am still looking for mine,,,lol,,. God Bless..


Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

HI Heidi,
Friends are never far way when they live in your heart!.
I love your favorite spot! It would be mine too.. sounded by all your lovely books. A girl can just dream through them.
Have a sweet day and big hugs~Elizabeth

Lauren said...

happy welcome wed! Im your newest follower ;0)


so kikay said...

Happy WW!

I'm your latest follower

Have a nice day!


Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I LOVE BOOKS too. I am sure that if you are your friend are tight, you will remain so.