Sunday, February 3, 2019

Saturday morning I was up early to put the turkey in the oven. 

Wait??? What??? Isn't this February? Well yes it is, but I had a turkey in the freezer that was waiting for a special occasion. 

What could be more special than a Groundhog day lunch with friends? 

(Puppies and grandchildren toes are good too)

I sort of missed Thanksgiving in November. My mom was too ill to eat, although I went out and got her a meal, and a week later she passed away. 

Two months have passed and as I am looking forward to moving in the near future I am trying to clean out my freezer. I suggested a Saturday potluck to a few friends and they were quick to jump on the bandwagon. 

We divided up what each person would bring for our February Thanksgiving and as I had the turkey and a southern pecan pie that was from my mom's freezer I put my name down for those. 

I have lost many friends over the years so I have learned to value friendships while I have them. 

My two closest friends from college both passed away 20 years ago. My close friend in California passed at the age of 46.

I had two best friends growing up in Canada. I lost track of one of them, and although I have since tracked down where she is, I was told she didn't want anything to do with the people from her childhood and so I have respected that. 

My other friend and I were keeping in touch sporadically and I was hoping to go and visit her soon. I knew that things seemed off with her the last few years, but was shocked to learn from another childhood friend that my smart, sassy, lawyer friend was now in a nursing home with early onset dementia. 

Friends are a blessing. They are people who choose to spend time with us just because they like us. We don't know how long they will be with us, but they are a very important part of our lives. I appreciate mine every day.

P.S. I didn't post any photos of my friends because they didn't want their pictures taken. They are all wonderful and beautiful. 


  1. Hi Laura, Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been 96...I can not even think of her that age. I know you miss your mom. Mine has been gone 12 years, but I still miss her and long for one more hug or I love you. Glad you had a gathering with your friends. I had a little sign once that said "Friends are a gift we give ourselves." Blessings to you Laura, I wish you new friends and neighbors when you move. xoxo, Susie

  2. Happy to hear you had a nice gathering with friends. I have lost friends over the years due to my illness. I figure now good if they couldn't be my friend because of that they weren't friends.

    Now I have wonderful friends who are cheering me on since I have improved so.


  3. What a wonderful event to have.... friendship and Thanksgiving.. they go together. I have lost many many of my friends over the years. It is so sad.. and I continue to value those who are left in my life. I liked that sentence "they choose to spend time with us just because they like us". That is a very powerful way to say how friends ARE such a blessing! Glad you had a good time with your wonderful friends! Marilyn


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