Besties are the Best!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My best friend and I have had a very interesting relationship over the last 30 or so years that we've known each other. We've gone from being inseparable as children, to moving in different directions during high school and college, only to end up living together in our early 20's. After that, we split up and didn't really see each other for about 10 years.

During those 10 years apart, I missed the friend that had always been in my life, and the closeness that we had always shared. A few years ago we "discovered" each other again. We both agreed to move forward and whatever was in the past, was in the past. Since then, we have had the best relationship we have ever had. We have both grown in different ways, but we are still the same friends we always were. If we go for more than a week and don't see each other, we get antsy and start scrambling to get together.

I still feel sad for those long years apart that we both missed so much in each other's life. She married and has a little girl, but tragedy struck and her husband was taken away from her before his time. It kills me that I wasn't there for her during that time. I went to the funeral, but it just wasn't the same as being there for your best friend and holding her hand through it all. I never really "knew" him and I feel I lost something I never had. I love the fact that she and my husband are like brother and sister and I just wish that her husband could have been apart of what we three have together. However, I still think would we still have that if he was still alive? Would it be different? Better? Worse? Who knows.

Now to the point of it all. For my birthday last month, I got a special present from said bestie. She did a painting for me based on our relationship. She has always been very artistic, but hasn't painted in many years and for her to take paint to canvas for me is something very special indeed. Here is what she did for me and I love it to death.

It hangs in my dining room so I get to see it all the time and it never fails to make me smile. Thank you, my bestie, for not only a very thoughtful gift, but for your friendship throughout the years. Good, bad and ugly. I love you.

We'll Make it Spring One Way or Another!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The weather here has been fairly unpredictable lately. Used to wonderful Spring weather this time of year, we have had more rain than normal making us wonder if we will ever have a proper Spring before the Summer heat arrives. All was going well for several days in a row, but the rain is back today making it a wet dreary mess.

Seeing the forecast for rain this last weekend, I decided to bring Spring into our house and add some cheer. Having the day off on Friday, husband and I started off our day with breakfast at Sammy's Restaurant. It's a great place for yummy basic diner food. Since we haven't been there in a while, I was naughty and got the biscuits and gravy breakfast. Oh, it was so good no matter how guilty I felt.

After breakfast and feeling the need to do a bit of walking, I asked the husband if he would like to go to Michael's to get supplies to make a Spring wreath. I already had a vine wreath that just needed some colorful flowers to make it pop. Luckily, Michael's was having a sale on their flowers and I had a great selection to choose from. I also picked up a white apron for my next embroidery project. I'll keep you posted on that as it moves along.

Once we got home, I started to work on my new Spring wreath. Positioning the flowers here and there making everything just so until I was happy with my results. What do you think?

It hangs on our door that leads into the house from our mud room. I love that our yellow door is the perfect backdrop for this Spring explosion. I had some left over flower stems that I didn't want to throw out and wasn't sure what to do with, so I took this great wine bottle holder we received as a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law and put the flowers in a wine bottle we saved from our honeymoon. That now sits on our dining room table extending the Springy vibe into the house.

Now if this weather would just go back to sunny and warm, Spring will be complete!

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