Well, from some of my days, anyway.
I no longer store my suitcases up high in the closet because I'm getting a lot of use out of them. The larger one is called into duty the most; one day this week I took a much shorter trip, so the smaller one was sufficient. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
On Monday I got my second COVID vaccine (Pfizer) and had no unfavorable reactions. I had to hurry home from my Easter trip to show up in time for the appointment and in my haste I left my hard-copy Daytimer in the guest room. Blondie was kind enough to take snapshots and send to me the pages I needed to guide me between then and my next visit, so I appreciated that. Yes, I keep a calendar on my laptop computer and my phone, but many of us in my generation also prefer a paper copy as well. I have felt a little lost this week without it.
|Chicken Teriyaki Bowl at Subway|
While I don't go to real sit-down restaurants by myself these days, I've become comfortable with treating myself to meals at Chick-fil-a, Panera, Panda Express, and Subway. This week I tried Subway's Chicken Teriyaki Bowl and loved it.
A couple days later Surfer Girl came to visit me for the day and to spend one night. I took her to Mojo's, an eclectic place here in town that's cheerful, fun, and has a good menu. There are two locations in town. I took her to the original one last November. This time we went to the one that is closer to my house, and just as much fun. She had the Mahi Fish Tacos and I had a Build-Your-Burger. (Since I've lost so much unplanned weight these past several months, I am feeling free to order some things I normally don't.)
On our way home back to my house from Mojo's, I made an impulsive decision to take Surfer Girl over to our town's new World Equestrian Center that opened in January. I've taken several of my out-ot-town guests there, but I have to say, this time was the most fun. Next to the big outdoor horse arena there was a Motown band playing cheerful music while people sat around on benches taking in the beautiful springtime evening. Many of them were couples.
We felt free to walk just about anywhere, including inside the stables. Several of the horses called out to us, so we got close enough to speak pleasant words of greeting. We knew to not touch them (although we were sorely tempted). Every one of them behaved like they wanted more attention from us than we felt free to give.
As we were walking past the live band, it was announced they were going to play one of the all-time most romantic tunes around and encouraged people to get up and dance. I stood still long enough to find out what that song might be. "At Last" by Etta James. That was enough. I couldn't stay to listen. My grief is still too raw for that. We walked back to the car and went home.
The next morning Surfer Girl had some shopping to do in my town, but I had prior plans. I loaded my overnight bag into my car and headed south a couple of hours to visit ...
|Your Friend From Florida|
Many of you know Terri. She and I have been blogging friends since a couple of years before I ever dreamed I'd be moving back to Florida. We've met in person several times since then but this visit was, well, we needed to do it. Both of us are recently widowed, both of us knew each other's husband, and we just needed face-to-face time to share, comfort, and make some new memories.
We both had been wanting to get together for lunch but then she suggested I come spend a night and we could go to her church together the next day. So that's what we did. Per my request, we had a late lunch/early supper at Shells Seafood in her town.
While scanning the menu, it came out that both of our husbands loved clam chowder and she said this place had the very best. So before enjoying our entrees, we each got a cup of the chowder to 'toast' our guys.
|Mrs. Swan on her nest|
Over a year ago Beloved and I had driven down to visit Terri and Joe. They took us past the famous swans in one of their lakes. Queen Elizabeth donated the swans to this town many years ago. I asked Terri if we could go see them again, this time parking the car and getting up close.
|a black swan|
The first swan we saw was sitting on her nest of eggs, so we kept our distance. There were many swans, some of them were black!
This one had tucked in its beak and was taking a nap, seeming oblivious to those of us who were walking so close by.
The entire area is so beautiful with water, clouds in the sky, a big variety of birds all around. These Cypress trees with the odd roots in the water fascinated me.
As we were leaving we saw this goose bossing around the ducks. He was quite noisy, very opinionated, apparently!
After visiting the swans, we drove a very short distance to Hollis Garden, which Terri included on her blog this past Friday with another friend. (click here to see that)