After spending two months in Northwest, I am heading, slowly south. Well I am picking up speed on Friday.
It has been a good summer and fall. I have figured out a few things about myself and this mode of living and travel. I have adjusted accordingly and I am more content, less lonely and have loved meeting new people. Elsie the Cat remains my faithful buddy in travel.
As I reflect back on the past seven months I have seen a theme emerge for this time period. Friends are wonderful, old ones, new ones and those not yet met. There is something about long time friends that is a bit of a mystery to me. I have visited with friends I haven’t seen in years and yet, when we meet it is like we just saw each other yesterday. Why is that? I love the feeling of comfort and acceptance this gives me. I hope my friends feel it too.
In the past seven months I have had the opportunity to visit with five very long time friends.
- Joy I have known since high-school. We traveled together and laughed a lot. Thanks to her and her sister I was able to enjoy a real family Easter.
- When I reach the east coast, Chris and I try really hard to connect. I have known her since my first job as a nurse in 1973.
- I had the opportunity to travel with Leslie in Alaska for two weeks. We had not seen each other in a few years. We were roommates on a small ship Alaskan cruise. Not only did we have a fun adventure, we also had ample time to catch up and enjoy each other’s company.
- Helen and I explored Indiana together. She is one of those special friends we talk deep and still find plenty of opportunity to create adventure and laugh.
- Melissa and I re-met after having not seen or communicated in over forty years. Wow-I swear it was just like yesterday.
I have know all of these friends for twenty or more years. It has been a special event to spend time with each of them. Each of our lives take their own path. It is so much fun when those paths intersect and we have time to catch up.
I have been in Oregon for the past week. I have another long time friend in Corvallis who I am visiting now. Kat and I met Scottish Country Dancing in San Diego. We became fast friends. We reconnected two years ago after a long period of absence. Her and her husband, Charlie are artists. Kat spins and weaves and Charlie is a potter and basket maker. The last time I was here I learned to dye wool with natural dyes. This time I an learning how to weave on a Turkish spindle. I have new beautiful yarns to play with and pet. Kat and I have had a week to catch up and enjoy each other’s company at a leisurely pace.
Today my RV is getting new shoes (tires). On Friday I am moving south. Once a year I return to San Diego to get “stuff” done. Over the next few months I will get my annual mammogram, visit with my doctors and see my dentist. Once I am done, I will be given the all clear and then I am ready to figure out what is next.
San Diego Here I Come
Heads up all you southern California friends, I am heading your way. Miss Elsie and I have been asked to house and chicken sit for good friends in San Diego. Ah the life of the urban farmer. We are house sitting for a month and then will move to a campground through the New Year. I look forward with anticipation to visiting with all my San Diego friends, who have supported me faithfully since Jim’s death six years ago.
Today and every day I thankful for all of my friends. I feel blessed and special to know so many absolutely wonderful people.
I feel it Janet. And I miss you and us and Helen too but I know we would all feel the same next time we meet up. And San Diego. Enjoy your time there.
I’m so glad we met on the tour of the factory in Kitchener. You are a very blessed person who seems to have had a life of friends that some people can’t even imagine. In today’s world, I don’t know that many people can say that. I hope to meet up with you in your adventures this year or next. Have a wonderful time in San Diego.