What a fun day I've had! We lived on this street for 5 years before we bought the home we're in now from our neighbor, Dolly. Dolly's daughter (M) and grandchildren lived with her for one year prior to our buying the house, so we got to know M really well. One of M's friends (C) lives across the lake from us in the house she grew up in, and we've known her for many years also. M now lives in California and has been visiting C for this last week, and today they invited me to C's for lunch, and then we all came back here so M could see the house she grew up in. (Both of these women are named Sharon, so I'm going to refer to them by their last initials.)
I had a ball listening to these two long-time friends reminisce about high school, who lived where, and places they had worked. I'm afraid they would have thought I was very, very boring and a goody-two shoes if I'd been in their high school, but they think they could have easily corrupted me! We talked about our families, and it was great to catch up with their lives and their kids.
Lunch was yummy - a wonderful chicken and mandarin orange salad (yes, I should have taken my camera!) and the best brownies - and the time flew by. We came back here and did a garden tour - they were so complimentary! Then we came in the house, and it was so fun to share the things we've done to the house since buying it, the things we've just left alone because they've always been perfect, and future plans. M shared great stories about the house. They both loved the porch - I had the ceiling fans turned on, and we sat out there gabbing some more. A totally enjoyable 4 hours!!
Dolly was a great neighbor - like a mom and grandma rolled into one. We absolutely loved her. She'll be 94 next Monday and just moved from her home in California into an assisted living home. I think of her so often - it was really nice to hear how she's doing from Sharon M.
After they left, Mark and I took the kayaks out for awhile. And tonight we took the pontoon out to enjoy the sunset from the lake. A very nice ending to a very nice day.
The hibiscus pictured above is one a neighbor gave me last year. I honestly thought that it was a dark red one - but I guess not so much!! I think it's really pretty and it has dark red leaves which are great. I have two hibiscus left to open - and tons of buds still on the 3 that are already open. What fun.