The next call came at 8am. It was my friend Loretta whom I had told to call, to confirm an early morning visit. She arrived with freshly baked Banana bread, knowing me well she added chocolate chips. What a great way to start the day. We had a short, but lovely visit.
After my walk, I prepared for another visit. A visit of service and friendship. Mary came to see both Whinnie and I. She and I talked and caught up on the Pet Therapy program, and our lives in general, all the while Whinnie sat nearby waiting her turn. Her turn was a lovely pedicure. Mary does such a beautiful job on Whinnie's paws and nails. It is fascinating to watch as she snips away, Whinnie lies there unconcerned to the point of falling asleep. She looks clean and put together once again.
I wish I could say the same. It has been a while now since I had a haircut, and it will be awhile longer before that happens. I don't know when I will sit in a salon chair again. I certainly can't do that backward bend for a hair washing. It may be time for me to explore what it feels like to have longer hair again.
This evening we had planned for long time friends to come by and have a visit and catch up. You might think that's a lot of visits in one day. It was, and it was by design. I knew yesterday would be tough. It was. I couldn't even focus to write at all yesterday, and today probably feels rather scattered as well. You see, yesterday everybody had arrived in Newfoundland, and the parties had begun. There was a wedding shower for my sister in law last evening, and one for my brother. Everyone was there therefore I felt I needed to surround myself with friends that feel like family here.
One of the worse feelings for me, as always been the feeling of being left out. In turn, I really don't like to leave anybody out. It is a truth I have known about myself for a long time. That's probably the hole I was filling with friendship yesterday.
Just as we were finishing dinner, the phone rang. We didn't get to it in time, then it rang again. This time we grabbed it. It was my eldest sister Queen. She was hosting the bridal shower at her house, and they were face timing me. It was fantastic to see them all there with the sun shinning on them, and having a wonderful time. The hole was topped up. I was able to go on with my day much happier and satisfied then I had been. I miss my family, but have a lot here to be grateful for.
My belief that we always get what we need, was further enhanced when Jerri called to say she was coming home for the weekend. I knew Meg would be here, so it is one of those rare times in the summer when we get to have all four of us together for a weekend!
It is just what I needed to get through the wedding weekend; to be surrounded with my wonderful family, who have been exceptional in caring for me though all of this.