“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall
Reinette Jones has a heart of pure gold and she can light up the darkest room even on a bad day. When Stacy hugged her, and I snapped the top pic, I said something about being at a bad angle causing me to shoot up Reinette’s nose. Well, that’s when the hilarity started. I’m pretty sure I speak for Stacy and a whole lot of other people when I say I got lucky the day I met Reinette Jones and she became my friend. Never a dull moment.
“Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
I had three parties to get to this weekend. I made it to one. This morning, I picked up Stacy and off we went for a delicious brunch followed by three inappropriate, yet totally hilarious, games of Cards Against Humanity with Susan Stewart, Catherine Brereton, and Annie Bassoni. We five hadn’t seen each other to play a CAH game in quite a while. I’d gotten a new deck anticipating our need to refresh and it did not fail, that’s for sure. I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all.
“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
I had to share so you can laugh with me at the world’s worst camera angle on two people at once (wide angle lens helps with that). By the way, this was not the look, or the picture, I was going for. I don’t remember what I was going for, but this wasn’t it, though I can see a nose job as a real possibility now. And all these years I thought it would be a facelift that compelled me to the surgeon’s knife. I’m kidding, of course. I would never get a facelift. I wear my saggy jowls with pride.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ~ Roy Bennett
Stacy and I have tried to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve for so long that I’ve lost count of the years, at least 20 I’d say. Our usual ritual involves lunch at Red Lobster followed by a gift exchange and White Christmas. On occasion we attend Christmas Eve service. Some years are better than others of course but this year was special somehow. I remain ever grateful for all of it.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John C. Maxwell
When the winter Solstice arrives, the best possible event is a gathering of women who love me and love one another. You’d be hard pressed to find a hostess better suited for such a gathering than Jeanne Marie Hibbard. Many years ago her kindness opened the door and we all – Stacy Yelton, Annie Bassoni, Deb Chenault and I – walked through. There’s not been a single moment of regret. Our friendships have become a support system I didn’t know I needed. These women make me laugh, they enlighten me, they push me (in a good way), and they delight me.
“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.” ~ Henry Rollins
Eric and Bree fixed up a portion of their house for Eric’s Reiki studio. I relaxed the second I stepped into the blacklight glow. They did a great job with the space, and Eric is taking on more and more sessions. He’s one of the most gentle men I’ve ever known, and he’s totally perfect as a Reiki practitioner. I’m mighty lucky to call him friend.
“Don’t think that happiness will be possible only when conditions around you become perfect. Happiness lies in your own heart. You only need to practice mindful breathing for a few seconds and you’ll be happy right away.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Stacy Yelton has a birthday today, and my gift to her was this gorgeous print of her beloved home town by Jon Reynolds. Jon’s work over the last year has grown immensely, and when I saw this image, I gasped (a good gasp) and bought it immediately. It’s been hard to not say anything since I bought it three months ago because it’s so beautiful. But the silence was totally worth it when Stacy opened the package and gasped like I did. Plus, the eight-ply matte came courtesy Letha Drury because she’s totally awesome and wanted to say Happy Birthday to Stacy, too. I absolutely adore my people; Stacy, Jon, and Letha. Birthday success.