It's hard for me to believe that it is really 2011! Once again, Happy New Year! It's also hard for me to believe I haven't finished writing about the week between Christmas and New Year's. Wow! Am I behind, or what?!
December 30th, was not just the anniversary of the birth and death of my granddaughter K, but was also the date my friends M & D, plus J and I were to get together at my home.
If you've been a regular reader, you'll know that three (3) or four (4) times per year, M & D used to get together with Gordon and I for pizza and salad, dessert and a great time of fellowship. Since Gordon's death, our mutual friend J has joined us from time to time.
This was what happened on December 30th. M & D, J and I got together at my apartment. Not just because it was 'time' to get together, for we had gotten together only a few weeks ago, but also because we had another special reason to celebrate.
M retired from work the day prior, on December 29th, her birthday!
Before meeting at my home, M spent the day pampering herself. By the time everyone arrived, we were all hungry and happy to rejoice together about M's good news!
Truly, we had a great time celebrating! Thank you M, for letting me know how you have been enjoying your retirement gifts. What a great way to end a year!
On the next day, New Year's Eve, I had planned to visit with my friend J, at her home. Just as I had done, last year. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that way, for J called me first thing the morning of New Year's Eve (NYE) and let me know she was sick with sinus problems. Ugh! Poor J!
J asked me if our mutual friend K, from Amherstburg could come to my home, instead. I thought this was a great idea. Within a few minutes of ending my conversation with J, K phoned me.
K agreed to come spend NYE with me!
A little later in the day, my friend J who works at the cemetary, phoned me. She asked me what I was doing for the evening. I let her know that I would be spending it with her, if she came and joined K and I! J agreed and arrived a few minutes after K did, just before 7:00 pm.
The three (3) of us chatted for a while, then moved to the table to enjoy some finger foods. Just as we sat down, my phone rang. The caller was my church sister L, whose husband died in November. She seemed upset.
Actually, I was shocked to her from L! L and I had discussed our NYE's plans a few days earlier. L had let me know she had plans with friends. At the time we spoke, I was glad to hear she had plans, for I wanted to make sure she wouldn't be alone. Believe me, the first of everything is bad, but as a new widow, special days like NYE is really bad.
As it happens, L's plans fell through and she found herself alone and upset. During our conversation, my friend J, seated at my table, could tell L needed companionship, so she offered to go pick up L at her home and bring her to join us, since L doesn't drive or have a vehicle.
Off J went! While she was gone, K and I began to play a game of Phase 10. There we were, tied neck in neck. All of a sudden, I won a hand, quickly. This left K with her full hand of cards. Oooo...I felt badly, but that's the way the game goes!
This meant I was in the lead, both with points and phase level. I reminded K that this could change quickly, just as it had the hand previously played! So, we began playing another hand. At least, until J arrived back, with L.
Unfortunately for K, this meant our game was now on hold. Actually, the way the evening evolved, it meant our game was actually over. I suppose this means we need to have a rematch, so K can have an opportunity to reclaim her status! :-))
Hopefully, K will look forward to a rematch! I'll keep you posted.
In any case, about 11:30 pm, everyone left for home and I found myself once again, alone. Midnight came and all I could do was cry, thinking back to New Year's Eve's of the past.
Help me Lord, to not look back so much, but rather to look forward. Isn't that what the Apostle Paul told us to do? Philippians 3:13-14, "...; but one thing I do forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Until next time...
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