A week ago Saturday (August 6th) morning, I slept in. Believe it or not. I could hardly believe it, myself!
While it was about 9:00 a.m. when I awoke, I felt as if I had slept for a week, because I hadn't set my alarm and just relied on my body to wake me. Ahhh... it felt good!
As the day went on, it grew more and more humid. Even so, I did some exercise, some work around my apartment and went to the pool for my pool exercise and to relax.
Later, I wrapped a gift, wrote a card and prepared to go have dinner with a group of women.
We met at a restaurant that caters to mid-eastern cuisine. It wasn't my choice, but I found the place without too much trouble. No, I hadn't been there, before!
A couple of the women in attendance, I had met previously. However, the women sitting nearest to me, I wasn't familiar with. All the women in attendance seemed to know each other. Except for me, that is.
Eventually, the two women I knew I was familiar with walked into the restaurant.
Together, in unison, we all yelled, "Surprise! Happy Birthday!"
Our friend T's birthday was being celebrated. T and my mutual friend J greeted everyone, exchanging comments and giving best wishes to the birthday girl (woman, I suppose I should say!).
After J said her hello's, she came to sit next to me. I was glad!
Even though I had seen J for a few minutes on a couple of recent occasions, it had been quite a while since we were able to actually sit, talk and visit. It was so-o nice!
While I wasn't able to enjoy some salad that was served at the beginning of the meal, because it contained radishes, which I am allergic to, I did enjoy the rest of the meal.
We feasted on shrimp, chicken, beef/lamb, rice and pita (bread).
Of course, no birthday party would be complete without Birthday Cake! Actually, it was an ice cream cake that we devoured! Mmmm.... delicious!
T opened all her gifts, gave thanks to all and once again commented on how shocked she was that she was given a surprise Birthday Party!
It seemed to me that everyone enjoyed this party as much as I did! I was thankful that it turned out well, too.
Several of the women invited me to their church, to worship with them. I assured them that I would certainly visit with them, even if I didn't come to worship there, on a more permanent basis.
It's always nice to feel wanted, isn't it? Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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