Oops, pardon me - I got side-tracked. It took me a long time to get over the horrible 'bug' that made me sick earlier this year. It took antibiotics and cough pills for daytime and cough syrup for nighttime and then - viola! - I started to feel better in time to enjoy a visit with one of my very best friends. We've been friends since college days and we've stayed in touch since then. We try to get together and do something special every year or so. This time she flew up here for a week's visit. During that week we drove to the Oregon Coast to attend a wonderful ladies' retreat. We had a beachfront lodge room and gorgeous weather. Add to that a hundred and fifty other ladies to spend time with. Great speaker - good food - sweet friends, new and 'old'. What a special time we two had together.
I was there - honest, I was. You can tell because those are my shoes! I was enjoying some quiet time out on the patio of the lodge. Time alone, in the sun, just putting my feet up and relaxing.
Shortly after my friend left to go home I met another dear friend for lunch. She used to live close by before they moved to Georgia. She comes often to visit her daughter and we get together when she's here. Lunch at a new-to-me place in Portland and lots of good catching up made for a very special time. I took this picture on my way to meet her that day. Only in Portland would you find a chicken playing a violin on the corner of a busy intersection!
(my sweetheart and Joey walking on the beach)