I am so blessed with friends far away. Having moved away in 2006, my work friends are now busy with other things. Many won't do the long drive. Then there is the weather! Then, I've had bronchitis all of December...
I made myself cheese dreams for lunch on my birthday. My Facebook friends ell me their mom's used to make that, too!
I finally managed to get into the city to meet with my daughter and her family. We met at a restaurant, as they'd been cooking up a storm with their respective brothers. My youngest chose not to attend the party, citing their flu bug from last weekend. My other son phoned from Vancouver on the day. His mother-in-law's birthday is Dec. 26th, as well! She holds a fabulous open house on her birthday each year.
We had a silly time at the restaurant. Josee (8) is quite good with the camera, and took several shots, Caitlin, as well!
We went back to their home for dessert. The grandies had explained what was next, there was cake at the house! Birthdays are for the kids!
We sat down, and Caitlin brought her iPad over to me. What a complete surprise! She had arranged with Jean (All Points of the Compass: A Birthday Surprise) , in New Zealand, to do a Skype call! Arrangements began in May. Jean and I chatted, and Caitlin handed me some gifts. I was shocked, they were from Jean. AND HANDMADE! Not only that, but Jean had sewn a beautiful set of quilted bags for our iPad, for when we go into the city for healthcare appointments! Poor Jean hasn't been well, and we emailed a lot when her hubby was ill.
We stayed on Skype, as I opened these gorgeous, handmade gifts.
A scarf, in colours Jean checked out with Caitlin. Then, the project bag, was embroidered by Jean's friend, Joyce! What a special treat. My heart is filled.
P.S. I never even thought about the time difference. The poor woman, up in the wee hours!
Then it was time for cake. A crazy cake the hubby could eat, as well. (No yeast, dairy or eggs!)
Such bliss. Most of my friends are from away. This was such a gift.
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