Hello my friends. I have no desk shot to show you this week because it is currently completely empty! Not that I have been idle… far from it – but because I want to tell you a story… But that must wait a few moments. Let’s see just what I have been up to this past two weeks.
I finished a couple of jigsaw when I wasn’t feeling at all well
I had rather a card fest! Request for more cards for the hotel, so made 14 more, plus a birthday card and an anniversary card for personal use.
I finished the fan birthday card!!! YAY! I was thrilled with it apart from some bits of glue showing through – particularly as it was supposed to become invisible when dry. In the end I did decide to place it on its stand.
So that’s me this past two weeks. But, why no desk shot? Well, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. In September 1969 I left home and went off to teacher training college, and there met up with lots of new friends. 7 of these friends became close friends, and the eight of us spent two years in digs together. When I was married in 1972 some were bridesmaids. We all decided we would stick together as friends, and every two years since 1979 have got together as a group – usually for just a day, in one of our homes. The 8 soon became 15 as seven of us married. Then the group grew as we all had our children. I think we peaked our get togethers at around 35 people. Then, the inevitable happened and the group started to shrink in number as our children started leaving home. Soon we were back to 15 of us meeting every two years.
Because of John’s ill health, I missed the last three natter sessions. We were the sort of friends that we simply picked up conversations as soon as we were back together. It was as if no time had passed. It was decided by everyone else – in my absence, and without consultation, I have to say – that this year the whole group would rent a HUGE property and would come up to me. So, they all arrived this Monday. They are here until Friday – so I will visit you good folk – but not until after they have all left.
It’s so good to see them all. We are all older, but still have plenty of spark within ourselves. We have known each other now for 48 years. 7 marriages, no divorces, only John is missing, many of us now have grandchildren. Our hair is greyer, or even coloured, but our ability to get on together is undiminished. We laugh, we cry, we tease, we go out walking, tomorrow (Wednesday) some are even climbing Snowdon. What a lot of fun we are having together – and how precious that after all these years we still have plenty to talk about together. We have our Christian faith in common – some preach regularly in their churches, one is now ordained as a minister, we see our children growing in their own Christian faith. we encourage one another. When we meet in two years time, we will have been friends for 50 years.
So, you see, I haven’t even had time to take a desk shot! Do you think I might be forgiven?
Take care my dear friends out there in blogland. I have been busy making ATCs for next week – but couldn’t show you those – I have made 12. 4 are already spoken for – so that leaves 8. If you would like to swap please say so in your comments here. The first 8 will get an envelope through the mail! Please email me at margaret (dot) diddanfa (at) gmail (dot) com with your address and details. Thanks so much.
God bless you.