Monday, July 28, 2014

Visitors, Both Welcome and Unwelcome

Last week my friend Kerri came to stay with me, a most welcome visitor. Kerri and I have been friends since college, and now have the misfortune to live at opposite ends of the country—me in Florida, and Kerri in Washington. We haven’t seen each other in more than a year, and there was much talking (an understatement), eating, puzzling and general merry-making. We crisscrossed the state meeting other friends, both mutual and new to me (hi, Deb!). Despite our late hours and our busy schedule, I feel refreshed and energized by her visit. There’s nothing like the tonic of time spent with a good friend.

I’ll share a few highlights of our simple pleasures and everyday adventures.

Beautiful St. Augustine:

Castillo de San Marcos

Aviles Street--purported to be the oldest in America

St. Augustine Lighthouse

View from the top of the lighthouse

Our 1000-piece puzzle. It was tough!


The beautiful Rainbow River (we floated down it on inner tubes with our friend LuAnne):


On the morning Kerri left, we had a most unwelcome visitor—a coral snake:


Prudy was stalking it (!!). We quickly got her and it out of there. 

My life would be barren without friends—they are essential for my happiness. I’m incredibly lucky to have the ones I have. I need to make sure that time with friends stays at the top of the priority list.

What have you done with your friends lately?

I miss her already
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4 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Kathy - sounds like you both had a wonderful visit. Like you I would have been running away from that coral snake. Great photo of you two - beautiful puzzle - used to do them all the time but haven't for several years. Take care and have a lovely day.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

What great photos! I also used to do puzzles but haven't in a long time. Not sure how I could these days with our very curious cat.

I'm headed to tulsa today to go to a museum with a good friend. Should be a fun day.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Debbie--Thank you. We had a great time, snake not withstanding.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cheryl--Hope you have a wonderful day with your friend in Tulsa. We only had one issue of significance with my cat. While we were gone one day, she got on the table and knocked part of the puzzle onto the floor. It was easily repaired, though. A couple of other times, she joined us in the dining room where we were doing the puzzle, but we were able to distract her enough to keep her out of it!