Old Friends

The other day I thought of someone. That thought stayed with me. How were they? How was their family? When was the last time I talked to them? Why did we lose touch?

I did not like any of these questions. They were questions I should not be asking. I should know, but I didn’t. It made me sad to think that this person was no longer in my life. So me and Google went to work! I rolled up my sleeves, cracked my knuckles and began my search.

Hours passed, I was frustrated. The “Yellow Pages” and “White Pages” on the net all charge you for information that is free in a phone book. Which is a huge pet peeve that these giant tree killers are still being manufactured. But we have to have them because the online version is not free. But that didn’t help me now as I no longer lived in the area where I believed him to be.

I’m sorry I digress.

And then my search displayed a web page. Checking the information yes yes….it was his page! I hit the “Contact Us” link and typed in a basic question, “Paul…you still around?” and waited.

My joy was when I checked my email, which unfortunately got filtered to my spam folder, and saw “Oh hell ya!”

I cannot explain my relationship to Paul. But he is someone I hold very dear in my heart. To look at him you’d just see his gruff exterior. You might frown at his tattoos (Of note he did take me to be my first one). He laughs loud and with such joy you simply must laugh with him or your life will feel empty if you do not. I once had someone comment “He’s a character.” I replied “Oh you have no idea. But before you say anything more let me say this. I would trust this man with my daughters life any day of the week!” He is a man of that kind of character.

He called me today and I swear it was like we hadn’t lost contact for a couple of years, but more like a few weeks.

My advice to you – Do not wait for tomorrow. You never what it will bring. Call your Paul.

Paul this is for you my friend –

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Old Friends – New Memories

So this weekend we had just a wonderful visit with our old neighbors Jack and Eileen from down in S. Calif. They made the 18 hour drive to come up and stay for a few days and what a treat!

Jack and Eileen

Jack and Eileen

Not to mention the wonderful treats they brought. Eileen is such a wonderful baker and brought us containers filled with biscotti, pralines, brittle and wonderful bottles of wine. My tummy is very happy I can tell you. I cannot believe I didn’t get a picture of all the goodies, but darn if Derek and I didn’t tear into the biscotti like the kids in the movie ‘A Christmas Story’!

Presents!!

Presents!!

Then Jack, who is very talented with wood working made Derek and I a set of pens. These pens are gorgeous and I must say write very smoothly. I’m very proud to pull one out and sign things. These are truly elegant.

Beautiful Wood Pens

Beautiful Wood Pens

We explored Eugene did some shopping, indulged in fried chicken at Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen, and enjoyed a leisurely lunch at King’s Estate Wineryย and just had a wonderful visit! So I must say, if you have friends you haven’t seen in a while, do go visit them. If they are far away then pick up the phone and call. No no, don’t text message them, or Facebook them actually talk to them. I think you’ll be surprised how you just may make their day. I know Jack and Eileen made our weekend just wonderful.

Derek tending bar.

Derek tending bar.

Well aren't we just a cute pair!

Well aren’t we just a cute pair!

Artisan Cheese Plate

Artisan Cheese Plate

House Made Fettucini

House Made Fettucini

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast