My dearest friend Julie is visiting from Santa Barbara (she of the sheepskin coat that she bequeathed to me when she headed south). We spent a couple of hours together this afternoon, gabbing, catching up, and hot chocolate .... I really miss her, although it hasn't sunk in yet that she doesn't live around the corner anymore. It will sink in when I go and see her in Santa Barbara sometime next year.
This is No. 3 in the series; it went home with Julie for her office.
I am blessed with a handful friends I have known most of my life, as well as two or three online friends I've known for a few years now; for all our ups and downs, we remain friends, caring and tolerant of each other.
To top it all off, I managed some household chores today. Oh, what a relief!