This week has been an especially nice one. My friends have gifted me with good things this week.
First, one of my GNO friends asked me to pick up "trash" while traveling. Wouldn't tell me why - "just pick up interesting things you see on the ground - with a baggie, of course" and while I didn't do a great job of it, I came home with a few tossed items - an extra lira that somehow didn't get spent, some ticket stubs that others had tossed on the ground, and a few other odds and ends. She also asked for digital copies of two of the most meaningful photographs from here. From those things, she made me a necklace. I'll try to take a picture of it - it began its' life as a chain belt she found at Goodwill and she adjusted and added and twisted and and beaded and wrapped and dangled things and turned it into a necklace full of the Turkish mementos, including a locket with Pebbles' picture in it. When I wore it to the office yesterday, everyone commented and asked if I'd bought it while in Turkey. Really a signature piece.
And last, but certainly not least, I met the adorable Anne!. She treated me to coffee and great company on a beautiful Texas evening. In blogger terms, Anne and I are practically neighbors, so it was about time we met in person. We laughed and chatted away like people who had known one another forever. Anne is getting ready to celebrate her signature birthday by taking a fun trip, too. She of porcelain skin and no lines or wrinkles does NOT look like she should be getting her AARP card like the rest of us. Oh, and I got a gadget lesson on how she makes her drawn art. So creative.
Anne and I were reflecting on all the gifts that blogging has brought us over the years - the people, the inspiration, the support, the fun. So just a brief but heartfelt thanks to all of you that make up the community.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Create your Village.