I turned the page in my calendar today. February is finished, and all but a few of those 31 little blocks in the month of March are blank, which is what February looked like 29 days ago. I love having every weekend off. Yeah, you read that right… every. single. weekend. I’ve come a long way from the “cadre days!” And! February 6 marked the one-year anniversary since friends and family helped me lug everything I own across town into my new little condo with the great big porch! I cannot believe I’ve been here a year already!
And I’m sitting here still laughing as I glance not only through all the “to do’s” I crossed off in 28 days, but also across the room at my table. My scratched up, found by the road-side solid oak clawfoot table with a pretty greenish-blue table cloth and four quilted matching placemats that my mother made for me. Honestly… it’s perfect, and it’s my favorite place in the house. In the center is a bouquet of flowers my friend Reyne bought for me. She and her husband, and another couple sat at my kitchen table this past weekend for a few hours eating pizza and visiting and talking about Jesus. It was one of the highlights of my weekend. Two weekends before that, I threw the leaf in that same table, and four friends came over to enjoy some lasagna. I made an extra pan, and my friend and I took it to friends Jeff and Diane the next day, (and then they invited us for lasagna dinner a few hours later, and we got to sit at THEIR kitchen table!)
I sat at the kitchen table last Saturday morning and wrote out a card to my friend Anne, who turned 60. I had dinner with my brother-in-law at my kitchen table when he came over and put my electric switches and plates on one evening. (Thank you Tom!). And another evening Jeff and Diane and I sat at the table and chatted a couple of hours after Jeff helped hang my new coat rack on the wall of my newly painted laundry room. (Thanks Jeff & Diane!)
I finally arrived at Chapter 16, the final chapter in the course I’m taking. I sat and talked almost two hours on the phone with Pood Sunday night, FaceTimed Ian and got to see his new home in Colorado, wrote a couple of letters, and got to chat a while with my new daughter-in-law, Hayley.
I kept the blinds on my door wall wide open all month and enjoyed the brightness of ALL THAT SNOW, and all that snow did not keep me from getting some fun stuff on the calendar! I went to see a play called “Super Heroes” with my friend Susan. We went out to dinner first. Well… sort of. I had breakfast with my friend Tammy at Blake’s Backyard, Zoomed with my friend Linda twice to work on our Bible study, and met my friends April and Joyce for dinner one night after work. Got to see Rory, Holly and my lil’ Gummy Bears on Sunday – got some snuggles and some giggles to last me a little bit, and enjoyed the quiet ride home in the dark.
It feels like spring is in the air. Smells like it too, but I’ve lived in Michigan too long to be fooled. It will snow again… and again and again before spring really decides to stick around.
I’ve always loved telling the details of how my kitchen table came to be, and I got to tell it a few times this month. The story just never gets old. It also never gets old having family and friends pull up a chair and have a visit. If you were someone who blessed me with a visit in February – thanks 😉 If you’re not – then, what are we waiting for?