Monday, July 2, 2012


You know that old saying ~

Make new friends but keep the old, 
one is silver and the other gold. 

I don't have many real friends. I'm definitely not a "people person".  I don't make friends easily.  Being burned and thrown under the bus at a young age made me wary of trusting people.  I also realized early on that many people want you to be their friend because they think you can do and/or give them something.  The great philosopher, Snoopy, said, "I love mankind. It's people I can't stand."  I've considered this jewel of wisdom my lifetime motto.  There are however, exceptions to every rule.  As a young 'teen, I met someone who became a real, honest-to-goodness 24K gold friend.

Although we hadn't been in touch on a regular basis for many years, when we reconnected, it was as though we'd seen each other the week before.  I consider myself very fortunate to have a friend like this.  I hope that each of you has someone(s) in your life that is as special as my golden friend.

She recently gifted me a trip to her home in Pennsylvania.   It was fun and relaxing because she (and her family) is fun, laid back, hysterical and she just - let's me be.  I love her for this and so many other things.

Enjoy some pictures I took while there.  I was tickled pink to see "real" trees, hills, mountains and an actual Flea Market.  One where people were cleaning out their barns and attics.  Awesome!

Gorgeous view, right? Roll over the picture to see where I was. Can you believe it!?! This place was built on a hill, the parking lot overlooked this amazing vista.

Now THIS is a backyard!

I was going to walk in the woods but there was a bear with cubs roaming around.  I figured it was not a good idea.
  Can you believe it?  A CHRISTMAS TREE farm!!!
Who knew they actually grew 'em like pumpkins and corn?

 Driving down a hill!

I forgot how narrow the roads are and how twisty, too.  Two lane roads where I live are a thing long past.

 Wildflowers in the parking lot of WalMart!

This was the most beautiful WalMart I'd ever seen.  And even better, it was damn near empty!  No waiting for a cashier. 

This is a Yeti or Sasquatch  sculpture in her
garden.  She LOVES Yeti's.  I have no idea why but it's one of the things that makes me adore her!
 This little guy wasn't in Pennsylvania.  He's a baby peacock that was born at a friends house here in Florida.  His neighborhood has about 10 wild peacocks running around.  I know!  Crazy!  Isn't he the cutest thing you've seen today?