My Visit from my Friend Went Well
Paso Robles, California
October 22, 2018 4:58pm CST
Nothing quite beats reunions with old friends. I had a wonderful visit with my friend Noreen. We met when I was still going to church in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles in the 1970's. She was a student in my sixth grade girls Sunday school class when I was teaching it. Later we continued our relationship in other church and non-church activities as she grew up until we moved out of the area. The church has had reunions every few years since it dissolved in the early 1990's, but those who were there still keep in touch. It's been years since I've seen Noreen because we kept missing each other at the reunions. I'd have to leave before she got there, or one of us had to miss the event completely. She brought her mother with her. Her mother suffers from mild dementia, and I got a sample of what caring for her mother means for her. Although Noreen lost her husband to cancer only about a year ago, she stepped in to help her parents while she was still grieving her loss. She is a special person. I'm so glad they came. Mostly we hung out around home and talked as best we could considering she had to keep track of her mom who frequently wanted to wander around the house and explore. She preferred to explore the kitchen table where the snacks were available, and that made Noreen nervous because she wasn't sure what else she might do in the kitchen. She seemed curious about everything. Saturday she took us out to lunch. (My husband was at a church outing). Afterwards I took Noreen and her mom for a drive through wine country to see the scenery and our property in Templeton. The photo below is of Heart Hill, located at the Niner Estates Winery. Yesterday Hubby and I took them out for Chinese food. I reluctantly said goodbye to them around 5 PM. Noreen had showed me a video of some seals cavorting in La Jolla and we decided we'd like to go there together some time if God gives us the chance. I love watching seals . How was your weekend?
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That is so nice that your church friends all stayed in touch and reminded close even after the church closed. That makes me giggle a bit about the mother with mild dementia wanting to wander to the kitchen where the snacks are kept. My grandmother had Alzheimer's for many many years and the thing she loved the most was sweets. I was admiring the heart shaped trees in the photo and was going to comment on it. Now I see it is called Heart Hill. A very fitting name!
• Paso Robles, California
We didn't actually visit any wineries. We just drove past them. At this one I stopped in the parking lot so she could get out of the car and get a good photo. I should have gotten a photo of her in front of it, but I didn't have my camera. When I left I didn't realize I'd need it because I thought we'd go right back to the house. We made four photo stops for her to take pictures during our drive. But she's got all the pictures.