Monday, March 28, 2011

Old Friends: Why they should NOT be left behind

This past weekend was a weekend to be remembered and appreciated. You know those experiences that you have that make you just think, "I need to spend more time...." This statement could end with something like "reading" or "exercising," but for me this weekend it was "reconnecting with old friends". This weekend Mike and I reconnected with a couple that we haven't hung out with in at least 15 years. I really don't believe that I'm exaggerating with that number either.

Meet Corey and Kristen Pandolph...

You see, Corey is kind of a "big deal". He's a syndicated cartoonist. He started out as a Saranac Lake local. Need I say more? Mike, Corey and I all met in our early to late 20's when we worked at The Mirror Lake Inn. Ahh... those were the days. Anyway, the Beer Run Association was in desperate need of a logo for the Beer Run Association's 1st Annual 5k Fun Run to benefit ALS. Corey was willing to do it for a few beers.

After many failed attempts to meet, it finally worked out this weekend (Corey, please note that I did not mention any stars that might be in alignment). Corey and Kristen were meeting us at 20 for the big reunion and to see how his creative mind had met with my own vision. I believe I told him to picture a full mug of beer running toward a finish line wearing nothing but a cheesy head band and a smile. I think he got it about right.

What was the most amazing part of this whole weekend was the instant reconnection that Mike and I felt to people we hadn't seen in so long. I'm sure that collectively we have been through more than any one of us could possibly process in a single sitting, yet we are still the same people. Full of jokes, laughs and a desire to have a good time. Thank you, Corey and Kristen for your willingness to reconnect. We can't wait to see you again!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Greenhouse Grand Opening

I never realized how much I needed a day like today. It was fabulous. There is no other word for it. Here's a little background information...

Somehow, at some time, The Wiswells and the Kirchners had a conversation about gardens. Dave and Jean live in the Acres on land that is not necessarily receptive to gardens. We, on the other hand, live on very fertile farm soil. We decided that sharing is fun. Heck ya! Let's share a garden!

That leads me to today. Jean and Dave have a fabulous greenhouse and today was the day for the grand opening for the season. Jean took the day off from Whiteface and I headed over with my seeds just after lunch. I walked into the greenhouse and thought I was in heaven. It was a balmy 60 degrees in there and Jean had all the soil and containers one could possibly need. That wasn't all though. There was a place for each one of us to sit in front of a counter where we could comfortably plant and label. Oh, did I mention the snacks? Jean had beer, wine, cheese, grapes, carrots, crackers and brownies.

I SOOOO needed an afternoon of chit-chatting with the ladies, thinking of nothing but the silly conversation at that moment and putting seeds in the soil.

Thank you, Jean!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Middle-aged Women Gone Wild!

Well, not really. It probably got your attention though, didn't it?

For weeks now, my sister has been asking me to join her in, what she said, was a kick-ass Zumba class in Peru. Unfortunately I had been too busy to join her until last week. She wasn't kidding. I absolutely loved it! Needless to say, I felt the need to share this experience with others. Yup, the Ladies needed to join in on the fun!

Last night we all danced and toned ourselves to almost complete exhaustion. Everyone knows how important it is to keep hydrated, so we hit Pasquales as soon as we were done. The place was packed. We didn't care though, because it was so very nice to get out with the Ladies. It has been far too long!