Horticulture Day, a funeral and a wedding
Friday, September 06, 2013
I haven’t been present on Spark much until today, and sure hope I was able to catch up with most of you. Work and life have kept me pretty darn busy and I am hoping for a relatively quiet weekend.
Wednesday, August 28 was out annual Horticulture Day at work. This is a day set aside for the public to stop by and take tours of our gardens and apple orchard. It takes months of planning and keeping fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates - not only that day but throughout the growing season. I am on the planning committee and am responsible for printing of brochures, maps, posters, banners, advertisements, promotional give-aways, working at the registration table and more. This year included a visit from Goldy Gopher – the University of Minnesota mascot. We offered free pictures with Goldy. My son took the pictures and I printed them out on an instant photo printer. The day went very well (despite temps near 90 degrees) and now there are a few more jobs to complete before it is in the books.
Goldy Gopher and me.
On Saturday, August 31 my best friend lost her 4+ year battle with cancer and we said goodbye to her yesterday. I thought I was prepared but it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. I cried with her family, was comforted by friends who tried to understand the loss I feel and was blessed to have a loving man to hold me up. I still don’t have my mind wrapped around the fact that I won’t see or talk to her again. For over 40 years, I always knew she would be there through it all with me. I know that she is in a better place and no longer in pain, which does bring me some comfort and a sense of peace.
Pam the last time we went out with the girls in June.
Pam and me in 1982
This coming Thursday, we will climb in the car for the nearly 1,000 mile drive to my niece’s wedding. Along the way we will be visiting Mike’s son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons – the youngest born this past June. A wedding and a new baby are definitely something to look forward to!
Hope all is well in your lives.
Remember to hug your loved ones while you can!