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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!
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    Thinking of you....xoxoxo
    1725 days ago
    Wow, an up and down time for you. Sorry for the loss of your friend. emoticon on the successful project. -- Lou
    1726 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Not sure how I missed this before now. I knew your friend had passed away but didn't realize she was a lifelong friend with whom you've shared so much of your life. It is quite understandable that you are devastated.

    1738 days ago
  • TERRY631
    I am posting late because I haven't been on spark in a while (just been busy).
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and sending hugs. I enjoyed seeing the pic of the two of you together from the 80's... and you really have not aged.

    Hope that you enjoy the wedding.

    1749 days ago
  • OTEN36
    How are you doing today Leanne? Sorry to hear about Pam. A big loss for her family and friends
    I do remember the picture you posted after your get together. How special that you have that memory.
    Drive safe on your way out to the wedding and I'm excited that you will be meeting with Mike's family.
    Let me know when you get back all safe and sound.
    1749 days ago
    You are riding the roller coaster... but that isn't new for you. In fact, you are capable of amazing things, so don't let yourself down!

    I'll be thinking about you!!

    1749 days ago
    So sorry for the loss of your friend. I know you'll miss her. emoticon

    Be safe on your journey and enjoy the family. Have a wonderful time.
    1749 days ago
  • CARO488
    So sorry about your friend. I lost a good friend that I had known since 1956 - two years ago to cancer also. I keep thinking of things I'd like to tell her or show her. I still miss her.
    many hugs,
    1749 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your friend, very sad!

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    1750 days ago
  • DEE107
    hugs so sorry about your friend
    1750 days ago
    So sorry Leanne to hear of the loss of your best friend Pam. I am sure she will be greatly missed. Please accept my condolence, love and hugs.
    1750 days ago
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    1750 days ago
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I can't even imagine how you must be feeling. I'm sure you have lots of amazing memories to look back upon and she will always be in your heart. The pic of the two of you is so cute.

    1750 days ago
    I can't imagine how tough it must have been for you yesterday. The picture from 1982 of the two of you is so beautiful. What a treasured memory.

    I love the picture of you and Goldy Gopher. Sounds like a fun day, despite the heat.

    Safe travels on your road trip to the wedding and to visit with Mike's family.


    1750 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    So sorry for the loss of your best friend. As you said she is now at peace without pain and suffering. Diffinately a plus having a guy by your side through this tough time.
    Very nice picture of you and Goldy Gopher. looks like you son did a great job taking the photos. Is this the son who did the photos at Christmas at the mall?
    Have a wonderful vacation driving to the wedding and stopping to see Mike's son and family. Will be looking forward to a blog about your trip.
    1750 days ago
    So sorry for your loss.
    Life is bittersweet, that's for sure.
    Enjoy your trip.
    1750 days ago
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