Thursday, October 06, 2011

Friday Fragments

It's Friday Fragments Day!!
It's Friday Fragments Day!
It's Friday Fragments Day!
It's Friday Fragments Day!  
It's Friday Fragments Day!

Welcome to Friday Fragments!  This is the place where we're able to put little snippets of fun or interesting things together without having to stretch that idea into an entire blog post.

Mrs. 4444 is our lovely host and I am so grateful for her continued hosting of this fun carnival.  For more Friday Fragment finds, please head on over to Half-Past Kissin' Time.  Thanks!


I truly believe that what you think about, you bring about.  I thought I'd really test that by thinking about Indian Summer in Michigan during my vacation there.  I was seriously not prepared for a cold spell.  Wouldn't you know it, it's been in the mid seventies and sunny for the past four days.  GORGEOUS!  It's supposed to stay this incredibly wonderful for the next week, too!  Yee Haw!

My niece Zora said "I'm so excited that it's a free writing day in our journal because I prefer to write 'Realistic Fiction.' "  She's seven.  I don't think I've ever said the words realistic fiction in my life. 

I have eczema on my elbows.  It's been a problem all year.  They used to itch, but now that most of it has gone away I've pretty much forgotten about it.  I don't often see my own elbows, so it's easy not to think about.  My niece Stella (3), who my sister calls Stella Nightingale, has asked me about my elbows several times the past few days.  She points at them and looks very sad.  Today when she was in the bathroom washing her hands she handed me the Lubriderm Lotion and said "Here.  Put this on your elbows."  I guess I need to keep them lotioned up when I'm around her.

A girl I went to school with asked me if I'd like to see her while I was in Michigan.  You could have blown me over with a feather, as we really haven't spoken much since we were in Brownies together in elementary school.  I've been having some really great conversations with people who I didn't know very well in school but am meeting again as an adult, so I'm going to see her.  I am looking forward to our visit and am so very grateful that she asked to see me!

I'm having to fill up my weekend as my very dear friend Bob will not be joining me in Michigan as originally planned.  When she called to tell me that she was cancelling her trip I was stunned - stunned to silence.  I just didn't have a thing to say to her.  Bob, I love you, but all I wanted to say to you was all the things I thought we could do this weekend.  I even brought the Moroccan Argon oil and conditioner so you wouldn't have to pack it in your carry on.  We even put the soft sheets on the twin beds, not the sandpaper ones we had last year.   I know I won't change your mind, but you will be terribly missed.  I'm sure I'll think of something to say in a day or two.  Just give me a chance to not burst into tears, OK?!!

Speaking of trips.  My Mom booked her trip to Nairobi yesterday.  WHEW!  That's going to be one heck of a vacation.  It's hard to say that my mom is going with her boyfriend*, but that's what he is - so anyway, her boyfriend's daughter is going to school there for a semester (or more, I'm not sure) so they are going to go visit while she's there.  My Mom has always wanted to go to Africa, so this is truly her trip of a lifetime. 

*boyfriend just doesn't fit for anyone over the age of 25, in my opinion.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I know I will even though Bob won't be here with me.  I'm kissing my nieces every chance I can get and giving them words of advice that I'm sure they will remember for a moment or two.  Please stop by Mrs. 4444's place and see what the other Fraggers are doing today.


The photos are of a painted bronze sculpture by the artist J. Seward Johnson.  He donated the sculptures to Jacksonville Beach and now they reside in Latham Park, just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. 


Karen and Gerard said...

Indian summers are wonderful--glad you had great weather! That's so cute about your niece being so concerned about your elbows and trying to help you out there--better listen to her so she doesn't become discouraged in trying to help people.

Ann in the UP said...

I thank you for whatever your part was in bringing about this grand weather. We are having it here, too. So beautiful! Love the sculpture.

I'm sorry Bob can't make it. I know you were so looking forward to it!

Nezzy said...

Here in the Ozarks we are gettin' frost in these hollers at night but the days are pushin' in the eighties. 'Just fantastic....

I'm sorry your friend cancelled on you, what a disappointment!

Stinkin' eczema...Hubs suffers.

God bless ya sweetie and have a beautiful weekend anyway!!! :o)

BTW: Mrs. 4444's rocks!!!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Well color me green with envy....I too have always wanted to go to Africa...not to visit anyone tho, just to photograph everything I see on my wildlife safari.

Now...go get some more lotion please, just reading about it makes me itch!

Newbie Here <-- my link.

Unknown Mami said...

I call them manfriends after a certain age.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the pictures of the sculpture.
So sorry about Bob not joining you.
Can't believe those words came out of Zora's mouth! Also hard to believe that 3 year old Stella would hand you lotion. Also you should be using that Argon oil on your elbows. I do! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

lisleman said...

It's what she calls him that is important. I love public art like that - good pics. That's really nice having an old old friend look you up. Try to find a surfboard in MI while you are there.

Laurie Matherne said...

Indian summer is no fun in New Orleans where I am visiting. It's hotter here than in the tropics. But at least my flip flop suntan won't fade while I am in the US.

I hope your mama and her manfriend (unknown Mami's tag) have a great time.

Tettelestai said...

i am so sorry your friend could not make it. but what great weather for your trip!!! awesome!

Carolee said...

The weather has been fantastic here in Central New York, too!

Visiting from Friday Fragments...a bit late :-)

Have a great day!

Mrs4444 said...

So sorry Bob couldn't make it after all :(

How was your visit with your former classmate?

Glad you had nice weather for your visit. "Stella Nightengale"...I love that :)