I had such a great time yesterday speaking at the spring luncheon for the Tacoma Ladies of the Elks. This luncheon is their big fund raiser and they give to so many worthy causes, including helping young people transitioning out of foster care to make a new start.
These women go all out for this event, with individuals offering to decorate a table. With 25 tables, each one sporting a different theme, it was quite a sight to see! My friend Norma, who invited me, went all out decorating not only our table (with a chocolate theme - oh, baby!) but two other tables as well. We had everything from a garden fantasy to a tea party. It was a feast for the eyes. And the dessert buffet was a feast for both our eyes and our taste buds! I was both honored and delighted to be able to join these women for an afternoon of good fun for a good cause.
The last couple of weeks had been so stress-loaded it was ridiculous. And the big stressers seemed to hit right after I'd finished a treatment and was ready to celebrate. The first crisis came the day after I wrapped up my chemo treatments. The second after I'd done with radiation. Not conducive to healing! So, needless to say, I was ready to run away and recharge.
Which is exactly what I did last week. My good buddies, the Game Girls, and I ran away to the ocean mid-week where we stayed in two neighboring condos. We played games (we're playing a card game called Golf Ten in this picture), ate amazing food, yakked, and walked the beach. Just what the doctor ordered. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to face life's challenges again. And while we were enjoying our getaway I discovered I can now walk up a flight of stairs - no, make that two flights - without being winded and having to stop. No racing heart either. Yay! I am well on the road to recovery.
And I'm sure a good deal of that recovery has to do with the emotional support I've had from family and friends. I'm convinced the best medicine a girl can take is down time with people who are dear to her. Changing up the environment, changing focus - those can help bring about positive emotional changes. And I'm so thankful for the good buddies I have who make me laugh and listen when I cry. Do you have good friends like that? I sure hope so!
You don't have to go far from home to have a good time. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. And to prove it, we took a Sunday drive to the charming town of Port Townsend. Founded in 1851, the town lies about 40 miles northwest of Seattle and is chock full of fun shops and beautiful, old Victorian houses. And, with it being on the water, visitors don't lack for beautiful scenery. Coming from the Kitsap Peninsula, the drive there was gorgeous, too.
We kicked around town, ate in a fun, old soda fountain restaurant with authentic soda fountain equipment, counter tops and juke boxes dating from the fifties and even earlier. Prices have gone up since the good, old days... a reminder that we hadn't actually gone back in time.
Enjoying the sunshine and prowling old book stores was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Now Gerhardt and I are all rested and raring to go. Let the week begin!