Sometimes the best days are when you get things done around the house, you put in a few hours of work, and you end the day with friends and/or family. My Saturday was just that.
Fortunately I got most of my post Thanksgiving cleaning done on Friday, so there wasn’t a whole lot to do Saturday morning before heading to work to voice track both my Saturday and Sunday shows on KIFM.
At work I got to catch up with a couple of coworkers, then I got the tasks at hand out of the way and managed to be home by 2:15 p.m. My friend Diane was coming by at 2:30 for some Terrace Time (as we call it; it always involves cocktails and usually appetizers).
Diane arrived around 2:45 and laughed a bit that I already had Christmas smooth jazz playing softly from the outdoor speakers.
I sent a casual invite to our friend Jim to join us, then I forgot to check my phone. Jim is usually crazy busy with work and school, so imagine our pleasant surprise when he came sauntering up to the gate, big smile and ready to catch top with us.
I felt truly in my element with two of my best friends, Diane and Jim — who I affectionately refer to as Heckle and Jeckle, as they have so much in common, including age — drinking wine, enjoying cheeses left over from Thanksgiving, and just catching up.
Diane left around 5:00, so Jim and I had a chance to catch up. I sent a casual invite out to neighbor Maureen, and within 30 minutes her husband Randy dropped her off at the house (they were on their way back from somewhere) and she was able to join us for an hour or so. Jim and Maureen, too, have a lot in common, including a love of alternative music and concerts.
One of the gifts of life is when you have friends that know each other through you, and truly enjoy each other’s company. It totally reinforces why it is important to surround yourself with people that make you feel good, and to keep toxic people at bay.
After Maureen and Jim left I gathered a few rings from the terrace and turned in. Chuck was watching a hockey game so he was in a good place.
This morning I looked out and saw a couple of empty wine glasses on the terrace, and I was reminded of the enjoyable time I had with good friends the night before.