Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

Remember those nice photos of my house in Tucson?  The ones that showed such neat and tidy rooms?  It was great while it lasted, but there are only two rooms that have been left unscathed in the packing frenzy.  The REAL packers are coming next Thursday, but in the meantime, I am doing a little "cleaning and sorting."  Rod pulled all the boxes out of the attic so I could sort out all the Christmas decorations, especially the ones that have not seen the light of day since I called a moratorium on decking the halls several years ago.  Someone is going to have a field day with some of this stuff.  Rod asked what I wanted to do with all the gifts that were in the attic.  Do you have presents stashed away in your attic?  No, I didn't think so.  There is something a little unfinished about a decorated tree with no presents underneath, so 14 years ago, I wrapped up empty gift boxes in paper and ribbon, for that finished look. The same presents for 14 years!  Time to say good bye.

I put the Christmas stuff to be sold in boxes and placed them beside the other STACK of boxes that I have filled up with dishes, stemware, glassware, cooking utensils, books, various art objects, prints, etc., and a couple of furniture items. There are LOTS more boxes in the garage!!!

Now for the meat of this post:

"Who was on the phone?" your husband asks you.  "Oh, just a friend," you reply.  I've had lots of "just friends" over the years, and I'm sure you have, too.  Today I want to tell you about a very dear friend, who is way more than "just a friend."  We haven't been friends for years and years, but you know how sometimes when you meet someone for the first time, something sort of clicks?   We clicked.  So when I was completely overwhelmed with trying to have a garage sale before we move, I called her.  I called her because I was just about to cry in wearyness.  I knew she'd understand., because she is just that kind of woman--understanding, loving, and non-judgemental.  I wanted to hear someone say, "There, there! Everything will turn out! You just need to rest for a while."

We planned to get together, husbands included, and have dinner  or lunch before Rod and I moved away.  She and her husband are coming here on Sunday.  They are bringing a truck.  The four of us are loading up that truck with all the garage sale items, packed up in boxes, and my friend--my sweet, cosmic sister friend--is taking all that stuff to her storage unit, and when the dust settles (literally!) she is going to hold a garage sale FOR ME!!!  Friends like she is only come along once in a lifetime.  I just wanted someone who loves me to give me a little sympathy, and a little encouragement.  My sweet friend went far and above the call of duty.  I love her.

Thank you, Miss Jenny.  I am truly blessed to have a friend like you.

"And in the sweetness of friendship let
 there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
 For in the dew of little things the heart
finds its morning and is refreshed."

Kahlil Gibran


noexcuses said...

You made me cry! What a great friend to do that for you! These are the people who find a way into our hearts, and will be there forever! You are blessed, Judy, but then I'm sure there are many more of these friends out there for you! Good luck on your move!

Karen S. said...

Beautiful, except of course for all the work of packing and leaving. I hope you include me as much as you can as just a friend, like one of your fave blogging friends that one day too will meet and share just friends real moments! I was just excited to see how you went with this title because it can of course just go to so many different levels! Good luck dear just-friend of mine in Bloggersville so far! Best of luck saying your good-byes and packing!

JJ said...

We all have many acquaintances. Friends are hard to come by. You are blessed.

Ames said...

Well I definetly say she is a keeper! That was real sweet of her to do that for you! That takes a huge load off your shoulders for sure!~Ames
P.S. Maybe you should leave the gifts in the attic for the new people. Ha!

Naperville Now said...

blessed in friendship...moving isn't easy but it sounds as if this move has gotten off to a marvelous start.

Gail said...

What a wonderful friend...and the timing was excellent.

Take a big breath, exhale, rest.

Andy David said...

My friend,
I always knew you had a BIG heart. Don't every change for we love you like this. The house will be fine in time (smile).

Pondside said...

That was the BEST 'J' post. I've never met Jenny, but I have been touched by her generosity. You are so lucky to have her for a for-real, real-life friend!

VBR said...

'just a friend' people enrich out lives whether we see them every day or once in a blue moon! as you say - something just clicks!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

That truly is a wonderful friend! How blessed you are to know each other.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Again with Kahil Gibran! I have been rereading The Prophet and can't thank you enough for reminding me how much I loved it in the first place.

Jenny is wonderful, she has a real knack for knowing when her cosmic friends need something...

anitamombanita said...

somehow I just knew that this was going where it went... how cool is it that 1) you are more than just blog buddies and 2) she's holding a garage sale FOR YOU!!! Oh my gosh...I need a friend like who will hold a garage sale for my dear sweet loving packrat hubs! heehee

Jackie/Jake said...

I totally understand how you feel. We are in the throes of getting ready to sell also and have been decluttering for about a year. I stopped decking the halls years ago as well and I cleaned out all that stuff a while ago. Some sentimental ornaments went to family and special friends. The good stuff went to a young family who have no family here and the rest to charity.
Hang in there, it slowly gets done!!
I have moved a lot of non-essential stuff to friends, which makes me wonder why we need all this "stuff"!!

Annesphamily said...

I knew without seeing her photo you were talking about Jenny! There is no one else like her! She is a one of a kind gal! I need to borrow her when I empty the garage filled to the rafters with things!

I wish you peace and calm in your move. I think we often over think too many things. Am loving the fact that I know two of the coolest chicks in Arizona!

Enjoy or as the Brits do "Keep calm and carry on"!

Hugs Anne

Jenny said...

Oh, you are a silly girl!

We'll be there!

It'll be fun having a garage sale once it cools off!


I have tie downs for the truck! We'll just load it all the way up and then you can just hang out with your chickens and exhale.


Judie said...

No, YOU can hang out with my chickens! I will never again decorate with items so high up that it takes a ladder to reach them! If anyone wants my chicken collection, talk to Jenny!

Splendid Little Stars said...

amazing! truly a friend of the dearest kind!
wishing you as peaceful a move as possible.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful thing for Jenny to do! I'm not surprised as she is that kind of friend--the best! I wonder if she'll come to Brooklyn and do the same for me someday?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

:o)......sweet, sweet friendships! A great post! How awesome to meet blog friends and how awesome to have Jenny and Mr. Jenny help unload that from your things to do!

Hope your move goes smoothly!

Blessings & Aloha!

BECKY said...

Awe, that is so sweet! And if I knew you and Jenny lived near each other, I totally forgot. I mean, I knew you both lived in Arizona, but not the same town!