Today has started off really good. I have already taken Roxy for her long walk and it was so nice and cool, although it is suppose to get to 90 today. But it ain't there yet! Our walk was pretty much usual, the cat was not sitting on the side of the grill as is generally his/her napping place.
As a matter of fact, I just put on a mess of crowder peas to cook that my dear neighbor picked and shelled for me this week! It is actually her cat. I forgot to tell her about her cat and my dog. This is a neighbor with a heart of gold. Who would pick you some beans, least of all shell them for ya? I dunno of but two folks like her. The other friend gives me already shucked corn as she says they generally shuck it as they pick it. Ain't a bad idea and let the stuffsssss off'm fall where they might.
This same friend was a life saver for me while I was tending to my elderly aunt and uncle. For over a year I went daily to change bandages, fix remotes, take them to doctor's appointments, hospital test etc. til last summer when we had to be out of state to visit our oldest son, so my friend was the first I asked if she could fill in for me for a few days. Gladly she did!.... as it was getting to the point that I could not do all that they needed done. I was also shampooing and fixing my aunt's hair and I was unable to do that for myself so finally had to just give it all up and my good neighbor is now working on her year with helping them. Course her health is good, but still it does tie you down as she is a very active person.
A while back a lady moved back to NC after retiring from her government job in DC. She was an old-maid childhood friend of my mothers and she was wanting to meet me as I was just a little girl the last time she had seen me. She is also friends with my neighbor. Soooo we planned to go over, visit and chat a bit. Wow, I never saw bookcases from floor to ceiling filled with books, hundreds of them too. A bunch of antique furniture. She done well. BUT she had bigger plans, she insisted and nothing would do but that she take us out for lunch. Against our wants we obliged and me and my neighbor both being the laughing, joke telling folks that we are let a joke out as we were eating. OK it was me that told the joke about the newlyweds. My neighbor will laugh at anything, then I get tickled at her and if I get soooo tickled I will get to snortin. After I told the joke, a real good one at that, the old maid looked up and said, "that is the first newlywed joke I have ever heard". Welp we being on the opposite side of the booth, the bench started jumping and I got to snortin and we just couldn't quit. I guess maybe I shouldn't of told it, but it weren't a bad one. So we hurried and got her home. Now I ain't been back, but my neighbor goes regularly and helps her open mail that she has kept for as many as five years. Don't throw nutin away kind of lady. She does ask about me once in a while, but ain't exactly wants to see me again. I do hope I didn't embarrass my mama. Tho' most likely mama woulda told one a whole lots worse than mine.
Just smelling them beans cooking makes me think of my neighbor and how special she is to me. She is also a good woman, cause year before last she had 9 years perfect attendance at church, reckon now she has 11. She is always near when I need her. I had to go to the ER from work once. Two men from work brought me home, throwed me on the couch and all I could do was holler I was a hurtin so. I toldem to call my neighbor and they did. She came and went with me and the men to the hospital. I had pleursy and it hurt like the dickens. She stayed until my husband got there from work as it takes him about 30 minutes to and fro work. I am just thankful for all my friends and this one in particular. I just wish I could be more like her. Always wanting to do for others and does far more than she should, but that is what makes her so special!
I hope you all have a special day too cause you all are my friends too! Until...