We spent a lovely afternoon at a friend's little homestead nearby.
Free range chickens, pensive goats, lazy dogs, and happy, chatty people
shared a sunny afternoon celebrating our friend's 80th birthday.
Her birthday is in the winter, but she wanted to enjoy a summer celebration for a change.
She is a friend with whom I have shared some fun and memorable road trips.
Some were close to home, such as the trip a few years ago to an
Iris Farm an hour away. We went when the iris were in full bloom,
and each bought just one variety.
We have also been known to dig up and divide our perennial plants and share,
so many things in my home garden had their start in her's.
Some of our road trips were to far away places,
such as our trip to Pennsylvania
through the Blue Ridge Mountains two years ago in autumn.
It is always fun to visit this friend's home,
but is especially wonderful when the flowers are in bloom.
She is knowledgeable about the cultivars she grows,
and shares her folk lore and common sense wisdom generously,
about flowers and about life.
This friend has been present at many of my local
speaking engagements, even bringing along new listeners
in support of my endeavors.
What a beautiful afternoon!
Aside from a brazen chicken stealing
someone's half-eaten sandwich,
there wasn't any undue drama at this event.
We listened to the chickadees chatter,
and laughed and reminisced
about silly old songs from the 1970s,
such as Sneaky Snake and The Streak.
Oh my goodness! Hadn't thought of that in years.
We also broke into Bobby McGee several times,
because the word Freedom crept into the conversation at one point.
Feelin' good is good enough for me!
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you good company.
If you have time to pop on over to Steve's Out on the Prairie Blog,
you can catch a little bit of Prairie Love!
Anyone else stroll today?