As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Special Visitors


What a delight to have special visitors this past weekend! 

Online friends since 2011, I first met Deanna of Creekside Cottage in person in 2012 when we visited her family in beautiful Lancaster County. Over the past six years we have met numerous times, sometimes here, sometimes there, (and even once at Karen Andreola's house!), and it is always a grand time of fellowship!

Saturday was no exception! 



We spent some time visiting (did I mention that we never run out of things to talk about?) and then we went out for lunch at a local cafe. After lunch, we sweated through browsed a used book store and then sweated meandered through one of "our" antique stores. I remarked that we had taken Deanna and Tim to all of our "hot spots" and I didn't mean "trendy"! I meant hot.



Back to Pineapple House (and air conditioning and cold drinks), we continued to chat until dinner time. Ron and Tim went out to grill the chicken that had been marinating while we gals got things ready inside. I was glad that I had planned a light, cool salad on such a hot day . . . baby spinach, cucumbers, strawberries, red onion, grilled chicken, blue cheese (or Parm), and sugared pecans, tossed with a creamy vinaigrette. Dessert was individual strawberry shortcakes (no photo). 



Deanna brought us some gorgeous peonies from her garden. She had taken note when I said that our own peonies had been beaten by the rain. It was a thoughtful gift and I am still enjoying their beauty and their sweet aroma.



Each time I look at them, I am reminded of the sweet aroma of friendship and fellowship that we shared on Saturday!

24 comments:

  1. What a sweet time that must have been...and those a prefect ingredients for that salad...one of favorite combinations!

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    1. oops...I meant perfect...but I bet you already knew that!

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    2. It was a sweet time! Deanna is a precious friend! (Yes, I knew what you meant, but I also understand the need to set the record straight! 😉)

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  2. Wow that salad looks scrumptious! Perfect for a hot day. Sounds like a good time with good friends.

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    1. It is a favorite at our house . . . with the chicken for a main dish, and without for an anytime salad. We use different fruit depending on the season.

      It was a delightful time!

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  3. What a lovely day you enjoyed with your friend. The hot, humid weather didn't deter your hospitality. Your salad is making my mouth water. Great combination of good food and fellowship with friends. ♥

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    1. It was a lovely day, Martha Ellen! Salads are great summer food, aren't they?

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    2. (And we'll serve that salad to you if you're ever in our neck of the woods!)

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    3. Well Cheryl, that would be lovely. Thank you. ♥

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  4. It was a delightful day! We did sweat, but my tea cup and books were worth it!

    I’m glad we’ll never run out of things to talk about!

    Love you sweet friend!

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  5. What a wonderful friendship you have made through blogging. Blogging is such a great place to find other kind souls that we may have never met without this crazy blogland. So happy you had a great time. That salad looks really yummy.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. It has certainly been a surprise to me, these relationships found through blogging! They are the real deal!

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  6. What a special time for both of you! I knew y'all were kindred spirits!

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  7. 2011? I did not know that you were such old friends! Tempus does fugit.

    You certainly will not forget the day given how very warm it was. The cool comfort
    of your home was surely sweet relief. Dinner looks (and sounds) marvelous. The fellowship
    even better.

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    1. Oh how it does! (Tempus, that is.) I just spent a few minutes to see when you and I first met in Blogland and it was also 2011. Wow!

      Indeed, the fellowship was wonderful!

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  8. And so nice that even the husbands get along also!

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    1. Yes! And they talk as much as we do! :)

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  9. Love bloggy meet ups and fellowship. Sweet times that were so unexpected when we all started blogging. My peonies are just bursting forth. That does look like a refreshing meal on a hot day. I am sorely behind on my blog visits and I'm beginning to sound like a broken record on that regard. Happy last day of May to you!

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    1. No apologies needed, Ellen! I have been that broken record myself on many occasions. Life has its demands.

      Meeting fellow bloggers has never disappointed!

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  10. Oh Cheryl - that sounds like a wonderful time! I love peonies and mine are not quite blooming yet. We too are having a heat wave in Ontario - I love it but am thankful for the air-conditioning we have as well.

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    1. You are a hot weather person, Rosella? My mom and my younger girls all love the heat! I tend to hibernate in the summertime.

      We did have a wonderful time together!

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  11. Two Sweet Sister's in the Lord <3 , and their kind husbands!! God's kindness to us in this difficult world. Grateful for the *real* time ya'll got to spend together! And, your groceries look and sound lovely. Speaking of lovely D. grows the prettiest peonies !!!!!!~tammy

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