Thursday, 18 December 2008
Welcome to Mildred, plus "A long and full day"
What a long and full day.
My friend Betsy has been long awaiting the arrival of Mildred. (Betsy and I agreed on this name). Mildred arrived today. Her photo’ is above.
I awoke at 4:45 a.m. this morning at the “Day’s Inn”, near Miami International Airport.
After a quick shower I drove at high speed to the Airport itself, trusting my GPS/Sat Nav. to get me there – which it did.
10 minutes after my arrival my friend called my mobile ‘phone. He had arrived on time from Brasil, via Chile; breezed through immigration, baggage claim and customs, and ready for me about 35 minutes after his ‘plane had landed.
I “high-tailed” it through the airport, from one concourse to another. Five minutes after his call we met with hugs and great laughter.
Then came the hard part: - a four hour drive back to Sarasota. Luckily for he was so happy to do most of the driving.
Back at home, we chatted and “caught up”, then I persuaded him to rest. (He had been travelling for 24 hours).
We enjoyed a late lunch of ham and eggs. Then after some more rest we drove to Longboat Key.
There I rehearsed with the All Angels’ Church Choir for their Jan 6th concert, whilst my friend enjoyed a good walk on the beach.
On the way home we stopped off at Ben’s home for beverages and snacks.
I made a simple dinner of stir-fried vegetables (onions, red and green peppers, zucchini (courgettes in England), and red chard, together with some broiled fish – in this case it was “Grouper”.
(Stir fried veggies and broiled fish are so simple. One can prepare this nutritious and healthy meal in about 20 minutes).
Yes, it’s been a long and hard day. But it has also been so rich. I will soon rest - very tired but also very contented. I feel like a child - one who goes off to sleep without a worry in the world!