This past week had a few more interesting things in it than the usual routine. While I love dull weeks, meaning nothing major or stressful occurred, most of the time, it’s nice to have a little variety on occasion. You see, I’m an introvert that likes to be stay inside my house. When I get out or have someone in, it takes effort on my part (like getting out of the pjs and putting on makeup and other assorted chores) and I avoid them more than I should. I need to make more effort like I did this past week.

We hosted Hubby’s aunt and uncle for supper before they left for warmer climes. It was such a warm night we sat out on the deck and watched the stars come out while we ate pizza. We didn’t turn the lights on so we could see the sky better. We watched planes go in and out of the airport, watched a satellite go over, and saw Jupiter shining as brightly as Venus. It would have been nice to see northern lights but not that night.

We hosted Hubby’s cousins for a quick breakfast one morning. Hubby’s mother’s cousin lives in town, and we don’t go visit her often enough. Hubby’s second cousins brought her over for a visit and brought hot beverages with them. I made blueberry muffins from scratch, and we had a nice visit before they headed out to see the colors in the hills. Hubby and I should try to get over to see the elderly cousin more often.

I had lunch with a friend one day. Girl time is always refreshing for me so I always love it. This friend and I met almost a year ago but had only seen each other at the occasional meetings we both attended. At the last one, it was just her and me which gave us a good opportunity to get to know each other better. Not long after, we met for lunch and discovered how much we have in common. She’s a poet; I’m a writer. We’re close to the same age and have children and grandchildren. Since then, we’ve been meeting for lunch to visit and talk for a couple of hours. I love long lunches!

One morning, a friend from Boise called me and we got caught up on the news of each other. I miss her a lot because we used to go to lunch quite a bit and talk for hours. Hearing her voice was so pleasant, and I smiled when I heard it. It was a reminder that friendships know no distance, especially in the age of technology. We can still be together although Wyoming and most of Idaho lies between us.

I visited a neighbor who is home from the hospital after having a heart attack. She took me to the airport the last time I flew out (Hubby had another obligation and couldn’t do it). The day after, she called another neighbor about not feeling well and who took her to the ER. She was in the middle of a heart attack. She had stents and several surgeries and procedures. She had all kinds of setbacks but overcame them all. After almost three weeks, she’s home again and doing well. I went to visit for a little bit and heard about her ordeal. She’s been through a lot, and I admire her toughness.

While to some that may seem like a dull week, it wasn’t to me. It held enough routine to keep me inside my comfort zone and enough activities to keep things interesting. As my friend and I discussed at lunch, it would be very easy for me to be hermit, but it’s also very good for me to get away from the house from time to time. Visiting with people is worth the effort (like showering, dressing in more than pjs, putting on makeup, etc.) and brings good feelings. When I don’t want to get away from the house, I have to remember I can’t hide away forever and that I’ll be very glad I made the effort. Friendships are too precious to neglect.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

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