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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Friends and Full Moons


I took Robbie for another walk this evening (yes, 2 walks today!) and it was so lovely out. Just a bit of a breeze creating a crisp fresh smell to the air. The full moon shone down on us as we strolled the neighbourhood streets that are still lit up by the holiday merriment of Christmas and New Year's. By this time next week, all those lights will probably be taken down and stored away for another year. As I gazed up at the moon, beautiful beyond description, surrounded by silver wisps of cloud and a golden circular haze, I thought of all the wonderful friends I've made in the last 18 months or so. There's Suzanne in Arizona with whom I spent 4 glorious days last February. She took me to one of the world's greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. We met online. Josie lives right here in Vancouver, a mere half-hour drive away, and we also met online. We spent New Year's eve together with some of my "old" friends, and we toasted our new friendship and the fun we're going to have in the future. Then there's Jane in Wales (also met online), and we finally met in person this past November when I stayed with her a couple of days. Tonight's full moon had me humming that song:

Somewhere out there,
Beneath the pale blue night,
Someone's thinking of me,
And loving me tonight.
Somewhere out there,
Someone's saying a prayer,
Then we'll find one another,
In that big somewhere out there.

And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishing
On the same bright star,
And when the night will start to sing
A lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the
Same big sky.

Somewhere out there,
If love can see us through,
Then, we'll be together,
Somewhere out there, out where dreams, come true.


There have been others along the way, too. God has been good to me with all the new friends I've made - Vicki, Peggy, Joanne, and Connie in Florida; Willy in Paso Robles; Linda in Santa Cruz; Nancy in Porland; Cheryl in Montreal; Neva and Barb in Hawaii; Angie and Linda in New Orleans; Suzanne in Cape Cod; Markee in Denver; Fonda in Toronto; Diana in Akron; and Ada in Baltimore. My mind is just so full of gratitude right now for so many new friends. There was a time in my life when I felt alone but now I'm feeling blessed. I really believe that we're all under the same big sky and love will see us through - together!

13 comments:

Josie said...

Leslie, that's WONDERFUL....! It's amazing, isn't it, how we feel as if we've known each other for years. Blogging is a very interesting hobby.

I can hardly WAIT until we go to Italy. We're going to have so much fun.

Cheers,
Josie

LA DOLCE VIDA said...

Leslie, How very beautiful, I'm jealous, music, wow, I still haven't figured out how to change my picture! I mean really, I've had it with that guy goofy. that describes the "past' men in my life, NOT THE CURENT ONE. I'll be posting about him later today. I feel just as you do,with all our new friends, and even though they sometimes may visit, and sometimes get caught up in this thing called "LIFE" we all still sre here for one another, even if it may be in words only.
GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY
Francesca

Anonymous said...

Lovely Leslie! And the tribute to your Dad too.

I 2nd Josie!

Best to all,

Non-anonymous Ada

leslie said...

Thx Franny and Ada, I guess I was feeling a bit melancholy - and alone - as I stood there gazing up, but then I realized I am not alone, thanks to all of you! :D

Anonymous said...

La chanson est magnifique, Leslie, c'est très agréable à écouter en lisant le texte (who's singing?)
Merci pour ce moment si romantique :)
You have an amazing list of friends!
I'm happy to say I've met some of my closest friends on the Internet, mainly through photography, although I haven't actually met anyone in the flesh (yet).
Marie

leslie said...

Ah, Marie! Just wait until you meet in person someone you've met online. It has happened to me and I can now say I have 3 new very close and magnifique amies! Bienvenue to my site and pop over often, as will I to your site.

Anonymous said...

Merci, Leslie, je vais profiter de l'invitation!
Talk to you again soon.
Marie

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie..I had stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago, and I must tell you I am enjoying it very much. I'll keep in touch if ok??

DesertFlowers said...

Leslie, You have been very busy on your blog site. Your photos are incredible and as always your charm is as lovely as your photos. But your dentally challenged man might not be so bad, he could see a dentice and get braces ya know. Good men are indeed hard to come by, or maybe we have just settled into our age and have become comfortable with who we are. Thank you for mentioning me in your dialogue. We did travel a few miles while you were here, now didn't we.

I'm so looking forward to seeing you again in MB in February. It will be a great time for all of us. You want me to make you a DISCO MAMA outfit? LOL

Hugs Suzanne

Josie said...

HI, Leslie...! That was some wind last night, hey? Those big old trees outside my building were blowing thisclose to our roof. Scary. Have a great dinner tonight.

Cheers,
Josie

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie,

I am going to put you in my links so I come visit you more often! I have a hard time remembering who I want to visit otherwise! Usually, when I am out and about I don't click on other people's commenters as I want to go around and visit those who I ususally visit, so I am going to link you up and then I can come visit more often!

I know, I am a bit ditzy that way, but that is just me...

Ellie

PS...and Josie is one of the best bloggers out there isn't she? Maybe one day I will get to meet her too.

leslie said...

Hi Ellie, I'm glad you'll come visit more often. You just never know who you'll end up being friends with, as you can see from this particular post. It's going to be such fun when I get Suzanne, Jane, and Josie all together and see how we work as a group. I think it'll be a fantastic group. And who knows when you, Josie and I might meet some day.

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