Ever had a day
when you feel you are hugged
and the day still young?
Have you ever had a day when you feel like you are being hugged and the hugs just keep on coming? That is my day today. It's 3:08 p.m. and much of the afternoon is still ahead of me. I'm not greedy though. If it all ends now, I will have the memory of a morning full of hugs and a bounty of goodness to share here with you.
This morning Facebook announced via Turlock City News of a new Dollar Store opening on the east side of town. I love this part of town. It's just east of one of the high schools and is like a little neighborhood. So, my friend Marie and I hurried over and fell in love. Small. Tidy. Well organized. Friendly staff. I took several photos as a visual reminder of why I need to get over there and enjoy this place for basic essentials and surprises.
This says exactly how I am feeling today.
The tables were pretty pastels and roomy and the booth tables were movable so people of different sizes could adjust the table to their comfort levels.
And what would a good soda and ice cream shop be without a selection of old fashion candy?
And so ended my morning, or so I thought. The mail came and went and I was tucking in with a copy of Shashi Tharoor's "Bookless in Baghdad" (one of my Dollar Store treasures). Don must have heard something or someone at the front door because the next thing I knew, he was handing me a package over my shoulder. From AUSTRALIA??!!
First to emerge was a lovely note from Lee-Ann Hamilton. Lee-Ann and I met in a chocolate swap back in the early days of my blogging (sometime late in 2006) and we have been fast blogging friends ever since.
Next to emerge was a long and narrow box all wrapped up in pretty in pink tissue paper. A snip here and a snip there to gently remove the tape securing the ribbon and what should appear but . . .
. . . a pretty little bookmark - a soft pink ribbon adorned with shiny little buckle and pearl encrusted gold cross. I caught my breath. I actually could not breathe for a moment.