Sometimes there are friendships really worth nurturing, and it's like that with M and I. But since September, we really haven't been able to touch base much--just on the phone for a few minutes or while picking up either my child or hers. It has been a crazy year, as we've both been working trying to hold things together while both husbands were out of work.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided that taking an hour wouldn't hurt anything. So today we took an hour and went over to a little coffee place for a muffin. I don't drink coffee, so it was a soy steamer for me (since milk is a no-no these days). We'd never been to this place before, and it looked charming. The lady that owns the place was a bit...eccentric. She was a real talker and kept us informed about the history of this or that and "Will you please let me do your coffee this way and did you know decaf still has caffeine and although I never second guess my customers will you please let me do your coffee this way? And (my favorite) I baked these scones this morning and they're delicious!" It was kind of unusual, and turned a 5 minute order into a 15 minute ordeal! But I guess she's part of the place's character, and she was more than helpful. While she lectured on coffee and Ms choice, I worked on a really cool puzzle she had set out at one of the tables. And when our order was finally filled, we were able to enjoy it in a really cozy, comfy space. I brought my camera, hoping to take a photo or two, but we got so busy yacking that I didn't take the time. Also, I didn't think a couple of paper cups and a wrapped muffin would make particularly nice photos! But just as we were packed up to go, and M headed out to put her little one in the van, I took these. I have something, at least, to post today!
ALSO! A very big "HURRAH! and CONGRATULATIONS!" to Jane and her Corner View idea having a birthday! I raised my soy steamer in her honor today, and imagined a candle on my muffin. Good on ya, Jane. There have been so many great themes that I couldn't choose my favorite over the past year to post, so I'm just going to send you over the Spain Daily and see what everyone else has been doing, and to encourage you to jump in! It's a great way to see what is happening in many, many corners of the world--and the photographs? Wow.