Monday Bittersweet Memories!

Soon one of our neighbors as a neighbor will be a memory--dear, thoughtful Kim. You've never met a person with more of a lust for life than Kim. I never will forget how welcome she made us feel when we moved here three years ago. Tonight we had a "going-away party" for her and John, her husband. Our cul-de-sac will not be the same without her. We will miss you so much! She's only moving three miles away, though, so hopefully we will see them often.

The picture below is my neighbor, Cynthia, who hosted the party. It was the first time I had been over since she hung the piece that she commissioned me to do for her this spring. You can barely tell, but I put a striping of red around half of the outside edge. It is a perfect match for the red buffet that she found to go under it.

Click on any of the pictures below to get an "up close and personal" look.

Below is my hubs, Larry, our neighbor, Pam, and Suzanne, the sweet California sister of Kim. She had the most infectious laugh. I could sit and listen to her laugh for hours. And believe you me, we did a lot of laughing.

In this next picture is Kim, Betty, Cynthia and Paul. What a wonderful cul-de-sac of neighbors.

After the party, we walked down to Kim's house to see her Catalina Island room. Her mom was born and raised there and they still have the beautiful, old family home. A few years ago, Larry had business in Long Beach and we ended up staying on the Queen Mary. It is docked and is a hotel now. We had an afternoon to spare and ended up on Catalina Island--one of the most awesome and romantic days of our married life. If you've never been to Catalina and get the chance, it is the most quaint, romantic, beautiful place you could ever hope to go. Click here to read more about it.

These Calla lilies are growing out in front of Kim's house that is on the market. Aren't they an incredible color?

And here is the Catalina Island room. Kim took all of these pictures. Catalina Island and its scenic beauty makes anyone look like an incredible photographer--

And this is our zestful, fun-loving Kim's whimsical picture. But, don't let the beautiful, pedicured feet lying in the pool fool you. This girl is a workhorse and is involved with the Ronald McDonald house here in our area. She has touched the lives of numerous people. She is a giver if ever I knew one.