Make New Friends but Keep the Old…

…One is silver, the other gold.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday for O is for Old and for the fact that this post will go on and on! Thank you Denise Nesbitt, Roger, and the ABC team!

One day, four events! I flew from Seattle to Santa Ana (California) on Saturday and had a full day filled with time with old friends!

I arrived at John Wayne Airport at 8:30 A.M. and drove to La Habra, California. My pop and I went to his favorite breakfast spot and I treated him to breakfast. This is what he always orders, 2 sunny side up eggs, hash browns and sausage.  He enjoyed every bite of food and each slurp of his coffee.

My pop is now living with my oldest sister and thriving. He lets me know frequently how much he loves the chair Dear and I bought him. Lately he’s occupied with jigsaw puzzles.

At 11:30 A.M. I drove down Whittier Blvd. to our dear friend Alice’s home for a Baby shower in her beautiful back yard!

This is Alice with her son who will be holding his new son soon and this will be Alice’s first grand baby! Alice has always had an open home and is the most hospitable lady. Many of us at the shower have been graced with hours of good times in her home with good food to eat.

The new dad and mom to be with our friend Natalie in the middle praying a blessing on them, the baby and the festivities.

My best friend from college days and beyond, Heidi, with her daughter Nikki.

My nieces Melissa, Michelle and my SIL Kelly.

Heidi, Alice and I had some fun adventures in our college days. Alice lived in San Francisco and we spent time with her there and she came down to L.A. to spend time with us. We hadn’t seen each other for over 35 years!

I caught my sister enjoying her food with my blast from the past friend, Alice.

I took off from the baby shower before gifts were opened to drive on 2 more freeways to get to my high school mini reunion.

We had a great turnout with close to 50 grads from Montebello High School showing up.

I was so happy to see my friend from elementary school days through high school at the reunion. I hadn’t seen her for over 46 years!

Lots of good memories came back to me and I have to admit some of the people that were there didn’t drum up any memories from my dear old brain.

These girls I’ll never forget. Nancy on the left was my good buddy and Anne her cousin is on my right.

I left the reunion after 4 hours and finally headed to my hotel to check in at 6:30.

My dear nephew David and niece Kristin picked me up at the hotel door to take me out to dinner at 7:00. They had been out on a boat with their friends for the afternoon. How sweet of them to take the time and treat me to dinner and catch up conversation.

My hotel experience was good to start with and I fell asleep exhausted since I had been up since 3:15 am. At 1:15 the room next door was visited by some very loud guests who were pounding on the door. I woke from such a deep sleep that I was disoriented and didn’t know where I was for a few moments. My heart was racing. I called the front desk and they said they’d come up and talk to them. It took me a long time to fall back to sleep and then they woke me up again at 5:30 a.m. oye and bother!! When I talked to the front desk in the morning the person behind the desk said they’d take a percentage off my room. When I got back to my room I got a phone call from another person on staff who told me how sorry he was for my experience and that they would comp my room and I didn’t have to pay anything.

One day filled with so many old memories and friends. I’ll put the hotel experience way behind me!


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Make New Friends but Keep the Old…

  1. My goodness, can’t believe you did all that in one day! I’d have been so wiped out I probably wouldn’t have heard the noise next door – but then I sleep like the dead.

  2. What a wonderful day you had but so sorry you were disturbed, good of the hotel to waive your bill but I’m sure soon forgotten, particularly when you look at all the lovely pictures.
    I liked old Papa’s chair and what a hearty breakfast he enjoyed, good for him !
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  3. This was a wonderful post! Love the balance of Pop and the new baby for older family, and new. Loved the old friends and new. It was all lovely. Glad they at least comp’d your room at the hotel! Some people are so inconsiderate when they stay overnight somewhere, like they are the only ones there!

  4. What a very full day! Thank The Lord you didn’t have to pay for that hotel experience in cash. You paid plenty in other ways. I tell you every time how cute your dad is…he still is!

  5. WOW you will now need a vacation from your vacation, the photos show what a wonderful and blessed time you had! Class reunions are always so much fun, and do bring back so many memories! You Dad looks so cute, and seems like such a sweet man, I love puzzles too!~smile~ Congratulations and best wishes on the soon to be parents and grandparents on the soon to come baby! Know all about this kind of excitement!l
    , Sue

  6. Such a fun, yet whirlwind kind of day!!! It’s like everyone wanted a piece of you! I bet your own bed never felt so good when you got home!

  7. wow, mizz ellen, that was one busy day. how fun to see so many of your friends from long ago..i love reunions…we have one this all school reunion but NEXT summer will be our 60th class reunion. I sure hope I am still around to go…it’s only 45 miles away. 🙂

  8. You did pack a lot into that day…but so many good things that I’m sure it was worth the whirlwind!! Family time, old friends, parties…those kinds of days tire the body but they fill the heart! Nice to see your dad so happy!

  9. just reading tires me 😉 I do envy your energy, i wish i had it to on some days. You’re truly a blessed person and that i’m happy for you for. I wish you to stay it likes for long times to come.

  10. That was a whirlwind trip for sure. Keeping old friends is so wonderful and it’s amazing how you can catch up no matter how many years in-between. Your Pop looks wonderful and I’m thinking about baby showers these days …. need to start planning :).

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