Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Old Friends

Hi, folks. It's now post-Malice Domestic, and I'm still here in Northern Virginia--Vienna, to be specific--visiting dear friends from childhood. These two sisters, Nancy & Diane, are the closest thing to sisters I've ever had. We all met when we moved into the same Arlington, VA, neighborhood years and years ago when we were just starting elementary school. I've been fortunate over the years to have had opportunities to travel from other areas of the country where my family and I lived and come back to visit my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia. Washington, DC is a wonderful city to "come home" to, as well. There's always something going on in Washington, even if the politicians are momentarily quiet.

But the most enjoyable times are when all of us are together, Nancy & Diane with their husbands Tom & Les, and we all sit and snack on tasty appetizers before a wonderful dinner, enjoy martinis or really good wines, and talk and laugh and talk and eat and talk and laugh some more. Both couples have beautiful homes here in this gorgeous wooded area of Northern Virginia, and springtime is upon us. That means, we can move our feasting and talk outside to beautiful patios surrounded by blooming flowers. Azaleas are in bloom here in Virginia, but the cherry blossoms have already come and gone. Pink and white flowering dogwoods are everywhere, though.

I hope all of you have old friends you visit regularly---or even family. If you do, you might want to try the two recipes contributed by Nancy & Diane to the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mystery series. Check the back of last year's release, DROPPED DEAD STITCH for Nancy's Butternut Squash Soup and Diane's "Famous" Chocolate Chip Cookies. I promise you won't regret it. Enjoy!

13 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

My blog partners and I try to get together a couple times a year and it's some of the best memories!

Lover of Books said...

I have some good friends that I hang out with and we typically end up going shopping. lol I have a blast with them and wish we could spend some more time together.

Krista

Rural View said...

I'm off the topic, but I just wanted to tell you how much I love this blog. I just discovered it about a month ago. Since then I've never missed a day.

signlady217 said...

I do have some great friends that I just adore hanging out with (they're as crazy as I am!). And I've got a really good recipe for Pumpkin Soup that came about trying to decide what to do with some leftover canned pumpkin.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya---You got it. Those are the best of memories. Old friends are truly golden.

Maggie Sefton said...

Krista----Hopefully your friends don't live too far away. That way you can schedule more get-togethers. Those times together get more precious over the years.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dear Rural View----What a lovely comment! Thank you so much for sharing that. Believe me, it means the world to us---the Cozy Chicks. As writers, our work is done in solitude with all sorts of characters inside our heads that we're trying to capture on paper. You are the reason we do it. We want to share those fascinating characters with You, the Reader. And----the same holds true for our lively--and contemplative--blog posts. We are compelled to share with readers.

Maggie Sefton said...

Signlady---Crazy is good. It helps to have friends as crazy as you are. It helps us remember to stay a little off center. Ohhhhh, and I bet your pumpkin soup is every bit as delicious as the squash soup. Yum.

Vicki said...

Ooh, pumpkin soup...yum! Ok, sorry..got distracted :) My truly life-long friends all live in different states, so it's hard to see them every year, but thank goodness for phones! We're going to try and see friends in GA this summer since I'm way past due...haven't seen them in almost 5 years!

Hannah Dennison said...

What was so exciting about this Malice and Festival of Books was meeting cyber friends in the flesh at last! It was wonderful to finally get to see the Cozy Chicks!
Also, I just LOVED Virginia and Pennsylvania too - it reminded me of England.

Maggie Sefton said...

Vicki---Oh, five years, yes, I'd say you deserve a trip to visit old friends. Don't be surprised when you never wait that long again.

Maggie Sefton said...

Hannah---Was that your first trip to Virginia? Wow, you simply have to come again. Virginia is beautiful. It's got oceans and beautiful mountains and forests. And history is around every corner. If you enjoy historical sites, then you should definitely see Colonial Willaimsburg. Definitely.

Helen Kiker said...

I live in Winchester Virginia. My daughter will be taking me to see an iris garden as a Mother's Day treat. We just finished having the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester.

Helen Kiker