Holly time!
Thursday July 28th 2011, 10:57 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Friends

Yesterday I was not feeling well, dragging, just not up to a run to the store and neither were the others.

Last night I looked in my kitchen and wondered how… And every one of those avocados so far that I’d cut open was bad, which is highly unusual here. BLTs totally wouldn’t do, and and and. What to plan.

Today (feeling a lot better) I couldn’t wait to tell my husband thank you when he got home.

My friend Holly arrived on my doorstep in the early afternoon and we chatted and knitted and caught up and were so glad for some time together–very rare given that a) she lives in Germany and b) she just did a deployment to Afghanistan.

But she’s safely out of there now, she and her husband were in the area for a few days, and she carved out some time for me–and earlier for Ruth, too. She gifted me with German Zauberball long-repeat sock yarn, German orange milk chocolate, a travel kit, all very good stuff. But best of all, her time. (Thank you, Holly!)

A few days ago, my Richard and I were at Costco and he went looking for and found that they still had an artisanal cheese I’d had some of a few weeks earlier: exquisitely good stuff.

But I didn’t need to splurge on it, I told him. And it would be mostly me eating it, Michelle can’t and he shouldn’t and really, that’s just too much for one person.

Rather over my objections he put some in our cart anyway and firmly insisted that since I liked it so much, I should have it for protein in my lunches. It wasn’t for him; it was for me.

Twist my delighted arm. We did have some crackers it went well with…

Fast forward to  me telling Holly, who is vegetarian, that if she’d like, I had peaches and I had a goat cheese with blueberries and cinnamon to serve up with crackers–adding quickly that yes, that sounds weird but it’s really good. (Side note to Holly: I just looked it up and turns out it’s not quite so locally made after all, it’s from Canada. Not so much on the Napa Valley thing.  Oops.)

She had the same reaction to it we had had. Wow! I offered to take her to Costco and buy her some; she said customs would be the problem, getting it back to Germany, but oh, my.

I have this wonderful husband who likes to make me happy. It was a little thing…but it turned out to be so much bigger a thing and better than he imagined at the time he went looking for that cheese for me. He rescued my day, in sickness and then in health. I wanted to spoil my friend like he’d wanted to spoil me, and it was just the thing.

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Always a good day when Holly visits….yarn gift was awesome too…I totally ran out of room to mention the exchange. 🙂

Comment by Ruth 07.28.11 @ 11:36 pm

Great story! Sometimes, allowing someone else to be good to us, to gift to us is really a gift to them.

Comment by Joansie 07.29.11 @ 5:19 am

You know… That cheese WAS locally made. Just local to ME, not to YOU! (And yes, it’s delicious, isn’t it?

Comment by AnnieBeeKnits 07.29.11 @ 5:53 am

Don’t care where it is made; that cheese sounds like tastebud heaven. Glad you had a great visit!!

Comment by Channon 07.29.11 @ 6:21 am


Comment by Sherry in Idaho 07.29.11 @ 7:42 am

It was great – now we just need to plan ahead for the next time!
(Hopefully in Dec).
I appreciate the hospitality and loved the cheese! Maybe next time we can detour via yarn stores!

Comment by Holly 07.29.11 @ 8:43 am

Your story reminds me of a recent saying: Random acts of kindness.

Comment by Don Meyer 07.29.11 @ 8:51 am

I’m holding my mouth just right, imagining how good that cheese is — mmmmmmm!

that yarn is awesome, can’t wait to see that knit up into something

Comment by Bev 07.29.11 @ 10:04 am

This is such a sweet post and it left me really hungry and wanting some of that Artisanal cheese. I will have to check to see if the Costco here carries it. So nice that you could spend time with your friend. Lovely gift she gave you.

Comment by Carolyn 07.29.11 @ 12:03 pm

Oh Alison, even your bad days can be good days. Delicious yarn and gorgeous cheese with friends. Love your posts!

Comment by LynnM 07.29.11 @ 12:15 pm

…but sorry about the avocados. I deal with that too often here.

Comment by LynnM 07.29.11 @ 12:16 pm

Hmmm. Cheese sounds yummy. I’m with Carolyn. Mentioned the cheese to DH (who usually does the Costco runs) as a “wonder if OUR Costco has it” kind of mention. He’ll probably call to describe what he sees next time he’s there. Costco may wonder why they’re having an unusually heavy run on it, of course.

Lovely yarn. Wonderful to have time with a friend. So glad you all managed that.

Comment by sjanova 07.29.11 @ 6:52 pm

I’m sure Richard is right and you did deserve that indulgence, and it is nice how the joy it created in you multiplied for your friend!

Comment by twinsetellen 08.02.11 @ 6:20 pm

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