"The next best thing to the enjoyment of a good time, is the recollection of it."
~James Lendall Basford
For someone who has a zillion photo albums collected on shelves all over her house, it amazes even me that I rarely print photos anymore. But I didn't want my memories of Italy languishing in a file in my computer, forgotten, so in December I took advantage of the awesome promotions Shutterfly was offering and created a photo book.
It's wonderful, but the bonus was a coupon for a free calendar, which arrived in the mail yesterday! Now I just have to glance up and to the left from my desk when I need a quick mental retreat to Italy. Thank you, Shutterfly!
"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."
~From the television show The Wonder Years
Speaking of hanging on to memories... my oldest now has his own home, so I finally gave in to his urging and dug out the remaining 6 boxes I've had held onto that were filled with mementoes of his childhood.
I didn't have a chance to go through them before Tom loaded them in his truck. That was probably for the best, though, doing it cold turkey like that. I doubt if all 6 boxes would have made it out of here intact, if I'd had time to dive into them.
So I'm grateful my son posted photos of the Ninja Turtles, pogs, Marvel comic cards, Hot Wheels, etc. the boxes contained. They are all treasured memories for me, too... providing flashbacks to a younger him, collecting and sorting and playing with them.
And now, even more sweet!s....
~Every year for the past 10 or 12 years, our friends Karen and George have hosted a Super Bowl party. They are from Philadelphia and huge Eagles fans, as you can see from the banner below.
I'm not a football fan, so I really don't know if the Philadelphia Eagles have played in a Superbowl before, but I do know they've never won one... until this year.
I usually go to the parties for the food and the chance to catch up with girlfriends. Sunday night I still ate and gabbed my fair share, but I also actually watched a large portion of the game, rooting for the Phillies, of course.
And it was so gratifying to witness Karen and George as that final second ticked away, and they knew their team had won. You don't have to be a huge football fan to be happy for your friends and grateful when loyalty is rewarded.
Congratulations, George and Karen!
~My friend's son letting me know I'm having a few e-seconds of fame! Click on this link and scroll down to Franklin's BBQ...
Me at Franklin's, thanks to Google City Experts, circa 2014
~Helping to celebrate two friends' birthdays in one day, with awesome food, good company, and a return to Esther's Follies
~Finally making it to the Lago Vista Market Days, visiting with friends and spotting some cute puppies.
~Friends and past clients recommending my Realtor services on Facebook... and even to strangers in Sephora!
~Deciding to wait out the worst of traffic by having dinner at East Side Cafe after showing property in the area.
~A morning spent on the Austin Luxury property tour of amazing off-market homes. That it's part of my job makes it extra sweet!
~Gaining new clients because they googled "Keller Williams agent - Austin" and my name popped up, plus they felt my website was "very professional".
~Witnessing the Super Blue Blood Moon, in all of its stages.
~Contracts on two of my listings
~Continuing to find heart rocks along my path
~Watching the space station pass right over our house
~ A 91st birthday party for an amazing lady
~ A wedding shower for a friend's daughter, who is now a new home owner and past client
~ My son sharing a precious photo of Belle
~ Christmas decorations all put away until next year
~ Experiencing the energy of a 2Cellos concert for the first time
~ A phone call with my high school yearbook teacher
~ Friends thinking of me and sharing when they discover hearts in unusual places, like the center of this cedar post (thanks, Stan!)
Those are true Valentines. And so...
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you tomorrow!
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."