I took an afternoon off today. A friend called and asked if I could get away for lunch. Joe had someone coming to give him communion and a telephone man would be here after that. (We are making some changes in our phones.) I thought he would be busy and not alone.....so I told her I could. We went to my favorite restaurant. It's called Crumpets...a ladies tearoom. We had such a good time getting to know each other better and eating in this delightful setting. It's very Victorian and they specialize in tiny sandwiches, quiche, homemade soup, and wonderful desserts and teas and flavored coffees. We had cream of cauliflower soup and a cheesy quiche. The plate was adorned with pickle slices, carrot strips, watermelon, grapes, and an orange slice. Everything was so fresh and very ladylike portions. We didn't have room for dessert, however. After lunch we visited a couple of gift shops across the street. We stopped on the way home, to buy sweet corn. When we got back to the house, she wanted to see my gardens. I took her on a tour around the yard. I began to feel embarrassed that everything wasn't in tip top shape, but before I apologized for the unkempt garden.... I thought, I've been so busy in the house with Joe. Since his surgery...he can do almost nothing. It has fallen on me to pick up where he left off. Not complaining, but I found that I can't do it all...something has to suffer. So, my gardens will be back next year. I will plan all winter and be ready in the Spring. Hopefully nothing will happen next year and she and I can take that garden walk again.