I received Christmas cards through email and snail mail from many of my new friends, including one from Germany.
I've never been to North Dakota, but the soap definitely smells like good, rich farm dirt! As soon as I opened the package I had an overwhelming desire to go dig in the dirt! If smelling like dirt sounds appealing to you, you can order your very own bar of Dirt Soap at ppleasures . You're a hoot girl!
Yesterday I received yet another surprise in the mail. My friend Kath, at BirdingRVers, sent me two beautiful pairs of handmade earrings. I had picked out the turquoise colored ones and she designed/made the second(surprise) pair based on a picture I had sent her.
Kath says the heart-shaped ones are made of Labradorite, perfect for Lab Lady. How cool is that!?! I will be taking both pairs to Anchorage and wearing them in Kath's honor. You gotta meet us there next year for sure, Girl!!!
If you would like to see more of the lovely earrings Kath makes or if you have a special request, you can leave her a comment on the blog listed above. Even if you're not interested in earrings, check out the blog, a journal of life as full time RVer's.
I must also add the gift my friend Janet has given me. When I read that Janet had been Lance Mackey's Idita-Rider the past 2 years, I said to myself, "You gotta meet this lady!" I don't believe in coincidences. I didn't just "happen upon" her comment on Arctic Cam that day. I sent her a message, she responded immediately, eager to share her personal Iditarod experiences. Janet sensed how badly I wanted to be on 4th Ave. on the first Saturday in March, surrounded by barking, bouncing, excited dogs and the amazing folks who follow behind them.
Janet continued sharing her adventures, making it all feel more personal and possible to me. Janet encouraged me, offered to meet me in Anchorage, and the next thing I knew I had made my reservations! That wouldn't have happened without Janet's willingness to reach out to a complete stranger. (well, maybe she could tell I'm not THAT strange).
So, I guess you could say that Janet has given me the gift of the Iditarod. (I'll be forwarding all the bills-chuckle).
As I sit here typing , it occurs to me that although I have never met any of these wonderful ladies in person, I have a sense of closeness to each of them I can't describe. A sisterhood of sorts.Thank you Ladies, for best gifts of all- your friendship and for a becoming a part of my life.
Get out the shorts and flip flops!!!!
Enjoy the chinook while it lasts, Fairbanks.
You deserve it!