Making the Most of a Minute (or Two…)

Sometimes it’s a crazy world we live in.  Our schedules can just be full to the brim and trying to squeeze one more thing in is next to impossible!

That seemed to be the case last week between my friend Lyn and I.  She was here in Utah spending time with her Mother who just had a pace maker put in her heart.  Lyn came to take care of her for a week.  Lyn lives in Arizona, so  she doesn’t make it up to her Mom’s more than a couple of times a year.  This was one of those ‘bonus’ visits.  Luckily, her Mom did very well with the surgery and was feeling well enough that she had Lyn running ragged taking her places.

Sometimes all we have are fleeting moments!

Because her Mom kept her so busy….. it was making it VERY difficult for her and I to get together for lunch.  She was up in Logan, which is about 90 miles north of where I live….. so it was going to take some planning to get a visit in.

I was busy during the week getting ready for my sister’s wedding.  Planning and designing my cupcake tower, picking cupcake flavors…. buying what I needed…. blah blah blah……  Needless to say, we were both busy.

The only day Lyn had free was the day of my sister’s wedding, which wasn’t going to work because I was busy frosting and rolling fondant and all the other stuff that goes with it.

We were both determined to spend some time together…. somehow!  I even offered to drive to Logan and pick her up and bring her back down to the Salt Lake Airport…. but the shuttle arrangements had already been made and paid for.  So… the only time we had was for me to catch her between the shuttle and her getting on her plane!

It worked out that I got to the airport just as she had finished checking in her luggage with the Sky Cap.  She jumped in my car and we drove around the airport area 2 times before she wanted to get out ro get through security.  You just never know how long that security check will take….. so you can’t take chances!  Reluctant as I was to let her go…. I understood.

We probably had about 10 minutes total together … in which we were madly trying to catch up with what was going on in each others lives.  And so true to her fashion…. she spent most of the time quizzing me on MY family…. so I didn’t have time to ask her much about hers…. but we did get to talk a little about what was happening in her life.

I love that woman!  I’m so grateful that we were able to make the most of a minute…. or two… and that we got to see each other, brief though it was!

Sometimes a minute is all we have to catch up!  I know that’s how I felt when my son’s were serving on their missions for our church.  They would only get to call home 2 times a year.  And that hour on the phone would just breeze on by and certainly feel like just a minute or two!  But I was grateful for those minutes I had with them!

Be grateful for the time you have to spend with friends or family…. be it on the phone or in person!  Make the most of those minutes!

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.”  – Coria Kent

I am Grateful!  How are You?


Dixie Days

Do you have memories of good times and friends from long ago?  Most of us probably do.  High School friends, college friends or even friends from any group of people that you were around a lot.

I have great friends from High School and College that still mean the world to me.  So does my husband.  However…. because of the circumstances…. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to get to know his friends from Dixie College really well.  They were a part of a group at Dixie known as Program Bureau which was directed by Roene DiFore.  I blogged about Roene a while back.  She was an amazing lady and brought together students from the college by giving them a class where they learned standard and fun songs with many of the lyrics changed to fit the Dixie Spirit.  Actually….. Program Bureau really became the Dixie Spirit!

These classes traveled around a little to perform for others.  Through those travels and also just getting to be good friends in class… they all became very close to each other.  Close enough that they wanted to maintain contact with each other.  Part of the success in that was Roene always inviting former students back every Spring and Fall during D-week and Homecoming to come to what she called ‘Midnight PB’ and sing all the old songs they sang when they were there.  It was a good excuse to get together a few times a year.

However, this group of friends has made an effort to meet together a little more often when they can.  We’ve spent New Year’s Eve with several of them that live in the Salt Lake area several times.  They are a fun group and I really enjoy being with them.  They’ve always made me feel a part of them, even though I never attended Dixie.

This weekend….  Dixie was celebrating their 100 year Anniversary.  So there were a few more activities and more effort made by many to come participate in them.  Luckily… we were on our way back from Phoenix and it fit right to stop for another day and ‘meet with the old gang’.

Though we didn’t attend everything…. we were able to attend the activities that were important to us, including last night at the BBQ at the Alumni house with the friends from the years John was there.  We had a great time.   Many had brought some old pictures they’d taken while they were in college.  Unfortunately…..  John never took any….. so it was fun to see the pictures others had taken.  And there were many with him in it.  It was fun to see him in those shots.  I didn’t meet John till several years after he attended Dixie…. so it was fun to see how cute he was!  (And still is of course!)  No wonder all the girls had a crush on him!

Then, this afternoon, we had another get together with many of those same people by having a luncheon at the home of Rick and Sheri Nielson’s home.  Rick and Sheri were at Dixie with the rest of the gang, and they opened up their beautiful home over in the Green Springs area to us for the luncheon.  Again…. we had a great time.  Got to hear Lou, Sue and Sharon sing and recorded my husband singing “Long Tall Texan/ Short Fat Utahn”  that he used to sing with PB.   We also played a little trivia by asking questions about things that happened during those Dixie days to see who knew the answers.  They were a crazy bunch back then…. did some pretty crazy things.  You’d think they must have been young back then or something!

I’m so grateful that John had the experiences he had in college and made such marvelous friends and that we can get together often and have such fun.  I love these great people!  It makes me wish that I made more of an effort to get together with some of my old college friends!

Though we’ll miss the activities this evening…… including Midnight PB…(which starts at 9pm now!)….  I’m thankful for Dixie celebrations that bring us all together and I’m grateful to his friends for making me feel like such a big part of them!  Love those Dixie Days!

I am Grateful!  How are you?