Saturday Farm Boss and I drove to Portland to meet up with some fellow bloggers, their spouses, relatives, and a few who have yet to start a blog but might soon. Before we went, we knew we would have one big thing in common. We all enjoy reading Ronni Bennett's excellent blog, Time Goes By on aging. We had also all been invited to her home.
Farm Boss and I (and I think everyone there) had such a good time, not the least of which was because Ronni was such a gracious hostess. She was warm, welcoming and presented a scrumptious lunch which not only tasted delicious but looked beautiful too.
We had driven around Lake Oswego a bit before the event as it's hard to manage exact timing when coming from a distance and that was fun as we have history in that area. He had spent his high school years not far from where she lives. During our courting years, we had a lot of dates in that area; and then when we bought our first home, it was in a nearby community. So all in all, it was a delightful time to meet new friends in a place that I have loved.
Boy, has Oswego changed though! It's grown up in ways that make it hard to remember the little community it used to be. It is a pretty town with lots of trees sitting between the banks of a lake and the Willamette River.
Our photos of the gathering are on the following slide show for anybody interested. I cannot tell you who all these people are because I honestly only got first names and am hoping I can figure out where some of their blogs are to read more about them. (If any of you are reading here, please let me know).
Interestingly to me, everyone there was articulate, diverse in interests, and creative in different ways. Some might find it surprising that a group of elders would also share a common denominator of change but we did. Some had made changes. Some yet to make, but it was a testimony to the fact that the ability to be flexible and do new things doesn't end with youth. We surprisingly found we had many things in common, like a thread ran through us that brought us together. It made for a most enjoyable experience with a lot of good conversation and laughter.