Monday, March 29, 2010

All’s well.

A few days ago I wrote:-

I’m worried.

One of my oldest friends J – we were toddlers together - has always, for the last thirty years, remembered my birthday as I have hers and I had a chat with her in February on her birthday. After a day or two I realised I hadn’t heard from her and then had an anxiety dream about her. Yesterday I phoned and left a message asking her to phone when she could. When I got no answer today I phoned E the third member of our toddler trio and she only had Christmas contact with J so knew nothing. We all live far apart.

It was as if a great cloud was hanging over me. I phoned her number repeatedly and then I remembered her brother had been in touch with my SIL after my brother died; she gave me a dubious email address and still I heard nothing. On Friday I decided to take all the birthday cards down to make it easier for Sheila to dust. There was time to read them more carefully and I spotted one which I had read as my friend Joan from another era but was it perhaps Jean? I find it difficult to throw lovely cards away and managed to find an old one from Jean and her late husband so there was no doubt who it was from. Both MTL and I compared the handwriting and it had to be from Jean – not Joan. Joan has only been a friend for 40 years so she’s allowed to forget my birthday.

There was still the problem of my worrying dream and the fact I couldn’t get a response. Then in the middle of marvelling at Joan Collin’s gutsy interview with Piers Morgan (I wonder what Katie Price will look like at 76?) the phone rang and it was my dear old friend Jean -just back from a holiday abroad. We had a long reassuring chat and she understood my concern and was relieved her card had got through. Below is a snap taken some years back of Jean and her late husband when we met up in Yorkshire near our old cottage.

P.S. I’m having problems staying on line so on Wednesday am having a new modem equivalent fitted - all I know is it is white and Japanese – more later – and also more memory. Hopefully this will make life easier. Today so far I can’t publish this or call round and visit so please excuse me.

26 comments:

R. Sherman said...

I'm glad everything turned out OK.

Cheers.

savannah said...

glad she's well and y'all are settled, sugar! xoxoxo

(thanks again, sugar, for the kind words!)

Queenie said...

So glad all is well. That must have been a huge relief. Best of luck with the new technology.

mapstew said...

All is well! :¬)

xxx

Z said...

I hope Joan is okay... ;-)

Eryl Shields said...

So relieved to hear this.

And hope you'll be back on line, fully, soon.

The Cloudcutter said...

That's great news. If I had friends like you I would ever be lonely Pat :-)
Btw this line made me smile - "Joan has only been a friend for 40 years so she’s allowed to forget my birthday."

Pat said...

Randall: good isn't it?

Savannah: pleasure honey.

Queenie: It can only get better. I'm sick of 'not responding' and 'task manager'.

Mapstew: just for the moment:)

Z: now don't get me started!

Eryl: I have great confidence in Tim.

CC: or should I be worrying about Joan?

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Luna said...

Very happy all turned out well :)

Pat said...

Luna: thank you:)

Sheri said...

I'm so glad your friend is well! I realize the anxiety in losing touch with someone you love.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I haven't been reading my regular blog list or writing on my own blog often. Haven't felt well. But I'm trying to get back to doing things I enjoy, things that make me happy.

Thanks for being so loyal.

rashbre said...

Good to know that all is well.

Although...All your pictures have disappeared on the blog, but I'm assuming its some sort of temporary thing and that normal service will soon be resumed.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Listen doll, I don't like to take the wind out of your sails here hen, but the white Japanese thing being delivered on Wednesday... it's a fridge.

At least your vodka will be nice and chilled when you still cannae get on line Wednesday night.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh So Glad to know that your friend is alright and was just on Holiday....! These things do become more worrisome as we get older, don't they?
Very Sweet Picture, too, my dear!

Pat said...

Sheri: I'm glad you are back. I try to be loyal to all on my side bar.

Rashbre: goodness knows what 's happening. I had to close everything down earlier but it seems OK again.

Jimmy: gee you sure know how to make a girl feel good. Thanks hon:)

Naomi: it is a relief to know she's fine. It's hard for her without her husband and she has an unusual weight problem in that she can't put it on.

Bethany Rae said...

I'm glad all is well, I hope you had a very happy birthday!
I love reading your blog :)

lom said...

pleased to hear your friend is OK

Gadjo Dilo said...

Piers Morgan isn't worthy enough even to primp Joan Collins' shoulder pads.

Pat said...

Bethany:that's nice to hear:)

LOM: it is a great relief.

Gadjo: I missed a great chunk of the interview because of the phone call but I'm sure she handled it with her natural chutzpah.

Charlie said...

Yay for Joan! Your friendship remains intact. What a load off your mind.

Pat said...

Charlie: I know it's confusing but it's Jean. Joan is the one who I confused with Jean - card-wise. Confused? You should be:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Haha, Z is wicked ;-)

I know those dreams. I hate them. I tend to believe them.

Your friend Jean is pretty too!

Pat said...

GG: yes Z gave me a rueful grin:)

Kevin Musgrove said...

a happy ending, excellent!

Pat said...

Kevin: nothing to worry about - till the next one;)