Friday, October 06, 2006

I'm home!

So glad some of you missed me a little. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

The trip was good. Mostly. There were a few times I wanted to whack somebody up-side the head (like last night when I almost didn’t get a flight home because they’d over-booked the flight), but there were a lot more times when I wanted to hug somebody, so the good out-weighed the bad.

Mostly, I wanted to hug Karla, but because I was suffering from a whopper of a cold, I resisted for fear of infecting her with whatever bug has been dragging my body through the mud. Karla is just what I imagined, proving that you CAN get to know someone in a genuine way in cyber-space. She is gracious, smart, kind, funny, and compassionate. She has a deep soul that makes me want to know her more. I can’t wait until the next time I am in Toronto to see her with her baby, because I KNOW she will be an amazing mom. Thanks for making time for me Karla! I’m glad I can call you friend. (Perhaps I’ll post a blogger-meet-up photo later, once I get around to downloading the pics.)

What else did I do in Toronto? Mostly meetings (and I won’t bore you with the details of those), but I managed to find some good quality time for wandering. Almost by accident, I stumbled on Riverdale Farm which was quite close to my bed and breakfast. It did this farmer’s daughter’s heart good to see cows and horses and pigs and chickens in downtown Toronto. By lucky coincidence, the weekly farmer’s market was happening the day I stopped by, so I sat and enjoyed a cup of freshly squeezed apple juice and a delicious home-made pecan square.

I also got together with my old and dear friend Laurel, which was a treat. Laurel and I didn’t see each other for years (probably more than 10), but then when I was in Toronto last year I reconnected with her, and it was one of those reunions that you hope for, when all the missed years slip away and you are once again in the comfortable presence of a well-loved soulmate. Laurel has one of the greatest, heartwarming laughs that makes the room sparkle. Except for the unfortunate bird poop that landed in her hair while she cycled to meet me, it was a perfectly delightful time.

Another highlight of the trip was staying at this lovely bed and breakfast in downtown Toronto. I slept in a beautiful room that had a Tibetan feel to it, with rich orange and gold tones and photos and textiles to match. The hostess was everything a bed and breakfast hostess should be, and the breakfasts were treats for the taste buds.

Unfortunately, Maddie got even more sick while I was away, and ended up with a ruptured ear drum, so the trip was not without its moments of Mommy-guilt. Fortunately, I knew she was in good hands with her daddy, so I didn’t let it ruin the trip.

Perhaps this weekend I will find the time to drop in at your cyber-homes and catch up on all the posts I missed while I was away.


wordgirl said...

Welcome back! AND you have a new template. I like it. The pic of the place you stayed is divine. I'd be willing to curl up on the sidewalk out side of it. So charming!

Karla said...

Why DO airlines overbook flights anyways. I don't get it.
Glad you made it safely home.

You've made me blush with your kindly spoken words. I'm so glad we had the chance to meet up.

Linda said...

Welcome back Heather! The B&B looks lovely.

Melissa said...

Welcome back, and I hope your baby is feeling better.

I'm glad you don't feel too guilty. Personally, I've done much worse inadvertently, and I'd write it down but you'd probably call child services. ;)

Liz said...

I love Toronto. We spent our wedding night there, back in 1985. Let us know next time you go there, 'cause it's relatively close. We could be there in about 7 hours (and re-create our wedding night to boot!). I'd love to meet a blog friend!

Hope Maddy is feeling better!

Cuppa said...

You warmed my heart too with your kind words. Thanks. Some blog friends become "heart friends" a you are one of mine.

Maria said...

Welcome back. Now my hands can stop shaking....

It's good that you don't indulge in the mommy guilt thing. I swear every single time I go anywhere, Lily immediately gets sick and I spend all my time singing High Hopes (her favorite) over the phone and feeling like everyone is looking at me thinking, "BAD MOTHER! BAD MOTHER!"

Doesn't it feel good to be back in your very own sheets again, though?

Coll said...

Your words brought back many memories of Toronto. I lived there for 8 years in the 80's and so well remember Riverdale Farm.

Sorry to hear about Maddie being ill. I hope she is feeling better by now.