The Best Things in Life…

So I totally flaked on last week’s blog.  Good thing I have an excellent excuse. It was my first birthday in our new city and my bestie was in town.

Dani, aka the Lipstick Gangsta, flew in from Maui for three days. We had a fantastic weekend!  I got to show her around my new house and new hood, cook for her (I discovered a recipe since I last saw her, cheesy beef and macaroni, yum!), and even drag her out on a jog.  I love my new digs, but the homesickness still lingers like a little old lady pulling out of a parking space. It was such a treat to do all my regular stuff with a treasured friend. Dani made the Bay Area feel like home.

One of the highlights of her trip came when she handed me a very special birthday present. Dani made me a gorgeous cream colored hanging quilt, about the size of small painting, with leafy green palm trees embroidered into it.  After we figured out exactly which wall to hang my wonderful gift, I asked her a ton of questions and learned how much time and love quilting requires.  One small example – a quilter actually threads all those beautiful stitches throughout the quilt to give it that fabulous puffy look.  The material doesn’t just come that way.  I had no idea! 

My quilt reminded me of the old adage, the best things in life take time. A baby typically needs nine months to gestate before a mother can embrace her child. A college student spends an average of 13 years hitting the books before he/she is ready take on  higher learning.  And making a new place or a new situation feel like home, that takes time too, no matter how much you like it there, or how much better off you will be for the change.  Each day, each new adventure, digs stronger, deeper roots.  In time, your new life will feel just like home.


Have you gone through any big changes recently, a move, divorce, new job?  These can be tough transitions.  I’d love to hear any advice you have on how you made it through.

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6 Responses to The Best Things in Life…

  1. I want to see the quilt! Glad you had fun 🙂

    • hollyyoumans says:

      I know Jess. I tried to upload a pic into the blog and it wouldn’t take. I was experiencing technical difficulties and got frustrated. It is very pretty. Wish I could have included a photo.

  2. ST says:

    I feel your pain Holly. Two years ago my husband, kids and I left our home in California and moved all the way to Virginia to create a life we couldn’t have in California. We left all of my family and my closest friend behind and headed East. While I’m great with change overall, I have really struggled with not having my people around…ok and my favorite couple of restaurants, but I digress. For me it’s about relaxing my expectations of finding, for a lack of a better word, “replacements” for those I have left behind. Instead I need to focus on enjoying my new friends just as they are and know that eventually those few close people will find their way to me. (ok all you social people out there, this really doesn’t apply to you. I envy your abilities to drop into a new place and make friends quickly)

    Fortunately, email, FB, and cell phones makes it easier to stay connected with all the people I just can’t live without!

    • hollyyoumans says:

      Can you imagine how much harder it would be to move 30 years ago? Thank goodness for free long distance and all the other technological advances in communication! I hope in time, you feel completely at home Shelly.

  3. Great analogy! I’ve been through lots of transitions. Even when we deal with them well, they take significant amounts of work and energy. I’ve found that writing, singing, staying active and taking time off to rest or chill, even when life seems not to permit it, help big time. Now I have Carole King’s “Tapestry” in my head… Thanks!! 🙂

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