I've been very lucky to have my friend Lisa here with me for the whole week - and especially today, her 46th birthday.
We met 20 - count 'em - 20 years ago when we both worked in the children's shoe department at the Queen Street Simpson's store in Toronto. It's now The Bay.
Here we are all these years later and overjoyed to share this celebration together. A few years ago I was able to spend my own birthday in Cobourg, Ontario with Lisa, her husband and son.
We started the day off with a trip to the fabled Frenchy's. My family has always shopped at this chain of secondhand stores. When I lived in Toronto, my mom would send me boxes of clothes she'd picked up at her regular Frenchy runs. Lisa had always heard of Frenchy's, but on several trips to Nova Scotia had never been able to get to one - until today. Mom and I brought her to her inaugural Frenchy visit.
Here's Lisa checking out a blouse which didn't end up fitting, but her other finds were perfect.
For lunch we went to Bedford's landmark Chickenburger.
Then we drove out to Lawrencetown Beach so she could get some Atlantic Ocean time. This is my mom and Lisa.
Some beach rocks.
Some wave action.
My mom's addiction to beach rocks knows no bounds.
Back at the homestead, Mom put on a huge spaghetti spread in honor of Lisa's special day.
Lisa chats with my sister and Mom while my dog hangs out. My husband also joined us for the fun.
Happy Birthday, Lisa! You've made my world a spectacular place.