“It was the best of times…”

Tomorrow is a meeting with a friend from high school at a park to walk and talk. Jill is one of those friends that you may not be in constant contact with, yet when you do get together you pick up right where you left off.

It is the time of year as the new school year has begun that we turn our thoughts to those simpler times and being young and carefree.


This past month was my high school reunion, and like most of those in the past, I spent precious moments with those that meant the most to me. Life was not always easy even as a kid, but it was brighter with a little help from my friends that I was able to get through the tough times. Some people have always understood you, and there are those that stand by quietly judging. But beautifully those that do not know you and your heart are no longer important.


The difference this time in walking and talking with Jill is that we both have suffered the loss of loved ones, our parents. She just recently lost her mother, and I lost my father. After many discussions of the loss of boyfriends, children growing up, spouses leaving and now the departure of our beloved we still find something to be happy about and laugh. What is consistent in these conversations that we have every five years, is the ability to rise above the sadness and find the spot where we can go back to simpler timesit-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of-times-it-was-the-age-of-wisdom-it-was-the-age-of-foolishness-it-was-the-epoch-of-belief-it-was-the.png

Again, with a little help from your friends you can get by.

Lavenders Blue (dilly dilly)

Remember the nursery rhyme “Lavenders blue Dilly-dillly, Lavender green If I were king Dilly-dilly I’d need a queen.” Well you can be queen, not just for the day but for the night too.


Drop some lavender oil into your bath, and immerse into a pool of water that is bound to help you sleep and relax. One of the best essential oils around is Sonoma Lavender, grown and produced in one location. This family owned business cultivates their lavender on five acres of land. You can choose from essential oil, bubble bath and beautiful soaps. These valuable beauty items are just the beginning of the realm that Sonoma Lavender reaches.

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Imagine donning a pair of cozy Lavender slippers that can be chilled (for the summer) or heated (for the winter)? You can also choose a neck warmer that is so comfy;you may just nod off to sleep before reaching the bed.


Induce in a fragrance that has been around for centuries.

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Lush Spa Treatment

Lush’s spa treatment in Bath U.K., is a home away from home. Step through the doorway, you transcend to a time and place devoted entirely to you. I sat down at a dining room table across from Hollie Owen, for a spa treatment consultation. A glass of water infused with herbs and citrus and eloquently poured as she explained the nuance of what “Hard Days Night” treatment will involve. Her last words were “At the end, I will repeat a mantra to you and you, are to meditate on those words until you hear a rooster crow. At that point, take all the time you need to dress.” I walked into the room and beheld a pair of pajamas warmed by a hot bottle, warm sheets and an aroma that only Lush can provide. The massage itself was like dancing without trying as the music and movements intertwined. Hollie spoke little, as I listened to an interpretation of Liverpool and the sounds of the seaport and imagined the Beatles. In the end, Hollie whispered “Let it Be, Let it Be”, and I was left to ponder, and repeat those three little words. Yes, time had stood still, and I felt as though I was ten years old again, with dreams of marrying Paul McCartney., I am quite happy to be married to who I am! This experience should be to on your list when you visit a city that offers a spa at Lush. After dressing, Hollie met me for tea and biscuits to ask me how the treatment felt. She also presented me with a special edition of a bath bomb called “Let it Be.” I used this on the last night in London and watched it explode with entrenched gold waters that were a perfect orange marmalade color. Yes, “Let it Be”.