Friday, March 19, 2010

What a Difference a Phone Call Can Make

Dear Friends,

Today began ......... not great! First it was snowing, the wind was brutal and it really was cold. Then someone I love very much misused my trust and of course having my feelings hurt didn't help my mood very much. It has just been one of those weeks. You know one of those times that anything that could possibly go wrong....did....yes that has been my week.... until tonight. Tonight my friend Annie called and we talked and laughed for over an hour. Annie lives in Nova Scotia, like me she is retired and is really enjoying this time of her life. She is so funny, and always can find something good in any situation no matter how bad it may seem. I really needed an "Annie" call tonight.



Meet Annie, this picture was taken when I was home last summer. She always comes to New Brunswick when Terry and I go home......she wants to see how much weight we have gained during the year.....LOL (I know she is reading this) Annie and I became friends in Grade 8, and have been friends ever since, in fact Annie and I are just two of a group of old school friends who I am happy to say are still friends after almost 50 years. You can think it if you want but we don't feel old at all. We have too much fun....her husband will attest to that as he was laughing very hard just hearing us laugh so hard on the phone tonight.

Here are 5 things about my closest friends you just may not know;

1. They love God, Nature and each other
2. They are loyal, loving, caring
3. They love to laugh and do so often especially when sharing a bottle of wine
4. They love Sports especially Golf
5. They are always there for each other, will travel many miles in any circumstance to help and support one another (we have done this many times for one another)


I have to say when Annie and I finished our phone call the world seemed like a brighter and better place, yes my world had been made right again. It is amazing just how much joy a phone call can bring, and turn a bad week into the best week ever.

I wish you all a wonderful friend like our Annie, especially when having a rough week as I had.

Good Night, God Bless.........and many, many hugs :-)

103 comments:

The Green Stone Woman said...

Everybody needs an Annie in her life. You're very lucky you've got her, but then no doubt she's very lucky she's got you.

Violeta said...

I had busy time for me but i was here around , i love you new face of blog and all you insights !
Love you ,Bernie!
Violeta

Brian Miller said...

or what a difference a friend can make...so true...love the little list of things friends would say...hope you have an amazing weekened...

Valerie said...

I'm sorry you had a bad time before the phone call, Bernie. Thank goodness for friendship, especially with someone like Annie, who sounds pretty wonderful. Sorry too about the snow. Have a brilliant day and weekend. Hugs from me, another friend.

Diana said...

Well truthfully Bernie my closest friend is Jake. I do have other friends but none compare to his devotion. My blogger friends have been closer to me than people that I've met here. But it's all good as I have found that I am my own best friend! And I often talk to myself as well! After the week you had it sounds like I would have done a lot of talking to myself! LOL!
I am very happy that Annie was there for you when you needed her to be. There is no better cure for anything than some hysterical fits of laughter!!! Love Di ♥

GrandmaK said...

Yes, indeed, Thank God for our "Annie" friends. So glad your day ended on a happy note...rest comes more easily at times like that!!! Wishing you well!! Cathy

Cathy said...

Hello Bernie
I love getting phone calls and as our phone bill will attest I love making them as well lol
With regards to our going away and the garden - we tend to go away during our winter so I prune everything quite hard shortly before we leave and then as it warms up they start to grow again ready to greet us when we arrive home.
We tend to go to other places that are warmer than here during our winter and I certainly won't go overseas during our summer (last quarter of the year/first quarter of the new year) as it is usually too cold for me at that time in the Northern Hemisphere. Having said that there have been times when the winter here in Melbourne has been warmer than the weather in the place we have been holidaying where its supposed to be summer:))
Take care
Cathy

mie said...

It would really be nice to have a friend that you shared friendship with for a long time, it's rare to find a relationship like that.

Anvilcloud said...

My cursor must have hovered in the wrong place because I thought you wrote that you had been friends for 150 years.

Jackie said...

I'm sorry your day started off badly but it sounds like you have GREAT friends and that is a blessing for sure. We all need an "Annie" in our lives to help us put things into perspective or just make us laugh.

Hope today is better for you.
Jackie

wendyytb said...

Bernie... I think you are a magnet that attracts nothing but good, so I am not surprised that you have an Annie in your life. i have a Diane and she does for me what Annie does for you. God Bless!

Margie said...

Good Morning Bernie
I can't believe I'm up so early and commenting on a blog, it's only a little past 5:30 am here but I'm heading to my friend's house (she lives just across the st) at 6 am to take care of her mom for the weekend.
Amyway, so enjoyed this post and the picture of you & your friend Annie is wonderful!
So glad to know the phone from Annie made your world a brighter and better place.
How wonderful!

Gotta go!
Have a great day!

Hugs!

Margie :)

Teacher's Pet said...

How wonderful to see and feel the happiness between the two of you! Isn't it wonderful to know that you have a 'forever' friend that will be there for you (whether by phone or in person...).. I am thankful that God has given you Annie...and that God has blessed Annie with YOU! You two bring out the smiles in me.
I think I'll go and pull a pin out of a doll. (Private joke...and only a joke...but Bernie, I hope it makes you smile!) Have a fannnntaaaabulous day!!!!
Love,
Jackie

Wander to the Wayside said...

I have to say, Bernie,this is the one thing I envy most about you ...those friends.

Wanda said...

Bernie, I hope the one that caused your hurt feelings will mend the situation for you and restore your trust in them. Wish I could have been of help, glad that you were able to laugh with Annie. I remember seeing photos of you and Annie, from your trip home!
Hope the weekend and weather perks up for you, Bernie!
♥...Wanda

Denise said...

I am so glad that your friend made you smile, love you.

Eileen said...

I'm so glad you have an Annie in your life, and I'm so glad she stepped in at the right exact time for you! I am Blessed to have a few Annies in my life and I am so grateful for them. Friends that you can share heart and soul with, friends that make your life that much better with the gift of their friendship, friends that make the world a better place.
And I know you are all that for your friends too, Bernie, I have been the recipient of your wonderful gift of friendship too.
Thank you for introducing us to your friend Annie, and for sharing the treasured friendship you have with her.
Feel good, Bernie, and continue to count your Blessings!
Love to you,
Eileen

Gail said...

HI BERNIE-
50 years!! Such a tribute to you and her and loyalty. I am overwhelmed. I was sad to hear that a friend misused your trust - I wonder what was going on with her that such an act of betrayal made sense. huh.

ANd Ilove how Annie called and all was right with the world again. The miracle Bernie is that you were open to it - many would have stayed stuck in the hurt and missed the love waiting just around the bend. Amazing. :-) You inspire me.

Love to you my dear friend
Gail
peace.....

Queenmothermamaw said...

I wish I was one of your right there friends. My best friends are still working and don't have time to visit.
True that is a great pick-me-uo. Blessings
QMM

Deborah said...

That is so nice. It is so nice to have really good friends. I'm sorry your trust was broken,when that happens to me and I have to ignore it because sometimes, even your friends can be insensitive at times. Well, mine can be!
Have a great weekend Bernie!
Blessings,
Deborah

Donna said...

Bernie,
Bless Annie! I don't know where I would be without my friends in my life! They are such a blessing!
Have a good weekend!
Blessings,
Donna

Victor S E Moubarak said...

We all need friends. Whether in real life or here in Blogland.

Don't hesitate to write in and moan on my Blog or website when you're feeling a little low. You and your friends too. And I'll pray for God to make it better for you once again.

God bless.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"she wants to see how much weight we have gained during the year."

Hahaha! Gave me a good laugh. Yes, friends are very important. Hope your new week is much better, Bernie.

The Retired One said...

I am so sorry to hear about a friend that betrayed your trust...that is the worst hurt ever...and I could never like this person who took advantage of your sweet nature and kind heart. You need to remove them from your life, Bernie and surround yourself more with the kind of friend you described in your post...she sounds nurturing, sweet and kind.
You deserve no less!!!
My thoughts and hugs are with you like always!

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, Jackie is so funny!!!! Wish I'd thought of that!
Love Di ♥

Renna said...

How blessed you are, to have such friends; a gift, indeed. :-)

Bernie said...

Hi Nora, I am blessed to have Annie and a few more friends just like her.......:-) Hugs

Mar said...

Hi Bernie. Gosh you brought tears to my eyes today. But also a smile as I remembered my school days. I envy your longtime relationship with Annie. I lost touch with my school days best friend. I wish her well and hope she is happy in her life. I hope your uplifting 'phone call gives you some hope that things can get better. Betrayal of trust is a hard thing to cope with. I hope you can mend the friendship you had with the person who hurt you so much. <3 Mar.

Bernie said...

Violeta, how are you? Yes I did notice you hadn't been here for a while, so happy to know you are okay.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Brian, friends are the best gifts from God.....Have a wonderful weekend......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Val, it was a horrible week but everything has been great since Annie called, I think we all have bad times now and again. Have a great weekend........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Diana, I think it is wonderful that Jake is your best friend, I always think its important to have our women friends as well though.
I don't know where I would be without mine....they are special just as you are to me....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Cathy, so very true. I slept like a baby last night and I was still chuckling over Annies remarks as I fell asleep......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Cathy, as I read your comment I remembered how our seasons were opposite. Now I understand about your garden. I hope we have wonderful weather for you during your visit.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

mie.....friends are gold to me and God has blessed me with many. Have a wonderful weekend sweetie...Hugs

Bernie said...

A/C I am sure if we lived that long we would still be friends, I am blessed.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Jackie, oh yes I agree, we all need "Annie's" in our life and most of us do thank heaven. Have a wonderful weekend....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Wendy, so happy you have such a wonderful friend in Diane, we are so blessed aren't we....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

oh Margie, you were up early this morning......I had to get up at 9:30 as I had a Dr's appointment. I would rather wake up on my own than rely on a alarm clock. Anyway I have been there and back and all is well. Have a great weekend...Hugs

Bernie said...

Jackie, I am still laughing over our private joke......you are so sweet. I am fine today my friend, I think we all have bad days don't you....have a great weekend sweetie, .......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Linda I am sure you would have as many loyal friends as I do if you wanted, you are so contented with your family and thats okay sweetie, as long as you are happy. I will share my friends with you anytime.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Wanda, I think that when trust is broken it is very hard to rebuild it.......I think I will move on from the hurtful relationship, it is a shame as I was very loyal to this person. Have a great weekend sweetie, big hugs to Alivia......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Denise, I so hope you and your husband are feeling well, I am remembering you both in my prayers. Oh I am so very blessed to have such good friends, God is good.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Eileen, I received your wonderful card in the mail this morning, it seems everything is going so nice today.....loved hearing from you my friend and it started my day off in a happy way. Have a great weekend, big hugs to Jayden and Mia
.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Gail, there are several of us who have been friends this long, we went to high school together as my late husband did as well. They remember him almost as well as I do and we have some great times when we go over old memories. I am so blessed to have these wonderful girls in my life......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Peggy, you are one of my right there friends, we as close as the keys on our computers....God brought us together for a reason and I love that he has made you us blogging friends.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Deborah, as long as we are human we will make mistakes, friends are no exception but I cannot imagine my world or life without them. Have a great weekend sweetie...Hugs

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Bernie said...

Victor, this is so very true and I thank you for extending your hand in friendship to me and the others. You are very special to me my friend........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Joan it wasn't a friend, it was a family member who hurt me, what can I say. You can pick your friends but not your family. I am truly blessed with great friends Joan, life is good. Love you dearly, have a great w/k...:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Julie, it is funny but true, Annie is quite heavy and she is always checking our weight and we always laugh about it. As Terry says "Annie we will never catch you no matter how much we gain" they are priceless. Have a great weekend my friend......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Di, Jackie left me a message on FB last night and honestly I was still chuckling over it when I went to sleep last night and I slept like a baby......so good to have such wonderful friends whether in real life or blogland, I love them all.........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Reena, I am blessed aren't I and never take them for granted, not for one minute......have a great weekend sweetie.....:-) Hugs

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

I smiled just to see that photo of you two. Sweet and happy chums!

I have to say I am not surprised you have gathered many loyal friends around you through the years!

Mary333 said...

Bernie,
Like you, I have a wonderful friend named Anne. I call her Annie-Bananie and I have known her since I was a teenager :) God has blessed you with great friends. They are blessed to have you, too! I'm sorry your week was so bad but I'm glad it ended on such a great note :) Hugs to you, Bernie!

Bernie said...

Holly friends are as important to my spirit as the aid I breathe, I just can't imagine my life without them........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Mary, it was the week from hell for sure but all has worked out and today especially has been a happy day.........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Mar, once trust is broken I'm not sure if it ever can be rebuilt...I pray it can be but am not convinced. Old friends are the best for sure........:-) Hugs

Choices said...

Bernie,
That's what good friends are for. They are there when we need them, in good times and bad. So glad that you have Annie in your life. Your list of what makes a friend is soo true!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Take care.

Maggie May said...

So sorry to hear about your bad week. So glad though that you have Annie.
There is always someone to brighten the day. :-)
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Liz said...

Bless her for making your day a better one. Everyone needs an Annie from time to time :0)

Bernie said...

Hi Anne, friendships are so important and I have been blessed with many. Have a wonderful weekend my friend........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Maggie, I had a dreadful week, but all is well now....even the sun is shining today. Be well my friend,
.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Liz, Annie is one in a million and I agree we all need a friend like Annie. Have a good weekend my friend.......:-) Hugs

Fairy Footprints said...

Bernie,

What a wonderful treat to hear from you. I have missed our visits.

I hope you have a great weekend, I will try to visit more frequently.

Hugs,
Heidi

Bernie said...

Heidi, you are looking really good sweetie, love your hair.
So glad you stoped by, I have missed you but I realize how busy you have been and think it is wonderful you are doing so well at school. Hope the girls are doing well......:-) Hugs

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Just hearing a friends voice, let alone what they say, can make our hearts swell!
True friends know how to pull us up from the dumps and hardships in life! It's nice to know you've got someone there, just right when you need them!

have a happy weekend Bernie!

ciao

carmelina

Bernie said...

carmelina, it is so true, just hearing a dear friend's voice can really pick up one's day. Friends are so important to me as I am sure they are to everyone.......:-) Hugs

Barb said...

You are so fortunate to have a loving Family and special friends, Bernie. It's nice that when we are a little "down" someone who loves us can patch up our hurts and make us smile again. I'm sending some smiles your way, too.

Bernie said...

Barb, I thank God every day for the wonderful family and beautiful friends I am blessed with. Yes we all can have a down day now and then and I thank you for your smiles my friend......:-) Hugs

Joey said...

Bernie, I have a friend named Karen, and we've been friends since the first grade.

We seldom see each other because my drivers license was taken from me. We leave each little notes on Facebook, and she's always teasing me.

I'd give anything for an Annie. Yep... you have a catch. Specially when it's been hard week.

Here's a hug from me to you.... Joey

I'll have to find her!

Bernie said...

Joey, our oldest friends are so very dear as they know all there is to know about us....they love us anyway........:-) Hugs

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Bernie Sweetie...
I am so sorry that someone was so unkind to you. Sometimes I wonder where these people come from.

I am so tickled that God sent Annie to the phone tonight. He knew you needed an angel and he sent you one. You both look precious in your picture.

No unfortunately my problem has not been solved with my comments on my dashboard. I had them marked where I publish or reject them because some nasty things have been showing up on my blog. The only way I could see my comments was to make them open again. I pray that the anonymous stay off with their nasty comments, as I so want to see who is commenting to me. I will keep checking each day to see if it is back on my dashboard, but for now this will work.

Please know that you so touch my heart each and every time you stop by and I love you so sweetie. Thank you for calling me friend. Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

Jerelene said...

Hello Bernie!
I am so glad your sweet friend called and cheered you up :) Those are some of the sweetest blessings in life....good friends :)
I hope spring comes your way soon!
I LOVE your background on your page!!! It is lovely just like you!! Now I'm thinking I don't like mine :) :) :)
Hugs to you sweet and dear friend...I hope this next week is much better for you...
Love to you..Jerelene

huntedtreasures said...

Bernie
Im glad you have a friend like Annie those kinds of friends are the ones we need in our life,to lift our spirits up. Im glad you had a great conversation and your day brightened up.

Ruth

Silver said...

I am so glad you had a great chat with Annie. Sorry to hear about that someone whom you had trusted had let you down. It's wonderful to have Annie to cheer up back up!

Bless her heart ;)

hugs,
~Silver

Bernie said...

Sherry, I think blogger is having a few problems with the comment sections, others are having problems anyway.
I hope all is going well with your family now and everyone is feeling better. Take care sweetie, have a great weekend....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Jerelene, so good to hear from you. How is Sam doing?
Oh yes Jerelene, we all need friends like Annie, she is the best.
Today is the first day of Spring and it is still pretty cool here but it won't be long before our nice weather arrives I'm sure.
Have a great weekend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Ruth, how are you? I have not been able to access yours and Marie's blog very often....my computer freezes so I am glad you are here so I can tell you.
Have a great weekend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Silver, life can throw us all a curve and I am no exception. Without the curves though one would never learn the lessons. I am fine now. Have a great weekend my friend.......:-) Hugs

Renee' said...

Oh what a Cute photo :)

Renee' said...

Hey B, I got one of those towel wraps :( I got mine and Bed bath and beyond, this one is thin, I didnt like that because it was soaked, I am going to look for a different one online, Id make one lol but I cant sew for nothing lol

Bernie said...

Renee, thank you, it was taken last August in NB.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Renee, the one I have is made of terry cloth and it really does come in handy.......:-) Hugs

Rebecca said...

You are blessed indeed - and I cheered up just hearing about YOUR cheer!

Bernie said...

Rebecca, friends can do that for each other......a smile, a phone call in fact just being themselves is such a blessing......:-) Hugs

Garnetrose said...

Yah, some people can really bring you down when they misuse your trust. Glad you have a friend like Anni. My 'annie' is Bonnie and there are days when a phone call from her lifts my spirits right off the ground in no time. God bless, Bernie. I hope you have more 'annie's in your life then any other kind of friend.

Bernie said...

Garnet, I am so glad you have Bonnie in your life, our woman friends are so important as we grow older......I have a some very good friends and I feel so blessed to have each of them, I have wonderful blogger friends as well Garnet and you are one of the best.
........:-) Hugs

Karin said...

What a poignant post! Wonderful gifts from God are the friends with whom we can share our deepest thoughts and our heart! God bless you and keep you in His care! An acquaintance is a jewel, but a special friends a real treasure!

veterankindergartenteacher said...

Bernie,

Your friend Annie sounds like a real gem. I am sorry another friend let you down. Shame on them.

Blessings dear lady

Bernie said...

Karin, I love that friends are treasures as they truly are...Hugs

Bernie said...

VKT....Annie is a beautiful person, and it wasn't a friend who hurt me but a family member, all is well now, thank you for caring......:-) Hugs

chasity said...

a good friend is the best medicine!
thank you for all your prayers and concerns.
you too are a wonderful friend.
big hugs~~
chasity

Bernie said...

Chas, there are no better friends than your sisters.....I am so happy that Shauna is doing better. Big hugs to you all.....:-)

Anita said...

I'm so glad she called you!
It reminds me to call a close friend the next time I have a blue day...or not. Someone may need to hear from me too!

Bernie said...

Anita, absolutely call your friend, we all need each other.
......Big Hugs

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Everyone needs an Annie...I am especially glad that you have such a friend!! No one deserves her more!! I'm sorry you had such a rough week, dearest Bernie...I pray this coming week is much, much better!! Love you, Janine XO

Lily said...

Such a good picture of you two! I'm so glad for Annie in your life :)

50 years is such a long time! I can't even imagine! I was just thinking the other day that my best friend and I have been friends since our freshman year in college... 7 years ago! Hah, it's all about perspective I guess!

Cheryl said...

I too think everyone should have a friend such as Annie. I know I do. And such a simple gesture as a phone call can make a huge difference in the day. Hope all is well with you and have a lovely week.

Bernie said...

Janine, everyone does need an Annie, I pray we all have one. I have so many blessings in my friends as I am sure you do...xo

Bernie said...

Lily, we all need friends and I am sure when you are my age you will have friends around you that have been there for many years as well. They are the best kind....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Cheryl, a phone call can honestly make someone's day.....we all should remember those alone and stop in, send a card or make a phone call.....people get so involved in their own lives they forget their are others who could use a hug or yes even a phone call.
..........:-) Hugs

Tranquility Speaks said...

whenever God gives us problems or rough weather, He makes sure he sends us someone to making the going easier. This incident re-inforces this feeling in me :-) Hearing about your friend made me feel very good :) Love to you and Annie :)