Me with Stella, Queen Jester, Andrea & Izzi
Queen Jester has a blog called Life in a canned ham . She and her husband, Left Brain, travel through their retirement sharing their adventures of life on the road. I have blogged with her for quite some time. Last week I had the honour and privilege to spend time with the wonderful Queen Jester.
On their way Home for a visit, Queen and Left Brain were traveling through my area of Illinois. Queen also blogs with my neighbour, Andrea, also a blogger. Andrea started blogging with my encouragement and initial help, about a year after I began (three years ago). The details of our meeting were worked out, and then we went to see the Queen.
We met Queen and Left Brain at their campsite in The Chain O’Lakes State Park. They were very welcoming and friendly…exactly as I thought they would be. We also met the real bosses: George and Gracie, their two cats. They have an extensive outdoor, screened-in play area.
Queen gave us a grand tour of the “canned ham”, aka RV. It is amazing how well organized, comfy and beautifully decorated their RV is. Queen is quite the artistic, crafty person. She makes many practical and useful items such as curtains, pillowcases, storage bags, covers, etc.
After the tour, while Left Brain went for a bike ride, we women went for lunch. We spent the next couple of hours talking and laughing. It was wonderful to share life experiences, joke and laugh together. It was as if we were old friends. At the end of the afternoon we had plans for the next day!
The next afternoon, Andrea and I went back to the State Park, taking my Stella and Andrea’s Izzi with us. Left Brain went for another bike ride while Queen walked the trails with us. When we had enough exercise, we took the dogs home and then went for ice cream! It was another Girl’s Day Out. Once again, we shared various life stories, thoughts, and hearty laughs together.
When we finally took Queen back to her traveling palace, we all hugged and promised to keep in touch. It had been a wonderful two days of “Girl Talk” and female bonding. There was a genuine connection. It is a very special thing to find that connection of friendship, especially later in life. It comes more easily in childhood, where time and circumstance is on your side. Life becomes more complicated as you get older. Time is short and full of demands.
I would like to thank Queen for making time for us to visit. Thank you, Queen, for welcoming us to your wonderful home. Anytime that you are in our neighborhood, please let us know. You are more than welcome here anytime!
People Photo by: Left Brain, Queen’s Husband
State Park Photos By: McGuffy Ann Morris