Friday, April 16, 2010

Never a dull moment

I was halfway through reading my niece's email when the telephone rang. I picked it up and saw that it was my friend, Jun. "Hello," I greeted her.

"Good morning. How are you?" she greeted me back.

"Good, I'm good. What's going on?"

"Nice day today, huh?" she said. The sun was out and it seems it's going to be warmer than the previous days, where the sun peeked in and out of the clouds and there was a slight breeze.

"Yup, better than yesterday, and the other days. Clear blue sky," I said as I looked out the window.

"Don't you feel like going out?
I don't want to stay home and get fungus on me," she added.

"You mean get moldy," I said.

"Right," she replied.

It's a Tuesday and there's a free flea market about 6 miles from where I live. Since I've been cooped up in the house during those days, I haven't seen nor gone out with Jun and my other friends. We talked on the phone quite often, and she understood why I can't meet with her. I've gone out a lot of times mostly with my husband to do some grocery shopping. She knew that I've passed "that route" already, and figured that this time, as I have alluded to her, that I might be ready to meet her.

"It's a little past 10 o'clock; it's still early. Okay, I'll get dressed then I'll call you."

I have not driven my car for like 6 months and it seems I'm not sure of my confidence to drive again, unless someone is there by me. My husband drove me all those times.

Jun promised to pick me up. I called her as soon as I was ready and she was there in my driveway in no time at all. I jumped on her car and gave her a hug. We haven't seen each other for a while and during those times she has grown her hair long. She usually wears a short hairdo.

We chatted non-stop as she drove, till we got to the flea market. Maybe I'll be lucky this time and find some good stuff. I bought a lot of frames here. Some were used with a couple of nicks, but I retouch those with acrylic paint. Some were never used still wrapped in kraft paper. I bought some canvasses in their original wrappers, oil paints, watercolors and brushes; and the prices are unbelievably low.

This time I got myself a small gold leafed photo frame for a 5" x 7" picture for a measly $0.75!; a pair of gel shoe insoles for $0.50; and a glass tumbler for 0.25, and all in it's original packages. The tumbler will be for my bathroom; time to replace the old beat up plastic one I have. It was not much this day, but going out there was fun and worth the time.

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After our flea market sojourn we headed for lunch at a fast food restaurant. While we ate our fish sandwiches we talked and laughed, talked and laughed, and talked and laughed some more.

Then we drove to a nearby clothes store to shop for some clothes. Jun needed light clothes for her trip to Hawaii this coming week. She found a few she liked, and a nice bejeweled pair of sandals. I bought a cute cotton hat for me; could not find a nice, cheap...err...inexpensive pair of shoes.

On the way home I said to Jun, "My husband isn't home. He's in prison!" Then I laughed. I have never laughed so much for quite a long time.

"Whaaat?" was Jun's surprised question. Then she laughed, as well, realizing it was a joke. "Why you!" she added.

"He's at the polling place; he's the inspector. Today is local election day," I said.

She dropped me off at my house. I thanked her and we said our good-byes. We had fun. There's never a dull moment with Jun.


Nance said...

As always dudette, you are a great story teller, it made me wish I was there, w/you and Jun.
We need more people like jun...sounds like she's full of it! lol

tina said...

wow.. i wonder how those flea markets would look like? haha. id prolly have fun.. finding good stuffs. hehe.

missed visiting your blog.... and now im back ... :) weeeee..

Ebie said...

What a nice sketch! I like this type of spontaneity. Looks like a fun day! I love great bargains, too.

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hi mari,

thanks for your story telling.....ay hindi story telling your journey to Jun.

parang kasabay ako sa shopping nyo, sandwich pause and jokes, laughing and talking....and shopping to the flea market, too.

nice to be with our closed-true friends....a time that is so worthful, and want not to be end.

ganda na rin ang weather namin ngayon, since true summer na talaga.

this afternoon, had a nap at our small balkon, with gina the pet of fely.
nagsunbathing si gina.....talo ako...:-)

and sad to say, kinuha cla ni fely n asawa nya this evening...huhuhuhu

ito tahimik na man sa amin...wlang AW-AW-AW at saying we´re going out to have to thru you water and

tahimik naman dito sa flat namin.

and would say, Thanks there is na lang ang kasama ko palagi and the way i have to visit you and talk.

ay, thank you very much for the visit ha?

thanks for your thoughtfulness.

ay, Mari.......99% uwi talaga kami. we have already our plane ticket now.

kasi, bago na man ang rules sa agency, starting this month, na kung naka book-reserved ka ng ticket mo, in 2 weeks bayad na kaagad......

no payment, no reservation-......grabe ano?

pero sa akin, Praise God, cause sure na uwian na talaga ito.

2 weeks lang talaga kami sa atin. nakalungkot, pero ok na kay sa wala, hindi ba?

our plan to go home, aug.22, by 24 nandoon na kami sa probensiya namin.
Sept. 9, balik na man kami............
Germany, Sept. 13, kasi we stay or stopover sa Abu Dhabi for 3 nights.

hala uy, ang taas ng essay ko, ...parang history na ano?----heheheh

thanks again.

regards and God bless

Rox said...

Please don't vote for Manny Villar. Last night he caused traffic in Tabunok, Talisay City, Cebu.

Manny Villar Caused Traffic In Cebu South

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Mari, enjoyed your this posting. Love your lively sense of humour.
A single rose can be your garden... a single friend, your world.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

You have a nice day, stay young and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

Photo Cache said...

glad to see you are posting again. i hope things are going well for you. i really miss your stories.

Ebie said...

mari, when you are ready, just let me know and you can join us in our adventures. We will be hiking this Saturday sa Fish Canyon.

Mari said...

Nance, come on over! LOL Yeah, she has a good sense of humor and gets mine, as well.

Tina, it's fun going there. Some times I get good deals, and some times I end up with nothing.

Ebie, try 'em. It's near a Metrolink train station in SCV and open every Sunday (this is bigger) and Tuesday.

Vicki, kaingit at uuwi ka na naman. Sama ako. LOL

Rox, who is Manny Villar?

Uncle Lee, someone said, humor is the best medicine. I hope it's true I need it.

Photo Cache, everything is going well...and hopefully, for a long time.

Ebie, right now my plate is full. Too many cookies, so little time. Baka mabulunan ako. Har har har

Thanks all for the visit and nice comments.

Sandy said...

Oh wow, it's been way too long since I've been here.

I enjoyed reading this.

Joy said...

That's great friendship! I miss that. My best friend is 8000 miles away in Manila. We used to just ring each other in the morning and decide where to have lunch after hitting the gym at 7am. You're very fortunate to have Jun.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Have a great week!

Mari said...

Sandy, am glad you enjoyed my story.
Thanks for the visit.

Joy, sad you're away from your friend. I'm sure it'll be fun when you get to see each other again.
Thanks for dropping by again.