What kind of friends do you have?

One of my life philosophies is – What you believe you achieve. What you give you receive. And who you spend your time with you become more like.  What kind of friends do you have?  Are they people who encourage you, love you and support you?

Yesterday I went to wash my clothes and my washing machine didn’t work.  Well, I’ve had some problems with it for a few months so it wasn’t a great surprise and it was 13 years old.  I called on of my salsa girlfriends, Bonnie, to let her know our plans for the Wednesday night Salsa might have to change since I would need to wash clothes. My nephew Byron is graduating with his MBA in Project Management ( I am soooo proud of him) and I’m leaving town on Thursday.

Before I could even finish the story about the washing machine… Bonnie says, “So you coming over to wash your clothes, I’ll be up for awhile.”  It was 9:45pm. Now that is a friend.

A few minutes later I was catching up with my friend LaVonda, who has become a new mother (she has adopted her 7 yr old niece and has her mother living with her) and mentioned the washer and she also offered to have me come over. Now that is a friend.

What kind of friends do you have? These are just two of the wonderful group of friends I have and I am so grateful for them.

As you are living by design? Ask yourself- What kind of friends do I have?  Tell me about some of your FABULOUS FRIENDS.

Barbara’s Last days in Barbados

       

My last few days were wonderful.  I took a few pictures on my way out of town and at the airport.
I learned a few tips for traveling to Barbados. 

1.  Be prepared to rise and shine about 6:00am.  God’s creatures (roosters, chickens, birds, etc) are up and want you to be up with them.

2.   Try the TeaTime creme filled biscuits ( they are cookies) and they are great with coffee or tea or alone.

3.   The flying fish was also great! Thanks for cooking it for me Geno.

4.   Take lots of pictures, the scenery is GORGEOUS.

5.    If you want to have a great tour experience contact www.customcaribbeanvacations.com and ask for
       Regenna London.

 

Barbara in Barbados- Day 6

Day 6 in Barbados.  Wow.  Geno and I got up and walked to the gym for a nice workout about 7:00am. I don’t get up that early when I’m at home working but the sun is up here about 5:30 and it is pouring through the windows.  Between the sun and the sounds of nature (chickens, roosters, tree frogs and birds) you can’t stay in bed very long.

These shots below are worth every hour I spent at the gym this week. So then we came back to the house and eat on the porch and had chat time.  Then off to Brandon Beach. We took the bus and then walked over to the beach.  Of course the beach was beautiful.

The lifeguard, Ron, was great…we saw him on this rescue surf board and he let us take a few pictures with him.  We just enjoyed the afternoon and evening on the beach.  Enjoy the pictures.

 

Barbara in Barbados – Day 5

 We were going to go to Bathsheba which is in the north part of the island however the rain was strong.  We did make it to a few beautiful spots.  We stopped at the Animal Flower Cave where the view was truly breath taking, as we stood over watching the water a storm came.

The drive over to Cherry Tree Hill was amazing as was the sugar cane I got to walk through. The area got a much needed rain and we ending up back home after visiting the Wildlife Preserve where I sat in this beautiful old tree. 

This morning as I slept the rain came through like a monsoon.  Then the sun came up like clockwork.  The weather reminds me of when I lived in Tampa for 7.5 years. Liquid sunshine (rain) one moment and real sunshine 10 minutes later, typical tropical weather.

We had a cup of coffee on the porch as we have done daily since I got here.  I tried to get used to the sound of the chickens and roosters crowing…it’s a haunting sound, and they crow whenever they want to.   I just heard one crow. I wonder if they are in pain. Okay, I’m working on figuring the video thing out… I’m on vacation, that will have to wait. Oh well.

Barbara in Barbados – Day 4

Today we decided after the 5 hour hike we would forgo the gym. I actually said this about 10 times while we were lost in the woods yesterday. Geno kept saying, let’s wait and see. I was VERY clear, I was not going to the gym. I don’t think any of us really knew how tired we would be.  Just imagine being on your feet for 5-6 straight hours.  That is a long time.  My tooties are not used to that kind of activity.

    Today we had a light breakfast and I read and relaxed, Sandra and Kym, I did relax this morning.  😉 Geno has not allowed me to help do anything in the kitchen except get water and something to drink. We went to to downtown Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.  I went to Woolworth…who knew there would be a Woolworth in Barbados. I found some cool earrings for $7.50 and $5.00.  We took pictures and came home and ate a nice lunch.  We will probably chill out for the evening.  Enjoy the pictures of downtown.

Barbara in Barbados – Days 2 & 3

Isn't this beautiful!

 

Day 2 – We all went to the gym and worked out.  It felt great to be back working out again.  My ankle strain has left me with very limited workouts, except SALSA.   We went to Brown’s beach for the afternoon and watched the sunset.  There were many families on the beach and Warren, Regenna and I enjoyed the weather and chilling in the water floats and the overall beach scene. The picture on the header is from Brown’s Beach in Barbados. 

Day 3- This was the most unexpected day.  We got up to go to a 6am hike at Hackertons Cliff. Regenna and Warren London and I got up and took our snacks ( trail mix, grapes, apples, water, and a few Little Debbie Oatmeal pies for Warren).  It all started out so well, we got there right on time as they were explaining the different hikes.  We opted for the Stop and Stare.  We figured it would be a nice easy hike, we could STOP and Stare and take some pictures along the way.  It was listed as a 3 hour hike.  It started out very nicely, we walked through some wooded areas that were very beautiful. Then we walked past some houses and moved to where the fun really started.  We entered a very wooded area that didn’t seem that different from the other area we just left.  About an hour into the Barbados forest we all started to wonder what was happening.  This was no ordinary hike.  We were climbing up what seemed to be mini cliffs.  Not what we had in mind.  Well, there were several times we all were stopped and joked that the guide must be lost.  We were right.  We were lost in the Barbados forest for about 3 hours.
                Working out in a gym doesn’t quite prepare you for climbing up rocks, grabbing vines and maneuvering around trees with ants and slugs. I felt about as close to Survivor or Lost as I would ever be.  The other 39 people on the hike were just as befuddled as I was about why we were lost.  Were there markers we should have seen?  Of course there were.  I don’t hike. I mean I walk trails sometimes but really hike, no.  I really didn’t know what to expect or know what to look for. I thought that was why we had a guide.
                About 3 hours after realizing that we were indeed lost we made it to what looked like the top of a pit.  Regenna’s husband Warren was a life saver for the hike.  He made sure that we had assistance and helped us in the steep areas.  I was pulling on a stick several times  that he held out to me to be sure I made it up some of the steep paths. Did I mention I don’t hike? Well, we made it to the pit and one of the guys helping the guide tried to convince me it was easy to get out and to the top. At that point I would have done just about anything to get out of that hole.  It was beautiful in the forest, woods, it wasn’t quite a jungle but it was as close to a jungle I would see. But I definitely wanted out.  He helped us all out with a smile and in the typical Bajan accent, “Wasn’t that easy.”  Hell no.  It wasn’t easy…it was a trip.
                When I came up out of the hole we walked over to an area to rest atop of a beautiful cliff.  It was breathtaking. But that was not even close to the end of the hike. We still had another hour to go.
My body was aching; we were now back in the 80+ degree weather of Barbados and still clueless about how to get to the car.  We all bombarded a local store owner for water, Powerade and Banks Beer (a local favorite) to help us on the next hour leg of our trip.
                At one point when we were nestled quietly in the forest waiting to find out which way we were going, I was standing very still and quiet with my eyes closed.  Regenna asked me if I was okay.  I told her I was praying.  She asked if I was worried.  I told her no, I was simply praying my prayers of affirmation.  I thanked God for the safety of all the hikers. I thanked God for the wisdom of the guide. I thanked God for keeping the hikers calm. I had a few more prayers for God. I am continuing to pray at all times, prayers of gratitude help me remember that am at all times a blessed child of God.                Regenna and I discussed what could be the lesson in being Lost in Barbados. I don’t know for sure but I am sure that being in the moment and knowing that I would be divinely protected had to be somewhere among the things I learned and experienced on my three hour hike that was six hours while I was visiting Barbados.
                After our hike we were all EXHAUSTED.  We came home, showered and slept the afternoon away. We woke up and Geno cooked flying fish, rice and peas, mashed potatoes and salad.  Yummy.  Flying fish is native to the island and it was DELICIOUS! We just lazied (real word?) around the house all afternoon.  My feet and body are so sore.  See some of the pictures.

We made it back to the top!