My longtime friend Sally was honored at a retirement and birthday party on Wednesday. I was hired as the Executive Director for the Friends of Vista House in 1982. We built a team of volunteers to staff the information counter and Sally joined right in volunteering and helping out with the clean up. Then the woman who was coordinating the volunteers decided to give that duty up and so I asked Sally if she'd like to take on that volunteer position. She didn't think she had the skills and I said.. sure you do.. you can do it! So she said, I'll try. Here it is 30+ years later and she was the PERFECT person for the job. She was so nice to everyone, supported everyone and was loved by all.
Sally was such a presence at the Vista House and started helping me with organizing the shop we opened the 2nd year, so I asked the board of directors if I could hire her as the Assistant Manager, it was approved. Sally is on the left, then Mitzie, me and Diane. Mitzie was the next one hired to help with the Consignment shop merchandise, then Diane as our Lead Sales Clerk in the shop. And here we are, now all retired after years of dedication to Vista House.
Here is a part of of the 125 people that came to honor Sally!
On the left is Susan, she had all my children in her class in grade school! On the right is Dallas, Sally's honorary granddaughter that she raised from a baby. Dallas did all the planning for the party and did a great job!
Sally's beloved brother, Kip, was there too.
The volunteers all collected up some funds so Sally can go on a nice relaxing trip to the beach, and asked me if I would take her, of course I said yes. Now we have to figure out where Sally would love to go. The event was held in Blackberry Hall on the McMenamin's Edgefield property. The gardens there are crammed with all manner of interesting plantings. I love this bush with purple berries! I just googled it and it's called "Purple Beautyberry".
Dayle snapped this photo of the front of the main building on our way out.
Edgefield has a vineyard in the front part of the property and make their own wine and beer. Quite a place.
The next day I volunteered with at Multnomah Falls with my BEST friend from 7th grade and still is to this day.. Shirley. We celebrated her birthday, I said she should pick the spot and she wanted to go to.. Edgefield. LOL! So we had lunch at the Power Station, a pub restaurant on the property. I gave her a fun card, a little crocheted rock and the very first glasses case I made, especially for her. She was pleased. Shirley is a super wonderful person, she listens and understands and supports and gives great advice. I try to be as good a friend to her as she has been to me. She's a good example to follow.
When I was in 7th grade, my mother took us to visit our aunt and we spent the night, she decided that evening to leave my dad and went there in the night to tell him and packed some of our clothes - in the morning she told us abruptly that we would be starting a new school that morning. WHAT!!!???!!! and I burst into tears. She had us get dressed and took us to the school, enrolled us and left us there.. and frankly, I was in shock. As I stood there in the hall of this new school, not knowing anyone.. I heard a voice, "Hello.. what is your name?". I numbly turned and said, "Teresa". It was Shirley who rescued me that day.. she said.. can I call you "Terri"? I didn't know what to say, but said "OK". She introduced me as Terri to everyone that day and I had that name all through middle and high school and years after (8, I counted) and when I got married I changed it back to Teresa. :-) At any rate, I grasped on to Shirley and didn't let go and we were great friends for the 2 years we lived there. Mom moved us to Portland, Oregon after those 2 years but Shirley and I managed to keep our friendship alive all these years. Shirley is my biggest crocheted rock fan so I gave her one of mine.
Driving out of Edgefield I stopped to get a photo of these pretty red berries. Do you know what they are?
We headed on to Multnomah Falls and had a nice long afternoon chatting with visitors from around the world. I particularly enjoyed a couple, she from Wales and he from Bath, England. I LOVED hearing them speak. We also had fun with a couple who lived full-time in their RV, he and I sharing camera stories and then I told them about Waldo Lake and how to get there. This is the tunnel of trees we drive through after leaving the Falls.
And now.. in 45 minutes, Gracie will arrive and Dayle, the boys, and us two girls are heading off for another adventure! Shall I tell you where.. or tease you? We will be driving to Hood River, having lunch in the historic downtown area, then we're driving UP.. to a "Lost" place.. :-) This is supposed to be the LAST pretty day before an endless rainy time.. so I want to take advantage of it. Stay tuned! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)