When it comes to the start of summer, what better way to celebrate than by catching up with a dear friend? This weekend, that’s exactly what I did — heading to Ohio to visit my good friend of more than twenty years, Marilyn.
As always, visiting Marilyn is a perfect, soul soothing combination of female bonding time and laidback fun. Marilyn lives near Youngstown in Boardman, a charming hamlet with friendly people and a strong sense of community, not to mention great restaurants and scenic parks. Over the last couple of days, we enjoyed a taste of it all.
Friday night, we had dinner at Caffe Capri, a colorful Italian bistro that delights with gracious staff, Sinatra tunes in the background and a marvelous menu. We nibbled on fresh baked bread with cheese-sprinkled oil before savoring a lemon arugula salad and swordfish with balsamic vinegar and watermelon salsa that was out of this world.
Saturday was one of those perfect, relaxing days that made me thankful all over again for the blessings of girlfriends. After sleeping in late, Marilyn and I had a leisurely breakfast on her screened-in porch, made all the more cozy by her lovingly tended plants and the lush surrounding trees outside. Then, it was off to Kohl’s to do some shopping. I love, love, love Kohl’s, especially since I found some fun, flirty dresses for next girls weekend — South Beach in June.
From Kohl‘s, after hitting a few more stores, we stopped in Barnes and Noble for late-afternoon smoothies (strawberry banana — yum) before going back to Marilyn’s for a couch potato evening of TV, pizza and reminiscing about what brought us together in the first place: our love and affection for actor A Martinez.
Yesterday, after driving around town and renting the entertaining George Clooney-Ryan Gosling flick “Ides of March,” we continued a longtime annual tradition — doing dinner on my last night at Springfield Grille. On the menu — crab stuffed orange roughy with a side of baked sweet potato drizzled with cinnamon butter. Yuuuum.
Of course, the best part of all these wonderful meals was sharing them with Marilyn. As you can only do with true, lifelong friends, we picked up right where left off, talking about so many things — family, love, career, travel, politics and how time really does race by. Having soul sisters like Marilyn to share it with is a big part of what makes life so sweet. I can’t wait to see her again.