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My Favorite Thing To Do When Not Writing
Jill “Pearl” Barnett
I’m a people person, despite being a writer–that classic image of a tortured recluse squirreled away in a tower doesn’t work for me. (Although at some points in the books I am very tortured and I often don’t get dressed until 2 in the afternoon. there’s something sweet about writing in your PJs.) So when I’m not writing, I’m doing things with my friends, in particular, the Game Girls.
About 15 or so years ago, a good friend and fellow writer, Sheila Robert, had a luncheon for a few women that included playing games–board, cards, charades–afterward. We had such fun we decided to do it again…and again…and soon we were trading off hosting and it morphed into our Game Girls Luncheon once a month. We limited the members to eight of us, Sheila, Linda C, Linda Mac, Robin, Faith, Carol, Rosemary, and me.
Little did we know some 15 plus years later we would still be going strong. We celebrate our birthdays, holidays, take a 3-4 day trip together once a year we call our Enchanted April. For holidays, like Christmas, we take a whole day, where in the past we have done an annual trip to a couple of huge Christmas display nurseries up here in the Seattle area and have a great lunch somewhere special. This year we’re going to lunch in the city at a great French restaurant and then running around to specialty places like Pike Place Market, where when we get into the famous Italian market, DeLaurenti, and we all leave with bags of lovely olive oils, aged parmesan and just the most incredible imported foods. And we can’t forget the fresh seafood at the Market. I always buy enough to make cioppino (Martha Stewart’s recipe) and my very favorite food.
Our favorite games over the years: Scattergories; Catch Phrase; Boggle; Taboo; Apples to Apples; Sequence; and cards games like Hands and Buns and Five Crowns, although now we’re hooked on Golf 10. We’ve taken the train down to Portland and up to Vancouver, Canada–Granville Island-to Leavenworth, and driven to Alderbrook Resort on the Hood Canal, and Whidbey Island, and frequently to Ocean Shores because two of us have condos there. Two years ago, we rented a house on the Oregon Coast near Canon Beach.
We have celebrated Christmas annually, and some Valentines Days and St. Patricks Day with Irish Coffees and lunch at the famous Kell’s Irish Bar in Seattle, followed by shopping in the city, which consisted of us buying a lot of handmade chocolates, because we eat all those wonderful things we love when we’re together without worrying over our waistlines. I have hosted Halloween annually and we dress up and surprise each other with our costumes–they claim I get the prize for my cannibal costume a few years back. (I scared the heck out of them when I leapt out my front door in full costume, carrying a shrunken head-topped spear.)
Through the years we’ve had some changes–heartbreaking changes–as some of us have moved away, some are now widows, and we lost our lovely Rosemary to a tough battle with inflammatory breast cancer. She is missed at every event, at every table so we are down to six, since we added my friend Kathy to the mix. We’ve had to start skipping some summer months because some of us travel with families and Carol has family in Australia so we miss her every Christmas for a couple of months, but nothing stops us for long.
For me, there’s something joyous about being with these ladies, sharing our trials and difficult times, but despite everything the world can throw at you, when we are together, we laugh, and drink wine and champagne, and eat well and play silly games and leave with light shoulders and feeling loved. We are all only a phone call away and in the blink of an eye we are there for each other. You can’t ask for more than that.
Jill’s new release is MY LUCKY PENNY, Book 3 in the Christmas in the City series, up for preorder now on all venues and releasing 12/18/17.
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